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5:40 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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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.”
New York Times:
Deadly Attack in Libya Was Major Blow to C.I.A. Efforts
BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton Aide Tells Reporter To “F**k Off” And “Have A Good Life”  —  As the State Department's story about what happened in Benghazi crumbles, Clinton's personal spokesperson, Philippe Reines, loses his temper.  “Have a good day.  And by good day I mean F**k Off.”  —  Clinton and Reines in China in 2010.
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 …
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Michael Patrick Leahy / BREITBART.COM:   ELIZABETH WARREN ADMITS SHE IS NOT LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW IN MASSACHUSETTS
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 …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Poll: Obama ticks up on Romney in tight race
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Statistical State of the Presidential Race  —  With fewer than 45 days left in the presidential campaign, it's no longer a cliché to say that every week counts.  And there are a few polling-related themes we'll be watching especially closely this week.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Facebook Confirms No Private Messages Appearing On Timeline.  They're Old Wall Posts.  —  Updated.  Some Facebookusers are seeing private messages written in 2009 and earlier showing up on viewable Timelines as messages “Posted by friends.”  TechCrunch has investigated more …
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Jeremy Stahl / Slate:
Is Facebook Publishing People's Private Messages, Or Are We All Freaking Out Over Nothing?
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.
John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
Puncturing Myths about the White Working Class  —  A new survey and report from the Public Religion and Research Institute—entitled “Beyond God and Guns”—is a valuable corrective to so many stereotypes of the white working class.  Particularly noteworthy in this report are the large …
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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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Rachel Weiner / Election 2012:
Romney: Uninsured have emergency rooms
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Orlando Sentinel:
State Rep. Mike Horner ends campaign after being named in racketeering, prostitution case  —  State Rep. Mike Horner of Kissimmee ended his re-election campaign today after being named as a client in a racketeering and prostitution case.  —  Horner, a two-term Republican …
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MiamiHerald.com:
State Rep. Mike Horner resigns after being linked to brothel in Orange County
Discussion: Vodkapundit
Alex Sanz / WPTV Newschannel 5:
Paul Ryan says reversal of DADT repeal is step in wrong direction, sets out to revive American dream  —  MIAMI, Fla. — One year after the repeal of the “don't ask, don't tell” policy that barred openly gay and lesbian service members from serving in the military, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) …
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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.
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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 …
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Mitt Romney's transition efforts intensifying  —  Mitt Romney's campaign may be struggling, but his transition operation is moving full steam ahead.  —  The GOP presidential candidate's Washington team is intensifying its efforts, moving into official office space and holding meetings on Capitol Hill.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney campaign to change message  —  Mitt Romney's campaign on Monday said it would debut a new “change in message” that looked not just to criticize President Obama's record, but to paint a contrast for voters of the next four years.  —  “We are talking not only on the president's performance …
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Transcript: Mitt Romney Talks to ABC News About Obama Foreign Policy, Campaign Reset  —  Image credit: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak  —  ABC News conducted a short interview with Mitt Romney today in Denver, Colorado.  She asked him about his criticism of the President Obama on foreign policy …
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Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Romney hammers Obama on ‘bump in the road’ comment
Discussion: CNN
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
Mitt and the threat of abandonment  —  Romney might face the same indignity — abandonment — as the last Republican to challenge an incumbent, Bob Dole  —  On Sunday's “Meet the Press,” David Brooks and Joe Scarborough took turns criticizing Mitt Romney's messaging and strategy.
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.
Michael W. Chapman / CNSNews:
Pakistani Foreign Minister: ‘Maybe We Do Need to Rethink How Much Freedom is Okay’  —  (CNSNews.com) - Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar told CNN's “Situation Room” last week that if freedom of speech in the United States provokes people in the Muslim and Arab world to take actions …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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Chris Moody / Associated Press:
Gingrich: Voters seeking government aid at ‘the heart of the Obama majority’
Discussion: The Hill and The Raw Story
Fox News:
Transcript of Obama on ‘60 Minutes’
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Conservatives Embrace Alternate Polling Reality
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Al Gore to do ‘dirty weather report’
Discussion: Green, Weasel Zippers and The Raw Story
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Willie Geist to Co-Host Third Hour of ‘Today’
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The GOP Wasted 4 Years on the Wrong Critique of Obama's Foreign Policy
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Romney's Latest Myth: Obama Wants To Force Workers Into Unions!
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Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
Emmys 2012: Julianne Moore Credits Tina Fey and Katie Couric for Sarah Palin Scrutiny
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E.J. Schultz / AdAge:
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