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3:20 PM ET, October 19, 2012

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Chicago / WGN Radio:
Walsh, Duckworth clash on Medicare, abortion  —  Republican Rep. Joe Walsh and Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth used the final face-to-face meeting of their campaign Thursday night to stress differences over the future of Medicare, a program she said should be a “guarantee” but one he said “would end as we know it” unless reformed.
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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
More Junk Science: GOP Congressman Says Abortion Is Never Necessary To Save A Woman's Life  —  On Thursday, after his debate against Demcorat Tammy Duckworth, Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) told reporters that an abortion exception is never necessary to save a woman's life, explaining …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Rep. Joe Walsh: Abortion never saves mom's life
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Rep. Joe Walsh: Abortion never necessary to save women's lives
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Joe Walsh: ‘Advances In Science And Technology’ Have Erased Need For Abortion Exceptions
Daily Mail:
'My son is not very optimal - he is very dead': Mother of diplomat killed in Benghazi attack slams Obama's comment on raid  —  The mother of an American diplomat killed during a terrorist raid on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi has hit out at Barack Obama for describing the attack as ‘not optimal’ …
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Katie Glueck / Reuters:
GOP seizes Obama ‘optimal’ moment
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
Elspeth Reeve / The Atlantic Wire:
Obama on Daily Show: Benghazi ‘Not Optimal’
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
About that Gallup poll: Is Romney really up by 7?  And will Obama win the election anyway?  —  According to Real Clear Politics, Mitt Romney is, on average, up by one point in the polls.  According to both Nate Silver and InTrade, President Obama has a better-than-60-percent chance of winning the election.
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Suspect in Libya Attack, in Plain Sight, Scoffs at U.S.  —  BENGHAZI, Libya — Just days after President Obama vowed to hunt down and bring to justice those responsible for the Sept. 11 attack on the American diplomatic compound here, Ahmed Abu Khattala, one of those considered a ringleader …
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Kimberly Dozier / Mercury News:
CIA found militant links a day after Libya attack
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
U.S. description of Benghazi attacks, at first cautious, changed after 3 days
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and National Review
Orlando Sentinel:
Our pick for president: Romney  —  (Rainier Ehrhardt, Getty Images / October 11, 2012)  —  Two days after his lackluster first debate performance, President Barack Obama's re-election hopes got a timely boost.  The government's monthly jobless report for September showed …
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Denver Post:
Endorsement: Barack Obama for president  —  With the nation mired in two wars and amid an economic meltdown, we endorsed a largely untested young senator from Illinois for president in 2008.  —  Four years later, the Iraq war is over, the war in Afghanistan has a conclusion in sight …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Obama Diagnoses Mitt With “Romnesia”  —  “He's changing up so much, we've got to name this condition that he's going through—I think it's called ‘Romnesia,’” Obama said in Virginia today.  “If you've got Romnesia, here's the good news: Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions”  —  From the Obama campaign:
Discussion: Mediaite
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: Mitt is suffering from ‘Romnesia’ in bid for centrists
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Jonathan H. Adler / The Volokh Conspiracy:
When Fact Checkers Have Trouble with Facts
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Election 2012
Ken Kolker / WOOD-TV:
Volt no jolt: LG Chem employees idle  —  Factory has yet to ship out a single battery  —  HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) - Workers at LG Chem, a $300 million lithium-ion battery plant heavily funded by taxpayers, tell Target 8 that they have so little work to do that they spend hours playing cards and board games …
Associated Press:
Obama courts female voters, accuses GOP rival Romney of suffering from a case of ‘Romnesia’  —  FAIRFAX, Va. — President Barack Obama is making a direct gender pitch in hotly contested Virginia, telling a college crowd that when it comes to issues important to women's health and jobs …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
Obama defines Romnesia
Discussion: Booman Tribune
NationalJournal.com:
The Possibility of a Popular, Electoral Vote Split is Very Real  —  Don't be too surprised if Romney wins the popular vote but loses the Electoral College in this presidential race.  —  Nail-biter: George W. Bush and Al Gore in 2000.  —  Partisans still hoping that their candidate will build …
Daniel Hannan / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
You thought the whole ‘EUSSR’ thing was over the top?  Have a look at this poster  —  Take a close look at this promotional poster.  Notice anything?  Alongside the symbols of Christianity, Judaism, Jainism and so on is one of the wickedest emblems our species has conceived: the hammer and sickle.
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Ground Game: Advantage Obama?  —  In swing states, the Obama camp has opened twice as many offices, but the RNC might help Romney compete on Election Day, report John Avlon and Michael Keller.  —  Beyond the presidential debates, one final factor matters more than all the rest in a close race: ground game.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
CNN:
Comedic relief: Obama, Romney bring on the jokes at annual dinner  —  New York (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were within arm's length for the second time this week, as they shared the stage at the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner Thursday and delivered feisty quips at each other's expense.
Joseph Tanfani / Los Angeles Times:
Man registering voters for GOP accused of tossing forms in trash  —  A man who was being paid to register voters by the Republican Party of Virginia was arrested Thursday after he was seen dumping eight registration forms into a dumpster.  —  Colin Small, 31, was working as a supervisor …
Katherine Mangan / Wired Campus:
Minnesota Gives Coursera the Boot, Citing a Decades-Old Law  —  Coursera offers free, online courses to people around the world, but if you live in Minnesota, company officials are urging you to log off or head for the border.  —  The state's Office of Higher Education has informed …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Former Obama advisor: Our foreign policy is a mess — especially in the Middle East  —  With the last of the three presidential debates taking place in just three days, and with Barack Obama on his heels in polling after the first two, one would expect Obama allies to come out of the woodwork …
Discussion: Foreign Policy and protein wisdom
 
 
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Snow Job on Jobs
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