Here’s what the Loop is reading Thursday morning:

Paul Ryan and Joe Biden prepare to sling mud.

Dialing donations — Donating via text message is A-OK, says the FEC. Campaigns might LOL all the way to the bank, but only if they get the right systems up and running before Election Day.

Convention chow — Even though the Tampa strip clubs are boasting about their cuisine, there are better restaurants to be found there — and at the site of the Democrats’ confab in Charlotte. Our colleague Tom Sietsema has a roundup of the best eats in both cities.