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4:50 PM ET, October 20, 2012

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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
CIA documents supported Susan Rice's description of Benghazi attacks  —  The Romney campaign may have misfired with its suggestion that statements by President Obama and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice about the Benghazi attack last month weren't supported by intelligence, according to documents provided …
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Issa's Benghazi document dump exposes several Libyans working with the U.S.  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) compromised the identities of several Libyans working with the U.S. government and placed their lives in danger when he released reams of State Department …
Los Angeles Times:
No evidence found of Al Qaeda role in Libya attack  —  U.S. intelligence agencies and witnesses paint a picture of an assault carried out with little planning at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.  —  A Libyan man shows bloodstains at the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Stephen Colbert may be waiting for his own ‘October surprise’  —  Don't count comedian Stephen Colbert out just yet.  —  With less than three weeks to go until Election Day, campaign finance reports filed on Saturday show that Colbert's super-PAC - Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow - is holding tightly to nearly $1 million.
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Could U.S. military have helped during Libya attack?  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) The closer we get to the election, the harder Republicans in Congress are pushing for answers to a big question: What really happened in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi …
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Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
President Obama's Closing Act: An Epic Collapse  —  The ongoing collapse of President Obama's campaign may lead to some extraordinary stunts during Monday's last debate, but no matter what he tries, it is very unlikely that the president can reverse the enormous momentum behind Mitt Romney's campaign.
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Romney as a Manager: Unhurried and Socratic  —  BOSTON — As governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney could not resist burrowing into the bureaucratic weeds: He once took the statewide math and reading test for 10th graders, then startled his education commissioner by calling to say, “I like No. 14” and rattling off the answer.
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
The remarkable, unfathomable ignorance of Debbie Wasserman Schultz |  Glenn Greenwald  —  The Chair of the Democratic National Committee is completely unaware of one of the biggest stories of the Obama years  —  On 29 May 2012, the New York Times published a remarkable 6,000-word story …
Discussion: Hit & Run, Truthdig and Hullabaloo
Benny Johnson / TheBlaze.com:
JOE BIDEN INTERRUPTS FLORIDA WOMAN'S BREAST CANCER STORY WITH ON-STAGE SQUATTING CHARADES  —  At a campaign event Friday afternoon in Florida, Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bill Nelson took the stage to a cheering crowd.  They were being introduced by a Florida resident named Barbra …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Support for Obama Dips in Ohio  —  October 3: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama wave to the audience during the first presidential debate at the University of Denver in Denver.AP2012  —  Despite a dip in support, Barack Obama retains …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Hot Air and Battleground Watch
Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. headed back to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota  —  Jesse Jackson Jr. in 2008.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)  —  U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is heading back to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. — and was reportedly en route Friday evening.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Washington Free Beacon:
Obama Campaign Borrows $15M from Bank of America  —  Obama For America took out a $15 million loan from Bank of America last month, according to the campaign's October monthly FEC report.  The loan was incurred on September 4 and is due November 14, eight days after the election.
 
 
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
International monitors at US polling places draw criticism
Discussion: Politico
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Rupert Murdoch, other potential buyers eye L.A. Times
Duncan Gardham / Telegraph:
The Poplar preacher leading an armed gang of jihadis in Syria
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
Anita Dunn, Both Insider and Outsider in Obama Camp
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Michael P. McDonald / The Huffington Post:
Early Voting Spinning
Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Sparring over economy in weekly addresses
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
Secular politician killed in southern Tunisia clashes
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Wall Street Journal:
Impact of States' Voter Laws Can Be Difficult to Identify
Discussion: Hot Air
Stephanie Saul / New York Times:
Man Aiding G.O.P. Voter Registration Drive Is Charged
Discussion: Hot Air
Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
Romney Says Obama Playing ‘Silly Word Games’
Discussion: Pirate's Cove, CNN and Politico
John Gizzi / Human Events:
LEE IACOCCA ENDORSES ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT
Brian Bakst / Associated Press:
Lauding Obama, Clinton Cites ‘Impatient’ Americans