Another wild week as we all mosey along in the great cattle drive of life. Who knows if the political thunder and lightning around us mean anything?

Yeah, I need a weekend. But first, here are some final items of the day:

* Very good Carlson/Blumenthal breakdown on deteriorating odds of GOP takeover of Senate.

* Brother Benen has report on latest judicial setback for Ohio Secretary of State’s efforts to restrict early voting on weekend before November 6.

* Good historical account at ScienceNews of efforts to spread political misinformation via Twitter.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein makes case for value of political promises.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports Sarah Lawrence’s dubious distinction in becoming first college to charge over $60,000 for a year’s tuition, fees, and room & board.

And in non-political news:

* At end of first inning, Braves and Cards scoreless. If I hadn’t agree to do a long radio show a bit later (just a glutton for punishment!), I’d definitely tune out of politics and into baseball.

Ah, but tomorrow, there’s a college football game featuring my team playing in the city of my birth. I anticipate a long home tailgate party.

Having made a strong impression last weekend, Simon van Zuylen-Wood will be back for an encore engagement as Weekend Blogger. As always, please give him your full attention.


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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.