At nearly 3:00 PM local time, fog just now burning off. October’s a weird weather month here.

Here are some remains of the day:

* David Ignatius argues Obama is in the process of upgrading the talent level in his administration.

* Halperin reports DSCC going very big into South Dakota with ads for Senate candidate Rick Weiland.

* At the Atlantic, Nora Caplan-Bricker suggests Colorado’s John Hicklenlooper being undermined by his self-deprecating style.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein thinks whatever trouble Republicans have in settling on a nominee in 2016, it won’t much matter in the general election.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on a proposal from a New Jersey legislator to shut down for-profit colleges in the state if they don’t meet ambitious graduation standards.

And in non-political news:

* Hero: air tanker pilot fighting wildfire at Yosemite killed in crash.

That’s it for Wednesday. We’ll close with The Nighthawks performing “Moving Up In Class” in 1983.

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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.