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5:45 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 …
Fox News:
US officials knew Libya attack was terrorism within 24 hours, sources confirm
Katie Pavlich /
Carney: We Didn't Lie About Libya, We Just Had Different Facts At the Time
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Bombshell: Obama Administration Deleted State Dept. Memo From Internet After Discovering Al-Qaeda …
Discussion: Victory Girls Blog
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 …
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: Rumproast, Wonkette and 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
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 …
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.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Todd Akin Says McCaskill Is Not ‘Ladylike’
Discussion: Ballot Box
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 …
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.
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 …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
New Jobs Numbers Put Obama In Net Job Growth Territory
Discussion: The Stranger …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Washington Wire
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
Washington Post:
Medicare working to boost Obama in swing states, poll finds  —  Voters in three critical swing states broadly oppose the sweeping changes to Medicare proposed by Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and, by big margins, favor President Obama over Mitt Romney on the issue …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
GDP collapse puts U.S. economy into recession red zone  —  GDP growth for the second quarter was revised down to 1.25%.  Here is Reuters: … U.S. economic growth is dangerously slow.  I've frequently written about research from the Fed which finds that since 1947, when two-quarter …
Bibi And Bomb  —  The Israeli Prime Minister goes viral.  A “red line” on Iran.  —  Zeke Miller  —  a half hour ago  —  8 responses
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Charlie Crist fundraising against Allen West  —  Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) is supporting Rep. Allen West's (R-Fla.) Democratic opponent, the latest sign he's trying to ingratiate himself with the state's Democrats ahead of a possible run for governor in 2014.
Discussion: Politico
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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
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Matt Flegenheimer / City Room:
M.T.A. Chief Challenges Board Member to ‘Be a Man’
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Benjamin Bell / ABCNEWS:
Five Questions ‘This Week’: Jennifer Granholm
Rasmussen Reports:
43% Expect Better Economy if Romney Wins; 34% Say Same of Obama
Discussion: Power Line and Rush Limbaugh
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
Discussion: Politico and
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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 Earlier Items: 
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David Kirby / Cato @ Liberty:
Poll Shows Romney Winning High Water Mark for Libertarian Vote
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With more control over campaign cash, Obama gets more discounts on advertising
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Approval Rating Mirrors 2010
Michael Putney / WPLG-TV:
Justin Lamar Sternad's wife douses Michael Putney
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