Morning Briefing: Drought Pushes Food Prices To Record Highs

— The current drought — considered the worst since the Dust Bowl era — is increasing global food prices. The cost of corn and soybeans have both surged to record highs.

Three new polls all show President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney locked in a tight race within five points of each other, despite each poll’s varying methodology and sample pool.

— Diversity of race and gender in the workforce:

— Stephen Colbert on the “struggling” waiters and waitresses at Mitt Romney’s fundraisers:

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— And finally: Newt Gingrich and Snooki both appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where the former House Speaker congratulated Snooki on her bestselling books. “Thank you,” Snooki said. “I’m trying to be like you.”