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10:45 PM ET, September 9, 2012


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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
VP Biden gets friendly with female biker at campaign stop in Ohio  —  Vice President Joe Biden got caught in a stunning photo with a female biker sitting on his lap.  —  The Associated Press snapped the shot at Cruisers Diner in Seaman, Ohio on Sunday.  —  A White House pool report …
The Right Scoop:
Biker chick sits on Biden's lap while Obama lifted in the air by restaurant owner  —  Boy, what these guys will do for votes.  Consider this your open thread for Sunday. UPDATE: OK Biden, this is a little much:
Ethan Klapper / The Huffington Post:
Obama Picked Up By Scott Van Duzer, Florida Pizza Place Owner (PHOTO) … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Barack Obama , Elections 2012, Video, Obama Florida, Obama Photo, Barack Obama Lifted Off The Ground, Barack Obama Photo, Obama Lifted Off The Ground, Obama Lifted Photo, Obama Picked Up …
Discussion: Mediaite and Joe. My. God.
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Ryan: I Didn't Vote For The Defense Cuts I Voted For  —  Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan has gotten in hot water before for criticizing President Obama for the very same defense cuts that he voted for in 2011.  When confronted with this incongruity today on Face The Nation …
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Ryan defends vote for sequestration deal
Medicare takes center stage for Obama campaign in Florida
On ‘This Week’: GOP Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan
John McCain / CNN:
McCain calls out Obama over Syria, again
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Hill
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
Flabbergasted Rand Paul Learns Public Employment Decreased Under Obama  —  One of the least appreciated but easily-confirmed facts about the current state of the American economy is that the number of Americans employed by the government has gone down under President Obama.
Paul Krugman:
Government Employment  —  During today's round table on ABC, Rand Paul seemed shocked at my claim that government employment is down under Obama.  Of course, it is.  But maybe he's thinking of the fact that since govt employment rose under Bush, we're still at higher absolute levels than we were a decade ago.
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Romney going up in Wisconsin with TV ads
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Romney Says His Plan To Cut Taxes On The Rich Doesn't Actually Cut Taxes On The Rich  —  On Meet The Press this morning, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney claimed that his tax plan — which provides a 20 percent tax cut for all Americans — would not “reduce the tax burden” …
Anne-Marie Slaughter / The Atlantic Online:
Why Women Still Can't Have It All  —  It's time to stop fooling ourselves, says a woman who left a position of power: the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed.  If we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, here's what has to change.
September 9: Mitt Romney, Ann Romney, Julian Castro, Peggy Noonan, E.J. Dionne, Bill Bennett, Chuck Todd  —  Below:  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: This Sunday morning, for the first time during this campaign, I go one on one with the Republican nominee for president, Mitt Romney.
Dylan Byers / Associated Press:
Smoke and mirrors at CBS's Face The Nation  —  Today's listing for CBS's Face The Nation.  —  Viewers flipping through their cable listings this morning may have noticed that while NBC's ‘Meet The Press’ had an exclusive interview with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney — a big get …
Discussion: TVNewser
Katrina Trinko / National Review:
Re: Romney and Obamacare  —  Eliana, I reached out to the Romney campaign for clarification about Mitt Romney's remarks this morning about liking some parts of Obamacare.  An aide pointed out that Romney first said on Meet the Press that “I say we are going to replace Obamacare.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Gaffetastic!... Obama Pulls a Biden, Tells Audience, “Three Proud Words - Made in the USA!”  (Video)  —  Gaffetastic!  —  Add this to the list... Obama goes off TelePrompter, pulls a Biden.  —  Barack tells audience, “Stamped with 3 proud words... Made in the USA!”  —  Via The Blaze:
Albuquerque Journal:
Puzzles & Comics … The presidential race in New Mexico may be more competitive than national pundits and polls have suggested.  —  According to a Journal Poll, President Barack Obama appears to have a small lead over Republican Mitt Romney in New Mexico, but Obama has not topped 50 percent …
Discussion: Politico and The Gateway Pundit
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John Irish / Reuters:
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Reid J. Epstein / Associated Press:
Obama gets lifted off ground in Florida
Discussion: CNN
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
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Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Washington Post:
Christian girl accused of blasphemy in Pakistan is released on bail
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Absentee ballot plan eases voting but increases risk of voter mistake
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Michael Hastings / BuzzFeed:
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Maayana Miskin / Arutz Sheva:
Mass Arab Attack on Jewish Village