Thursday’s Biden-Ryan vice presidential debate: “Rarely has a vice presidential debate been as crucial as the one between Vice President Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan on Thursday night will be. After Mitt Romney’s lopsided victory over President Obama in Denver last week, the exchange will arrive at a fluid and potentially pivotal moment in the campaign.” (Washington Post)

Politico’s Arena asks: Going into the vice presidential debate, what is each candidate’s Achilles’ heel? 

High expectations for Paul Ryan debate performance. (Washington Post)

We need a better debt debate: “If there was a bigger loser than President Obama on that Denver debate stage last week, it was the conversation about our national debt and the fiscal crisis threatening this country. Throughout the 90-minute debate, both candidates made frequent references to the deficit, the debt, or balancing the budget, but showed little willingness to actually do anything about it,” writes Cato’s Michael Tanner. (National Review)

The six most memorable moments in vice presidential debate history. (Washington Post)

AEI’s Jonah Goldberg: “I once thought that Obama’s relentless Bush-blaming was simply a mix of political expediency and gracelessness. But the truth is more complicated. Liberals have smartly, albeit cynically, laid the case that Bush was Herbert Hoover in order to make the claim that Obama is Franklin D. Roosevelt. For this to work, Hoover must be remembered as a do-nothing free-market guy. But Hoover was no such thing. He nearly tripled government spending in response to the Depression. FDR used Hoover’s spending as a baseline for his own, even as he dishonestly decried Hoover’s passivity.” (National Review)

Room for Debate asks: Proponents say, the “A” to “F” grading system is one of the best ways to get parents to pay attention, but critics say that the city’s over emphasis on test performance skews the grades, making them unreliable for judging the quality of a school. If these progress reports are not reliable, what is the purpose of them? (New York Times)

Peter J. Thomas and Peter Ferrara: The U.S. Expressway to Greece. (Washington Times)

Manhattan Institute’s Diana Furchtgott-Roth: California gas prices are a warning. (Washington Examiner