Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Responsibility: “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she takes responsibility when it comes to security concerns in Libya in the run up to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans including a U.S. ambassador.”
* Putting aside the question over whether Paul Ryan washed clean or dirty dishes at his soup kitchen photo-op, the clarity of his policies as they relate to the poor are not in dispute.
* This won’t work: “The Taliban, al-Qaida and conservative groups in Pakistan have launched an unprecedented effort to justify the attack on teenager Malala Yousufzai and to calm the reaction against her shooting.”
* Imagine that: “President Obama’s contraception mandate is helping him enormously with female voters, a new USA Today/Gallup poll says.”
* Asking the right questions: “The most difficult question in any election – but particularly in this election – is ‘Compared with what?’ … The recovery has been slow and painful compared with what we’d expect following a normal recession. But this wasn’t a normal recession. This was a global financial meltdown. So, when asking whether our economic policymakers have done a good job, we need to ask, compared with what?”
* Ouch: “Tennessee’s oldest and largest conservative organization is mounting a campaign to force the resignation of Representative Scott DesJarlais after a taped phone call of Mr. DesJarlais, an anti-abortion Republican, appeared to show him pressuring a mistress to terminate a pregnancy.”
* Paying close attention to post-debate “snap polls” probably isn’t a great idea, as CNN’s misstep helped remind us last week.
* Alec MacGillis takes a brave, bold stand against the “be-all-and-end-all significance” of modern presidential candidate debates.
* And RomneyTaxPlan.com is so clever, I really wish I’d thought of it.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.