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1:55 AM ET, October 1, 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.
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Dave Jamieson / The Huffington Post:
Paul Ryan: ‘It Would Take Me Too Long’ To Explain Mitt Romney's Tax Plan (VIDEO)
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 …
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: The Rightnewz and Politico
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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 …
BuzzFeed:
How The Economy Collapsed (As a Political Issue)  —  Republicans and Democrats no longer have the same facts.  It's the perceptual bias, stupid.  —  Via: people-press.org  —  The big issue of the 2012 election — the American economy — has been settled.
Discussion: Riehl World News
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.
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 …
Fars News Agency:
FNA Apologizes for Recent Mistake  —  TEHRAN (FNA)- We would like to apologize to all our dear viewers for the mistaken release of a fake opinion poll on our website on Friday.  —  “Unfortunately an incorrect item was released on our website on Friday which included a fake opinion poll …
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 and Weasel Zippers
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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.
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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.
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Obama: I'm just an ‘OK’ debater  —  Las Vegas - Barack Obama wants you to know that he's a really not so great as a debater.  —  As part of his week-long effort to lower expectations ahead of Wednesday's first Obama-Romney debate in Denver - an obligatory ritual even the campaigns find tiresome …
Discussion: CNN and New York Magazine
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
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 …
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Philip Sherwell / Telegraph:   Venezuela's marathon man looks to run down Chavez
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Philips pulls presidential debate sponsorship  —  Philips Electronics has dropped its sponsorship of the 2012 presidential debates, citing a desire not to associate itself with “partisan politics,” POLITICO has learned.  —  Philips is the third and by far the largest of the original ten sponsors …
Discussion: Say Anything
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Plouffe Defends U.N. Ambassador, Axelrod Doesn't  —  There were mixed messages from aides to Barack Obama this morning on the Sunday talk shows.  —  On the one hand, political adviser David Plouffe, who works at the White House, defended America's U.N. ambassador, Susan Rice, for her handling of the terrorist attack in Libya.
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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Obama Leads on Expectations - But the Race Itself Stays Close
Discussion: Business Insider
Ian Johnson / New York Times:
Changing of the Guard : Aiming for Top, Xi Forged Ties Early in China
Discussion: Via Meadia
Craig Sailor / blog.thenewstribune.com:
Crazed fan takes a bite out of Danny Bonaduce
Discussion: Eschaton and ABCNEWS
Sen. Harry Reid / Las Vegas Sun News:
Romney's offensive comments raise doubts
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Associated Press:
Justices attend annual Red Mass
Josh White / Washington Post:
Lee Boyd Malvo, 10 years after D.C. area sniper shootings: ‘I was a monster’
Discussion: New York Magazine
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
When it comes to polls, readers beware
 Earlier Items: 
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
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
NEWS FLASH  —  ROMNEY AS GOVERNOR: 'WE'D BE A LOT BETTER OFF …
Associated Press:
Obama within reach of electoral votes for 2nd term; Romney could still win but path narrower
Boston Globe:
Elizabeth Warren appears to inch ahead of Scott Brown in new Globe poll, 43 - 38
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The World We're Actually Living In
Discussion: The Mahablog, Daily Kos and bustardblog