Opening Act: Haunted House

Chris Moody has somehow turned the Rob Portman-watching beat into something interesting. His latest: A stay in a “haunted” hotel owned by the Portman clan.

I pass a busy maid, who immediately spots my voice recorder and notepad.

“Are you a ghost hunter?” she asks me, and offers a word of caution.

“The doors to the TV case pop open all the time and it’s not the latch,” she warns. “Because I’ve had the maintenance man check the latch.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham wants defense contractors to issue pre-election layoffs, putting the fear of God in people about the frightful sequester.

The Brett Kimberlin saga gets weirder.

Jamie Kirchick against Scientology.

Oh, Newsweek.