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2:15 PM ET, September 21, 2012

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Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: Romney Needs a New CEO  —  How to save a listing campaign, the Baker Way.  —  “Nothing is written.”  That was T.E. Lawrence to the Arab tribesmen in Robert Bolt's screenplay, a masterpiece, of “Lawrence of Arabia.”  You write no one off.  Nothing is inevitable.  Life is news—"What happened today?"
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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Cash Low, Romney Striving to Find New Large Donors  —  Mitt Romney entered the final months of the presidential campaign with a cash balance of just $35 million, racing to find new large donors and rally low-dollar contributors in August even while he raised tens of millions of dollars for the Republican Party.
Politico:
Chris Wallace doubts Noonan's conservatism
Discussion: Brad DeLong, Wonkette and Taylor Marsh
Politico:
Obama flips money script on Mitt
Discussion: National Review
Dan Eggen / Election 2012:
Romney campaign gave bonuses to top staff
O. Kay Henderson / Radio Iowa:
Ann Romney, to critics in GOP: “You want to try it?  Get in the ring.”  (AUDIO)  —  Ann Romney says fellow Republicans who've criticized her husband need to “stop it” and realize “how lucky” the party is to have Mitt Romney as its nominee.  —  Ann Romney spoke late this afternoon to about 200 people …
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David Hinckley / NY Daily News:
Joe Biden - not Mitt Romney, President Obama, Bill Clinton or Clint Eastwood - most watched convention speaker in landslide!  —  Vice president's speech watched by 14.7% of the 289.7 million people who live in U.S. television homes: Nielsen  —  Vice President Joe Biden makes his point during …
Lymari Morales / Gallup:
U.S. Distrust in Media Hits New High  —  Fewer Americans closely following political news now than in previous election years  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly.
Barry Chin / Boston Globe:
In crucial first debate, Scott Brown challenges Warren's Native American heritage claim  —  Republican US Senator Scott Brown questioned Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren's claim of Native American heritage in the opening moments of a lively high-stakes television debate tonight.
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The Future of Capitalism:
Brown-Warren Debate  —  For a preview of the upcoming presidential …
Discussion: CBS Boston and National Review
John Blanding / Boston Globe:
Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren use face-to-face debate to amplify themes from Senate trail
Discussion: WBUR, Daily Kos, AEIdeas and Guardian
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Herman Cain: I'd be beating President Obama  —  Herman Cain says that if he were the Republican nominee, he would have a “substantial lead” over President Barack Obama right now.  —  “The reason is quite simple,” Cain told reporters on Thursday, according to the Gainesville Sun.
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Nathan Crabbe / Gainesville FL:
Cain says he'd be leading Obama if he were nominee
Discussion: The Hill
Herman Cain / CNN:   TRENDING: Cain says he'd be winning
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Until Republicans Fix This Problem, They Can't Fix Any Problems  —  The inability to judge arguments on their merits and separate fact from fantasy is what ails the conservative movement.  —  Reuters  —  After years spent reporting on the Bush Administration, Ron Suskind began to understand …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Disdain for Workers  —  By now everyone knows how Mitt Romney, speaking to donors in Boca Raton, washed his hands of almost half the country — the 47 percent who don't pay income taxes — declaring, “My job is not to worry about those people.  I'll never convince them that they should take …
David Weigel / Slate:
Toward an Iron Law of Gaffes  —  The Romney campaign's missives to the media today ask us to pay close attention to articles about Barack Obama's Revealing Gaffe.  The “gaffe” in question was Obama's comment, made at the Univision forum, that he'd learned “you can't change Washington from the inside.”
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Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Obama pressed on failures at Univision forum
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney Struggles To Decide: Who Is Barack Obama
Discussion: GOP 12 and The New Republic
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
What John McLaughlin Sees in the Polls Right Now  —  I reached out to Republican pollster John McLaughlin for yesterday's piece on how undecided voters are likely to break, and he made some separate comments about polls, their impact on motivation for each side, and how the campaigns …
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Why Does Everybody Hate Mitt Romney?  —  No other presidential candidate has racked up unfavorable ratings this high during a campaign, according to a Pew Survey.  Why is Romney so disliked?  It's not personal, it's business.  —  Less than 50 days from the election, it's still Mitt Romney's biggest mystery.
Tom Newton Dunn / The Sun:
Andrew Mitchell insults police at Downing Street by calling them ‘f***ing plebs’  —  Chief Whip's rant just one day after cop killings  —  Rant ... Conservative cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell pushing his bicycle  —  A MILLIONAIRE Cabinet minister was threatened with arrest …
Discussion: Spectator, Guardian and BBC
Tom Cohen / CNN:
Obama rebuts Ryan criticism on Medicare  —  President Barack Obama arrives at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Thursday, September 13.  Obama returned to Washington after a two-day campaign trip with events in Nevada and Colorado.  —  HIDE CAPTION  —  Week in Politics: September 14 - 21
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 20: Obama's Convention Bounce May Not Be Receding  —  President Obama's position inched forward in the FiveThirtyEight forecast on Thursday.  His chances of winning the Electoral College are 76.1 percent, according to the forecast, up from 75.2 percent on Wednesday.
Paul Sakuma / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Falsely Claims Fast and Furious Program “Begun Under the Previous Administration”  —  Asked about the Fast and Furious program at the Univision forum on Thursday, President Obama falsely claimed that the program began under President George W. Bush.
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Life Expectancy for Less Educated Whites in U.S. Is Shrinking  —  For generations of Americans, it was a given that children would live longer than their parents.  But there is now mounting evidence that this enduring trend has reversed itself for the country's least-educated whites …
Discussion: The Mahablog and Gawker
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Obama's Shaky Libya Narrative  —  In the days after the consulate assault in Benghazi, the administration insisted a spontaneous protest got out of hand.  Then it slowly transitioned into calling the events a ‘terrorist attack.’ Eli Lake on how the story changed.
First Read:
First Thoughts: Obama's battleground edge grows  —  Obama's edge grows in NBC battleground map... 243 EVs in Obama's column, 191 in Romney's, and 104 in Toss-up category... NBC/WSJ/Marist polls of CO, IA, and WI provide evidence of the past week taking a toll on Romney... Romney's lost week …
 
 
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Luke Baker / Reuters:
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Clinton fails to convince Republicans on administration's account of Libya attack
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Minnesota farmer cleared in milk case
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DeMint might throw Akin a lifeline
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Obama says Arab blasphemy protests are ‘natural’
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Home To Roost  —  As a useful corrective to the Beltway tendency …
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TMZ.com:
Mitt Romney's Son Tagg Signed ‘Abortion’ Clause in His Surrogate Birth Contract
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Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
Heartland Monitor Poll: Obama Leads 50 Percent to 43 Percent
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Reid, Senate Dems oppose Social Security cuts in debt deal
Kendah / Nielsen Wire:
Convention Speeches by the Numbers
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico