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2:20 PM ET, September 30, 2012


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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
McCain Suggests Harry Reid 'Doesn't Care' About The Death Of US Ambassador  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Sunday accused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) of not caring about the deaths of four American diplomats, including US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
McCain calls Obama ‘inept’ and ‘ignorant’ in reaction to Libya attack
Discussion: CNN
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Plouffe Defends U.N. Ambassador, Axelrod Doesn't
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan To Fox News: 'I Don't Have The Time' To Explain How We Will Pay For Our Tax Plan  —  For much of the general election, the Romney campaign has avoided any discussion of specifics, especially when it comes to the tax plan that he and Paul Ryan have put forward.
On ‘This Week’: Gov. Chris Christie and David Plouffe  —  Chris Christie and David Plouffe on This Week (New Jersey State Governor's Office/ABC)  —  Days before the critical first presidential debate next week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and White House senior adviser David Plouffe join …
Discussion: CNN
Jedd Rosche / Politico:
Christie: Debate will turn presidential race ‘upside down’  —  If Mitt Romney campaign's is worried about measuring debate expectations for Wednesday night, Chris Christie hasn't gotten the message.  —  “This whole race is going to be turned upside down come Thursday morning,” …
Discussion: CNN and Outside the Beltway
Paul Ryan / CNN:
TRENDING: Ryan: 'I'm not counting on a gaffe' from Biden
Discussion: Rumproast, Politico and Ballot Box
Washington Post:
Afghan troops get a lesson in American cultural ignorance  —  KABUL — During the Vietnam War, American soldiers shipped out armed with government-issued guides to the distant land and the mysterious people.  —  In Afghanistan, the U.S. military has tried training sessions, embedded cultural advisers …
Discussion: Power Line
Patrick Quinn / Associated Press:
US military deaths in Afghanistan hit 2,000 after 11 years of war
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Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
NEWS FLASH  —  ROMNEY AS GOVERNOR: 'WE'D BE A LOT BETTER OFF IN THIS COUNTRY IF WE HAD EUROPEAN GAS PRICES' |  Republicans have criticized President Obama for rising gas prices during his administration, but as governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney once remarked that “we'd be a lot better off …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
The Agenda: Romney Energy Agenda Shifted
Wyatt Buchanan / San Francisco Chronicle:
State bans gay-repair therapy for minors  —  Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press / SF  —  Sacramento —  California has become the first state in the country to ban controversial therapy practices that attempt to change the sexual orientation of minors after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to outlaw them Saturday.
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT and Guardian
Des Moines Register:
Most voters have locked in choice  —  Thirty-seven days from Election Day, Iowa has few undecided voters left — just 2 percent.  —  But 10 percent of likely voters say they could still change their minds.  Of that group, more than half are independent voters.
Discussion: Battleground Watch and Politico
Kathie Obradovich / Des Moines Register:
Des Moines Register Iowa Poll: Obama leads Romney by 4 points
Boston Globe:
Elizabeth Warren appears to inch ahead of Scott Brown in new Globe poll, 43 - 38  —  But 18% of voters said they're still undecided  —  You are reading this article for FREE courtesy of  Get unlimited access.  —  With Elizabeth Warren and Senator Scott Brown preparing …
Darrel Rowland / The Columbus Dispatch:
Dispatch Poll: Obama widens lead as balloting starts  —  Poll echoes four others that show Romney behind by at least 5 points in Ohio  —  From Day One, Mitt Romney's bid for the presidency has rested on the belief that his ability to turn around faltering businesses would translate into turning around the country.
Philip Sherwell / Telegraph:
Venezuela's marathon man looks to run down Chavez  —  Henrique Capriles, an opposition leader who runs marathons in his spare time, hopes to give Hugo Chavez a close race in elections next weekend, reports Philip Sherwell.  —  Henrique Capriles is hoping to give Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez a run for his money.
Associated Press:
Obama within reach of electoral votes for 2nd term; Romney could still win but path narrower  —  Early voting is under way in dozens of states, and national and key states surveys show undecided voters feel more favorably toward Obama than Romney.  —  The Republican is in a tight battle …
Deadly Kenya Sunday school attack  —  One child has been killed and six critically hurt, the Red Cross says, in a grenade attack on a church's Sunday school in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.  —  The attacker targeted St Polycarp's church on Juja Road.  —  A police spokesman …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The World We're Actually Living In  —  FOR the first time in a long, long time, a Democrat is running for president and has the clear advantage on national security policy.  That is not “how things are supposed to be,” and Republicans sound apoplectic about it.
Discussion: The Mahablog, Daily Kos and bustardblog
Josh Gerstein / Reuters:
Supreme Court cases could stir 2012 race  —  As the presidential race heads into the home stretch, the Supreme Court is poised to wade into a series of contentious issues that neither President Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney seems eager to discuss.  —  The justices begin their next term on Monday.
Discussion: Althouse
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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
When it comes to polls, readers beware
Discussion: Battleground Watch
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Three Muffled Syllables
Nurul Islam / Reuters:
Muslim protesters torch Buddhist temples, homes in Bangladesh
Stephanie Coontz / New York Times:
The Myth of Male Decline
Discussion: Wonkblog and Althouse
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Dispatches From The War That Nobody Wants
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Santorum plants seed for possible 2016 White House candidacy
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Democrats lay out second-term wish list for President Obama
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
In Libya, security was lax before attack that killed U.S. ambassador, officials say
Bryan Jacoutot / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
The attitude cultivated in America under one term of President Obama
Niraj Warikoo / Detroit Free Press:
Over 1,000 rally against anti-Islam film in Dearborn; another protest planned today
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Is torturing “material witnesses” constitutional?
Discussion: New York Times
Ginger Gibson / Reuters:
Defining moment eludes Mitt Romney