When I was a state employee in Georgia, Columbus Day was an inscrutable annual holiday gift, since Italian-Americans were not thick on the ground. In D.C., however, it was basically a non-ethnic annual celebration of a big congressional recess. Go figure.

Here are some spicy midday news/views treats:

* New York Times reminds us whole premise of voter ID laws is a fraud.

* Remember that Iowa Poll that freaked out Democrats so badly a couple weeks ago? Latest version has Braley and Ernst basically tied.

* Global temperatures in September the hottest on record.

* South Dakota celebrating Native American Day, not Columbus Day.

* Jason Zengerle not a big fan of Alison Grimes’ Kentucky campaign.

And in non-political news:

* Big crowds at New York Comic Con.

As we break for lunch, here’s my favorite Paul Simon song: yes, it’s “Graceland.”

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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.