Buoyed by early voting in his favor, Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney by five points in the pivotal state of Ohio, according to a new TIME poll.

An anonymous but “knowledgeable” source tells BuzzFeed that Romney spray tans.

Contrary to BuzzFeed’s report, NYC Council Speaker “Christine Quinn has never been spray tanned,” according to her spokesman.

Romney’s campaign has not asked Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock to remove an ad featuring the presidential candidate after Mourdock suggested that children conceived during rape were “intended” by God.

House Democrats set the date for their caucus leadership elections on Nov. 29 amid uncertainty that Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will seek to retain the post.

The Donald’s supposed October surprise wasn’t a big deal in the least.

Azi Paybarah: “(A)s a public persona, Trump is the creation of traditional media. Social media has merely amplified him. He is Frankenstein’s monster, and you are his creator.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to throw a gigantic New York booze-themed party at the Javits Center.

Cuomo said state government will put the promotion of New York-made beer, wine and liquor “on steroids” to boost jobs and help the growing industries.

The Islanders are moving to Brooklyn.

Sam Roberts says there are both historic and marketing reasons why the team shouldn’t change its name despite the move.

Assemblyman Chuck Lavine called the loss of the team a “crying shame” for Nassau County, and blamed GOP County Executive Ed Mangano.

Congress’ approval rating is a whopping 21 percent – up from 13 percent in September – two weeks out from Election Day.

Scheduling conflicts will prevent former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair from participating as planned in Cuomo’s emergency preparedness summit.

Cuomo endorsed Al Stirpe, the Cicero Democrat trying to win back his Assembly seat.

Republican state Senate candidate Bob Cohen, who owns apartment buildings in New York City, has settled $250,000 in private negligence lawsuits with his tenants.

US Senate candidate Wendy Long filed an amended third quarter fundraising report that reflects her large campaign debt.

The DCCC has taken out a $17 million line of credit to help fund the final stretch of the election cycle. The NRCC declined to comment on whether it has done the same.

Googlers support marriage equality.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Gangnam style.

Rajat Gupta, a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Procter & Gamble Co. board member once widely respected for his business smarts, has been sentenced to two years in prison for insider trading.

Blake Zeff explains why Bill Clinton is a better surrogate for Obama than he was for his own wife in 2008.

NYC Councilman Dan Halloran, who’s running against Assemblywoman Grace Meng in NY-6, is wooing the Asian vote by calling for justice for Japanese WII “comfort women.”

Green Party NY-21 candidate Donald Hassig was arrested – again.

Brian Dwyer previews YNN’s NY-21 debate between Rep. Bill Owens and Matt Doheny, which will air tomorrow at 7 p.m.

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