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3:50 PM ET, September 27, 2012


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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 …
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Did Obama lie about the embassy attacks?
David Corn / Mother Jones:
NEW ROMNEY VIDEO: In 1985, He Said Bain Would “Harvest” Companies for Profits  —  This clip shows the young CEO focusing on businesses as targets for his investors, not as job creators or community stakeholders.  —  Campaigning for the presidency, Mitt Romney has pointed to his stint …
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 …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Brad DeLong
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Brutal new Obama ad features Mitt Romney and the 47 percenters  —  The Obama campaign has not sent this ad to national reporters, but I'm told it will air in the seven key swing states.  It is a brutal shot at Mitt Romney's videotaped remarks about the freeloading 47 percent …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 26: Could 2012 Be Like 2008?  —  There's no point in putting it gently: Mitt Romney had one of his worst polling days of the year on Wednesday.  —  It began with a series of polls from The New York Times, CBS News and Quinnipiac University, released early Wednesday morning …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Obama's Brutal New ‘47 Percent’ Ad  —  In a new commercial airing heavily in swing states, the entire script is Romney's leaked comments about “entitled,” government-dependent “victims.”  —  CANTON, Ohio — The Obama campaign didn't put out a press release announcing this new TV ad Thursday …
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.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Mitt Romney to ‘fact check’ Obama in debate
Discussion: Daily Kos
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Biggest Opponent Is the Truth
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 …
TRENDING: Samuel L. Jackson: ‘Wake the F*** up’ for Obama
Adele Hampton / The Hill:   Samuel L. Jackson tells voters to ‘wake the f—k up’ in new ad
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
CES Preliminary Benchmark Announcement  —  In accordance with usual practice, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is announcing the preliminary estimate of the upcoming annual benchmark revision to the establishment survey employment series.  The final benchmark revision will be issued on February 1 …
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:   New Data Show Obama Net Positive For Job Creation Since He Took Office
Jason Hancock / Midwest Democracy:
Todd Akin says Claire McCaskill is not as ‘ladylike’ as 2006  —  JEFFERSON CITY - More than a month after his comments about “legitimate rape” nearly derailed his campaign for U.S. Senate, Republican Todd Akin said Thursday that it has become clear to him that he will triumph over Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill this fall.
The Fix:
Why Mitt Romney isn't going to get blown out  —  It's easy amid a slew of swing state and national polling that shows President Obama opening up a high single-digit lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney to conclude that we could be witnessing an electoral blowout in the making.
Washington Post:
Medicare working to boost Obama in swing states, poll finds
Discussion: Mother Jones and Election 2012
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
GDP collapse puts U.S. economy into recession red zone
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Phoenix Mayor Attempts To Live On A Food Stamp Budget: 'I'm Tired, And It's Hard To Focus'  —  When local activist groups challenged Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton to live on a food stamp budget for a week to mark Hunger Awareness Month, he took them up on the offer and found out just how hard it was.
Romney's Supporters Reject His Soft Line On Obama  —  A failed golfer-president, not Che Guevera Lite?  Shouts of “No!” in Toledo.  —  Image by Brian Snyder / Reuters  —  TOLEDO, Ohio — Mitt Romney covered a lot of territory Wednesday — rhetorically and geographically …
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: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Republicans Go After Jewish Vote
New Justice Department Documents Show Huge Increase in Warrantless Electronic Surveillance  —  Justice Department documents released today by the ACLU reveal that federal law enforcement agencies are increasingly monitoring Americans' electronic communications, and doing so without warrants …
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion on Obama family last year, perks questioned in new book  —  Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion dollars on everything from staffing, housing, flying and entertaining President Obama and his family last year, according to the author of a new book on taxpayer-funded presidential perks.
William J. Bennett / CNN:
Why you shouldn't vote for Obama  —  The latest from the campaign trail … (CNN) — It has been said that a democratic republic such as ours is a do-it-yourself enterprise.  People change the course of this country through conversation, debate and, eventually, consensus.
Discussion: National Review
NY Daily News:
While Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad soaks up Manhattan high life, his underlings go on shopping spree at discount chains Payless, Costco, Walgreens and Duane Reade  —  Visiting delegation rack up on shampoo, soap and vitamins.  One visitor debated dropping $40 for kids' shoes at Fifth Ave.
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With more control over campaign cash, Obama gets more discounts on advertising
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Election Will Decide Future of Interrogation Methods for Terrorism Suspects
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Barney Frank: Pot brownie made me sleepy
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Matthew Jaffe / ABCNEWS:
Police Search for Jimmy Hoffa's Body in Michigan Driveway
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