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6:25 AM ET, September 30, 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.
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Battleground Watch
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 …
Mike Lillis / Ballot Box:
Biden links Romney to Ryan budget cuts
Discussion: CNN
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.
Miranda Green / The Daily Beast:
Debates Rarely Nudge the Needle
Virginia / CNN:   Obama to hit trail after debate
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Is torturing “material witnesses” constitutional?  —  I always get a sick feeling when I see DAs on cop shows blithely say they can hold a suspect as a material witness until they find the evidence to charge him.  (They always “need” to because the suspect is “one of the really bad ones.")
Discussion: New York Times
Mark Steyn / National Review:
President of the Future  —  One of the reasons why Barack Obama is regarded as the greatest orator of our age is that he's always banging on about some other age yet to come — e.g., the Future!  A future of whose contours he is remarkably certain and boundlessly confident …
Youngest inmate leaves Guantanamo  —  Omar Khadr pleaded guilty to five war crimes  —  The youngest prisoner to be held at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre has been returned to his native Canada.  —  Omar Khadr had been held at the US base in Cuba since 2002, after being detained in Afghanistan aged 15.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
SFC Speer's Killer Leaves Gitmo
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Michelle Shephard / Toronto Star:
Omar Khadr repatriated to Canada
Kathie Obradovich / Des Moines Register:
Des Moines Register Iowa Poll: Obama leads Romney by 4 points  —  © Des Moines Register and Tribune Co.  —  President Barack Obama leads Republican nominee Mitt Romney 49 percent to 45 percent in the battleground state of Iowa, a new Des Moines Register Iowa Poll has found.
Discussion: The Iowa Republican and CNN
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 …
Niraj Warikoo / Detroit Free Press:
Over 1,000 rally against anti-Islam film in Dearborn; another protest planned today  —  More than 1,000 rallied Friday night in Dearborn against the anti-Islam movie that has sparked protests around the world.  —  Organized by Arab-American leaders, the rally was the third protest in metro Detroit over the movie, the biggest one yet.
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.
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 …
Decision Virginia:
Warner won't rule out bid for governor  —  There was a lot Sen. Mark Warner said in our interview on NBC12 First at 4 today, but is what he refused to say that is perhaps the most telling.  Asked directly to rule out a potential run for governor of Virginia in 2013, Warner changed the subjected …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Politico
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Romney Foreign Policy Adviser Calls Obama's Libya Response ‘Limp Wristed’
Discussion: The Raw Story
Jennifer Mann / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Member of ‘Obama Boyz’ gang charged in St. Louis shootings
Yahoo! News:
Goodbye, Columbus: Why top Ohio Republicans think Romney has lost the state