Other interesting stories in The Washington Post:

(Erik Schelzig/AP)

— Mark Clayton, Tennessee’s Democratic nominee for Senate, a candidate so terrible his party his asking voters to write in someone else, reports David Fahrenthold. Fun fact: He beat out former sitcom star Park Overall (“Empty Nest”) for the nomination.

(Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

— Lily Tomlin on Ellen DeGeneres at the Mark Twain Prize ceremony at the Kennedy Center, where the comedian was hailed as much for her landmark coming out of the closet as for her comedic skills, reports Paul Farhi.

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