The XX Factor

We’re Talking About: Democrats Gaining, O’Donnell’s New Ad, and Women in Berlin

-With less than a month to go before midterm elections, voters remain strongly tilted toward Republicans , although Democrats have made some modest improvement since their late-summer low point. [ Washington Post ]

- Christine O’Donnell’s new campaign advertisement . [ YouTube ]

-Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall , it is West German women who, in many ways, strive to be more like their formerly Eastern bloc sisters. [ New York Times ]

- Mad Men ‘s John Slattery is going to guest star on 30 Rock . He will appear in this season’s seventh episode, as a congressional candidate. [ New York Magazine ]

Photograph of Christine O’Donnell by Mark Wilson for Getty Images.