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8:45 AM ET, October 17, 2012

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CNN:
CNN Poll: Nearly half say Obama won showdown  —  Hempstead, New York (CNN) - Give a slight edge to President Barack Obama.  —  Forty-six percent of voters who watched Tuesday night's presidential debate said that the president won the showdown, according to a CNN/ORC International nationwide …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Crowley challenges Romney on Libya  —  Debate moderator Candy Crowley challenged Gov. Mitt Romney's assertion about President Barack Obama's handling of the security situation in Libya — an unexpected move that elicited a rare moment of applause from the town hall audience.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging The “Strangers With Candy” Debate  —  10.40 pm.  To my mind, Obama dominated Romney tonight in every single way: in substance, manner, style, and personal appeal.  He came back like a lethal, but restrained predator.  He was able to defend his own record, think swiftly on his feet, and his Benghazi answer was superb.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Obama turns it around  —  A very different President Obama showed up to tonight's debate than the one who got trounced by Mitt Romney two weeks ago.  Obama absolutely had to turn in a performance that would make his base happy — and he did that, by demonstrating a willingness …
CBS News:
Poll: Obama edges Romney in second debate  —  CBS News Second debate poll generic / CBS NEWS/AP  —  President Obama edged Mitt Romney for a win in the second presidential debate Tuesday night, 37 percent of uncommitted voters said in a CBS News instant poll.
Patrick Brennan / National Review:
‘An Act of Terror’?  —  President Obama claimed tonight that he called the Benghazi attack an act of terror the day after it occurred, in the Rose Garden.  Mitt Romney seemed skeptical, and asked him whether he stood by that statement — that he'd called it terrorism, rather than a spontaneous act arising out of a demonstration.
CNN:
Transcript: Second presidential debate  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney met in Hempstead, New York Tuesday evening for the second of three presidential debates, moderated by CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.
New York Times:
Obama and Romney Turn Up the Temperature at Their Second Debate  —  President Obama, facing a newly invigorated challenge from Mitt Romney, portrayed his rival as a former corporate raider who would favor the wealthy over the middle class and a political vacillator during their second debate on Tuesday …
Talking Points Memo:
Candy Crowley Factchecks: Obama ‘Did In Fact’ Say Libya Attack Was Terrorism  —  Debate moderator Candy Crowley interjected during Mitt Romney's remarks in Tuesday's presidential debate, saying that President Obama “did in fact” call the attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya an act of terror the day after the incident.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Reaction to the Second Presidential Debate  —  If President Obama had done this well in the first debate, most would have already written off Mitt Romney.  Obama won the debate decisively.  —  The president had a simple formula: Defend and explain his record while insisting that Romney wasn't being truthful.
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Obama did call Benghazi attack an ‘act of terror’ - in Colorado  —  President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney sparred over whether Obama called the Sept. 11 murder of four Americans in Benghazi a “terrorist” attack.  In fact, Obama did refer to the attack as “an act of terror,” …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Instant Reaction Polls Show Narrow Obama Advantage in Second Debate
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Candy Crowley to defy debate contract
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Green Party ticket arrested at debate site
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Obama and Romney Spar in Lively Presidential Debate
Discussion: Politico
Candy Crowley / Fox News:
Transcript of second presidential debate
David S. Bernstein / Talking Politics:
Mind The Binder  —  Hey, I know about that binder!  And guess what — Mitt Romney was lying about it.  —  From the rush transcript: … Not a true story.  —  What actually happened was that in 2002 — prior to the election, not even knowing yet whether it would be a Republican …
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Abby Phillip / ABCNEWS:
Internet Takes Off With Mitt Romney's ‘Binders Full of Women’  —  Despite all the fireworks over taxes, oil and Libya, the most buzz-worthy social media moment of Tuesday night's presidential debate was Republican nominee Mitt Romney's comment about “binders full of women.”
Emma G Keller / Guardian:
Mitt Romney's binders full of women just don't stack up
Discussion: TechCrunch and Marbury
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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Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama gets more time  —  Amid persistent complaints and interruptions from both candidates, President Obama ultimately got more than three extra minutes of speaking time than Mitt Romney during Tuesday's debate.
Jennifer Martinez / The Hill:
Internet providers set to crack down on illegal file-sharing  —  AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and other major Internet service providers are set to implement a copyright alert system aimed at cutting down on illegal peer-to-peer file sharing of copyrighted material “over the next several weeks,” …
Discussion: Daily Dot
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 …
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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
 
 
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Obama zeroes in on female voters
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