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12:45 PM 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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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.
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.
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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.
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Swing-State Voters Trust Obama More to Address Medicare
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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Politico:
GOP analysis: Mitt winning in middle  —  In early August, with our Republican analysis of the POLITICO-George Washington University Battleground Poll, we wrote “... this election will remain close until the final weeks of the campaign.  There will be ups and downs for both campaigns throughout …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
Julian Pecquet / Ballot Box:
Jewish Dems warn Netanyahu to stay out of US presidential election  —  Top Jewish Democrats are squarely standing by President Obama's decision not to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and warning Israel to butt out of the U.S. presidential race.  —  The White House …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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CNN:
Romney campaign pounces on Obama national security comments
Discussion: Wake up America and Politico
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.”
Rasmussen Reports:
23% Blame Middle East Protests on Anti-Islamic Video  —  Most voters think the recent protests at U.S. embassies in the Middle East were pre-planned and not a reaction to an anti-Islamic video on YouTube.  They also believe overwhelmingly that terrorists are likely to have been involved in the murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya.
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.
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Voting laws may disenfranchise 10 million Hispanic U.S. citizens: study  —  (Reuters) - New voting laws in 23 of the 50 states could keep more than 10 million Hispanic U.S. citizens from registering and voting, a new study said on Sunday, a number so large it could affect the outcome of the November 6 election.
Charles C. Johnson / The Daily Caller:
Full audio of 1998 ‘redistribution’ speech: Obama saw welfare recipients as ‘majority coalition’  —  The Daily Caller has obtained a complete audio recording of the October 19, 1998 Loyola College forum on community organizing and policymaking during which a future President Barack Obama …
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)
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
NEWS FLASH  —  TOP ROMNEY ADVISER: ‘WE ARE A NATION OF PEOPLE DEPENDENT ON THEIR GOVERNMENT’ |  Mitt Romney adviser Bay Buchanan reiterated the Republican campaign's belief that half of Americans are dependent upon government, during an appearance on Meet Thee Press on Sunday.
 
 
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Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Obama cancels election-season meeting with Egyptian Islamist Morsi
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Jay Cost / New York Post:
Inside the ‘poll-ercoaster’
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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Tough new ad shows Sen. Brown going on offense in Mass. Senate race
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Ken Dixon / Stamford Advocate:
Buying early, McMahon got better deals on TV ads
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Statistical State of the Presidential Race
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Pelosi objects to ‘mute button’ ad
Discussion: Althouse, First Read and CNN
Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
Emmys 2012: Julianne Moore Credits Tina Fey and Katie Couric for Sarah Palin Scrutiny
Discussion: Washington Examiner
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up 6 in Colorado  —  PPP's newest Colorado poll finds …
Discussion: weaskamerica.com and KDVR.com
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
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
JFK Tapes: New Insight Into White House Tensions During Cuban Missile Crisis
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Wall Street Journal:
Romney Plans Full Slate in Latest Reboot
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama and Romney Offer a Possible Preview of Their First Debate