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10:50 AM ET, October 17, 2012

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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.
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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.
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Crowley skews hard for Obama in disastrous debate  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Another debate, another debacle for America's media.  —  In the runup to the second presidential debate, CNN's Candy Crowley declared that she would not just be a “fly on the wall” …
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,” …
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.
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Michelle Obama Broke Agreed Upon Rules, Clapped At Debate  —  At the second presidential debate on Tuesday night, a camera caught first lady Michelle Obama clapping after moderator Candy Crowley told Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney that President Obama called the Benghazi attack an …
Candy Crowley / ABCNEWS:
Second Presidential Debate Full Transcript  —  During the debate, this page will be updated with the most recent transcript releases from the second presidential debate.  —  PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND FORMER GOV. MITT ROMNEY PARTICIPATE IN A CANDIDATES DEBATE, HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY, HEMPSTEAD, NEW YORK
Matthew Sheffield / NewsBusters.org:
Candy Crowley Disgraces Herself With Outrageous Tagteam Hit on Romney Over Libya  —  CNN correspondent and second presidential debate moderator Candy Crowley disgraced herself tonight, repeatedly intervening to save a floundering President Obama and showing why many Americans were rightfully suspicious …
Howie Carr / Boston Herald:   Obama running on fumes
Patrick Brennan / National Review:
‘An Act of Terror’?  —  President Obama claimed tonight …
Smitty / The Other McCain:
Romney Debates Crowley And Obama On Benghazi, Wins
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Split decision on debate  —  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 poll conducted right …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Instant Reaction Polls Show Narrow Obama Advantage in Second Debate  —  Polling data is often very noisy — so it makes my job easier on those rare occasions when there is some agreement.  Scientific polls conducted after Tuesday night's presidential debate in New York give a modest edge to President Obama.
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.
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
CBS Poll: Romney Wins 65-34 on Economy; CNN Poll: Romney Wins 54-40 on Economy,  —  49-46 on Health Care, 51-44 on Taxes, 59-36 on Deficit, 49-46 on Leadership,  —  All in Favor of Romney  —  You now, as far as “Debate Winner” it's pretty close with those registered voters.
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 …
Rebecca Kaplan / NationalJournal.com:
Obama Ekes Out a Win in 2 Post-Debate Polls
New York Times:
Obama and Romney Turn Up the Temperature at Their Second 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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Emma G Keller / Guardian:
Mitt Romney's binders full of women just don't stack up  —  GOP candidate fumbles when asked about fair hiring practices for women, and the internet seizes its newest sensation  —  In the second presidential debate, women's issues finally came up.  And Mitt Romney had an opportunity to show female voters he cared.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Marbury
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Reporters applaud Obama's slam on Romney's wealth  —  HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — The room set aside for reporters to watch Tuesday night's debate erupted into applause after President Obama ridiculed the size of Mitt Romney's personal wealth.  —  Mr. Romney was trying to make the point …
 
 
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