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7:50 PM ET, September 26, 2012


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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 …
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
Mitt Romney's ‘Them’ Problem  —  Presidential elections are decided in the first-person plural and the second person.  Anyone operating in the third person is in trouble.  —  Mitt Romney's campaign on Wednesday released an ad featuring the candidate speaking straight to the camera …
Discussion: Shakesville
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Romney camp goes all in on ad touting concern for ordinary Americans  —  A Democrat familiar with ad buy information tells me that starting Friday, the new ad the Romney campaign rolled out today will begin airing at full throttle in all of Romney's media markets in nine swing states, and it will be the only Romney ad running in them.
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Romney Campaign Now Says They Probably Won't Do Their Tax Cuts After All  —  WESTERVILLE, OH - SEPTEMBER 26: Republican U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives at a campaign rally at Westerville South High School September 26, 2012 in Westerville, Ohio.
Politico's Paul Ryan Satire: The Joke's on Them  —  A report this morning by Politico chief political correspondent Roger Simon includes this bombshell about Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan: … The “stench” reference comes from a quote that Craig Robinson …
Discussion: Althouse and Jammie Wearing Fools
Roger Simon / Politico:
Paul Ryan vs. The Stench
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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Defiant Romney: 'I'm going to win Ohio, become the next president'
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 “weighting” the polls for partisan identification creates …
Matthew Sheffield / blogs:
Quinnipiac Pollster Admits: ‘Probably Unlikely’ That Electorate Will Feature Massive Dem Skew
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Democrats On NRSC's Todd Akin Change Of Heart: We Knew It  —  Color Missouri Democratic Party chair Mike Sanders unsurprised.  As news broke that the NRSC was reconsidering its support for Rep. Todd Akin's Senate candidacy Wednesday, Saunders told reporters his party never expected Republicans …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
NRSC Takes A Fresh Look At Todd Akin
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
National Republicans re-open door to spending money on Akin
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
GOP Lawmaker Who Called For Akin To Drop Out Now Supporting Him
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.
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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake and New York Magazine
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 …
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, The Democratic Daily and Daily Kos
Boston Globe:
Principal chief of Cherokee Nation denounces tomahawk chops by Brown staffers as ‘offensive and racist’
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Maddow Blog
First Read:
Romney: Massachusetts health care law is proof of empathy  —  TOLEDO, OH — Mitt Romney on Wednesday pointed to the health care reform law he enacted as governor of Massachusetts as proof of his empathy and care for the American people.  —  In an interview with NBC News …
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Will This Video Sink Tommy Thompson's Wisconsin Senate Hopes?  —  Footage from June shows the GOP candidate promising to “do away with Medicaid and Medicare.”  —  Memo to Republicans: Just stay away from cameras, all cameras.  And if you can, travel back in time and implement this advice in April or so.
Colin Campbell / Politicker:
Obama Campaign Trying to Distract Staff From Awesome Poll Numbers  —  President Barack Obama's reelection campaign is currently sitting pretty, at least as far as the polls go.  Survey after survey of key swing states, including the two crucial contests in Ohio and Florida …
Discussion: The Reaction
Sam Stanton / Sacto 9-1-1:
UC pepper-spray settlement about $1 million  —  By Sam Stanton, Denny Walsh and Andrea Gallo  —  The University of California regents have agreed to pay out roughly $1 million to end a lawsuit over last November's pepper spraying of UC-Davis students, part of a deal that also calls …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Murphy leads by 6 in CT-Senate race  —  PPP's newest poll of the Connecticut Senate race finds Democrat Chris Murphy expanding his lead to 6 points over Republican foe Linda McMahon, 48-42.  Last month he led 48-44.  —  There's no doubt Murphy's image has taken a hit over the course of this campaign.
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
A Conversation With Randall Munroe, the Creator of XKCD  —  Q: What would happen if a beloved web comic created a series of ... physics explainers?  —  Randall Munroe began his career in physics working with robots at NASA's Langley Research Center.  He is famous, however …
Discussion: io9
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
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Executive Producer of ‘Today’ Says Ouster of Ann Curry Was His Call  —  Commenting publicly for the first time about the decision to remove Ann Curry from the “Today” show's co-anchor position after only a year on the job, Jim Bell, the show's executive producer, said Wednesday that it “was absolutely my call.”
Tim Graham / blogs:
CNN and MSNBC Pundit Arrested for Vandalizing Anti-Muslim Ad In N.Y. Subway System  —  The New York Post reported Egyptian-American columnist Mona Eltahawy has been arrested for defacing an anti-Muslim ad in the New York subway system.  The video shows her spraying pink paint on the ad while a supporter of the ad tries to block her.
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Obama to Crash Debate Prep in Nevada as Campaigns Lower Expectations  —  Chris Kleponis/AFP/Getty Images; Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images  —  BOWLING GREEN, O.H. — President Obama will head to Henderson, Nev., on Sunday for three days of debate prep behind closed doors, ABC News has learned.
PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT  —  One-on-One with Bill Clinton  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  PIERS MORGAN, HOST: Tonight, blunt words from Bill Clinton.  The 42nd president of the United States on the nuclear threat from Iran.
Jeffrey Bell / Weekly Standard:
How to Make 2012 into 1980  —  When Republican strategists like Karl Rove cite 1980 as a model for this year's election, they usually have in mind two main elements: Ronald Reagan's question in the late October presidential debate about whether voters felt better off than four years earlier …
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
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Quid Pro Quota at Justice
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 Earlier Items: 
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
FARRAKHAN and RAMSEY CLARK Hold Meeting With Ahmadinejad (Photos)
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Fox & Friends Distorts Data On Obama's Spending Record
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Anita Gates / New York Times:
Andy Williams, Crooner of ‘Moon River,’ Dies at 84
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Pennsylvania Eases Voter-ID Requirements, As Trial Judge Reviews State's Law
Felix Salmon:
Chart of the day: The long decline of labor
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Obama's claim that ‘90 percent’ of the current deficit is due to Bush policies

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