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3:15 PM ET, September 26, 2012


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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 …
Quinnipiac University:
Obama Has Big Leads In Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times Swing State Poll Finds  —  Watch Video: Assistant Director Tim Malloy discusses poll results  —  Clip Information and Download:  —  FLV File - For Website (1920x1080 / 61.7MB)
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Why Romney is losing must-win Ohio  —  (CNN) — Polls show Mitt Romney trailing President Barack Obama in just about every one of the swing states where the 2012 campaign is being waged.  —  But Romney appears to be in deeper trouble in Ohio than elsewhere, an alarming development for Republicans …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 25: Romney's Narrow Path Without Ohio  —  With President Obama consistently holding a lead in polls of Ohio, Mitt Romney may need to devise a strategy to win the Electoral College without it.  —  Mr. Romney has a few plans by which he might do so, but they are narrowly drawn …
Jon Cohen / The Fix:
Most are negative about Mitt Romney's “47 percent” comments  —  A majority of Americans have unfavorable views of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's comments — caught on film at a fundraiser — regarding the “47 percent” of people who don't pay federal income taxes and simply would not vote for him …
Florida Times Union:
President Obama holds slight lead over Mitt Romney in Times-Union Florida poll
Michael R. Crittenden / Washington Wire:
Ad Seeks to Show Romney's Compassion
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and GOP 12
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
WE KNEW IT WAS AL QAEDA  —  Sources say intelligence agencies knew within a day that al Qaeda affiliates were behind the attacks in Benghazi, Libya—they even knew where one of the attackers lived.  Eli Lake reports.  —  Within 24 hours of the 9-11 anniversary attack on the United States consulate …
Byron Tau / Politico:
W.H.: Obama sees attack as terrorism
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review
Sorry, But Mitt Romney's Nickname Is Not “The Stench”  —  Not everyone grasped that Paul Ryan isn't really going around referring to Mitt Romney as “Stench,” as a Politico satire suggested.  “Yes, the Stench!” exclaims O'Donnell.  —  When Roger Simon wrote in Politico Wednesday that Paul Ryan's …
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 …
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Are the Polls Tilted Toward Obama?  —  Republicans, by and large, are frustrated with recent polls of the presidential election because they think Democrats are being oversampled.  Many pollsters respond by saying that “weighing” the polls for partisan identification creates …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
This Morning's Polls Project More Heavily Democratic Electorates Than 2008  —  This morning, surveys from the New York Times/CBS/Quinnipiac puts Obama ahead by 10 in Ohio, up by 12 in Pennsylvania, and up by 9 in Florida.  —  Since the issue of whether the party ID within polling samples …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:   Quinnipiac/CBS/NYT: Obama Opens Up Significant Leads In Ohio, Florida And Pennsylvania
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Why I Refuse to Vote for Barack Obama  —  The case against casting a ballot for the president — even if you think he's better than Mitt Romney  —  Tell certain liberals and progressives that you can't bring yourself to vote for a candidate who opposes gay rights, or who doesn't believe in Darwinian evolution, and they'll nod along.
Fars News Agency:
American Peace Activists Meet with Iranian President in New York  —  TEHRAN (FNA)- Members of Veterans For Peace, along with other US peace activists, met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  —  Addressing the meeting, veterans For Peace President Leah Bolger stressed VFP's commitment …
Agence France Presse:
US to boycott Iran leader's speech at UN summit
Discussion: Riehl World News
Wall Street Journal:
Israel Must Be ‘Eliminated’
Discussion: Reuters and New York Magazine
The First Four Years Are The Hardest...  My name is Mike Rowe and I own a small company in California called mikeroweWORKS.  Currently, mikeroweWORKS is trying to close the country's skills gap by changing the way Americans feel about Work.  (I know, right?  Ambitious.)
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 …
Mormons Plan To Fast For Romney  —  Conservative Mormons circulate an e-mail calling for a day of fasting and prayer on September 30th for Romney to do well in the debates.  Asking God to rain blessings on a struggling candidacy.  —  Mitt Romney and his wife Ann arrive for services …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Obama's claim that ‘90 percent’ of the current deficit is due to Bush policies  —  “Over the last four years, the deficit has gone up, but 90 percent of that is as a consequence of two wars that weren't paid for, as a consequence of tax cuts that weren't paid for, a prescription drug plan …
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Giuliani: Obama Should Tell Iran 'I'm Going To Bomb You'  —  Seeing that Mitt Romney's campaign has struggled to substantively differentiate itself from President Obama's Iran policy, it has turned to strange claims about making the military option in preventing Iran from getting a nuke more “credible.”
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Pennsylvania Eases Voter-ID Requirements, As Trial Judge Reviews State's Law  —  In a last-minute effort to protect the restrictive voter ID law now under review by a trial judge, Pennsylvania officials announced Tuesday they would relax requirements for obtaining a photo ID.
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
Hubble captures extraordinary view of Universe  —  The image took more than 500 hours to build  —  The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has produced one of its most extraordinary views of the Universe to date.  —  Called the eXtreme Deep Field, the picture captures a mass of galaxies stretching …
Discussion: Newsy and Sense of Events
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Cherokee chief: Scott Brown staffers ‘racist’  —  The head of the Cherokee Nation called staffers for Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown “downright racist” Wednesday for making “tomahawk chop” motions and yelling “war whoops” at a rally Saturday for the Republican's reelection, and called on Brown to apologize.
Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos
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