So shortly after I decided to “adopt” the Bay Area teams in the MLB post-season, the Giants made the cut but the A’s didn’t. And while I’m not an obsessive Yankee-hater like so many folk out there, I was an Orioles fan in the Earl Weaver era, so hope the Birds can prevail later today.

Here’s some mid-day news morsels:

* So you thought Biden was “aggressive” last night? Check out video from Sherman-Berman debate in California. And both these guys are Democrats. Thanks a lot, Top Two system!

* Salon‘s Irin Carmon notes that last night’s discussion of abortion policy was light on references to women and their rights.

* RCP’s Sean Trende runs numbers and suggests a one-in-three chance of a divergence between the popular vote and electoral vote winner if the margin is under one percent. At this point, Obama more likely to be the beneficiary.

* But–Jon Chait reminds us that Republicans have enormous built-in advantages in congressional elections, at least for next eight years.

* Latest Gallup daily tracking has Obama approval rating back down to 50%, with Romney holding two-point lead in 7-day-rolling average w/ LVs.

And in non-political news:

* Microsoft said to be moving into hardware business, impatient with partners’ handling of post-PC environment.

Back after I appear on KCRW’s “To the Point,” with Karen Tumulty and others.

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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.