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12:25 PM ET, September 10, 2012


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Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
President Obama to Bob Woodward: ‘Mistake’ to Dress Down Paul Ryan to His Face in Budget Speech  —  President Obama told author Bob Woodward that he didn't know Rep. Paul Ryan was going to attend at a major speech he delivered last year on spending and debt, and says in retrospect that it was …
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Bob Woodward: ‘Gaps’ in President Obama's Leadership Contributed to Debt Deal Collapse  —  “Gaps” in President Obama's leadership contributed to the collapse of a “grand bargain” on spending and debt last year, with the president failing to cultivate congressional relationships that may have helped …
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First Thoughts: After Tampa and Charlotte
Romney Campaign Memo: Don't Panic  —  As Obama enjoys a hefty post-convention bump, Romney's pollster insists “the basic structure of the race has not changed significantly.”  —  Image by Brian Snyder / Reuters  —  BOSTON, Mass. — As new polls show President Obama opening up a wider lead coming …
Discussion: Talking Politics
Forget The Economy — Romney Campaigns On God, NASCAR, And Conservative Values  —  Welcome to the culture war?  “The subject has been the economy, is the economy, and will be the economy,” says Fehrnstrom.  —  Image by Brian Snyder / Reuters  —  BOSTON, Mass. — After a weekend …
Sarah Huisenga /
Obama Outraises Romney in August
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Tops Romney in August Fundraising
Discussion: Washington Wire
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Within Hours, Mitt Romney Takes Back Everything He Said About Preexisting Conditions  —  On national TV on Sunday morning, with millions of people watching, Mitt Romney told David Gregory that there were parts of Obamacare he actually liked.  In fact, he said, one of the goals of his healthcare plan …
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.
Zaid Jilani / Progressive Change Campaign Committee:
Chicago's Teachers Just Went On Strike — Here's Everything You Need To Know About Why  —  During a press conference tonight the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) announced that it will be going on strike, its first action of the sort in 25 years.  —  Why are these 29,000 teachers and school workers …
Holly Yan / CNN:
400,000 kids to miss school amid strike
Chicago Tribune:
Mayor: ‘This is avoidable because this is a strike of choice’
Discussion: Hit & Run and Newsy
FBI Arrests Trenton Mayor, Others in Corruption Probe  —  Details of the charges are expected to be released later Monday  —  Federal authorities arrested Trenton, N.J., Mayor Tony Mack and more than half a dozen other people early Monday in connection with an ongoing corruption probe, NBC 4 New York has learned.
Alex Zdan / New Jersey Online:
Trenton Mayor Tony Mack is arrested by FBI on corruption charge  —  TRENTON - Mayor Tony Mack was arrested this morning at his home by FBI agents on corruption charges linked to $119,000 in bribes for a parking garage project in the city, authorities said.  —  Mack campaign supporter Joseph …
Insight: GM's Volt - The ugly math of low sales, high costs  —  (Reuters) - General Motors Co sold a record number of Chevrolet Volt sedans in August — but that probably isn't a good thing for the automaker's bottom line.  —  Nearly two years after the introduction of the path-breaking plug-in hybrid …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 9: Call It as You See It  —  I've been picking up some sentiment from analysts and journalists in my Twitter feed recently, who correctly note that polling around the party conventions can be volatile.  They suggest that we ought to wait for more data before concluding very much about the bounces …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads by 5 in Ohio  —  PPP's first post-conventions poll in Ohio finds Barack Obama with a 5 point lead over Mitt Romney, 50-45.  This is the largest lead PPP has found for Obama in an Ohio poll since early May.  Last month Obama led 48-45.  —  Both candidates have seen their images improve …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
North Carolina remains extremely tight
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Lila Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
Don't Ask Don't Tell Study Shows No Negative Effects On Military One Year After Repeal … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Don't Ask Don't Tell, Mitt Romney, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Aaron Belkin, DADT Study, Don't Ask Don't Tell Study, Gays In The Military …
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
STUDY: Repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Had No Impact On Military Readiness
Thomas B. Edsall / Campaign Stops:
The Ryan Sinkhole  —  Unlike the Republican platform, which has mostly been ignored outside of the abortion issue, the Paul Ryan budget is the core document of the 2012 campaign.  It is the most explicit expression of the Republican agenda, endorsed by the party's presidential candidate …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Obstruct and Exploit  —  Does anyone remember the American Jobs Act?  A year ago President Obama proposed boosting the economy with a combination of tax cuts and spending increases, aimed in particular at sustaining state and local government employment.  Independent analysts reacted favorably.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Who Is Dumber, Joe Biden or Barack Obama?  —  Most people would immediately say “Joe Biden.”  But I am not at all sure that is correct.  There is much to be said on the subject, but for the moment let's just note that Obama has matched one of Biden's most famous moments of stupidity …
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Ben Hallman / The Huffington Post:
Too Big To Jail: Wall Street Executives Unlikely To Face Criminal Charges, Source Says
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Romney exaggerates meager comments on Afghanistan
Discussion: Mother Jones
David Keohane / FT Alphaville:
German domino theory and book-cooking
Discussion: Guardian
Richard Eden / Telegraph:
Brad Pitt: Why my mother is wrong about Barack Obama and gay marriage
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The Democrats' GM Fiction
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Obama: Nicki Minaj Didn't Really Endorse Romney
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Ehren Goossens / Bloomberg:
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Voter ID law set for review by state Supreme Court
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Charles Mahtesian / Reuters:
9 states where the race will be won