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9:55 AM ET, October 11, 2012

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Domenico Montanaro / First Read:
NBC/WSJ/Marist poll: Romney gains in key swing states  —  A week after President Barack Obama's lackluster debate performance, Republican challenger Mitt Romney has made some gains in three key swing states among those most likely to vote, according to the latest round of NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls.
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CBS News:
Poll: Romney edges Obama in Colo., narrows gap in Wis.  —  On the heels of last week's presidential debate, Mitt Romney has emerged with a one-point edge over President Obama in Colorado and has cut the president's lead in half in Wisconsin, according to a new Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll.
Discussion: Business Insider
New York Times:
Voters Give Romney Better Grades for Leadership, Polls in 3 States Find  —  WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney is seen by more voters in three battleground states as a strong leader after his dominant debate performance last week, but perceptions that the economy is improving remain a buttress …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Letting us in on a secret  —  When House Republicans called a hearing in the middle of their long recess, you knew it would be something big, and indeed it was: They accidentally blew the CIA's cover.  —  The purpose of Wednesday's hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee …
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Mother of Slain State Dept. Official Tired of Being Lied To and Stonewalled by Obama Administration
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
What Happened In Benghazi — Today's Q's for O's WH — 10/10/12
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Chris McGreal / Guardian:   Benghazi attack testimony claims state department ignored warnings
Libby Denkmann / MyNorthwest.com:
Romney's emotional story remembered very differently by friend of fallen SEAL  —  Listen: Romney's emotional story remembered very differently by friend of fallen SEAL  —  On the stump in Iowa Tuesday, Mitt Romney got emotional when he revealed that he met former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty at a holiday party some years ago.
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Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
The Grieving Widow Behind Romney's Personal Story  —  Jane Horton, 26, picture with Mitt and Ann Romney.  Horton's husband, Chris Horton, is featured in Romney's stump speech.  —  Jane Horton began crying on the other end of the phone when she learned that Mitt Romney had been using the story …
WHDH-TV:
Mother of Navy Seal killed in Libya speaks out
CNN:
Romney dropping ex-SEAL story after family complaint
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Analysis: High Stakes for Vice Presidential Debate  —  Time running short, Vice President Joe Biden faces the greater burden in his debate with Republican Paul Ryan as he seeks to use the election's only encounter between presidential running mates to slow Mitt Romney's momentum and reset …
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Mike Allen / Politico:
Biden seeks to calm left — Ryan to claim misrepresentations by Obama — New swing-state polls: CO, VA, OH, WI, FL — Brooke Brower baby  —  MORNING MINDMELD: Conversations with advisers to the V.P. candidates suggest that both will be very aggressive tonight.
Discussion: New York Times
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
FLASHBACK: MODERATOR RADDATZ STUNNED DEMOCRAT JOHN SILBER'S CAMPAIGN FOR MA GOVERNOR IN 1990 DEBATE
Discussion: Politico, Power Line and Instapundit
First Read:
Obama says he was ‘too polite’ toward Romney in first debate
Jennifer Martinez / The Hill:
GOP senators to White House: Cyber order would be ‘a mistake’  —  A trio of centrist Senate Republicans on Wednesday urged President Obama to hold back on issuing an executive order that would protect critical infrastructure systems from cyberattacks and encouraged him to work with Congress to pass legislation instead.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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ABCNEWS:
Martha Raddatz  —  Martha Raddatz was named Senior Foreign …
Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's tax mythology, made simple  —  I've said this before, but Mitt Romney's new formulation of his tax plan — one he used at the debate, and which he repeated to Wolf Blitzer yesterday — makes it absolutely clear that he's lying about something.  You don't need complicated Tax …
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots, Angry Bear and CNN
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Race Tightens in Two States  —  Romney Gains Among Independent Voters and Men, Post-Debate Surveys Show  —  Mitt Romney is deadlocked with President Barack Obama in two key battlegrounds—Florida and Virginia—while still behind in Ohio, according to new polls taken after the Republican's strong performance …
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Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Politics and the Gallup Poll  —  Since about the beginning of President Obama's tenure, the Gallup poll has generally been one of the least positive polls for the Democratic party.  This has prompted outrage and pressure from the left—even from presidential advisor David Axelrod.
Erika Johnsen / Hot Air:
Tapper to WH on Benghazi: So, wouldn't it be President Obama who shot first and aimed later?  —  If you'll recall, in the immediate wake of the breaking news of the riots in Cairo and Benghazi in September, the biggest question on the mainstream media's collective mind was not anything in the vein of …
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Jparkercbs / CBS San Francisco:
CBS 5 Poll: Romney Gains 8 Points On Faltering Obama In California  —  SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — The effects of President Barack Obama's falter in the first debate with Mitt Romney are not just being felt in battleground states, according to KPIX-TV CBS 5′s latest tracking poll of California …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Billionaire CEO Threatens To Fire Employees If Obama Wins  —  The CEO of a massive timeshare company sent an email about the upcoming election to his employees yesterday, threatening to fire some of them if President Obama wins re-election.  —  David Siegel, who owns Florida-based Westgate Resorts …
New York Times:
Romney Campaign Looks to Capitalize on Image Voters Saw in Debate  —  BOSTON — Inside Mitt Romney's campaign headquarters over the past few days, the data pouring in was unmistakable.  Aides scouring the results of focus groups and national polls found that undecided voters watching …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Matt Kaplan / Nature:
DNA has a 521-year half-life  —  Genetic material can't be recovered from dinosaurs — but it lasts longer than thought.  —  Few researchers have given credence to claims that samples of dinosaur DNA have survived to the present day, but no one knew just how long it would take for genetic material to fall apart.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Connie Cass / Associated Press:
Puny Issues Take Flight in Presidential Campaign  —  Do little things mean a lot?  Or not?  —  Four years ago, Barack Obama denounced petty attempts to “make a big election about small things.”  Now Republicans accuse the president of going small himself in pursuit of a second term.
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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