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4:35 PM ET, September 29, 2012


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Hugh Hewitt /
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.
Doug McKelway / Fox News:
Drop in Ohio voter registration, especially in Dem strongholds, mirrors nationwide trend  —  “Don't boo, vote,” President Obama often says in his stump speech whenever crowds boo a Romney plan.  —  The off-hand call to vote may be by design.  It comes amid a precipitous decline …
Discussion: blogs
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.
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  —  copyranter  —  an hour ago  —  respond
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Mike Lillis / Ballot Box:
Biden links Romney to Ryan budget cuts
Discussion: CNN
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Shifting Reports on Libya Killings May Cost Obama  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration's shifting accounts of the fatal attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, have left President Obama suddenly exposed on the national security and foreign policy issues …
Daily Mail:
They DID know: Now White House admits they knew ‘within 24 hours’ …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Huckabee Suggests Obama Should Be Impeached Over Libya Incident
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 …
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 …
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.
Sara Sorcher /
White House Moves To Head Off Sequester Layoffs
Discussion: protein wisdom
Byron Tau / Politico:
John Kerry defends Susan Rice  —  Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is coming to the defense of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice — rumored to be his top rival to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a second Obama term.  —  “I'm deeply disturbed by efforts to find …
Discussion: The Rightnewz and Riehl World News
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
Michelle Shephard / Toronto Star:
Omar Khadr repatriated to Canada
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Politico
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.
Obama talks housing market in weekly address
Discussion: Reuters and The Hinterland Gazette
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
Lindsey Boerma / CBS News:
Ann Romney: If elected, “mental well-being” Mitt's biggest challenge  —  Ann Romney greets supporters at Bartley Ranch Thursday Sept. 27, 2012 in Reno, Nev. / AP PHOTO/THE RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL, MARILYN NEWTON  —  (CBS News) Ann Romney's biggest concern if her husband becomes president …
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
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Mass Lawyers Weekly readers want investigation of Elizabeth Warren license problem
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Jennifer Mann / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Member of ‘Obama Boyz’ gang charged in St. Louis shootings
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Hillary: ‘Loosen Regulation’ Because 'Too Many People Still Can't Find Jobs'-In Tunisia, Egypt, Libya
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James Hohmann / Politico:
2012 map could be deja vu for Obama
Associated Press:
2 more Somali journalists murdered, including 1 beheaded; 15 journalists killed in 2012
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Bob Dole / Washington Post:
Bob Dole on life after losing the 1996 presidential election
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Los Angeles Times:
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David Weston / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft estimates that CrowdStrike's update affected 8.5M Windows devices, or less than 1% of all Windows machines

Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Over 200 Bethesda Game Studios workers unionize with the CWA, forming the first “wall-to-wall” union at a Microsoft game studio; Microsoft recognized the union

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