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8:10 PM ET, September 28, 2012


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Fars News Agency:
Gallup Poll: Rural Whites Prefer Ahmadinejad to Obama  —  TEHRAN (FNA)- According to the results of a Gallup poll released Monday, the overwhelming majority of rural white Americans said they would rather vote for Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than US President Barack Obama.
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Iranian news agency duped by Onion  —  No joke.  Iran's semi-official government news agency on Friday picked up a bogus poll story by The Onion that said a majority of rural white Americans would rather go to a baseball game with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than President Barack Obama.
Becket Adams /
ANOTHER MSNBC SCANDAL?  BLAZE READERS AT CAMPAIGN EVENT CLAIM NETWORK MISLED IN VIDEO OF RALLY CHANT (WITH AUDIO COMPARISON)  —  On Wednesday, MSNBC aired a clip of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney leading what looks like a failed “Romney-Ryan” chant at a campaign stop in Ohio on Tuesday …
Greg Hengler /
MSNBC Caught Doctoring Clip From Romney/Ryan Rally … This breaking story comes straight from The Blaze.  —  A clip from a recent Romney/Ryan rally has recently been played over and over at MSNBC highlighting what appears to be an embarrassing moment on the campaign trail for Governor Romney.
“Morning Joe” Mocks Romney For Something That Didn't Happen  —  A misleading subtitle leads to a viral clip making fun of Romney.  A frustrated Scarborough defends the clip on Twitter, says he will “take note” of all those who note the mistake.  —  On Wednesday, MSNBC's Morning Joe kicked off …
In the end, it's Mitt  —  It isn't the chair or the ho-hum convention.  Or the leaked video.  Or Stuart Stevens.  Or the improving economy.  Or media bias.  Or distorted polls.  Or the message.  Or Mormonism.  —  It's Mitt.  —  With Republicans everywhere wondering what has happened …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Whose Idea Was It to Nominate Romney, Anyway?  —  In what you might regard as an unhealthy sign for Mitt Romney's campaign prospects, conservatives have turned to debating the question of who is to blame for nominating this man in the first place.  Arch-conservatives Erick Erickson …
Talking Points Memo:
Todd Akin Suggests Employers Should Be Able To Pay Women Less  —  Todd Akin appeared to endorse allowing employers to pay women less than men at a town hall on Thursday.  —  Gender discrimination in compensation has been illegal in the United States since the passage of the 1963 Equal Pay Act.
Discussion: CBS News, Daily Kos and Wonkette
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Akin consultant compares his fortitude to cult-leader David Koresh  —  • BY KEVIN McDERMOTT > > 314-340-8268  —  UPDATE 1:48 p.m.: Akin spokesman Ryan Hite has responded with a one-line written statement: “It was a stupid comment to make.”
Discussion: New York Magazine
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 27: The Impact of the ‘47 Percent’  —  After a secretly-recorded videotape was released on Sept. 17, showing Mitt Romney making unflattering comments about the “47 percent” of Americans whom he said had become dependent on government benefits, I suggested on Twitter that the political impact …
Elspeth Reeve / The Atlantic Wire:
Just How Racist Is the ‘Obama Phone’ Video?  —  There was a video leading the Drudge Report on Thursday afternoon of a poor black woman with messed-up teeth saying she's voting for President Obama because he gave her a free phone, and perhaps you have some questions about it.  Questions like: Is this video racist?
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Go large, Mitt  —  In mid-September 2008, Lehman Brothers collapsed and the bottom fell out of the financial system.  Barack Obama handled it coolly.  John McCain did not.  Obama won the presidency.  (Given the country's condition, he would have won anyway.  But this sealed it.)
First Read:
First Thoughts: After nine battleground polls
Henry Payne / Detroit News:
Dearborn Muslims rally against the First Amendment  —  Led by a newspaper publisher, Muslim activists will call for putting limits on American free speech at a Dearborn rally this evening.  You can't make this stuff up.  —  Nearly a decade after Dearborn's streets celebrated America …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:   Muslims in Michigan to Rally Against First Amendment
Tom Benning / Trail Blazers Blog:
George W. Bush posts better favorability ratings than Mitt Romney in new Bloomberg survey  —  Former President George W. Bush smiles as he arrives on the 18th hole at the end of the Bush Center's Warrior Open golf tournament this week in Irving.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Andrew Goldman / New York Times:   John Sununu's a Teddy Bear
Fox News:
Top intelligence official backtracks on Libya story, says initial assessment premature  —  The office of the United States' top intelligence official appeared to take the blame Friday for the Obama administration's changing narrative on the U.S. Consulate attack in Libya …
Discussion: CNN, National Review and The PJ Tatler
Michelle Goldberg / The Daily Beast:
With ‘Dreams From My Real Father,’ Have Obama Haters Hit Rock Bottom?  —  A pseudo-documentary that slimes Ann Dunham, the president's late mother, is being mailed to swing-state voters.  A look at the film and Dinesh D'Souza's book, Obama's America.  —  So this is what it's come to.
Obama Cabinet Flunks Disclosure Test With 19 in 20 Ignoring Law  —  On his first full day in office, President Barack Obama ordered federal officials to “usher in a new era of open government” and “act promptly” to make information public.  —  As Obama nears the end of his term …
Rebel Pundit / BREITBART.COM:
NYC PROHIBITS CONTROVERSIAL SUBWAY ADS IN WAKE OF ISLAMIST'S VANDALISM  —  Just one day after an Islamic activist attempted to cover over private property in spray paint (and a woman who got in her way), the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York has announced they will amend their rules …
Ben Grant / Portland Press-Herald:
Maine Voices: Asking Dill to step aside assumes King is lying about his true intentions  —  In their recent columns, both Greg Kesich and Alan Caron laid the outcome of the U.S. Senate race at the feet of the Democrats by urging U.S. Senate candidate Cynthia Dill to step aside in order for Angus King to win.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Million Wingnut March  —  There's been a steadily building discussion, albeit shrouded in some mystery, about the potential impact on Election Day (and to some extent, before it) of right-wing “volunteer poll watchers” who are promising to descend on minority neighborhoods to make sure …
Wall Street Journal:
France Raises Taxes in Tough Budget  —  PARIS—The French Socialist government on Friday unveiled the country's toughest budget in decades, hiking taxes for the rich and big business in a bid to slash its deficit while facing a stalled economy.  —  President François Hollande …
Susan Taylor Martin / Tampa Bay Times:
Friend of U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan pleads guilty to campaign violations  —  In a stunning development just weeks before the November election, one of U.S. Rep Vern Buchanan's longtime friends and another man pleaded guilty Thursday to making illegal campaign contributions.
Lachlan Markay / The Heritage Foundation:
Matt Damon's Anti-Fracking Movie Financed by Oil-Rich Arab Nation  —  A new film starring Matt Damon presents American oil and natural gas producers as money-grubbing villains purportedly poisoning rural American towns.  It is therefore of particular note that it is financed in part …
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Romney's Plan to Win Virginia: Lyme Disease  —  On Thursday evening, Anahita Nemat, a conservative PR specialist living in Northern Virginia, tweeted out this photo, with the description: “Received my first mailer from @MittRomney & @PaulRyanVP today.  It talks about Lyme Disease.  Huh?  I'm confused!
Miranda Leitsinger / U.S. News:
US immigration chief: Same-sex ties are family ties  —  Same-sex couples will be considered “family relationships” in immigration proceedings, according to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, a move that could help stem the deportation of those in gay or lesbian binational relationships.
Emily Anne Epstein / Daily Mail:
Pictured: The ‘beautiful’ family slain hours after church by ‘mentally ill father tormented by the prospect of Obama winning the election’  — Albert, Kathleen, Mathew and Christopher Peterson were found dead Tuesday in their Herndon, Virginia home  — A friend of the family …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Inside The Planning Of A James O'Keefe “Sting”  —  The conservative provocateur planned a sting of SEIU in 2010 — based off information from a source of John Fund's, with Foster Friess as a potential investor.  It didn't end up working out.  (Updated below)  —  Source:
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
Couples who share the housework are more likely to divorce, study finds
Alina Selyukh / Reuters:
Billionaire Soros pledges $1.5 mln to Democratic ‘Super PACs’
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Sjones / CNSNews:
Katie Couric Voted ‘The Worst Reporter in History of Man’
Los Angeles Times:
Art stolen from Jeffrey Gundlach is recovered; 2 arrested
David J. Lynch / Bloomberg:
Wealthy Americans Gain Even as Republicans Decry Redistribution
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
What Cutting Medicaid Means: A Personal Story
Discussion: The Agonist and Hullabaloo
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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Rep. West features opponent's mug shot in harsh television ad
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Wall Street Journal:
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Europe's Austerity Madness
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Eschaton
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
Webb drops the hammer on Romney