Democrats exhaled this week. President Obama, who simply occupied a debate stage in Denver two weeks ago, showed up in mind and body for his rematch with Mitt Romney on Long Island. The two men moved around the stage like boxers. They took jabs at each other, rhetorically speaking. And they wielded their index fingers like epees or sabers, hoping their point or counterpoint hit a vulnerability or guarded against damage.

Two of Romney’s wounds were self-inflicted. He went on the offense against Obama on Libya and drew back a nub. His “binders full of women” and subsequent knowledge that the tale he told was of the tall variety only serves to buttress the belief that he’ll say anything to curry favor.

In other news, Secretary Clinton took responsibility for Benghazi. Tommy Thompson’s son told a birther joke in Wisconsin. The second-degree murder trial for George Zimmerman, the killer of Trayvon Martin, was set for June 10. And another federal district court ruled Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

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