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3:55 PM ET, October 4, 2012

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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Obama Campaign Shifts Attack Strategy After Debate  —  They've been attacking “severely conservative” Mitt for months.  Now they're calling Romney a flip-flopper.  —  Image by Kevin Lamarque / Reuters  —  DENVER — President Barack Obama and his aides rapidly reversed …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Romney's Successful Debate Plan: Lying  —  Political reporters and pundits lean heavily on the horse race method of coverage, which has badly hurt Mitt Romney for most of the campaign.  Last night it helped him.  Romney was forceful and articulate and dodged his association with almost all the most unpopular aspects of his platform.
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Top Romney Adviser: States Will Have To Cover People With Pre-Existing Conditions Under President Romney  —  After the first presidential debate at the University of Denver in Colorado on Wednesday night, one of Mitt Romney's top advisers acknowledged that, as a result Romney's plan to repeal Obamacare …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging The First Presidential Debate 2012  —  10.31 pm.  Look: you know how much I love the guy, and you know how much of a high information viewer I am, and I can see the logic of some of Obama's meandering, weak, professorial arguments.  But this was a disaster for the president …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
At Last Night's Debate: Romney Told 27 Myths In 38 Minutes  —  Pundits from both sides of the aisle have lauded Mitt Romney's strong debate performance, praising his preparedness and ability to challenge President Obama's policies and accomplishments.  But Romney only accomplished this goal by repeatedly misleading viewers.
Paul Krugman:
Romney's Sick Joke  —  OK, so Obama did a terrible job in the debate, and Romney did well.  But in the end, this isn't or shouldn't be about theater criticism, it should be about substance.  And the fact is that everything Obama said was basically true, while much of what Romney …
Jackie Koszczuk / NationalJournal.com:
Liberals Livid With Obama's Debate Performance  —  How bad was it for Obama Wednesday night?  Even some of his biggest fans were livid that he let Mitt Romney walk away with a win, and they were not suffering in silence.  —  Within an hour of the debate ending, liberals and longtime Democratic operatives …
Politico:
How Obama's debate strategy bombed  —  DENVER - A stunned Obama campaign acknowledged Thursday that President Barack Obama delivered a lackluster and even ineffectual performance in his leadoff debate against Mitt Romney, mistakenly opting for a cautious approach to handling his opponent …
Discussion: CNN, NBC Latino and Scared Monkeys
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Polls Show a Strong Debate for Romney
CNN:
CNN Poll: Most watchers say Romney debate winner
Mark Landler / The Caucus:
Obama Looks for ‘the Real Mitt Romney’
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama campaign: Adjustments will be made in debate strategy
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
CNN:
That was fast: Romney debate remarks in new Obama ad
CNN:
Obama: ‘Real’ Mitt Romney was missing from debate
Discussion: Politico
Mstech / Priorities USA Action:
RESEARCH MEMO: Results Of Dial Group Session In Aurora, CO.
CNN:
KitchenAid apologizes for tweet insulting Obama
Discussion: HyperVocal, Politico and Gawker
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Camp's Post-Debate Plan: Expose ‘Serial Evader’ Romney
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Media piles on moderator Jim Lehrer
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
There Went the Boom
Benjamin Netanyahu / CNN:
Empty Oval Office featured in anti-Obama ad
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CNN's Factcheck for the Ages
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Dem Debate Meltdown: Stumbling Obama Surrogate Speaks Of ‘President Romney’
BuzzFeed:
How Mitt Romney Won The First Debate
Jeff Davis / blog.aarp.org:
AARP's Statement on the Denver Presidential Debate  —  Below is the statement AARP released on this evening's Presidential debate:  —  Denver, CO—Earlier this evening the Presidential candidates discussed AARP, Social Security and Medicare during the first Presidential debate of the 2012 general election.
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Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Debate Ratings: Fox News Tops Cable News For First Debate, As More People Tune In Than 2008  —  More than 58 million people watched the first Presidential debate last night between President Obama and Mitt Romney, up substantially from the first debate in the 2008 election cycle, which had 52.4 million viewers.
Byron Tau / Politico:
Sununu calls Obama lazy, disengaged and incompetent  —  Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu lit into President Obama's Wednesday debate performance, calling him “lazy” and “disengaged.”  —  “What people saw last night, I think, was a president that revealed his incompetence …
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Romney surrogate Sununu calls Obama ‘lazy and detached’
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
The Fix:
Networks, AP cancel exit polls in 19 states  —  Breaking from two decades of tradition, this year's election exit poll is set to include surveys of voters in 31 states, not all 50 as it has for the past five presidential elections, according to multiple people involved in the planning.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
We're Trying To Figure This Out  —  Getting a massive amount of coverage this morning is the CNN snap poll of the debate, which showed Romney winning the exchanged overwhelmingly.  —  But the internals of the poll look really strange.  If you look at the breakdown of the sample …
Discussion: Mediaite
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
KitchenAid Jokes: Obama's Grandmother Was Lucky She Died Before He Became President  —  The company KitchenAid is primarily involved in the business of making cakes.  But their Twitter account stirred up some political ire last night when it tweeted a “joke” about President Obama's dead grandmother.
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Brian Anthony Hernandez / Mashable!:
KitchenAid Tweets Joke About Obama's Dead Grandma [UPDATED]
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Mitt Gets Away With It—For Now  —  So other than the fading echoes of Republican celebration and Democratic angst from last night's presidential debate, and the wait we will now have to endure to see if it made any tangible difference in the contest, what should we actually carry away from the event?
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Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Ann Romney to Fill in for Robin Roberts on ‘Good Morning America’ (Exclusive)  —  With the presidential election only weeks away, ABC News also is in discussions with first lady Michelle Obama about co-hosting “GMA.”  —  Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney …
Discussion: The Hill, Election 2012 and Mediaite
PBS:
PBS Statement Regarding October 3 Presidential Debate  —  We are very disappointed that PBS became a political target in the Presidential debate last night.  Governor Romney does not understand the value the American people place on public broadcasting and the outstanding return on investment the system delivers to our nation.
Twitter Blog:
Dispatch from the Denver debate  —  The topic of tonight's presidential debate was domestic policy, and citizens all over came to Twitter to share their comments and follow millions of real-time responses from pundits, campaigns, and fellow voters.  —  As conversation on the Denver stage …
 
 
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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Video: Republican Party Training ‘Poll Challengers’ In Illegal Voter Suppression
Luke Baker / Reuters:
Romney's strong debate showing puts Europe on edge
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Ann Coulter On Debate: Obama Looked Depressed, Could See ‘Michelle Wanted To Go Home With Mitt’
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Romney Won by Being Himself (and Obama Lost for the Same Reason)
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Press Critics Pile On Jim Lehrer's Debate Performance
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Speaking of Debate Losers ...
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Media sycophants didn't help Obama
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