Got a twitter admonition to watch my tone of voice in talking about the views of Kevin Williamson. Talk about false equivalency!

Here are some midday news/views items with impeccable tone:

* The “Dallas Ebola Patient,” who has a real name (Thomas Eric Duncan), dies.

* At the Prospect, Sue Sturgis has more on the Americans for Prosperity mailer in NC that seemed to be designed to confuse people about how and when to vote.

* CNN’s Peter Hamby totes up all of Martin O’Malley’s midterm chores and the favors he made have earned.

* At Vox Sarah Kliff explains why part-time Wal-Mart employees denied health insurance may be happy because now they qualify for Obamacare subsidies.

* Most Alaskans got a check for $1884 last week, one of the higher annual oil royalty checks paid out annually since 1982.

And in non-political news:

* Oh brother: “craft” sodas could be the next big thing.

As we break for lunch, here’s more Nighthawks, performing “Whammer Jammer” back in 1976 in Toronto.

Ed Kilgore

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.