Just heard thunder, and wondered, What are those booming noises? Love the weather here!

Meanwhile, here are some final news items for this mid-week day:

* Another poll to throw into the mix: one from the University of Northern Florida that gives Obama a 49-45 lead among LVs in the Sunshine State. It’s interesting mainly because of the long polling window (10/1-9) which covers pre-debate, post-debate, and now.

* Greg Sargent adjudges Romney’s latest ad on the economy (using debate footage) as potentially very effective.

* Issa’s big Libya hearing today reminiscent of Fast & Furious hearings: self-evidently big deal to GOPers, but kind of impenetrable to most other folks.

* At Ten Miles Square, Harold Pollack unravels the current positioning of Romney & Ryan on Medicare, and says David Brooks doesn’t get it.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes plaintiff in big Texas affirmative action case, Abigail Fisher, is hard-pressed to show injury from school’s admissions decision.

And in non-political news:

* Early reactions to trailers for upcoming Bravo reality show, Start-Ups: Silicon Valley, not kind.

Back tomorrow for another Debate Day, with live-blogging of Joe ‘n’ Paul tomorrow night.


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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.