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10:00 AM ET, September 27, 2012


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Wall Street Journal:
The Libya Debacle  —  The more we learn, the more Benghazi looks like a gross security failure.  —  In his United Nations speech on Tuesday, President Obama talked about the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya and declared that “there should be no doubt that we will be relentless …
Sources: FBI can't get to Benghazi  —  (CNN) — More than two weeks after four Americans — including the U.S. ambassador to Libya — were killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, FBI agents have not yet been granted access to investigate in the eastern Libyan city, and the crime scene has not been secured, sources said.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
From video to terrorist attack: a definitive timeline of administration statements on the Libya attack  —  “We are still doing an investigation.”  —  In any kind of confused overseas event, initial reports are often wrong.  But the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi …
Discussion: First Read and The Daily Caller
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
6 Conservatives Who Think The Media Is Fixing The Polls For Obama  —  With six weeks until Election Day, new polling from Quinnipiac, the New York Times and CBS News shows President Obama leading in crucial swing states including Ohio, Florida and Iowa.  As Obama's lead grows …
Matthew Sheffield / blogs:
Quinnipiac Pollster Admits: ‘Probably Unlikely’ That Electorate Will Feature Massive Dem Skew
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.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Campaign: No, We're Not Backing Off Our Tax Plan
Discussion: Brad DeLong
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
Mitt Romney's ‘Them’ Problem
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Obama's two-minute, direct-to-camera ad  —  In a new commercial that has the feeling of a closing argument, President Barack Obama outlines a four-point agenda to restore “economic patriotism,” moving to crystallize a positive economic message for the last weeks of the campaign.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Carol E. Lee / Washington Wire:
Now On-Air: A 2-Minute Obama Ad, Romney Coal Ad
Rolling Stone:
This Presidential Race Should Never Have Been This Close
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Taylor Marsh
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
US ECONOMY GREW 1.3 PERCENT IN SECOND QUARTER  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at an even more sluggish pace in the April-June quarter than previously believed as farm production in the Midwest was reduced by a severe drought.  —  The overall economy grew at an annual rate …
Discussion: GOP 12
Durable Goods Orders Sink Even as Jobless Claims Fall  —  New durable goods orders in August fell by the most since the recession and a separate reading on the broader U.S. economy came in much weaker than expected.  But weekly jobless claims sank to a two-month low, in a hopeful sign for the labor market.
Discussion: Hot Air and
Tara Palmeri / New York Post:
WATCH: Samuel L. Jackson debuts profanity-laced pro-Obama ad  —  He's hoping this scary bedtime story will make you run to the polls.  —  Samuel L. Jackson, whose video reading of the book “Go the F—k to Sleep” went viral on the Internet, is releasing a pro-Obama ad today in the spirit of Dr. Seuss …
Associated Press:
Refs due back Thursday night  —  NEW YORK — So long, replacement refs.  The NFL's regular crews will be back on the field starting Thursday night.  —  After two days of marathon negotiations — and mounting frustration among coaches, players and fans — the NFL and the referees' union announced …
Barry Wilner / ABCNEWS:
With Goodell at Table, NFL Ref Talks Heat Up
Discussion: The Agonist
Shira Toeplitz / Roll Call:
DCCC Moving TV Resources to More Competitive Races  —  House Democrats shifted resources away from six races as the party continues to move money to more promising targets.  —  According to two sources who monitor ad buys, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee cut its reservations …
Matthew Jaffe / ABCNEWS:
Police Search for Jimmy Hoffa's Body in Michigan Driveway  —  “Where is Jimmy Hoffa's body?” is a question that has spawned thousands of theories.  Now, one Michigan police chief believes a break in the famous cold case could be close at hand.  —  James Berlin, the police chief in Roseville …
Discussion: CNN, Scared Monkeys and The Agonist
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Defiant Romney: 'I'm going to win Ohio, become the next president'  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Wednesday he was unconcerned by new polls that showed him trailing by double digits in the crucial swing state of Ohio, and pledged that he would win both the state and the presidency.
Philip Dorling / Sydney Morning Herald:
US calls Assange ‘enemy of state’  —  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addresses a UN in event in New York via video link from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.  —  THE US military has designated Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as enemies of the United States - the same legal category …
Discussion: The Talking Dog and Guardian
Jesse Drucker / Bloomberg:
Romney ‘I Dig It’ Trust Gives Heirs Triple Benefit  —  In January 1999, a trust set up by Mitt Romney for his children and grandchildren reaped a 1,000 percent return on the sale of shares in Internet advertising firm DoubleClick Inc.  —  If Romney had given the cash directly …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Netanyahu to aim fiery UN address at both Obama, Israeli public  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to deliver a fiery address to the United Nations Thursday calling on the international community to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Andy McSmith / The Independent:
New New Labour for children of the Blair years  —  Rumour has it that Euan Blair, Tony' eldest, may run for parliament.  But what about the other progeny of those who dominated the New Labour era?  —  The blogger Guido Fawkes set a hare running this week by suggesting that Euan Blair …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Political Scrapbook
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Romney Is Flailing in Ohio  —  The GOP nominee's scattershot campaign and faltering poll numbers have Democrats in Ohio and elsewhere saying, “Thanks, Mitt!”  —  Reuters  —  KENT, Ohio — As I was leaving an Obama campaign rally here — roaring, enthusiastic, packed with gleeful liberals …
Discussion: The Reaction, The Caucus and Reuters
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
AP editor cites Bachmann fact-checking ‘quota’  —  Fourteenth in a series of endless, tireless, exhaustive, hairsplitting, obsessive, resounding, never-before-attempted and conclusive posts on the fact-checking industry.  —  In a panel of fact-checking all-stars this morning at the National Press Club …
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Conservative Polling Alternative Plans Expansion  —  Dean Chambers, the man behind, looks to “unskew” the media and politics.  His numbers have given Republicans “a boost of confidence.”  —  Chambers designed this graphic for his blog to demonstrate why he believes …
Nina Chestney / Reuters:
100 mln will die by 2030 if world fails to act on climate - report  —  (Reuters) - More than 100 million people will die and global economic growth will be cut by 3.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030 if the world fails to tackle climate change, a report commissioned by 20 governments said on Wednesday.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Extra Bonus Quote of the Day  —  “Frankly at this early stage, polls go up, polls go down.”  — Mitt Romney, quoted by ABC News, apparently not aware the election is 41 days away.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney: ‘Pleased With Some Polls, Less So With Other Polls’
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Wall Street Journal:
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