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4:50 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.
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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Rachel Weiner / Election 2012:
Romney: Uninsured have emergency rooms
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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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Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Facebook Confirms No Private Messages Appearing On Timeline.  They're Old Wall Posts.  —  Updated.  Some Facebook users 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?
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.
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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
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Romney's Latest Myth: Obama Wants To Force Workers Into Unions!  —  During a Sunday evening conference call with a group of Iowans, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney warned voters that President Obama wants to force everyone into organized unions.
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Al Gore to do ‘dirty weather report’  —  Al Gore hopes to show links between climate change and the effects of extreme weather worldwide with an online and social media-fueled event built around the idea of “dirty weather.”  —  Gore's advocacy group, the Climate Reality Project …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Raw Story
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Report: Ahmadinejad to Meet with Occupy Wall Street  —  A report today in an official outlet of the Iranian regime claims that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, will meet with members of the Occupy Wall Street movement.  Ahmadinejad is currently in New York City …
 
 
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Willie Geist to Co-Host Third Hour of ‘Today’
Discussion: Mediaite and Deadline.com
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The GOP Wasted 4 Years on the Wrong Critique of Obama's Foreign Policy
Nasser Karimi / Associated Press:
Iran official urges boycott of 2013 Oscars
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
BuzzFeed:
David Axelrod In 2005: Adding Three Trillion To The Deficit In Four Years Is “Madness”
Discussion: Battleground Watch
Boris Johnson / Telegraph:
Never mind all those badgers - we've got to save the Cleggster
Discussion: Guardian, Spectator and The Daily Beast
Bill Keller / New York Times:
The Satanic Video  —  THE alchemy of modern media works with amazing speed.
Jay Cost / New York Post:
Inside the ‘poll-ercoaster’
Discussion: Moe Lane
 Earlier Items: 
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Tough new ad shows Sen. Brown going on offense in Mass. Senate race
Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
Emmys 2012: Julianne Moore Credits Tina Fey and Katie Couric for Sarah Palin Scrutiny
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Darrel Rowland / The Columbus Dispatch:
Ohio Newspaper Poll: Despite ad blitz, Brown ahead
Discussion: CNN, Hotline On Call and Plain Dealer
Julian Pecquet / Ballot Box:
Jewish Dems warn Netanyahu to stay out of US presidential election
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
NEWS FLASH  —  TOP ROMNEY ADVISER: 'WE ARE A NATION …