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10:40 AM ET, September 24, 2012

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James Hohmann / Politico:
President Obama pulls ahead of Mitt Romney  —  President Barack Obama has opened a national lead in a tight race that's been static for much of the year.  —  A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll of likely voters finds little good news for Mitt Romney but a race that remains competitive.
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David Morgan / Reuters:
Analysis: For Romney, some troubling signs among older voters  —  (Reuters) - Even before his running mate was booed by a lobbying group for older Americans on Friday, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was losing support among such voters, whose backing is crucial to his hopes of winning the November 6 election.
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Swing-State Voters Trust Obama More to Address Medicare  —  More believe Obama and Biden have put forth Medicare plan than Romney and Ryan  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Voters in 12 key election swing states trust President Barack Obama over challenger Mitt Romney to address issues facing the Medicare system, 50% to 44%.
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and TIME Ideas
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads by 4 in Florida
Discussion: Politico
Paul Ryan / Cincinnati.com:
Divided state still a toss-up
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Barack Obama, Mitt Romney essentially tied in Florida, new Times/Herald/Bay News 9 poll shows
Agence France Presse:
Obama brushes off Israeli pressure over Iran  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama likened Israeli pressure on him to draw a line in the sand over Iran's nuclear ambitions as noise he tries to ignore, according to remarks aired Sunday.  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently urged …
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John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama and Romney Offer a Possible Preview of Their First Debate  —  WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney criticized President Obama in remarks broadcast on Sunday for refusing to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, during this week's United Nations General Assembly meeting …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, Newsy and The Caucus
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
An interview with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Julian Pecquet / Ballot Box:   Jewish Dems warn Netanyahu to stay out of US presidential election
Dovid Efune / Algemeiner.com:
Both President Obama and Ahmadinejad Liken Israeli Concerns Over Nuclear Iran to “Noise”
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
CNN:
TRENDING: Obama: I bear ‘full responsibility for everything’  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama discussed his frustration with gridlock in Washington, saying his “biggest disappointment” in his nearly four years in office has been the failure to oversee change in the nation's political climate.
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CNN:
Romney campaign pounces on Obama national security comments
Discussion: Politico
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Elizabeth Warren's law license problem  —  The debate last Thursday night between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren covered ground mostly known to voters.  —  But there was one subject most people watching probably did not know about, Elizabeth Warren's private legal representation …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Beast:
President Obama: The Democrats' Ronald Reagan  —  With his first term behind him, Obama is poised to be as significant a president as Reagan—tackling the deficit, spearheading immigration reform, and jolting the GOP back to sanity.  —  As the fall has turned crisper, a second term for Barack Obama has gotten likelier.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
CBS Doesn't Air Obama Admitting Mistakes in Campaign Ads  —  Tonight, CBS aired a 60 Minutes interview with President Obama.  But curiously enough, the news magazine show did not air a clip of Obama admitting to interviewer Steve Kroft that some of his campaign ads contain mistakes and that some even “go overboard.”
Clare Jim / Reuters:
Foxconn closes China plant after 40 injured in brawl  —  (Reuters) - Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group closed its Taiyuan plant in northern China on Monday after a personal dispute spiraled into a brawl involving 2,000 workers in a dormitory late on Sunday night, injuring 40.
Discussion: The Verge and Mashable!
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New York Times:
Foxconn Factory in China Is Closed After Worker Riot
Discussion: Hullabaloo and AllThingsD
New York Post:
Speaker Silver's male staffer defended boss with online posts from ‘female’ supporter  —  Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has a strong female voice defending him against allegations he improperly funneled hush money to two of Assemblyman Vito Lopez's sex-harassment accusers.
E.J. Schultz / AdAge:
Ad Age Picks the Top 10 Female Ad Icons of All Time  —  From the Morton Salt Umbrella Girl to Progressive's Flo, We Choose the Most Memorable Women of the Last 100 Years … Morton Salt Umbrella Girl  —  This venerable ad icon was originally an afterthought, one of three substitute ideas …
Discussion: Althouse
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
MEDIA PUT 18,000 IN NOT-QUITE-FULL 5,000-SEAT ARENA FOR OBAMA IN WISCONSIN  —  President Barack Obama is having trouble drawing large crowds on the campaign trail.  At the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, his campaign was forced to move his acceptance speech from the 74,000-seat Bank …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs and Politico
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Keithbacker / Battleground Watch:
How Big Was Obama's Crowd in Wisconsin? MSM says 18,000, actual was 5,000 (photos and analysis)
New York Times:
Deadly Attack in Libya Was Major Blow to C.I.A. Efforts  —  WASHINGTON — The attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans has dealt the Central Intelligence Agency a major setback in its intelligence-gathering efforts at a time of increasing instability in the North African nation.
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
JFK Tapes: New Insight Into White House Tensions During Cuban Missile Crisis  —  In the heat of the Cuban Missile Crisis, President John F. Kennedy thought the nation was so close to war with the Soviet Union that he game-planned how American naval vessels would fire on Soviet ships …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Optimism Cure  —  Mitt Romney is optimistic about optimism.  In fact, it's pretty much all he's got.  And that fact should make you very pessimistic about his chances of leading an economic recovery.  —  As many people have noticed, Mr. Romney's five-point “economic plan” is very nearly substance-free.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
 
 
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Craig Gilbert / JSOnline:
Ryan: 'We're going to beat him'  —  By Craig Gilbert of the Journal Sentinel
Discussion: Washington Post and Election 2012
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Voting laws may disenfranchise 10 million Hispanic U.S. citizens: study
Mike Dennison / Missoulian:
Lee poll: Rehberg leads Tester in U.S. Senate race
Wall Street Journal:
Romney Plans Full Slate in Latest Reboot
Discussion: Washington Wire
CBS News:
Campaign 2012: Obama vs. Romney
Discussion: New York Magazine
 Earlier Items: 
George Stephanopoulos / ABCNEWS:
Ann Coulter: Democrats ‘Dropping the Blacks and Moving on to the Hispanics’
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
NEWS FLASH  —  TOP ROMNEY ADVISER: 'WE ARE A NATION …
Maxim Lott / Associated Press:
Private city in Honduras will have minimal taxes, government
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Joe. My. God.
Trey Cook / EpicTV:
Avalanche on Manaslu: Glen Plake Alive, Rémy Lécluse & Greg Costa Missing
Discussion: BBC and Guardian