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Richard Pollock / Washington Examiner:
Spending on White House dinners soars under Obama
Christopher Collins- / Examiner:
Clinton asked for more security in Benghazi, Obama said no
Discussion: The Right Scoop and Doug Ross
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Father of Slain SEAL: Who Made the Decision Not to Save My Son?
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Sununu walks back Powell jab  —  Former White House Chief of Staff John Sununu, a co-chair of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign, said in an interview Thursday night that retired Gen. Colin Powell's decision to endorse President Barack Obama's re-election bid appeared to have been driven by race.
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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Sununu cites race as factor for Powell's Obama endorsement  —  (CNN) - John Sununu, a top surrogate for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, said Thursday that Colin Powell's repeat endorsement of President Barack Obama could be explained partly by the two men's shared race.
Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
OBAMA CAMPAIGN TO GIRLS: HAVE SEX WITH VOTE FOR O  —  This afternoon, the Obama campaign released its latest ad from a celebrity.  This one was from Lena Dunham, 26-year-old creator of HBO's raunchy series Girls.  It's an astoundingly tasteless ad comparing voting for the first time to losing your virginity.
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Joshua Keating / FP Passport:
Is the Obama campaign taking commercial ideas from Vladimir Putin?  —  I see the Obama campaign has a new YouTube ad featuring Girls star (and fellow Oberlin alum!)  Lena Dunham:  —  “Your first time shouldn't be with just anybody.  You want to do it with a great guy,” she says, referring to casting your first ballot for Obama.
Erick Erickson / The Atlantic Wire:
Conservatives Get All Hot and Bothered Over Obama's Suggestive New Ad
Jennifer Griffin / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack, sources say  —  Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. Consulate and subsequent attack several hours later …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Dem's amendment would give 29 more electoral votes to popular vote winner  —  The head of the House Democratic campaign arm this week proposed a Constitutional amendment that would give the winner of the popular vote in the presidential race an additional 29 electoral votes.
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Newt Gingrich: 300 electoral votes for Mitt Romney
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Philip Rucker / Election 2012:
Meat Loaf endorses Romney in Ohio
Washington Post:
Poll shows widening racial gap in presidential contest  —  The erosion of support Obama has experienced since his muted performance in the first presidential debate has been particularly acute among white men, whites without college degrees and white independents, the new tracking poll found.
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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
What America will we pick?  —  This election is only tangentially a fight over policy.
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Poll shows widening racial gap in presidential contest
David Barboza / New York Times:
Family of Wen Jiabao Holds a Hidden Fortune in China  —  BEIJING — The mother of China's prime minister was a schoolteacher in northern China.  His father was ordered to tend pigs in one of Mao's political campaigns.  And during childhood, “my family was extremely poor,” the prime minister, Wen Jiabao, said in a speech last year.
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James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
Weak GDP report shows no end in sight for the Long Recession  —  The third-quarter GDP report was a nasty October surprise for a nation desperately in need of more jobs and higher take-home pay.  The U.S. economy grew just 2.0% from July through September.  At the current pace …
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Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg:
Economy in U.S. Grows at 2%Rate, More Than Forecast
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Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
Hurricane Sandy may be unprecedented in East Coast storm history  —  European model simulation for Hurricane Sandy - on its approach to the mid-Atlantic - with a minimum pressure of 934 mb.  (Weatherbell.com) With computer models locked in on the eventuality of a punishing blow for East Coast …
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Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: When Americans Saw the Real Obama  —  Why the Denver debate changed everything.  —  We all say Ohio, Ohio, Ohio.  But it's all still Denver, Denver, and the mystery that maybe isn't a mystery at all.  —  If Cincinnati and Lake County go for Mitt Romney on Nov. 6 it will be because of what happened in Denver on Oct. 3.
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Gore's struggling Current TV on the block  —  Current TV, the ratings-challenged cable network started by former Vice President Al Gore, has put itself up for sale, The Post has learned.  —  “Current has been approached many times by media companies interested in acquiring our company,” CEO Joel Hyatt told The Post.
David Shepardson / detroitnews.com:
Romney picks up incorrect story about Jeep production moving to China  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney takes the stage at a rally at Defiance High School, in Defiance, Ohio, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012.  With less than two weeks to go before an increasingly tight election …
David Brooks / New York Times:
What Moderation Means  —  Over the past month, Mitt Romney has aggressively appealed to moderate voters.  President Obama, for some reason, hasn't.  But, in what he thought was an off-the-record interview with The Des Moines Register, Obama laid out a pretty moderate agenda for his second term.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
2012 U.S. Electorate Looks Like 2008  —  Composition of electorate by race, age, gender essentially the same  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The composition of the electorate for the 2012 presidential election is looking quite similar to what it was in 2008 as well as 2004, according to an analysis …
Josh Hicks / Washington Post:
Obama's ‘Tonight Show’ remark: Planned Parenthood provides mammograms  —  “You've got issues like Planned Parenthood, where that organization provides millions of women cervical-cancer screenings, mammograms, all kinds of basic health care.”  —  President Obama appeared on “The Tonight Show” …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts  —  Gross Domestic Product: Third Quarter 2012 (advance estimate)  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — increased at an annual rate of 2.0 percent in the third quarter of 2012 …
Scott Travis / The Huffington Post:
College Tuition Should Vary By Degree, Florida State Task Force Says … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Rick Scott, University Of Florida, College Tuition, Florida State, Florida Education, Florida Higher Education, Florida University System, Rick Scott Tuition, Stem, Tuition By Degree, Miami News
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and Hullabaloo
Telegraph:
Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to four years in jail  —  Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian prime minister, has been sentenced to four years in prison for tax evasion and banned from holding public office for three years.  —  The sentence was heavier than the three years and eight months requested …
 
 
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