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3:08 AM ET, October 2, 2012


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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 and CNN
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 …
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.
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
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
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Obama uses Down syndrome to hit Romney
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 …
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.”
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 …
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
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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama ad says Bain investment exploited ‘sweatshop conditions’ in China
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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 …
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
Ethan Nuss / Tar Sands Blockade:
BREAKING: Blockader Locks to Underground Capsule to Protect a Family Farm  —  UPDATE: 8:00PM - Excellent Coverage From KLTV Channel 7 - Tyler  —, Longview, Jacksonville, Texas |  UPDATE: 6:00PM - Read Alejandro's Story of How His Passion For Environmental Justice Motivates Him
Discussion: Firedoglake and Taylor Marsh
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 …
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
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.”
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Haley Barbour: Debates alone won't decide election
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