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8:00 PM ET, October 16, 2012

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Kos / Daily Kos:
Daily Kos/SEIU State of the Nation poll: Romney's best numbers of the week  —  Public Policy Polling for Daily Kos & SEIU.  10/12-14.  Likely voters.  MoE ±2.5% (10/4-7 results) … Obama 46 (47)  —  Romney 50 (49)  —  At a time when other polls are moving back in the president's direction …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Wide expectation of voter fraud in Presidential race  —  The election may be three weeks away but voters on both sides of the partisan divide are already prepared to blame voter fraud if their candidate loses.  —  PPP polls over the weekend found:  —In Ohio 62% of Republicans think Democrats …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Outside the Beltway
Quinnipiac University:
Release Detail  —  October 16, 2012 - Romney Closing In On Obama In Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Casey-Smith Senate Race Too Close To Call  —  Watch Video: Assistant Director Tim Malloy discusses poll results  —  Clip Information and Download:  —  FLV File - For Website (1920x1080 / 50.8MB)
Howard Berkes / NPR:
Poll: Romney Near Landslide In Rural Swing Counties  —  As Mitt Romney and President Obama get ready for their second debate, a new bipartisan survey shows a surge for Romney in a key voter group following their first debate Oct. 3.  —  The random cell phone and landline poll …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Voters Equally Favorable to Romney, Obama
Warren Cole Smith / worldmag.com:
King's crisis  —  About 2,000 people gathered on Sept. 28 at First Baptist North in Spartanburg, S.C., to hear high-profile Christians speak on defending the faith and applying a Christian worldview to their lives.  Among the speakers: Eric Metaxas, Josh McDowell, and—keynote speaker for the evening …
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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Other Woman In Dinesh D'Souza Affair Is A D'Souza Fan  —  A scandal rocks the Evangelical conservative pundit circuit.  —  Source: ideniselustafter.com  —  The above is a photo of the woman who the Evangelical magazine World reported today is allegedly at a center of a storm around …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Dinesh D'Souza in Hot Water with Religious Right over Sex Scandal  —  Sarah Posner brings to us an emerging controversy surrounding Dinesh D'Souza, the conservative pseudo-intellectual who has been on the Religious Right media circuit pushing his anti-Obama “documentary,” as he is apparently seeing another woman who is not his wife.
Sarah Posner / Religion Dispatches:
The Fall of D'Souza's Star? - Post by SARAH POSNER
Discussion: Holy Bullies … and The Agonist
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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Washington Post Columnist Launches Sexist Diatribe Against Hillary Clinton On Twitter  —  Tonight, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took responsibility for the tragic death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Libya.  Clinton told CNN: “I take responsibility.
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Firedoglake
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Adviser says Romney will ask Obama to ‘man up’ on Libya attack at debate  —  Amb.  William Richardson, a top foreign policy adviser to the Romney campaign, said Tuesday that the Republican nominee would call on President Obama to “man up” and “accept his responsibility” …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Raw Story
CNN:
High court allows early voting in Ohio  —  (CNN) - The United States Supreme Court has given the green light to early voting in Ohio in the three days prior to November's election.  —  The brief, one sentence order from the court Tuesday is a setback for Republican leaders in the state …
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Steve Benen / msnbc.com:
Supreme Court rejects Ohio GOP's early-voting restrictions
Dan Froomkin / The Huffington Post:
Supreme Court Approves Ohio Early Voting On Final Weekend Before Election Day
Discussion: CNN, PJ Media and The Raw Story
New York Magazine:
Bill & Hillary Forever  —  But after Obama sealed the nomination, his attitude toward the Clintons shifted to a sharp differentiation.  His rancor toward Hillary evaporated: Obama needed her support, wanted her on his side, and was willing to work for it.  But Obama saw no benefit in kissing 42's ring, let alone his ass.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Daily Caller
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Donovan Slack / Politico:
Former aide sorry for dissing Obama
Discussion: Gretawire
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's ‘new math’ for jobs plan doesn't add up  —  “Let me tell you how I will create 12 million jobs when President Obama couldn't.  First, my energy independence policy means more than 3 million new jobs, many of them in manufacturing.  My tax reform plan to lower rates …
Valerie Strauss / The Answer Sheet:
French president pushing homework ban as part of ed reforms  —  How do you think this would go over in the United States?  French President François Hollande has said he will end homework as part of a series of reforms to overhaul the country's education system.  —  And the reason he wants to ban homework?
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Wall Street Journal:
France to Ban Homework. Really.
Discussion: Forbes and Instapundit
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
No Guarantee of Obama Rebound in Second Debate  —  President Obama was soundly defeated in the first presidential debate in Denver, contributing toward about a four-point swing toward Mitt Romney in head-to-head polls — enough to turn the race from one in which Mr. Obama had a clear lead into a very close contest.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Romney 50%, Obama 46% Among Likely Voters  —  Obama down sharply among men, college grads, and Southern voters vs. 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Half of likely voters now prefer Mitt Romney for president and 46% back President Barack Obama in Gallup interviewing through Monday.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Candy Crowley to defy debate contract  —  In an interview with CNN this afternoon, Candy Crowley reiterated that, like past town-hall debate moderators, she intends to do more than just hold the microphone at tonight's debate in Hempstead, N.Y. — an intention that has caused concern for both campaigns.
Bloomberg:
Electric Car Battery Maker A123 Systems Files Bankruptcy  —  A123 Systems Inc. (AONE), a maker of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for electric cars, filed for bankruptcy after failing to make a debt payment that was due yesterday.  —  The company listed assets of $459.8 million and debt …
Mark Salter / Real Clear Politics:
Romney Holds Advantage Tonight, Regardless of Format  —  The first thing to know about a “town-hall-style” presidential debate is that it bears as much resemblance to an actual campaign town-hall event as a marble statue does to its animated subject.  —  Real town halls are usually unscripted …
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
The Amazing Story of What Happened in Libya  —  Before you watch the foreign-policy portion of the presidential debate Tuesday, you must read the State Department's riveting tale of heroism in Benghazi.  —  The Benghazi consulate after being set on fire in a photo dated September 12.  (Reuters)
Discussion: Firedoglake and FREEDOM EDEN
First Read:
Ryan did wash dirty dishes during soup kitchen visit  —  LYNCHBURG, VA — Amid questions and criticisms related to Paul Ryan's visit this weekend to an Ohio soup kitchen, the charity's president said the Republican vice presidential candidate did, in fact, scrub dirty dishes though his visit wasn't officially sanctioned.
Sean Higgins / Washington Examiner:
WaPo Dept. of Burying the Lede: Jesse Jackson Jr. thought he was reincarnated chariot driver  —  In a story on the front page of the Washington Post about the controversies surrounding reclusive Illinois Democratic congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., readers have to wade through 23 paragraphs …
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Democrats Aren't Real Catholics, Says Kansas Senate Candidate  —  A candidate for State Senate in Kansas believes that Catholics, and Christians more broadly, who support Democrats cannot be true believers in Christ.  Republican Steve Fitzgerald, challenging incumbent Catholic Democrat Kelly Kultala …
Bloomberg:
Sorry, U.S. Recoveries Really Aren't Different  —  Five years after the onset of the 2007 subprime financial crisis, U.S. gross domestic product per capita remains below its initial level.  Unemployment, though down from its peak, is still about 8 percent.  Rather than the V- shaped recovery …
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
In VP Debate, Biden Seemed to Overstate His Role in Social Security Reform  —  During the vice presidential debate last week, Vice President Joe Biden seemed to significantly overstate his role in the 1983 negotiations over Social Security.  —  Asked about Medicare reform, the vice president said …
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Paul Ryan Can't Lose  —  On a Monday night in late September, Paul Ryan sat on the edge of a couch in his suite at the Cincinnatian Hotel, his left fist clenched so tightly around the neck of his bottle of Miller Lite that I could see the veins bulging in his hands.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Marbury
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
CNN Anchor Battles Anti-Gay Activist, Kicks Him Off After He Trashes ‘Toxic’ Homosexuality  —  CNN host Carol Costello could only stand so much anti-gay rhetoric this morning.  After allowing American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer to claim that Adolf Hitler's Nazi Stormtroopers …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Gawker
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
The Longest Yarn... JOE BIDEN CAUGHT IN LIE - Said He Played College Football - He Didn't  —  Friday Night Lies  —  Forward-  —  During a campaign stop in Athens, Ohio, on Saturday September 8, Vice President Joe Biden said the last time he was in the town, playing against the Ohio University football team …
 
 
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Jason Cherkis / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney's Bain Helped Philip Morris Get U.S. High Schoolers Hooked On Cigarettes
Discussion: Daily Kos and Mediaite
Daily Mail:
WHO IS THE JUDGE?  —  Colonel James L. Pohl is the lifetime soldier …
Jim Sanders / Capitol Alert:
Legislator says officials ‘should be shot’ as lousy tax stewards
Chris Epting / Noisecreep:
Gene Simmons on Barack Obama: 'He's Been a Piss-Poor President'
Discussion: Reuters and Mediaite
Los Angeles Times:
Ann Romney blames media, negative ads for husband's image
Discussion: Mediaite
Virginia Postrel / Bloomberg:
An Economics Nobel For Saving Lives
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Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Quick, Hide the BlackBerry, It's Too Uncool
Discussion: Instapundit, Betabeat and Forbes