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7:45 AM ET, September 26, 2012


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Roger Simon / Politico:
Paul Ryan vs. The Stench  —  Paul Ryan has gone rogue.  He is unleashed, unchained, off the hook.  —  “I hate to say this, but if Ryan wants to run for national office again, he'll probably have to wash the stench of Romney off of him,” Craig Robinson, a former political director …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Report: Paul Ryan Goes Rogue and Refers to “Stench” Romney  —  Are we now witnessing the second Vice President on a Republican ticket in four years “go rogue”?  Is Paul Ryan fed up with what some see as his Romneyization by the Romney camp?  Is he following 2008 Vice Presidential nominee's advice to “go rogue”?
Roger Simon / Politico:
Paul Ryan vs. The Stench  —  He did a PowerPoint presentation for the crowd.  According to the National Journal, be began thusly: " 'I'm kind of a PowerPoint guy, so I hope you'll bear with me,' Ryan told the audience as he began clicking through four slides, which showed graphs depicting U.S. debt held …
New York Post:
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Woman defaces ‘anti-jihad’ ad in Times Square station  —  Cops busted a lone protester — angry with subway ads equating enemies of Israel as “savages” — as she spray-painted over one of the controversial signs today.  —  A Post camera crew captured the bizarre conflict …
Sen. Scott Brown staffers caught on video chanting Indian war whoops, making tomahawk chops  —  Rally video surfaces after campaigns release ads about Warren's heritage  —  Brown staffers caught chanting Indian war whoops  —  Staffers for Sen. Scott Brown chanted Indian “war whoops” …
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
In Massachusetts, Brown Attacks Warren's Character
Discussion: Hot Air, Daily Kos and The Daily Caller
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Really, Scott Brown?  —  I've been wondering about this for a few days.
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and Blue Mass Group
Eric Kleefeld / Talking Points Memo:   Warren Ad: Scott Brown ‘Attacking My Family’ On Native American Claims
Boston Herald:
Miner: Elizabeth Warren's biz ‘hypocritical’
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
OBAMA TO UN: IT'S NOT MY FAULT STEVENS IS DEAD  —  Passing the buck in dramatic fashion on the world stage, President Barack Obama told the UN General Assembly this morning that the U.S. government was not responsible for the anti-Islam video that he once again blamed for recent attacks on U.S. embassies in the Middle East.
What we learned from our interview with Mitt Romney
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Allen West to U.N.: U.S. ‘Angel of Death’  —  Florida Rep. Allen West ripped President Barack Obama's United Nations speech Tuesday, saying he would have told the U.N. that America would be an “Angel of Death” that wreaks “havoc and destruction” on anyone who attacks the U.S.
U.S. will “do what we must” on Iran, U.N.'s Ban opposes threats
Discussion: The Raw Story
Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Love Claims The Lead  —  Well, this is an interesting turn of events.  —  Mia Love's campaign released internal polling numbers that show the race for Utah's 4th District seat have taken a dramatic swing, giving her a big lead over Democrat Jim Matheson.  —  Love's polling firm …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Dennis Romboy / Deseret News:
Police investigating racist pictures sent to Mia Love
New York Times:
Polls Show Obama Is Widening His Lead in Ohio and Florida  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — For weeks, Republicans in Ohio have been watching with worry that the state's vital 18 electoral votes were trending away from Mitt Romney.  The anxiety has been similar in Florida, where Republicans are concerned …
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan Demands Return Of Unionized NFL Referees: ‘It Is Time To Get The Real Refs’  —  The Green Bay Packers lost on a controversial last-second play that was ruled incorrectly by scab officials Monday night, leading Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan (also from Wisconsin) …
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Obama to NFL: “Get the permanent refs back”
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Va. GOP orders affiliate to remove offensive Obama photos  —  RICHMOND — Virginia Republican Party officials on Tuesday ordered their Mecklenburg County affiliate to remove photos portraying President Obama as a witch doctor, a caveman and a thug from its Facebook page.
Neetzan Zimmerman / Gawker:
Mitt Romney Stops Supporters from Chanting ‘Ryan’ to Ensure They Say His Name Too  —  In Vandalia, Ohio, today, after Mitt Romney thanked running mate Paul Ryan for his stump speech, rally attendees instinctively began chanting “Ryan, Ryan,” as rally attendees are wont to do.
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Bloomberg:
Romney Negativity Muddies Message as Obama Leads in Poll  —  Republican Mitt Romney's negative ratings are preventing him from capitalizing on President Barack Obama's vulnerabilities in the race for the White House, according to a new poll that gives the incumbent a lead heading into the first of three presidential debates.
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Madonna strips for Obama, offers profanity-laced endorsement  —  Madonna offered a profanity-laced endorsement of President Obama at her concert Monday night, which involved the singer stripping down to her underwear to reveal the president's name written on her body.
Kia Makarechi / The Huffington Post:
Madonna: Obama Is ‘A Black Muslim In The White House,’ Deserves Votes (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Raw Story
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
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Rivera ran secret campaign, Sternad tells FBI  —  Justin Lamar Sternad told federal law enforcement authorities that U.S. Rep. David Rivera was behind his failed Democratic primary campaign.  —  MCAPUTO@MIAMIHERALD.COM  —  Justin Lamar Sternad, whose failed congressional campaign became …
Discussion: Riptide 2.0
Noel Sheppard /
CNN's Acosta to Romney: ‘If You Somehow Win,’ How Would You 'Assure Blacks You'd Be Their President Also?'  —  CNN's Jim Acosta on Tuesday's Situation Room asked what many will think was a truly offensive question.  —  “If you were to somehow beat the first African-American president …
Discussion: Instapundit and The Gateway Pundit
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Apple had over a year left on Google Maps contract, Google scrambling to build iOS app  —  Apple's decision to ship its own mapping system in the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 was made over a year before the company's agreement to use Google Maps expired, according to two independent sources familiar with the matter.
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
The Republican brain drain  —  In 1980 Ronald Reagan won the Republican nomination.  He beat a future president, George H.W. Bush; two future Senate majority leaders, Howard Baker and Bob Dole; and two lesser-known congressmen.  This year Mitt Romney won the GOP nomination.
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Ralph Nader: Obama's a ‘war criminal’
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 24: Deep Red Polling Mystery  —  The FiveThirtyEight forecast was essentially unchanged on Monday, with Barack Obama holding a 77.7 percent chance of winning the Electoral College.  —  Mr. Obama received a number of strong-looking state polls on Monday, including some from firms that had him with mixed numbers before.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Raw Story
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Victoria McGrane / Washington Wire:
Seven Zingers in Sheila Bair's New Book
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Jim Romenesko:
Yes, I *would* vote for Obama or Romney
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Hit & Run
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney Says Obama Did Not Raise Taxes ‘In His First Four Years’
Discussion: Election 2012 and Mediaite
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John Paul Stevens / New York Review of Books:
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Vladimir Putin / Telegraph:
France set to ban the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ from official documents
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