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10:40 PM ET, September 30, 2012


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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.
Dave Jamieson / The Huffington Post:
Paul Ryan: ‘It Would Take Me Too Long’ To Explain Mitt Romney's Tax Plan (VIDEO)
NY Daily News:
Lindsay Lohan tussles with congressional staffer in Manhattan hotel room over cellphone photos, tells cops he choked her  —  California man Christian LaBella initially arrested and charged with assault and harassment in W Hotel Union Square scuffle, but now both of them are facing charges.
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: Weasel Zippers and 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,” …
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 …
Freddie / L'Hôte:
you're either with us or against us  —  Liberals are an interesting species.  —  The time has come again for the liberals to attack those on their left.  Such things are cyclical, like the coming of the cicadas.  This is interesting timing because the liberals I know and read are very …
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
White House Hack Attack  —  Hackers linked to China's government broke into one of the U.S. government's most sensitive computer networks, breaching a system used by the White House Military Office for nuclear commands, according to defense and intelligence officials familiar with the incident.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
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
Patrick Quinn / Associated Press:   US military deaths in Afghanistan hit 2,000 after 11 years of war
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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up 4 in Ohio  —  PPP's newest poll of the Presidential race in Ohio finds Barack Obama leading Mitt Romney 49-45, down just slightly from a 50-45 advantage on our last independent poll there three weeks ago.  —  It's a mistake to think based on recent polling in Ohio that the race there is over.
Discussion: Politico
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.
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: Reuters, CNN and Scared Monkeys
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
David Carr / New York Times:
The Media Equation: Challenging the Claims of Media Bias - the Media Equation  —  In the last few days, conservatives have become agitated about Mitt Romney's drop-off in the polls.  So did they think the stumble was because of the ill-fated “47 percent” slip of the lip …
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: Eschaton and ABCNEWS
Helen Murphy / Reuters:
Chavez to Obama: I'd vote for you, and you for me  —  * Socialist Chavez has kind words for U.S. leader  —  * Political ties remain strained despite oil trade  —  With both presidents facing tight re-election fights, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez gave a surprise endorsement to Barack Obama on Sunday …
Philip Sherwell / Telegraph:
Venezuela's marathon man looks to run down Chavez
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
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Patrick Caddell / Fox News:
Mainstream media is threatening our country's future
Ian Johnson / New York Times:
Changing of the Guard : Aiming for Top, Xi Forged Ties Early in China
Discussion: Via Meadia
Associated Press:
Justices attend annual Red Mass
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
Stephanie Coontz / New York Times:
The Myth of Male Decline
 Earlier Items: 
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Associated Press:
Obama within reach of electoral votes for 2nd term; Romney could still win but path narrower
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Dispatches From The War That Nobody Wants
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Des Moines Register:
Most voters have locked in choice
Discussion: Battleground Watch and Politico
Boston Globe:
Elizabeth Warren appears to inch ahead of Scott Brown in new Globe poll, 43 - 38
Josh Gerstein / Reuters:
Supreme Court cases could stir 2012 race
Discussion: The Other McCain and Althouse
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The World We're Actually Living In
Discussion: The Mahablog, Daily Kos and bustardblog