Looks like we’ll barely be finished with This Week’s Debate before speculation about Next Week’s Debate begins. As a writer, I love close elections; as a citizen, not so much.

Here’s some final items for the day and week:

* Kevin Drum adds his emphatic voice to the worthy crusade to draw as much attention to Medicaid as to Medicare.

* Hillary Clinton has Biden’s back on characterization of what administration knew immediately following Benghazi killings.

* Some classic Charles Pierce: “You know what’s the difference between Sarah Palin and Paul Ryan? Lipstick.”

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein argues Joe Biden is in fact in a pretty strong tradition of Senator who failed in presidential runs but then flourished in other roles.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer gives poor grades to increased state evaluations of colleges that have accompanied reduced resources.

And in non-political news:

* Michael Vick a dog owner again.

That’s it for me this week, with three-and-half weeks until Election Day, and early voting picking up steam. I plan to review my mail ballot this very weekend, and then make sure I don’t get harassed by True the Vote (joke! joke!).

Kathleen Geier is back for Weekend Blogging, so wake up fairly early tomorrow and attend! We’ll have more polls to examine on Monday, and who knows? maybe some actual news.


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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.