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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
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Facebook Confirms No Private Messages Appearing On Timeline.  They're Old Wall Posts.  —  Updated.  Some Facebook users were alarmed this morning thinking that they saw private messages written in 2009 and earlier showing up on viewable Timelines as messages “Posted by friends.”
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Jeremy Stahl / Slate:
Is Facebook Publishing People's Private Messages, Or Are We All Freaking Out Over Nothing?
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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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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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 …
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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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 …
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.
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.
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Tough new ad shows Sen. Brown going on offense in Mass. Senate race  —  Two new ads out from Sen. Scott Brown's (R-Mass.) campaign illustrate the contrasting two-part strategy the senator is launching as he remains behind in some polls just six weeks out from the election.
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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Noah Bierman / Boston Globe:
Scott Brown launches ad about Elizabeth Warren's Native American controversy
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.
 
 
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Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Al Gore to do ‘dirty weather report’
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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
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
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Report: Ahmadinejad to Meet with Occupy Wall Street
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Jay Cost / New York Post:
Inside the ‘poll-ercoaster’
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Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
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Discussion: Washington Examiner