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WMUR:
Poll shows Obama with 15-point lead in NH
Discussion: Ballot Box, The Fix and CNN
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Parade of Bad Polls, Continued
Discussion: American Power and GayPatriot
Allison Sherry / Denver Post:
Mitt Romney would allow waivers to children of illegal immigrants  —  Young illegal immigrants who receive temporary work permits to stay in the United States under an executive order issued by President Barack Obama would not be deported under a Mitt Romney administration, the GOP presidential hopeful told The Denver Post Monday.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Crossroads launches $16 million buy in Senate, presidential contests  —  American Crossroads and its affiliate Crossroads GPS are going up today with their biggest paid media push so far in the 2012 cycle, with a $16 million one-week buy on TV and radio in eight presidential battlegrounds and four Senate contests, POLITICO has learned.
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Are You Kidding Me?  Romney's Garbage Man Blasts Him In New Political Ad  —  A new anti-Mitt Romney ad from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees features Richard Hayes, the garbageman who deals with the Romneys' trash at their oceanfront mansion in La Jolla, California.
Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
Why Obama Is Leading in Swing States  —  Across most of the presidential battleground states, particularly in the Midwest, President Obama's lead rests on a surprisingly strong performance among blue-collar white women who usually tilt toward the GOP.  —  A National Journal analysis …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Leaders at Work on Plan to Avert Mandatory Cuts  —  WASHINGTON — Senate leaders are closing in on a path for dealing with the “fiscal cliff” facing the country in January, opting to try to use a postelection session of Congress to reach agreement on a comprehensive deficit reduction deal rather than a short-term solution.
Fox News:
2 US Border agents shot, 1 killed, near major drug corridor in Arizona  —  DEVELOPING: Two U.S. Border Patrol agents were shot, one fatally, Tuesday morning in an area in south Arizona known as a major drug-smuggling corridor, authorities said.  —  The identities of the agents were not immediately released …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Scared Monkeys
David Catanese / Politico:
In debate, Scott Brown veers away from GOP  —  Republican Scott Brown has seemingly calculated the only way he will be able to serve a second Senate term in Massachusetts is if he successfully leaves his party in the dust.  —  In his second high-stakes debate with Democrat Elizabeth Warren …
Discussion: CNN and Taylor Marsh
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Disgusting... Obama Supporters Begin Phone Call Campaign Attacking Mitt Romney's Mormon Faith  —  Disgusting.  —  Obama supporters are making calls attacking Mitt Romney's Mormon faith and deceiving Christian voters on Barack Obama's pro-abortion record.  —  Barack Obama is the most anti …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama ad says Bain investment exploited ‘sweatshop conditions’ in China
New York Times:
U.S. Scales Back Plans for Afghan Peace  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — With the surge of American troops over and the Taliban still a potent threat, American generals and civilian officials acknowledge that they have all but written off what was once one of the cornerstones of their strategy to end the war here …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Paul Ryan Legend Dissipates  —  Before we discuss our tax plan, I would like to point out that my eyes are extremely blue.  —  Paul Ryan's selection as Mitt Romney's vice-presidential candidate is subjecting him to all manner of strange new indignities, such as questions about public policy …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Paul Ryan: Cut taxes first, balance budget later
Charlie Gasparino / Fox Business:
Romney Losing Donors to GOP House, Senate Candidates  —  The Romney campaign is experiencing what some officials believe could be the beginning of a mass exodus of big money donors diverting their cash away from the Republican presidential hopeful and toward Republican candidates for the House …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Republican Lawmaker: Obama's Handling Of Libya Is ‘Worse Than Watergate’  —  Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) joined the chorus of Republicans criticizing President Obama's response to the violence in Libya on Monday, going so far as to suggest that the administration's handling of the situation …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and The Agonist
Molly K. Hooper / Ballot Box:
Cantor's rival gets harsh in sole face-off  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) endured a barrage of personal attacks in his general election debate against Democratic challenger Wayne Powell Monday night.  —  Throughout the hourlong debate, hosted by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce …
Discussion: Politico
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Scandalous: White House Tells Contractors to Break Federal Law and Not Inform Workers They Will Be Laid Off; Further Tells Them The Administration Will Pay Their Fines For Breaking the Law  —  Due to Obama's failure to lead and craft a solution to the debt crisis, the Department of Defense is slated for massive cuts.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Speaker Boehner uses Rove-like strategy to hold House majority  —  Speaker John Boehner has implemented a Karl Rove-like campaign strategy aimed at helping Republicans in blue and red states that are not considered competitive in the 2012 presidential contest.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
New York Times:
Bain's Offshore Strategies Grew Romneys' Wealth  —  Buried deep in the tax returns released by Mitt Romney's presidential campaign are references to dozens of offshore holdings with names like Ursa Funding (Luxembourg) S.à.r.l. and Sankaty Credit Opportunities Investors (Offshore) IV, based in the Cayman Islands.
Discussion: DealBook and The Reaction
Politico:
10 quotes that haunt Barack Obama  —  Ahead in the polls, looking strong in key swing states: This must be exactly what Barack Obama dreamed his reelection campaign would look like, five weeks from Election Day and on the eve of the first debate.  —  But, as the president and his team well know …
Malcom Moore / Telegraph:
Gridlock as China begins its ‘Golden Week’ holidays  —  A decision to grant free road travel meant hundreds of thousands of Chinese drivers spent the first day of the mid-autumn festival in gridlock.  —  People stand next to their cars during a traffic jam in Shenzhen city, Guangdong province
Wall Street Journal:
J.P. Morgan Sued on Mortgage Bonds  —  New York's top prosecutor opened a new front in efforts to hold banks accountable for the financial crisis by filing a civil lawsuit against J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., alleging widespread fraud by the company's Bear Stearns unit in the sale of mortgage-backed securities.
Discussion: Firedoglake and naked capitalism
Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
Jon Stewart Tears Into Obama Admin's Contradictory, Uncoordinated Response To Libya Attack  —  The recent White House debacle surrounding the Libya attack spurred Jon Stewart to unveil a new segment on Monday night: “Do You Guys Ever Talk To Each Other Or...” (The apparent answer would be a decided “no.")
Discussion: CBS Philly and The Raw Story
Dennis Romboy / Deseret News:
Latest poll: Mia Love pulls ahead of Jim Matheson in 4th District race  —  SALT LAKE CITY — Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love has overcome a double-digit deficit to overtake Rep. Jim Matheson in Utah's hotly contested 4th Congressional District, the latest Deseret News/KSL poll shows.
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Michael Burleigh / Telegraph:
Eric Hobsbawm: A believer in the Red utopia to the very end  —  The grotesque facts never got in the way of Eric Hobsbawm's devotion to communism  —  Eric Hobsbawm dogmatically refused to accept that the Bolshevik Revolution had been a murderous failure  —  A few decades ago I almost …
Fresno Bee:
At least 40 hurt in Amtrak derailment south of Hanford  —  HANFORD — At least 40 people were hurt Monday afternoon when a big rig and an Amtrak passenger train collided south of Hanford.  —  The collision happened about 12:20 p.m. on the BNSF Railway freight tracks at Kansas Avenue, between 10th and 10 1/2 Avenue.
Discussion: L.A. NOW, CNN and New York Magazine
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Obama's claim that the Bush tax cuts led to the economic crisis  —  “Now Governor Romney believes that with even bigger tax cuts for the wealthy, and fewer regulations on Wall Street, all of us will prosper.  In other words, he'd double down on the same trickle-down policies that led to the crisis in the first place.”
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Hot Air
Associated Press:
Court won't hear appeal over TSA scanners  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear a Florida man's attempt to challenge the use of full-body scanners at airports.  —  The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by Jonathan Corbett, who wanted to challenge …
 
 
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How Obama's green energy policies are bad for the poor
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DSCC investing $526,000 in Arizona Senate race
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