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Allison Sherry / Denver Post:
Mitt Romney would honor Obama administration's illegal immigrant work permits  —  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 …
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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)
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Morning Plum: Mitt Romney, scourge of millionaires  —  Mitt Romney's problem is not simply that the Obama campaign has succeeded in persuading voters that his policies would benefit the rich at the expense of the middle class.  It's that his policies really would benefit the rich …
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
U.S. Consulate in Benghazi Bombed Twice in Run-Up to 9/11 Anniversary  —  Jihadists twice set off explosives at the consulate prior to the incident that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, and announced threats on Facebook about escalating attacks on Western targets in the run-up to the 9/11 anniversary …
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Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
House: U.S. Embassy in Libya asked for extra security, request denied … Vehicle damaged in attack on British Ambassador / House Oversight and Government Reform Committee  —  House investigators warned Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to expect a hearing into their finding that that American staff …
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:   White House Has No Comment on House GOPers' Assertions that Libyan Mission Requested Security Prior to 9/11/12 Attack
Wall Street Journal:
Stephens: Benghazi Was Obama's 3 a.m. Call
Ed Fischer / CBS Philly:
Judge Rules Photo ID Won't Be Required For Pennsylvania Voters This Year  —  HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — A Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court judge has ruled that the state's controversial new voter ID law will stand, but voters without a valid picture ID card will still be able to cast their vote and have it counted this November.
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Kris Maher / Wall Street Journal:
Pennsylvania Judge Blocks Voter-ID Law
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
UPDATED: Pennsylvania Court Hands Down Partial Victory Over Voter ID
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Mother Jones
Angela Couloumbis / Philly.com:
Pa. court rules voters can cast regular ballots without ID
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Pennsylvania Judge Rules Poll Workers Can Still Ask For ID
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
The Flaws That Will Bring Down Obama's Health-Care Plan  —  The debate over President Barack Obama's health-care law has taken another twist.  Now conservatives and libertarians are defending it, while the administration tries to toss part of the legislation out.
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Bloomberg:
Hunt for Obama's Middle East Policy Comes Up Empty
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Campaign: ‘Vote Like Your Lady Parts Depend On It’
Discussion: Riehl World News
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
New Polls Raise Chance of Electoral College Tie  —  As of Monday's FiveThirtyEight forecast, there were 21 states that Barack Obama was projected to have at least an 85 percent chance of winning on Nov. 6.  The list includes three important states, Ohio, Wisconsin and New Hampshire …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Can Romney turn this contest around?  —  In baseball, a game without a clock, each player on a team that is behind by a bunch of runs is advised to “stay within yourself.”  That baseball lingo means: Do not try to do too much.  Instead, get 'em on, get 'em over, get 'em in.  There are no five-run home runs.
Sara R. Collins, Ph.D. / The Commonwealth Fund Blog:
Health Care in the 2012 Presidential Election: How the Obama and Romney Plans Stack Up  —  Authors: Sara R. Collins, Ph.D., Stuart Guterman, M.A., Rachel Nuzum, M.P.H., Mark A. Zezza, Ph.D., Tracy Garber, M.P.H., and Jennie Smith  —  Overview  —  With President Obama and Governor Romney …
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Brett Norman / Politico:   Report: Mitt Romney plan leaves 72M uninsured
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Stop Pagination Now  —  Why websites should not make you click and click and click for the full story.  —  Slate's editorial guidelines call for articles to be split into multiple pages once they hit the 1,000-word mark, so I have to keep this brief: Splitting articles and photo galleries into multiple pages is evil.
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.
Dennis Romboy / Deseret News:
Latest poll: Mia Love pulls ahead of Jim Matheson in 4th District race  —  SALT LAKE CITY — Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love has overcome a double-digit deficit to overtake Rep. Jim Matheson in Utah's hotly contested 4th Congressional District, the latest Deseret News/KSL poll shows.
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
Joe Biden: Sex symbol?  —  He's No. 2 on the ticket, but No. 1 in their hearts.  —  Women born before the Baby Boom generation seem to have a collective crush on a handsome vice presidential candidate with piercing blue eyes and a wide smile who likes to talk about government benefits for seniors.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The PJ Tatler
New York Times:
U.S. Scales Back Plans for Afghan Peace  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — With the surge of American troops over and the Taliban still a potent threat, American generals and civilian officials acknowledge that they have all but written off what was once one of the cornerstones of their strategy to end the war here …
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
Scott Brown Shot Himself In The Foot During Debate With Elizabeth Warren  —  Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren covered her face as the crowd booed her challenger, Republican Scott Brown.  Brown had just hailed Justice Antonin Scalia as his “model” Supreme Court justice …
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.
Amie Parnes / Ballot Box:
Biden tells audience middle class has been ‘buried’ last four years  —  Vice President Biden said Tuesday that the middle class has been “buried” for the last four years.  —  Biden made the remark at a campaign rally while arguing that Republicans would raise taxes on the middle class.
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
New York Times:
Bain's Offshore Strategies Grew Romneys' Wealth  —  Buried deep in the tax returns released by Mitt Romney's presidential campaign are references to dozens of offshore holdings with names like Ursa Funding (Luxembourg) S.à.r.l. and Sankaty Credit Opportunities Investors (Offshore) IV, based in the Cayman Islands.
weaskamerica.com:
Horse races  —  We wrap up our latest round of polls with Missouri and Nevada.  —  Missouri  —  NOTE: A reader just let us know that we originally misspelled Todd Akin's name.  It has been corrected, and we apologize for the error.  —  The Show Me State has shown America a fair amount of political upheaval in the last 12 months.
Discussion: The Argo Journal
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Opening Statement  —  Ladies and gentleman, I'd like to use the opening minutes of this debate a little differently.  I'd like to say that I wish everybody could have known my father, George Romney.  He was a great public servant and I've always tried to live up to his example.
 
 
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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
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