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2:35 PM ET, October 20, 2012

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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 …
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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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and American Power
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.
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 …
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
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.
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: Taegan Goddard's …
New York Times:
Anita Dunn, Both Insider and Outsider in Obama Camp  —  WASHINGTON — In the rarefied world of political consultants who straddle the line between campaign adviser and corporate strategist, Anita Dunn has few peers.  —  As a confidante of President Obama and a senior campaign adviser …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Michael P. McDonald / The Huffington Post:
Early Voting Spinning … Elections 2012 , North Carolina , Florida , Party Registration , Voter Mobilization , Early Voting , Iowa , Ohio , Pollster Analysis , Politics News  —  Now with over 3 million people voting across the country, the campaigns are spinning the early vote.  Here are my takeaways so far:
John Gizzi / Human Events:
LEE IACOCCA ENDORSES ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT  —  RESIZE:  —  After a lifetime of voting for and supporting Democrats — and even declining appointment to the U.S. Senate from a Democratic governor — Lee Iacocca Thursday endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for president.
 
 
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Duncan Gardham / Telegraph:
The Poplar preacher leading an armed gang of jihadis in Syria
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Sparring over economy in weekly addresses
Discussion: Politico
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
Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
Romney Says Obama Playing ‘Silly Word Games’
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Pirate's Cove
Brian Bakst / Associated Press:
Lauding Obama, Clinton Cites ‘Impatient’ Americans
John Ingold / Denver Post:
Vandals spray-paint swastikas on Obama campaign office in Conifer
 Earlier Items: 
Bob Secter / Chicago Tribune:
Walsh backtracks slightly on abortion comments
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney leads by 1 point in Iowa and New Hampshire
Tu Stultus Es / The Onion:
The Onion Endorses John Edwards For President
Discussion: Politico
Jason Howerton / TheBlaze.com:
THE NUMBER OF OBAMA SUPPORTERS WHO HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THE 9/11 BENGHAZI ATTACK WILL TERRIFY YOU
Discussion: Power Line and Right Wing News
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Unemployment rate drops in 41 states, including most swing states
Telegraph:
Weighty memento: war veteran's secret revealed after his death