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11:45 AM ET, September 24, 2012

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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Obama's ‘60 Minutes’ wipeout  —  Once is a bad day, but twice in a row should worry Democrats.  President Obama followed his gaffe-ridden Univision interview with an outing on Sunday on “60 Minutes” that is destined to wind up in a series of Mitt Romney ads.
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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.
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.
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama and Romney Offer a Possible Preview of Their First Debate
CNN:
Romney campaign pounces on Obama national security comments
Discussion: Wake up America and Politico
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.
Politico:
GOP analysis: Mitt winning in middle
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Swing-State Voters Trust Obama More to Address Medicare
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Time
CBS News:
Campaign 2012: Obama vs. Romney
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.
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney, On 60 Minutes, Cites Emergency Room As Health Care Option For Uninsured … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Mitt Romney, Video, Mitt Romney Health Care, Mitt Romney 60 Minutes, Mitt Romney Health Insurance, Mitt Romney Healthcare, Mitt Romney Uninsured, Romney 60 Minutes, Romneycare, Politics News
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Sy Mukherjee / ThinkProgress:   Romney's Advice To The Uninsured: Go To The ER
CBS News:
Campaign 2012: Obama vs. Romney
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 …
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: Shakesville and Althouse
Thomas B. Edsall / Campaign Stops:
What's Wrong With Pennsylvania?  —  On June 30, 2011, an enthusiastic Mitt Romney arrived here in the heart of the Lehigh Valley determined to make Pennsylvania a presidential battleground state.  —  Standing before the closed Allentown Metal Works, Romney told reporters …
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.”
Craig Gilbert / JSOnline:
Ryan: 'We're going to beat him'  —  By Craig Gilbert of the Journal Sentinel  —  Talking at length about a Republican campaign that has been feverishly second-guessed, Paul Ryan professed all will be well in the end.  —  “We're going to beat him,” he said of President Barack Obama.
BuzzFeed:
Paul Ryan: Cayman Islands “The Place You Hide Your Money”  —  Democrats often hit Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for having an offshore bank account in the Cayman Islands.  In 2010, during a speech to the Chamber of Commerce, his running mate Paul Ryan called the Cayman Islands …
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)
 
 
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Darrel Rowland / The Columbus Dispatch:
Ohio Newspaper Poll: Despite ad blitz, Brown ahead
Discussion: CNN, Hotline On Call and Plain Dealer
Mike Allen / Politico:
Sheldon Adelson: Inside the mind of the mega-donor
James Glanz / New York Times:
The Cloud Factories: Data Centers in Rural Washington State Gobble Power
Discussion: Engadget, The Verge and Samizdata.net
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Rehberg narrowly leads Tester in latest poll
Discussion: CNN
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
JFK Tapes: New Insight Into White House Tensions During Cuban Missile Crisis
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Julian Pecquet / Ballot Box:
Jewish Dems warn Netanyahu to stay out of US presidential election
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Optimism Cure  —  Mitt Romney is optimistic about optimism.
Wall Street Journal:
Romney Plans Full Slate in Latest Reboot
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 …
Trey Cook / EpicTV:
Avalanche on Manaslu: Glen Plake Alive, Rémy Lécluse & Greg Costa Missing
Discussion: BBC and Guardian