Lunch Buffet

* Krugman supplies definitive smackdown of BLS truthers. Link and send to friends and family circulating crazy emails on this crazy meme.

* Whoa! Latest Gallup tracking poll shows Obama back up to five-point lead (50-45) after Sunday data added to seven-day rolling average. One straw in wind suggesting that Romney debate bounce subsiding.

* Separately, Gallup reports Obama job approval rating back up to 51%.

* Hugo Chavez wins another 6-year term with 54% of vote (his lowest); turnout very high.

* TNR’s Nate Cohn examines overall Team Romney and Team Obama fundraising, says GOP advantage small or even non-existent.

And in non-political news:

* LDS church announces lowered age for missions, with goal to increase missionary ranks and also strengthen bonds with teenagers.

Back after a minor-holiday break.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.