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9:30 PM ET, September 27, 2012

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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Brutal new Obama ad features Mitt Romney and the 47 percenters  —  The Obama campaign has not sent this ad to national reporters, but I'm told it will air in the seven key swing states.  It is a brutal shot at Mitt Romney's videotaped remarks about the freeloading 47 percent …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 26: Could 2012 Be Like 2008?  —  There's no point in putting it gently: Mitt Romney had one of his worst polling days of the year on Wednesday.  —  It began with a series of polls from The New York Times, CBS News and Quinnipiac University, released early Wednesday morning …
CNN:
First on CNN: Romney memo seeks to lower debate expectations  —  Washington (CNN) - If it wasn't already clear that Mitt Romney and his allies are trying to lower expectations heading into next Wednesday's debate against President Obama in Denver, the campaign is now making it official.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Mitt Romney to ‘fact check’ Obama in debate  —  Mitt Romney plans to turn himself into a one-man truth squad during the first presidential debate next week, casting President Barack Obama as someone who can't be trusted to stick to the facts or keep his promises.
CNN:
Samuel L. Jackson: ‘Wake the F*** up’ for Obama
Virginia / CNN:
Romney hammers Obama over sluggish GDP numbers
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Hot Air and Politico
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Shock Photos of Netanyahu at U.N. from AP, Reuters  —  Two shocking photos coming off the wire of Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the United Nations moments ago.  —  The first is from the Associated Press:  —  Associated PressAssociated Press  —  The second is from Reuters:  —  ReutersReuters
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Toby Harnden / Daily Mail:
Obama WILL speak to Netanyahu but only on the phone and a day AFTER Hillary Clinton meets him in New York
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:
Clinton Talks Iran With World Powers, Then Israel
Discussion: Politico
David Corn / Mother Jones:
NEW ROMNEY VIDEO: In 1985, He Said Bain Would “Harvest” Companies for Profits  —  This clip shows the young CEO focusing on businesses as targets for his investors, not as job creators or community stakeholders.  —  Campaigning for the presidency, Mitt Romney has pointed to his stint …
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Jesse Drucker / Bloomberg:
Romney ‘I Dig It’ Trust Gives Heirs Triple Benefit
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
From video to terrorist attack: a definitive timeline of administration statements on the Libya attack  —  “We are still doing an investigation.”  —  In any kind of confused overseas event, initial reports are often wrong.  But the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi …
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Fox News:
US officials knew Libya attack was terrorism within 24 hours, sources confirm
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Carney: We Didn't Lie About Libya, We Just Had Different Facts At the Time
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
Jason Hancock / Midwest Democracy:
Todd Akin says Claire McCaskill is not as ‘ladylike’ as 2006  —  JEFFERSON CITY - More than a month after his comments about “legitimate rape” nearly derailed his campaign for U.S. Senate, Republican Todd Akin said Thursday that it has become clear to him that he will triumph over Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill this fall.
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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Todd Akin Says McCaskill Is Not ‘Ladylike’
Discussion: Ballot Box
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Feds Arrest Producer Of Controversial Anti-Islam Film On Probation Violation Charge  —  Buster  —  The producer of the controversial anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims” has been arrested for violating terms of his probation and is set for an appearance this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
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Kimi Yoshino / L.A. NOW:
‘Innocence of Muslims’ filmmaker arrested on probation violation
Michael Isikoff / First Read:
RNC cuts ties with firm over voter registration allegations  —  The Republican National Committee has fired a controversial consulting firm it was paying millions of dollars to conduct voter registration in five battleground states, NBC News has learned.  —  The move came after the Palm Beach County …
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Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
RNC Cuts Off Firm Over Voter Registration Fraud Allegations
ACLU:
New Justice Department Documents Show Huge Increase in Warrantless Electronic Surveillance  —  Justice Department documents released today by the ACLU reveal that federal law enforcement agencies are increasingly monitoring Americans' electronic communications, and doing so without warrants …
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
CES Preliminary Benchmark Announcement  —  In accordance with usual practice, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is announcing the preliminary estimate of the upcoming annual benchmark revision to the establishment survey employment series.  The final benchmark revision will be issued on February 1 …
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
New Jobs Numbers Put Obama In Net Job Growth Territory
Discussion: The Stranger …
Nicholas Confessore / The Caucus:
Soros Gives $1 Million to Democratic ‘Super PAC’  —  The billionaire George Soros is committing $1 million to Priorities USA Action, the “super PAC” supporting President Obama, two people with knowledge of the decision said Thursday, a significant donation that could help spur further contributions …
David Kirby / Cato @ Liberty:
Poll Shows Romney Winning High Water Mark for Libertarian Vote  —  In a recent article on TheBlaze, Reason's Matt Welch, FreedomWork's Matt Kibbe, and David Boaz, speculated whether Romney can win over libertarians.  As we've shown in previous studies, libertarians represent a key swing vote that decides elections.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Poll: Libertarians Are, In Fact, Voting For Romney
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Phoenix Mayor Attempts To Live On A Food Stamp Budget: 'I'm Tired, And It's Hard To Focus'  —  When local activist groups challenged Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton to live on a food stamp budget for a week to mark Hunger Awareness Month, he took them up on the offer and found out just how hard it was.
BuzzFeed:
Bibi And Bomb  —  The Israeli Prime Minister goes viral.  A “red line” on Iran.  —  Zeke Miller  —  a half hour ago  —  8 responses
Sorourke / nation.foxnews.com:
Ann Coulter Causes Mass Hysteria on ‘The View,’ Whoopi Bleeped...  “The View” co-hosts get into heated discussion with Coulter, the author of “Mugged.”  —  Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames.  —  The conservative commentator makes the case in her new book, “Mugged” …
Hotline On Call:
The Politics of Beer: Stay Nonpartisan, My Friends  —  Americans who most often drink Dos Equis are in the middle-of-the-road while drinkers of Heineken's flagship brand are strongly Democratic.  Samuel Adams drinkers are strongly Republican, and more likely to vote.
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Americans' Preference Shifts Toward One-Party Government  —  Change in preferences driven mostly by Democrats  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — A record-high 38% of Americans prefer that the same party control the presidency and Congress, while a record-low 23% say it would be better if the president …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
In Changing News Landscape, Even Television is Vulnerable  —  Trends in News Consumption: 1991-2012  —  OVERVIEW  —  The transformation of the nation's news landscape has already taken a heavy toll on print news sources, particularly print newspapers.  But there are now signs that television news …
 
 
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David R. Henderson / Hoover Institution:
The Bottom One Percent  —  To lower taxes, free all prisoners …
Discussion: Hit & Run and EconLog
Brian Winter / Reuters:
U.S.-led “war on drugs” questioned at U.N.
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Drama! Intrigue! Habeas! On October 1, the Supreme Court Returns
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Stephen Lacey / ThinkProgress:
U.S. Oil Production Is At Highest Level Since 1997; Yet Gas Prices Remain ‘Stubbornly High’
Discussion: Bloomberg
Matt Flegenheimer / City Room:
M.T.A. Chief Challenges Board Member to ‘Be a Man’
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Benjamin Bell / ABCNEWS:
Five Questions ‘This Week’: Jennifer Granholm
Rasmussen Reports:
43% Expect Better Economy if Romney Wins; 34% Say Same of Obama
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and Power Line
Dr. Miriam Adelson / The Daily Caller:
The ugly attacks on my family highlight media double standard
Discussion: Algemeiner.com and Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
Red states' income growing faster than blue states'
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and Hit & Run
Washington Post:
Medicare working to boost Obama in swing states, poll finds
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Obama's Brutal New ‘47 Percent’ Ad
William J. Bennett / CNN:
Why you shouldn't vote for Obama
Discussion: National Review
BuzzFeed:
Romney's Supporters Reject His Soft Line On Obama
 

 
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