1) There were no gasps of shock Monday afternoon when Jeb Bush announced that he had decided to run for the Republican presidential nomination – after all, we had already heard announcements about possible announcements about soon-to-be-scheduled announcements from the former Florida governor. Even less surprising? His emphasis on his connections to the Latino community and an approach that's less about charisma and more about policy.
2) Quick – name another presidential candidate who'd rather talk about the wonky side of running for the office. And that's not the only similarity between Mr. Bush and Hillary Clinton.
3) Ms. Clinton has other issues to deal with, like the one named Bernie Sanders, whose poll numbers in New England have to be making the front runner a little uncomfortable.
4) Pennsylvanians are more supportive of hydraulic fracking than the national average, a new poll from the Robert Morris University Polling Institute has found. We back fracking to the tune of 57.1 percent, while the national average reaches 55.9 percent. But we're also a bit confused about the issue; the poll found that 60.1 percent say they agree "strongly" or "somewhat" with this statement: "The environmental impact of gas drilling outweighs any resulting reduced energy costs or energy independence."
5) We've always been fascinated by Richard Nixon – we're old enough to remember when our Sesame Street viewing was interrupted by the Watergate hearings – so we can't get enough of this week's media tour by Tim Weiner, who combed through documents and hours of recently released tapes from Mr. Nixon's White House to write his new book, "One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon." In this excerpt, Mr. Weiner recounts a night in 1973 when members of the administration – Al Haig was in control, as it turns out – had to deal with a threat that the Soviet Union might intervene in the Arab-Israel War because an increasingly fearful and paranoid president was too drunk to make decisions.