I am, as you may have noticed, a bit behind the curve today, partly by design (it’s the final Debate Live Blogging day and night, so I’m taking it a bit easy before the late frenzy), but mostly because I tried to tackle some pretty big topics this morning (including the McGovern legacy, the overall state of the presidential race, and then Obama’s Christianity). In any event, here are some mid-day news morsels, such as they are:

* The daily 1:00 PM dose of strangeness from Gallup Tracking: Mitt’s LV lead down to a mere six percent; Obama job approval still at 49.

* Team Mitt playing expectations game for tonight’s debate way, way low.

* Carl Cannon profile of Colorado notes $72 million spent there as of last week on presidential ads–which ranks the state fourth in expenditures.

* Another article on how Coal Country will cost Obama win in Virginia. I dunno: SW VA small and shrinking percentage of state vote, and Obama lost it badly in 2008 anyway.

* As Amy Sullivan points out at Twitter, new PRRI survey shows zero movement by Catholics on contraception mandate after entire Bishops’ “fortnight of freedom” campaign.

And in non-political news:

* Giants/Cardinals go to Game Seven. Another big distraction from Debate Three.

Back after yet another caffeine injection.

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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.