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10:05 PM ET, October 1, 2012

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CNN:
Battle for presidency remains close in new CNN poll  —  Washington (CNN) - Two days before the first presidential debate, a new national survey indicates a very close contest between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the race for the White House.
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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 …
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 …
James Hohmann / Reuters:
Battleground Poll: Race still tight
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 …
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Brittany vs. Julia  —  On the Obama-Biden campaign's website, the Letter of the Week is from a woman named Brittany.  She writes: … There is so much that is heinous about Brittany being used for political gain in this way, but let's start with the obvious thing, which is that neither …
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 …
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Michael A. Walsh / New York Post:
Wheels coming off
Discussion: National Review
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
How the Libya Line Unfolded
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Monthly
Felix Salmon:
Victimized billionaires  —  Why do billionaires feel victimized by Obama?  Chrystia Freeland asks that question in the New Yorker this week, and comes back with answers we've all heard before: in short, it's not the policies, it's the rhetoric.  —  Of course, this doesn't stand up to scrutiny; it never did.
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Chrystia Freeland / New Yorker:
SUPER-RICH IRONY … - SPORTS - PHOTO BOOTH - DAILY SHOUTS - PAGE-TURNER - DAILY COMMENT - AMY DAVIDSON - JOHN CASSIDY - ANDY BOROWITZ - RICHARD BRODY
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama ad says Bain investment exploited ‘sweatshop conditions’ in China  —  President Obama's campaign released a new commercial Monday challenging Mitt Romney on the issue of Chinese outsourcing, renewing attacks on the Republican nominee's tenure at Bain Capital while extending a spat between …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Obama Ad Revives Bain Attack
Discussion: PoliticusUSA, Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
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 …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Paul Ryan Legend Dissipates  —  Before we discuss our tax plan, I would like to point out that my eyes are extremely blue.  —  Paul Ryan's selection as Mitt Romney's vice-presidential candidate is subjecting him to all manner of strange new indignities, such as questions about public policy …
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.
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney's California Garbage Man On The 47 Percent: 'We're Kind Of Like The Invisible People' … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Mitt Romney, Elections 2012, Video, We Are The 47 Percent, Election 2012, Afscme, Afscme Mitt Romney, Mitt Romney Garbage Man, Mitt Romney La Jolla …
Mike Vorkunov / New Jersey Online:
Jets owner Woody Johnson puts Mitt Romney win over Jets victory  —  Jets owner Woody Johnson detailed his priorities today in an interview with Bloomberg.  —  Asked whether he would rather the Jets have a winning season in 2012 or Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate that Johnson has backed …
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Bachmann Warns Obama May be Aiding the Rise of Global Sharia Law  —  We know that when Michele Bachmann speaks, even fact-checkers can't fully cover all of her dubious and debunked claims in just a single article.  Now that Bachmann is completely engrossed in promoting her latest conspiracy theory focusing …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Official resigns after report finds VA spent $6.1M on lavish conferences  —  The head of Human Resources for the Veterans Affairs Department resigned on Monday after an inspector general's report found that the agency spent $6.1 million on two weeklong conferences.
Discussion: Politico
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Bush-Appointed Judge Upholds Obama Administration's Birth Control Coverage Rules  —  On Friday, Judge Carol Jackson, a George H.W. Bush appointee to a federal court in Missouri, rejected a Catholic business owner's challenge to the Obama Administration's rules requiring employer health plans to cover birth control.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
How Obama's green energy policies are bad for the poor … President Obama has made so-called “green energy” policies a key part of his economic agenda, but as a new book argues, they actually disproportionately hurt the poor by boosting the cost of energy.  —  Last week, Examiner columnist …
Chairman Ben S. Bernanke / Board of Governors …:
Five Questions about the Federal Reserve and Monetary Policy  —  Good afternoon.  I am pleased to be able to join the Economic Club of Indiana for lunch today.  I note that the mission of the club is “to promote an interest in, and enlighten its membership on, important governmental, economic and social issues.”
Grace Wyler / Business Insider:
This Is The Vegas Resort Where Obama Will Spend The Next 3 Days Preparing For the Debate  —  President Barack Obama arrived in Nevada last night to begin three days of debate preparation at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort, a luxurious golf community just a few miles from the Las Vegas strip.
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
After Obama guidance, Lockheed won't issue layoff notices this year  —  Lockheed Martin said Monday it will not issue employee layoff notices this year, ending an election-year showdown with the Obama administration.  —  The company said it based its decision on new guidance issued Friday …
And / WBUR:
Warren Maintains Narrow Lead In Latest WBUR Senate Poll  —  Sen. Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren prepare for their first debate with moderator Jon Keller on Sept. 20 in Boston.  (AP)  —  BOSTON — The latest WBUR poll of 504 likely voters (PDFs - topline …
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
DSCC investing $526,000 in Arizona Senate race  —  The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's independent expenditure arm is investing $526,000 in Arizona to back Democratic candidate Richard Carmona.  —  The buy will run from Oct. 2-8 and is the first DSCC independent expenditure in the state.
Discussion: Arizona Republic and Politico
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Payroll Tax Cut Unlikely to Survive Into Next Year  —  WASHINGTON — Regardless of who wins the presidential election in November or what compromises Congress strikes in the lame-duck session to keep the economy from automatic tax increases and spending cuts, 160 million American wage earners …
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.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Responses to ‘Why I Refuse to Vote for Barack Obama’  —  Some advocates of backing “the lesser evil” actually prioritize civil liberties and human rights even less than they themselves imagined.  —  Reuters  —  My recent article, “Why I Refuse to Vote for Barack Obama,” …
Reuters:
The parallel universe where Mitt leads all polls  —  To talk with any working Republican political operative these days is to hear the same tale of woe: a grim accounting of the past few weeks, a dash of gallows humor and a measure of hope that President Obama is still beatable.
Ethan Nuss / Tar Sands Blockade:
BREAKING: Blockader Locks to Underground Capsule to Protect a Family Farm  —  UPDATE: 6:00PM - Read Alejandro's Story of How His Passion For Environmental Justice Motivates Him  —  “I'm willing to risk arrest because I have a certain amount of personal privilege that allows me to participate.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Taylor Marsh
 
 
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