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5:05 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 …
Fox News:
US officials knew Libya attack was terrorism within 24 hours, sources confirm  —  U.S. intelligence officials knew within 24 hours of the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya that it was a terrorist attack and suspected Al Qaeda-tied elements were involved, sources told Fox News …
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 …
Katie Pavlich /
Carney: We Didn't Lie About Libya, We Just Had Different Facts At the Time
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Did Obama lie about the embassy attacks?
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Bombshell: Obama Administration Deleted State Dept. Memo From Internet After Discovering Al-Qaeda …
Discussion: Victory Girls Blog
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 …
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 …
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 …
TRENDING: Samuel L. Jackson: ‘Wake the F*** up’ for Obama  —  (CNN) - Actor Samuel L. Jackson entered the political fray this week, starring in a new web video that parodies his own audio recording of the mock children's book, “Go the F*** to Sleep.”  —  This time, however …
Virginia / CNN:
Romney hammers Obama over sluggish GDP numbers
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Hot Air and Politico
Adele Hampton / The Hill:   Samuel L. Jackson tells voters to ‘wake the f—k up’ in new ad
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Mitt Romney to ‘fact check’ Obama in debate  —  Mitt Romney plans to turn himself into a one-man truth squad during the first presidential debate next week, casting President Barack Obama as someone who can't be trusted to stick to the facts or keep his promises.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Obama's two-minute, direct-to-camera ad
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Biggest Opponent Is the Truth
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.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Shock Photos of Netanyahu at U.N. from AP, Reuters  —  Two shocking photos coming off the wire of Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the United Nations moments ago.  —  The first is from the Associated Press:  —  Associated PressAssociated Press  —  The second is from Reuters:  —  ReutersReuters
Toby Harnden / Daily Mail:   Obama WILL speak to Netanyahu but only on the phone and a day AFTER Hillary Clinton meets him in New York
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Netanyahu to aim fiery UN address at both Obama, Israeli public
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
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.
Nicholas Confessore / The Caucus:
Soros Gives $1 Million to Democratic ‘Super PAC’  —  The billionaire George Soros is committing $1 million to Priorities USA Action, the “super PAC” supporting President Obama, two people with knowledge of the decision said Thursday, a significant donation that could help spur further contributions …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Hotline On Call:
The Politics of Beer: Stay Nonpartisan, My Friends  —  Americans who most often drink Dos Equis are in the middle-of-the-road while drinkers of Heineken's flagship brand are strongly Democratic.  Samuel Adams drinkers are strongly Republican, and more likely to 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 …
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
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Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Americans' Preference Shifts Toward One-Party Government
Dr. Miriam Adelson / The Daily Caller:
The ugly attacks on my family highlight media double standard
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Charlie Crist fundraising against Allen West
Discussion: Politico
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
Red states' income growing faster than blue states'
Discussion: and Hit & Run
Associated Press:
Poll: Sharp jump in Illinois support for gay marriage
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Justin Lamar Sternad's wife douses Michael Putney
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James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
GDP collapse puts U.S. economy into recession red zone
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Discussion: Washington Monthly