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2:35 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.
Agence France Presse:
Obama brushes off Israeli pressure over Iran
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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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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Sy Mukherjee / ThinkProgress:   Romney's Advice To The Uninsured: Go To The ER
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.
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Julian Pecquet / Ballot Box:
Jewish Dems warn Netanyahu to stay out of US presidential election
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Mitt Romney pulls in $6 million at Beverly Hills fundraiser  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives in Los Angeles during what is primarily a fundraising swing through California.  (Charles Dharapak / Associated Press / September 22, 2012)
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Election 2012
Mike Allen / Politico:
Sheldon Adelson: Inside the mind of the mega-donor  —  The Billion-Dollar Buy: About this series  —  Like never before, big dollars are having a big impact on politics and governance.  This series examines how the new wide-open fundraising landscape will affect the 2012 campaigns.
 
 
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Boris Johnson / Telegraph:
Never mind all those badgers - we've got to save the Cleggster
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Bill Keller / New York Times:
The Satanic Video  —  THE alchemy of modern media works with amazing speed.
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
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Pelosi objects to ‘mute button’ ad
Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up 6 in Colorado  —  PPP's newest Colorado poll finds …
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Darrel Rowland / The Columbus Dispatch:
Ohio Newspaper Poll: Despite ad blitz, Brown ahead
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James Glanz / New York Times:
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Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
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