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8:50 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 …
James Hohmann / Reuters:
Battleground Poll: Race still tight  —  The presidential race is tight enough nationally that a strong performance in Wednesday's debate by Mitt Romney could put him in the lead.  —  A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll of likely voters shows President Barack Obama ahead 49 percent …
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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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  —  Team O's Libya dissembling  —  With a little more than a month to go before a crucial national election, the wheels are coming off the Obama administration's national-security credentials.  —  The coordinated attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi …
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
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 …
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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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.
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
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 …
Latino Decisions:
Wave 6 Tracking Poll: Obama widens lead nationally, Romney closer in battleground states  —  This week's impreMedia-Latino Decisions tracking poll found slight gains for presidential candidate Mitt Romney in battleground states with 33% certain to or thinking about voting for him.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Politico
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Poll: Obama Tops 70 Percent Support Among Latinos
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
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
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
MSNBC's Thomas Roberts Weds  —  MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts was married to longtime partner Patrick Abner in New York over the weekend.  The ceremony and reception was held at the Gansevoort Park Avenue rooftop, with California Lt. Governor (and Current TV host) Gavin Newsom officiating.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 30: Romney Down a Touchdown?  —  You can think of a general election campaign as being divided into four quarters.  —  The first one consists of the presidential primaries.  What matters in this stage is not only who gets nominated, but how well they position themselves for the remainder of the race …
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 …
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 …
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,” …
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 …
Journalism.org:
THE EXPLOSION IN MOBILE AUDIENCES AND A CLOSE LOOK AT WHAT IT MEANS FOR NEWS  —  By Amy Mitchell, Tom Rosenstiel and Laura Houston Santhanam of PEJ and Leah Christian of the Pew Research Center  —  SEE THE INFOGRAPHIC OF FINDINGS  —  TAKE THE FUTURE OF MOBILE NEWS INFOGRAPHIC CHALLENGE
 
 
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