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Rick Green / Des Moines Register:
Register editor: Obama off-the-record comments deserve to be shared with voters  —  The Des Moines Register's publisher and I spoke with President Barack Obama this morning — but we can't tell you what he said.  —  Just four days before the Register's presidential endorsement is released …
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Des Moines Register:
After editor's blog, President Obama releases transcript of Register interview  —  Without comment, campaign officials for President Obama this morning released to the Des Moines Register a transcript of an interview he had Tuesday with Laura Hollingsworth, president and publisher of the Register …
Discussion: CNN
Tom LoBianco / Associated Press:
Mourdock: God at Work When Rape Leads to Pregnancy  —  Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said Tuesday when a woman is impregnated during a rape, “it's something God intended.”  —  Mourdock was asked during the final minutes of a debate whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest.
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ThinkProgress:
GOP U.S. Senate Candidate Calls Rape Pregnancies A ‘Gift From God’ … NEW ALBANY, Indiana — At a debate this evening with his Democratic opponent Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock claimed that raped women should be forced to carry their rapist's baby …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
NRSC stands by Richard Mourdock  —  The chairman of the Senate Republicans' campaign arm is standing by Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock after he said pregnancies resulting from rape are “something that God intended to happen.”  —  “Richard and I, along with millions of Americans …
AP Member Choice Limited / Associated Press:
Indiana Senate candidate says pregnancy from rape is God's intent  —  Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said Tuesday when a woman is impregnated during a rape, “it's something God intended.”  —  Top Republicans were slow to embrace tea party-backed Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock …
Discussion: American Spectator and The Agonist
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Mourdock: Pregnancy from rape can be ‘something God intended to happen’
Discussion: American Spectator
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
White House told of militant claim two hours after Libya attack: emails  —  (Reuters) - Officials at the White House and State Department were advised two hours after attackers assaulted the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11 that an Islamic militant group had claimed credit for the attack, official emails show.
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Chad Pergram / Fox News:
State Department emails from day of Libya attack show Al Qaeda-tied group on radar  —  A series of internal State Department emails obtained by Fox News shows some some of the initial assessments of last month's deadly consulate attack in Libya, including one email within hours of the attack …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rogers: Emails make it ‘difficult’ to conclude Benghazi attack ‘spontaneous’
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Emails detail unfolding Benghazi attack on Sept. 11
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Eastwood Is Back in a Campaign Ad for Romney  —  Clint Eastwood is back on the Republican stage.  But this time there's a script, a 30-second time limit and none of the potential tripwires of live television.  —  Mr. Eastwood, whose long and sometimes incoherent monologue …
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
President Obama's 11th-hour strategy shift  —  Everything was going great for Barack Obama until about 9:04 on the night of Oct. 3, when Mitt Romney startled everybody by refusing to live up to his caricature as The Worst Candidate Ever.  —  Romney's late-game comeback …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Daily Kos
MyFOX8.com:
Guilford Co. voters say ballot cast for Romney came up Obama on machine  —  GREENSBORO, N.C. -The presidential election is just around the corner and voting issues have already become a problem in Guilford County.  —  On Monday, several voters complained that their electronic ballot machine cast the wrong vote.
TMZ.com:
Mitt Romney — Court Battle Over His Involvement in Bitter Divorce  —  Court Battle Over His Involvement in Bitter Divorce  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Mitt Romney was heavily involved in the extremely messy divorce of one of his key supporters ... and the Boston Globe is going to court …
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Todd Akin was arrested at least three times during '80s abortion protests  —  • BY KEVIN McDERMOTT > kmcdermott@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-8268  —  ST. LOUIS  • Congressman Todd Akin was arrested at least three times in the 1980s during anti-abortion protests, not just the one time he has publicly acknowledged.
Discussion: Roll Call
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Kevin McDermott / Todd Akin for Senate:
Post-Dispatch Story  —  Claire McCaskill has a current sexual …
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
Donald Trump to reveal ‘divorce papers of Michelle and Barack Obama’, claims respected financial pundit  —  Donald Trump is to claim that he has unearthed divorce papers of Michelle Obama and the President, according to a respected financial pundit with links to the tycoon.
Jason Kuznicki / The League of Ordinary Gentlemen:
The Towering Legacy of George W. Bush  —  Conventional wisdom errs when it says that George W. Bush was incompetent.  He was a president of overwhelming influence, the most effective chief executive since FDR.  We live in the world that W. created, for good or — mostly — for ill.
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Ohio County Mailer Sends Wrong Voting Location And Date To 2300 People  —  The Ohio Democratic Party is calling for corrections to an Ottawa County Board of Elections mailer riddled with errors.  2,300 voters in the northern Ohio county received the notice informing them the election …
Discussion: Plain Dealer and The Raw Story
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Andy Sullivan / Reuters:
Obama holds narrow edge two weeks ahead of election: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama pulled slightly ahead of Republican Mitt Romney in a Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll on Tuesday, but the race remained essentially tied with two weeks to go until the November 6 election.
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Jon Cohen / The Fix:
Post-ABC tracking poll: Romney 49 percent, Obama 48
Elisabeth Bumiller / The Caucus:
About Those Horses and Bayonets ...  Yes, the American military still uses bayonets, and quite a few.  There are horses too.  —  When Mitt Romney complained during Monday night's presidential debate that the Navy “is smaller now than at any time since 1917,” President Obama shot back with …
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New York Times:
Obama Is Prominent in ‘SEAL Team Six,’ Weinstein Film  —  LOS ANGELES — Thanks to the magic of editing, President Obama will have a starring role in a television drama about one of his biggest accomplishments — the killing of Osama bin Laden — that will be shown just two nights before the presidential election.
PoliPundit.com:
Could this be a wave election?  —  The conventional wisdom is that the presidential race is perched on a knife's edge, and that the parties will be even in the Senate.  —  But what if that's not the case?  —  Barack Obama has been exposed as just another politician, and a failed one at that.
Discussion: GayPatriot
Anjeanette Damon / Las Vegas Sun News:
Sandoval's political adviser predicts Romney will lose Nevada  —  One of Gov. Brian Sandoval's top political advisers is predicting Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will lose Nevada this year.  —  In an interview on “Nevada Newsmakers,” Republican political adviser Pete Ernaut …
Discussion: The Fix, First Read and Politico
Fred Thys / WBUR:
WBUR Poll: Warren Leads Brown By 5  —  BOSTON — A WBUR poll of 516 likely Massachusetts voters (PDFs — topline, crosstabs) finds Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren leading Republican U.S. Sen Scott Brown, 48 percent to 43 percent.  —  The poll, conducted Oct. 21-22 by the MassINC Polling Group, has a 4.4 percent margin of error.
Discussion: Politico and Hotline On Call
 
 
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