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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 …
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.
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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 …
Con Coughlin / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Did the White House order a cover-up over the murder of Libya's US Ambassador?
Discussion: protein wisdom
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.
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Joe Biden / CNN:
Romney camp seizes on ‘stunning admission’ by Biden  —  Asheville, North Carolina (CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign seized on what Republicans called a “stunning admission” made Tuesday by Vice President Joe Biden when he said the middle class “has been buried” the last four years, putting the Obama campaign on defense.
Discussion: Politico and The PJ Tatler
CNN:
‘Queasy stomachs’ as Biden plane aborts landing
Discussion: Politico
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Campaign: ‘Vote Like Your Lady Parts Depend On It’  —  This is posted on an Obama campaign website:  —  “Vote like your lady parts depend on it,” the text in the image says.  Underneath, the text reads: “Because they kinda do.”  —  UPDATE: The image has been removed from the Obama website.
BuzzFeed:   Obama Campaign Removes “Lady Parts” Image
Kris Maher / Wall Street Journal:
Pennsylvania Judge Blocks Voter-ID Law  —  A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday blocked the state's controversial voter-identification law from taking effect in time for the November election.  —  Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson said he wasn't convinced that the measure requiring voters …
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Ed Fischer / CBS Philly:
Judge Rules Photo ID Won't Be Required For Pennsylvania Voters This Year
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
Eric Kleefeld / Talking Points Memo:
Democrat Targets West's Military Career In Brutal TV Ad  —  Democratic candidate Patrick Murphy struck back on Tuesday at Rep. Allen West (R-FL), after West ran an ad about Murphy's arrest in 2003 bar-fight.  In response, Murphy went after a key event for West in 2003 — when his military career was ended.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
The Atlantic Online:
The Painful Truth About Affirmative Action  —  Why racial preferences in college admissions hurt minority students — and shroud the education system in dishonesty.  —  michaeljung/Shutterstock  —  Affirmative action in university admissions started in the late 1960s as a noble effort …
Robert Costa / National Review:
Ringside with Romney  —  When Mitt Romney takes the stage on Wednesday at the University of Denver, he will undoubtedly be prepared.  The question is whether he will execute.  Romney advisers expect their candidate to be fluid and precise on the issues.  They don't expect him to make a …
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.
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.
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Readers Won't Benefit if Times Bans the Term ‘Illegal Immigrant’  —  For two weeks, I've been listening to people and reading about the term “illegal immigrant.”  I have gathered information from readers, advocates, reporters and editors.  I even had a face-to-face meeting with the most visible proponent …
Discussion: Guardian, Poynter and Weasel Zippers
BuzzFeed:
Shhh: Reporters Can't Talk About The Secret, Fun Mitt Romney  —  Off the record, he's loose as a goose and sort of endearing.  “We can't show a side of him that exists,” complains a member of his press corps.  —  Romney laughs as he hands out beef jerky to the press on his campaign plane.
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
Not From the Onion: Army Says ‘Social Network’ Use Is a Sign of Radicalism  —  Spotting the warning signs of radicalization among U.S. or partnered troops is difficult.  Photo: Flickr/soldiersmediacenter  —  These are some warning signs that that you have turned into a terrorist …
 
 
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Dave McKinney / Associated Press:
Done deal: Feds to buy Thomson prison from state for $165 million
Beth Reinhard / NationalJournal.com:
Defying Gravity  —  The numbers say Obama should be losing.
Discussion: American Prospect
Chris Good / ABCNEWS:
Obama Coal Ad Says Romney Used Miners as ‘Props’
Discussion: Politico and ABCNEWS
Randy Ludlow / The Columbus Dispatch:
Early voters celebrate as balloting begins
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Maddow Blog
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Eric Cantor Says In Debate ‘Not True’ He Voted For Sequester That He Voted For
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
U.S. Said to Be Preparing Potential Targets Tied to Libya Attack
Out of Touch White Kids:
The Magical Mystery Parallel
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
A pollster under oath
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
Ralph Reed's Group: An Obama Victory Means “He Can Complete America's Destruction”
weaskamerica.com:
Horse races  —  We wrap up our latest round of polls with Missouri and Nevada.
Discussion: The Argo Journal
Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
Jon Stewart Tears Into Obama Admin's Contradictory, Uncoordinated Response To Libya Attack