Today on the Dish, Andrew hailed the Newsweek Global decision, calling print magazines "horses and carriages" in the automobile era. Readers then wanted Andrew to shave his beard if Obama wins the third debate – and 98% gave Obama the win in Long Island last Tuesday.
In electoral mapping, Wisconsin looked to be in play and Sabato's Crystal Ball outlined how Obama and Romney could tie. Meanwhile, in binder news, the meme hit the Amazon reviews section, and after Chait urged Dems to drop "binder" meme-ing, readers reminded us that the overarching issue is still important.
Elsewhere in politics today, DOMA took another hit from an appeals court in a decision that "heightened scrutiny." Romney then contradicted himself on government-led job creation, Larison expected Romney to flub Monday's debate and the Tax Policy Center found Romney's math still didn't add up. Obama's deportations included few "gangbangers," Brian Beutler examined how Romney could undermine Romneycare, and as Jonathan Cohn compared red and blue state realities, Kate Sheppard believed that the Great Recession benefited climates skeptics. Matt Groff then analyzed the cost of the War on Drugs and legalization advocates discussed the twilight of prohibition, though legalization lost steam in Colorado. Plus, Jimmy Kimmel conducted a debate-awareness experiment that was both unsettling and hilarious.
In global issues, Anne Applebaum pushed back on the notion that US diplomats must not face risk, Anthony Tao defended China against Romney and Obama, Beinart reflected on the most unfair criticism of his book and bloggers remembered Cambodia's King Sihanouk.
In assorted commentary, a California supermax prison outdid Iran's solitary confinement conditions in its austerity, D.T. Max mused on DFW's description of the Internet and online voting seemed unlikely. Andrew Sprung hated indictments of entire generations, Ozimek worried about a 15-hour work-week and Joseph A. Konstan and John Riedl revealed how Netflix and Amazon formulate suggestions. Readers added more to the New York Shitty conversation, Mary Bidinger explained why it's hard to write what you know and Richey Piiparinen and Anne Trubek aimed to broaden the stories of struggling American cities. MHB here and VFYW here.