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8:35 AM ET, October 2, 2012


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Allison Sherry / Denver Post:
Mitt Romney would allow waivers to children of illegal immigrants  —  Young illegal immigrants who receive temporary work permits to stay in the United States under an executive order issued by President Barack Obama would not be deported under a Mitt Romney administration, the GOP presidential hopeful told The Denver Post Monday.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Disgusting... Obama Supporters Begin Phone Call Campaign Attacking Mitt Romney's Mormon Faith  —  Disgusting.  —  Obama supporters are making calls attacking Mitt Romney's Mormon faith and deceiving Christian voters on Barack Obama's pro-abortion record.  —  Barack Obama is the most anti …
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Are You Kidding Me? Romney's Garbage Man Blasts Him In New Political Ad
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama ad says Bain investment exploited ‘sweatshop conditions’ in China
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Obama Ad Revives Bain Attack
Discussion: PoliticusUSA, Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Poll shows Obama with 15-point lead in NH  —  Granite State Poll shows Obama leading Romney among independents  —  With about a month to go before the election, President Barack Obama has widened his lead over Republican Mitt Romney in the latest poll.  —  The WMUR Granite State Poll shows …
Discussion: Ballot Box, The Fix and CNN
Quinnipiac University:
Women Give Obama An Edge Over Romney, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds Likely Voters Pick President To Win Debate 2-1  —  Watch Video: Assistant Director Tim Malloy discusses poll results  —  Clip Information and Download:  —  FLV File - For Website (1920x1080 / 66.3MB)
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Parade of Bad Polls, Continued  —  Today the Romney campaign is trumpeting the latest CNN/ORC poll which shows President Obama with a three-point lead over Mitt Romney among likely voters, 50%-47%.  The Romney campaign likes this result, apparently, because it represents a significant improvement …
Discussion: GayPatriot and American Power
David Catanese / Politico:
In debate, Scott Brown veers away from GOP  —  Republican Scott Brown has seemingly calculated the only way he will be able to serve a second Senate term in Massachusetts is if he successfully leaves his party in the dust.  —  In his second high-stakes debate with Democrat Elizabeth Warren …
Discussion: CNN and Taylor Marsh
Charlie Gasparino / Fox Business:
Romney Losing Donors to GOP House, Senate Candidates  —  The Romney campaign is experiencing what some officials believe could be the beginning of a mass exodus of big money donors diverting their cash away from the Republican presidential hopeful and toward Republican candidates for the House …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Leaders at Work on Plan to Avert Mandatory Cuts  —  WASHINGTON — Senate leaders are closing in on a path for dealing with the “fiscal cliff” facing the country in January, opting to try to use a postelection session of Congress to reach agreement on a comprehensive deficit reduction deal rather than a short-term solution.
Lauren Peterson / Barack Obama:
Brittany: “A face of one of the 47%”  —  Hello!  My name is Brittany and I live in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.  I am 25 years old (but I will be 26 on October 3rd!).  I am a registered Democrat and I have been voting since I was 18.  I am one of the 47% of Americans who fall under Mitt Romney's definition …
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Brittany vs. Julia
Molly K. Hooper / Ballot Box:
Cantor's rival gets harsh in sole face-off  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) endured a barrage of personal attacks in his general election debate against Democratic challenger Wayne Powell Monday night.  —  Throughout the hourlong debate, hosted by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce …
Discussion: Politico
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Paul Ryan: Cut taxes first, balance budget later  —  A number of folks are having fun with Paul Ryan's Sunday interview on Fox News, in which he declined to explain how the Romney/Ryan tax cuts will be paid for: “I don't have the time, it would take me too long to go through all the math.”
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Crossroads launches $16 million buy in Senate, presidential contests  —  American Crossroads and its affiliate Crossroads GPS are going up today with their biggest paid media push so far in the 2012 cycle, with a $16 million one-week buy on TV and radio in eight presidential battlegrounds and four Senate contests, POLITICO has learned.
Discussion: CNN
Ronald Brownstein /
Why Obama Is Leading in Swing States  —  Across most of the presidential battleground states, particularly in the Midwest, President Obama's lead rests on a surprisingly strong performance among blue-collar white women who usually tilt toward the GOP.  —  A National Journal analysis …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Former Pakistani legislator offers second bounty on anti-Islam film maker  —  Ikramullah Shahid, a former Pakistani legislator, has offered a $200,000 (£123,800) bounty for anyone who kills the maker of an anti-Islam film that has angered Muslims around the world.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Scandalous: White House Tells Contractors to Break Federal Law and Not Inform Workers They Will Be Laid Off; Further Tells Them The Administration Will Pay Their Fines For Breaking the Law  —  Due to Obama's failure to lead and craft a solution to the debt crisis, the Department of Defense is slated for massive cuts.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Speaker Boehner uses Rove-like strategy to hold House majority  —  Speaker John Boehner has implemented a Karl Rove-like campaign strategy aimed at helping Republicans in blue and red states that are not considered competitive in the 2012 presidential contest.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Craig Unger / Salon:
GOP's October surprise?  —  Source reveals “Jimmy Carter Strategy” to make Obama seem weak on defense in campaign's final month  —  According to a highly reliable source, as Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama prepare for the first presidential debate Wednesday night …
David / Blue Mass Group:
EXCLUSIVE: New information casts doubt on Romney's account of his 1981 arrest  —  A police log report, published in the Natick Sun newspaper in 1981 and obtained by Blue Mass Group, calls into question a portion of Mitt Romney's account of his arrest in 1981.
Malcom Moore / Telegraph:
Gridlock as China begins its ‘Golden Week’ holidays  —  A decision to grant free road travel meant hundreds of thousands of Chinese drivers spent the first day of the mid-autumn festival in gridlock.  —  People stand next to their cars during a traffic jam in Shenzhen city, Guangdong province
Discussion: The Atlantic Online, BBC and Eschaton
Fresno Bee:
At least 40 hurt in Amtrak derailment south of Hanford  —  HANFORD — At least 40 people were hurt Monday afternoon when a big rig and an Amtrak passenger train collided south of Hanford.  —  The collision happened about 12:20 p.m. on the BNSF Railway freight tracks at Kansas Avenue, between 10th and 10 1/2 Avenue.
Discussion: L.A. NOW, CNN and New York Magazine
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Obama's claim that the Bush tax cuts led to the economic crisis  —  “Now Governor Romney believes that with even bigger tax cuts for the wealthy, and fewer regulations on Wall Street, all of us will prosper.  In other words, he'd double down on the same trickle-down policies that led to the crisis in the first place.”
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Hot Air
Associated Press:
Court won't hear appeal over TSA scanners  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear a Florida man's attempt to challenge the use of full-body scanners at airports.  —  The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by Jonathan Corbett, who wanted to challenge …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Romney's ‘47%’ Comments Criticized, But Many Also Say Overcovered  —  So-So Grades for Obama's Campaign, Worse Grades for Romney's  —  OVERVIEW  —  Mitt Romney's statement that 47% of the public is dependent on government has registered strongly with voters.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The polls show a race that is still up for grabs  —  In the Washington Post-ABC News poll and the Battleground Poll, both of which show a race within the margin of error nationally and with President Obama under 50 percent, Mitt Romney supporters will find confirmation that the contest's dynamics …
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
DSCC investing $526,000 in Arizona Senate race
Discussion: Arizona Republic and Politico
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
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