A day of political jockeying and spinning, for the most part, which is why I focused to a considerable extent on strategic issues affecting the election.

But here are a few news leftovers:

* Bibi’s crude graphics on Iranian nuclear threat at U.N. inspires mockery from pundits, but lights up Twitter.

* Todd Akin continues efforts to maximize Missouri gender gap by suggesting Claire McCaskill not “ladylike.”

* Religion Dispatch‘s Sarah Posner notes GOP efforts (with ecclesiastical help) to “wedge” Catholics in their column seem to have failed.

* At Ten Miles Square, Michael Kinsley compares Mitt Romney’s campaign to Mike Dukakis’.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer shows that student loan debt is a particular disaster for poorer families.

And in non-political news:

* Curiosity Rover finds “definitive proof” that water once existed on Mars.

Back tomorrow to end the week and start getting read for the presidential debates.


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.