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10:10 PM ET, September 29, 2012

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Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
Introducing The New Polling Firm of Madoff, Marist, Quinnipiac and Ponzi  —  After a few weeks spent tracking down and questioning pollsters and the reporters of polls, I can assure the reader that pollsters are the modern-day alchemists.  They promise to turn numbers into predictive gold.
New York Times:
Cramming and Pruning for First Presidential Debate  —  WASHINGTON — In a conference room at the Democratic headquarters, President Obama has been preparing for the debate next week, but the reviews of his staff are already in.  Too long, they tell him.  Cut that answer.  Give crisper explanations.
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Miranda Green / The Daily Beast:
Debates Rarely Nudge the Needle
Clyde Haberman / New York Times:
Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, 1926 - 2012: Arthur O. Sulzberger, Publisher Who Transformed Times, Dies at 86  —  Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, who guided The New York Times and its parent company through a long, sometimes turbulent period of expansion and change on a scale not seen since the newspaper's founding in 1851 …
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Obama ‘saddened’ by death of former NYT publisher Sulzberger  —  President Obama on Saturday praised Arthur Ochs Sulzberger as a fearless truth-seeker and First Amendment champion, saying he and the first lady are “saddened” by the death of the long-time New York Times publisher earlier in the day.
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
SFC Speer's Killer Leaves Gitmo  —  Omar Khadr has been sent from Guantanamo to Canada, after returning from the jihad in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Khadr is slated to stay in custody for the time being.  It is difficult to think of a more mythologized figure in the post-9/11 war on terror.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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BBC:
Youngest inmate leaves Guantanamo
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Michelle Shephard / Toronto Star:
Omar Khadr repatriated to Canada
BuzzFeed:
And, Paul Ryan Gets Mocked By Storage Ad  —  Manhattan Mini-Storage does it again.  Much more of a personal jab than the Mitt Romney billboard.  (via newsweek.tumblr.com)  —  copyranter  —  an hour ago  —  respond
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Ginger Gibson / Reuters:
Defining moment eludes Mitt Romney  —  Mitt Romney could use a big moment.  —  Since he began stumping, the GOP presidential nominee's campaign events have been nearly identical — perfectly staged and choreographed, but forgettable.  If it weren't for the occasional state flag hanging behind him …
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Yahoo! News:
Goodbye, Columbus: Why top Ohio Republicans think Romney has lost the state  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio - There are only two plausible explanations for what is going on this week in this swing state central to virtually all Mitt Romney's victory strategies.  —  Either many top Ohio Republicans …
Patrick B. Pexton / Washington Post:
Will The Post be about news or opinion?  —  Republicans think the news media are being too easy on Barack Obama.  In fact, 60 percent of them say so, a figure that's up from 55 percent four years ago, when Obama ran against Sen. John McCain.  That's the conclusion of a poll conducted Sept. 20-23 …
Matt Dixon / Associated Press:
Call from Clay County GOP: Obama is a Muslim who'll take away Medicare  —  TALLAHASSEE - In audio picked up by an answering machine, a volunteer for the Republican Party of Clay County can be heard calling President Barack Obama “a Muslim” and saying he wants to “get rid of your Medicare” …
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Mike Lillis / Ballot Box:
Biden links Romney to Ryan budget cuts
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Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Obama administration tells contractors again: Don't issue layoff notices  —  The Obama administration issued new guidance intended for defense contractors Friday afternoon, reiterating the administration's position that the companies should not be issuing layoff notices over sequestration.
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Sara Sorcher / NationalJournal.com:
White House Moves To Head Off Sequester Layoffs
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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Romney Foreign Policy Adviser Calls Obama's Libya Response ‘Limp Wristed’  —  A foreign policy adviser to Mitt Romney on Friday called President Obama's foreign policy “limp wristed.”  —  Former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton employed the term, usually used as a slur against or allusion to gay men …
Discussion: The Raw Story and New York Times
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Faces Crucial Rulings in Coming Term  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court returns to the bench on Monday to confront not only a docket studded with momentous issues but also a new dynamic among the justices.  —  The coming term will probably include major decisions on affirmative action …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Intelligence office says it got Libya attack wrong, not White House  —  WASHINGTON — Extremists from groups linked to al Qaida struck the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in a “deliberate and organized terrorist attack,” the top U.S. intelligence agency said Friday, as it took responsibility …
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Virginia / CNN:
Obama to hit trail after debate  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama will hit the campaign trail following the Wednesday presidential debate, stumping in four states rated on the CNN Electoral Map as toss ups, according to schedules released by his campaign and the White House.
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CNN:
Obama talks housing market in weekly address
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