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3:10 PM ET, September 9, 2012


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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 8: Conventions May Put Obama in Front-Runner's Position  —  On Friday, we began to see reasonably clear signs that President Obama would receive some kind of bounce in the polls from the Democratic convention.  —  Mr. Obama had another strong day in the polls on Saturday …
State of the race: Advantage, Obama  —  President Barack Obama heads out of the national political conventions with a much clearer path to winning, top advisers to Mitt Romney privately concede.  —  The Romney campaign, while pleasantly surprised by Obama's lackluster prime-time performance …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Via Meadia and The Page
Medicare takes center stage for Obama campaign in Florida  —  Melbourne, Florida (CNN) - In the senior-heavy coastal city of Melbourne on Sunday, President Barack Obama, armed with a new study, continued to hammer the Republican plan to reform Medicare.  —  He highlighted a Harvard analysis …
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and The Reaction
John McCain / CNN:
McCain calls out Obama over Syria, again
Discussion: The Hill and Weasel Zippers
Alina Selyukh / Reuters:
Obama widens lead over Romney despite jobs data: Reuters/Ipsos poll
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Why Is This Election Close?  —  For a long time I have been predicting that Mitt Romney would get the Republican nomination, and that he would then win the general election.  I have said that the election will be reasonably close-demographic realities dictate that all national elections …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Double-Minded Republicans
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Ann Romney: Mitt unfairly ‘demonized’  —  GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's wife Ann said that her husband has been unfairly ‘demonized,’ during a joint appearance on NBC's Meet the Press aired on Sunday.  —  Ann Romney said she took to the GOP convention stage to convey that her family …
Carmine Gallo / Forbes:
Jeff Bezos And The End of PowerPoint As We Know It  —  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos addresses a press conference to introduce new Amazon and Kindle products in New York, September 28, 2011.  (Image credit: AFP/Getty Images via @daylife)  —  The next time you deliver a PowerPoint presentation that matters …
Discussion: Althouse
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Mitt Romney: I'll Keep The Good Parts Of ‘Obamacare’  —  Mitt Romney said Sunday that he likes parts of ‘Obamacare’ and will keep key provisions involving pre-existing conditions and young people.  —  “I'm not getting rid of all of health care reform.  Of course there are a number of things …
On ‘This Week’: GOP Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan  —  Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks during a campaign event at East Carolina University on Sept. 3, 2012 in Greenville, N.C. (Mary Altaffer/AP Photo)  —  As the general election season heads …
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Gov. Brown renews fitness test challenge against Christie  —  California Gov. Jerry Brown still wants New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to take him up on a three-part fitness challenge.  —  Brown renewed his call Sunday to battle Christie in a 3-mile race, chin-up and push-up contest during an interview on CNN's “State of the Union.”
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit, CNN and Politico
Bill Lichtenstein / New York Times:
A Terrifying Way to Discipline Children  —  IN my public school 40 years ago, teachers didn't lay their hands on students for bad behavior.  They sent them to the principal's office.  But in today's often overcrowded and underfunded schools, where one in eight students receive help …
Maayana Miskin / Arutz Sheva:
Mass Arab Attack on Jewish Village  —  Hundreds of PA Arabs assault Jewish villagers in the Binyamin region, children cry as mob screams ‘slaughter the Jews.’  —  Hundreds of Palestinian Authority Arabs have been assaulting a Jewish village in the Binyamin region since Saturday afternoon, Tatzpit reports.
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Degrees of Debt: Once a Student, Now Dogged by Collection Agencies  —  At a protest last year at New York University, students called attention to their mounting debt by wearing T-shirts with the amount they owed scribbled across the front — $90,000, $75,000, $20,000.
Michael Hastings / BuzzFeed:
Obama Campaign Debuts “Rocky IV” Movie Poster  —  The president charged that Mitt Romney is stuck in a “Cold War mind warp.”  —  Source:  —  The Obama campaign has stepped up its mockery of Mitt Romney's foreign policy views, continuing a theme rolled …
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Washington Post:
Christian girl accused of blasphemy in Pakistan is released on bail
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Barry M. Horstman /
Absentee ballot plan eases voting but increases risk of voter mistake
Discussion: Balloon Juice
David Weigel / Slate:
The Age of Trolling  —  How a small band of conservatives …
The White House:
WEEKLY ADDRESS: Coming Together to Remember September 11th
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Pirate's Cove
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Weasel Zippers
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Christina D. Romer / New York Times:
Cutting the Deficit, With Compassion
Discussion: The Caucus
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Noise vs. Knowledge: America's Longest Presidential Campaign
Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
Inside story of Obama's struggle to keep Congress from controlling outcome of debt ceiling crisis