I’ve got family visiting, and Ryan is helping me get through the blogging day. But here are some lite bites for your mid-day reading:

* MoJo’s Andy Kroll catches Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition doing a mailer that pushes associations of Obama with all sorts of totalitarian threats of the past.

* The Great Explainer, Bill Clinton, does a good job of showing how and why Mitt Romney’s tax plan will inevitably lead to higher middle class taxes.

* Politico‘s Alexander Burns discusses a batch of recent polls showing Obama opening up a serious lead in Ohio, which could represent an existential threat to Romney’s prospects.

* Scott Brown staffers, getting a bit carried away with attacks on Elizabeth Warren for her claims of native American heritage, caught on video doing war chants and tomahawk chops.

* Here is prepared text of Obama’s address to the United Nations. Equation of Holocaust denial with insults to Prophet stood out for me.

And in non-political news:

* Replacement refs strike again on Monday Night Football.

Back in a short while.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.