My big morning news flash was that the NCAA has extended Georgia Bulldogs football star Todd Gurley’s suspension until November 15, meaning he misses two more games but will be back for the big game with Auburn. The University of Georgia is appealing and asking for the 2-game suspension (already served) they assumed.
Here are some less personally urgent midday news/views treats:
* Maine Indie gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler holds news conference to announce–he’s not withdrawing from the race. Good news for Paul LePage.
* The Upshot publishes some useful charts on who has benefited so far from the Affordable Care Act.
* Cyberattack on White House computer system–allegedly by hirelings of Russia–wreaked havoc on routine operations but did not, reportedly, involve significant security breach.
* At TNR Jason Zengerle argues that Martha Coakley isn’t “blowing” MA gubernatorial race, even though Charlie Baker could very well win.
* At the Prospect, Paul Waldman suggests the bigger winner in a Senate GOP victory could be John Boehner, who will experience a lot less heat.
And in sorta non-political news:
* Former Panamanian jefe Manuel Noriega loses California lawsuit against videogame maker who used his likeness in “Call of Duty” games.
As we break for lunch, here’s Lazy Lester performing “Blues Stop Knocking At My Door” with Jimmy Vaughan and John Nicholas in Austin.