Dreadfully slow news day, for this close to an election. But you never know what minor item will prove to be important later. Here are a few:

* Paul Ryan’s going to deliver a “poverty policy” speech in Colorado tomorrow. Psychic flash: it’s not going to be aimed at poor people.

* At Religion Dispatches, Sarah Posner notes it would have been highly appropriate for the candidates last night to discuss religious freedom–particularly for women–in Israel.

* Romney’s proposed Medicaid funding cuts would make most of the state “innovations” he claims to be supporting impossible.

* John Kerry says he may need an “exorcism” after playing Mitt Romney through all the debate prep.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reviews reactions of a college student panel to final presidential debate (with links to earlier debate reax).

And in non-political news:

* Iowans may be less concerned about the elections than about KCCI’s closure of Des Moines “weather beacon,” a major landmark that provided weather forecast via colored lights.

Enough. After late-night blogging yesterday, it may be time for a nap. So here’s Richard Manuel (and The Band) performing the perfect mid-afternoon lullaby:

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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.