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11:20 PM ET, October 20, 2012

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New York Times:
U.S. Officials Say Iran Has Agreed to Nuclear Talks  —  WASHINGTON — The United States and Iran have agreed for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, according to Obama administration officials, setting the stage for what could be a last-ditch diplomatic effort to avert a military strike on Iran.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
PPP: Obama's Lead In Ohio Dwindles To 1  —  President Barack Obama's lead in Ohio is down to a point, a survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling on Saturday showed.  —  According to the poll, Obama leads Romney among likely Buckeye State voters 49 percent to 48 percent.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Support for Obama Dips in Ohio
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Hot Air and Battleground Watch
Daily Mail:
Republicans bracing for ‘October surprise’ as Gloria Allred ‘prepares for Romney revelation’  —  Republicans are bracing themselves for Gloria Allred to make a potentially damaging revelation about Mitt Romney, just weeks before the election.  —  The pro-President Obama lawyer is rumoured …
Plain Dealer:
On the basis of sound leadership, re-elect Obama: endorsement editorial  —  Four years ago, this newspaper's editorial board enthusiastically endorsed Barack Obama, then a young senator from Illinois, for president of the United States.  As much as we admired the long and courageous service …
Discussion: CNN and The Hinterland Gazette
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
BREAKING: FOX News Contributor & HuffPo Loon Ryan Clayton Frogmarched From “Hating Breitbart” Premier  —  BREAKING REPORT:  —  Last night at the premier of Hating Breitbart in Washington DC, FOX News contributor and Huffington Post writer Ryan Clayton was escorted from the theater.
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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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Seeds of our dysfunction  —  Elections supposedly prevent convulsions, serving as safety valves that vent social pressures and enable course corrections.  November's election will either be a prelude to a convulsion or the beginning of a turn away from one.
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
International monitors at US polling places draw criticism  —  Liberal-leaning civil rights groups met with monitors to raise fears about what they say are efforts to suppress minority voters.  —  United Nations-affiliated election monitors from Europe and central Asia will be at polling places around …
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 …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Bloomberg Has Tough Criticism for Obama and Romney  —  President Obama and Mitt Romney have courted his endorsement covetously, with a White House lunch invitation here (Mr. Obama) and a pilgrimage to the Upper East Side there (Mr. Romney), through intensive back-channel outreach and effusive public praise.
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: The Other McCain
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Romney Campaign Clarifies, Still Supports Federal Marriage Amendment  —  UPDATED: Senior campaign adviser Bay Buchanan said last week that the candidate supports states' choices.  This afternoon, though, she told BuzzFeed he still supports the amendment proposal.  —  Image by Shannon Stapleton / Reuters
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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Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Obama re-botches Libya response
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
New poll: Egyptians turning toward Iran, want nuclear weapons
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
JP Morgan Warns Payroll Tax Cut Expiration Could Hammer 2013 Growth
Discussion: Firedoglake and FT Alphaville
Lee Smith / Weekly Standard:
An Assassination in Beirut  —  Yesterday a car bomb in Beirut killed …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
When desperation strikes incumbents
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Dustin Weaver / The Hill:
Obama under pressure to spell out his agenda for a second term
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New York Times:
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