Wiretap: Oil price drop is good news, bad news

Oil prices are plummeting. After sticking around the $100-a-barrel price range since 2011, they’ve dropped around 20 percent since June, and many analysts expect the prices to go lower still. That’s obviously good news, especially here in the United States, where lower fuel costs would be a big help for the economy. But, as you might guess, it’s not good news for everyone. Via Vox.com.

If you’re confused about why Obama would make the election about him, here’s a hint: It’s all about the base. Via the Atlantic.

Rand Paul’s personhood problem: Can you really win the presidency that way? Via the New Yorker.

Dana Milbank on putting too much faith in the prediction models: What hath Nate Silver wrought? Via the Washington Post.

The Los Angeles Times‘ Doyle McManus looks at the best and worst ads in the 2014 campaign. The surprise is that none of them came from Colorado. There have been so many to choose from.

The good and bad of the Obamacare exchanges: Thirty thousand part-time workers losing health-care benefits at Walmart. Via the New York Times.

Is this 50-50 red-blue country, could the Senate really end up at 50-50 this November? Brent Brudowsky thinks so. Via the Hill.

Marriage is the real terror in Gone Girl. Via the Atlantic.

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