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8:25 PM ET, September 30, 2012


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New York Post:
Democratic National Committee predicts Romney will win first debate vs. Obama  —  It's a further lowering of expectations ahead of the first debate in Denver next week.  Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse tells Fox News he thinks Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will win.
Discussion: Hot Air
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,” …
On ‘This Week’: Gov. Chris Christie and David Plouffe
Discussion: CNN and ABCNEWS
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.
Associated Press:
US AND AFGHAN FORCES CLASH, LEAVING 5 DEAD  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A firefight broke out between U.S. forces and their Afghan army allies in eastern Afghanistan Sunday, killing two Americans and three Afghan soldiers and pushing the number of U.S. troops killed in the long-running war 2,000.
Associated Press:
Afghan inside attack kills 2 Americans, 2 Afghans, marking 2,000 US troop deaths
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Rod Nordland / New York Times:
5 Dead After Clash Between U.S. and Afghan Troops
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Doug Ross
Washington Post:
Afghan troops get a lesson in American cultural ignorance
Discussion: Power Line
Patrick Quinn / Associated Press:   US military deaths in Afghanistan hit 2,000 after 11 years of war
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
McCain calls Obama ‘inept’ and ‘ignorant’ in reaction to Libya attack  —  Republicans continued this weekend to hammer the Obama administration over its response to the recent Libya attacks, with Sen. John McCain calling the president “inept” and “ignorant” in his handling of the episode.
Discussion: CNN and Scared Monkeys
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:   McCain Suggests Harry Reid 'Doesn't Care' About The Death Of US Ambassador
CBS News:
Arnold married same-sex couples while Calif. gov.  —  (CBS News) Arnold Schwarzenegger tells Lesley Stahl he performed two same-sex marriage ceremonies while he was the Republican governor of California.  He also says top Republican political adviser Karl Rove once dismissed his idea to run …
Patrick McGreevy / Los Angeles Times:
Riverside County GOP registration surge raises questions of fraud  —  At least 133 residents of a state Senate district there have filed formal complaints with the state, saying they were added to GOP rolls without their knowledge.  —  Assemblyman Richard Pan, pictured with his family in 2010 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and New York Times
Josh White / Washington Post:
Lee Boyd Malvo, 10 years after D.C. area sniper shootings: ‘I was a monster’  —  Video: In October 2002, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo began a shooting spree in the Washington region that left 10 dead and three wounded.  The duo paralyzed the region for more than three weeks …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Craig Sailor /
Crazed fan takes a bite out of Danny Bonaduce  —  File this under News of the Weird.  —  Former child TV star and current KZOK DJ Danny Bonaduce was bitten by a woman during a fan meet-and-greet at a Washington casino Friday night.  —  “She said, 'I loved you on “The Partridge Family.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Eschaton
Sen. Harry Reid / Las Vegas Sun News:
Romney's offensive comments raise doubts  —  We learn the most about someone's character not from what he does when he knows others are watching but from what he does when he thinks they aren't.  —  We've learned an awful lot of troubling things about Mitt Romney recently.
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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.
Associated Press:
Justices attend annual Red Mass  —  An American archbishop has reminded a congregation that included six Supreme Court justices Sunday to be open to the spirit of God, beg for his blessings and “strive to be instruments of a new evangelization.”  —  The Archdiocese of Washington said Justices John Roberts …
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
ROMNEY'S CHALLENGE: HE IS ALREADY THE INCUMBENT  —  Mitt Romney is about as close to defeating President Barack Obama as any Republican could have hoped to be.  The polls—if you believe them—show him slightly or significantly behind, but within striking distance.
Discussion: Hot Air, Hit & Run and Say Anything
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.
Stephanie Coontz / New York Times:
The Myth of Male Decline  —  SCROLL through the titles and subtitles of recent books, and you will read that women have become “The Richer Sex,” that “The Rise of Women Has Turned Men Into Boys,” and that we may even be seeing “The End of Men.”  Several of the authors of these books posit …
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Patrick Caddell / Fox News:
Mainstream media is threatening our country's future
Discussion: Babalú Blog and Fausta's Blog
Ian Johnson / New York Times:
Changing of the Guard : Aiming for Top, Xi Forged Ties Early in China
Discussion: Via Meadia
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Preview of Univision's “bombshell” report on Fast & Furious
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
When it comes to polls, readers beware
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Three Muffled Syllables
Nurul Islam / Reuters:
Muslim protesters torch Buddhist temples, homes in Bangladesh
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Obama within reach of electoral votes for 2nd term; Romney could still win but path narrower
Philip Sherwell / Telegraph:
Venezuela's marathon man looks to run down Chavez
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
Des Moines Register:
Most voters have locked in choice
Discussion: Battleground Watch and Politico
Josh Gerstein / Reuters:
Supreme Court cases could stir 2012 race
Discussion: Althouse and The Other McCain
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The World We're Actually Living In
Discussion: The Mahablog, Daily Kos and bustardblog
Bryan Jacoutot / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
The attitude cultivated in America under one term of President Obama