Happy Birthday to Brian Blessed, 76. I'm not sure he's my all-time favorite actor, but he'll do 'til someone else comes along. His Augustus is certainly among my very favorite TV characters/performances; he's wonderful in a weirdly neglected As You Like It; and terrific fun in small roles in Branagh's Henry and Much Ado. I haven't made a point of seeing everything he's in, but I haven't been disappointed yet (okay, yes, there's the Star Wars thing, but hard to blame him for that). I've never seen his Lear; I really should. Anyway: I know I've touted it before, but any of you who haven't watched I Claudius...absolutely must-see.
Meanwhile, plenty of good stuff:
1. Catherine Rampell on why the September - and August - employment numbers might have been what they appear to have been.
2. Good Matthew Dickinson post-debate item.
3. John Sides: "the constant attention to individual polls is hurting America." And a good Nate Silver summary of what the polls, and the election, look like to him.
4. For Mitt Romney's foreign policy speech, you want Fred Kaplan, who is brutal.
5.What's going on with Super PACs and House races? An important question; Nicholas Confessore and Jo Craven McGinty have quite a bit of information. From what they can tell, there's a lot of outside money, and there seems to be at least some partisan balance.
6. Perhaps vaguely relevant to my post yesterday; a Ta-Nehisi Coates "Limited and Self-Serving Defense of Political Punditry." Also makes strong points about Obama and the debate.
7. And Aaron Blake and Sean Sullivan over at the Fix bring us their picks for the greatest political dynasties in every state. Fun!