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11:20 AM ET, October 2, 2012

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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 …
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Republican Lawmaker: Obama's Handling Of Libya Is ‘Worse Than Watergate’
Wall Street Journal:
Stephens: Benghazi Was Obama's 3 a.m. Call
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)
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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 …
Discussion: CNN and New York Magazine
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Brett Norman / Politico:   Report: Mitt Romney plan leaves 72M uninsured
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:   The Flaws That Will Bring Down Obama's Health-Care Plan
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.
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.
Discussion: CNN and Taegan Goddard's …
Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
Why Obama Is Leading in Swing States  —  Across most of the presidential battleground states, particularly in the Midwest, President Obama's lead rests on a surprisingly strong performance among blue-collar white women who usually tilt toward the GOP.  —  A National Journal analysis …
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Are You Kidding Me?  Romney's Garbage Man Blasts Him In New Political Ad  —  A new anti-Mitt Romney ad from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees features Richard Hayes, the garbageman who deals with the Romneys' trash at their oceanfront mansion in La Jolla, California.
Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
Jon Stewart Tears Into Obama Admin's Contradictory, Uncoordinated Response To Libya Attack  —  The recent White House debacle surrounding the Libya attack spurred Jon Stewart to unveil a new segment on Monday night: “Do You Guys Ever Talk To Each Other Or...” (The apparent answer would be a decided “no.")
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: Taylor Marsh and CNN
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Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
Scott Brown Shot Himself In The Foot During Debate With Elizabeth Warren
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.
Fox News:
2 US Border agents shot, 1 killed, near major drug corridor in Arizona  —  DEVELOPING: Two U.S. Border Patrol agents were shot, one fatally, Tuesday morning in an area in south Arizona known as a major drug-smuggling corridor, authorities said.  —  The identities of the agents were not immediately released …
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 …
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.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Debate Moderators Are Subject to Partisan Rancor  —  When Jim Lehrer takes the stage in Denver on Wednesday night, the tens of millions of people watching will see the same imperturbable voice of reason they have come to know in his quarter century as the country's go-to referee for the presidential debates.
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Scandalous: White House Tells Contractors to Break Federal Law and Not Inform Workers They Will Be Laid Off; Further Tells Them The Administration Will Pay Their Fines For Breaking the Law  —  Due to Obama's failure to lead and craft a solution to the debt crisis, the Department of Defense is slated for massive cuts.
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 …
Politico:
10 quotes that haunt Barack Obama  —  Ahead in the polls, looking strong in key swing states: This must be exactly what Barack Obama dreamed his reelection campaign would look like, five weeks from Election Day and on the eve of the first debate.  —  But, as the president and his team well know …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Romney hits Obama on jobs, debt in new Spanish-language ad  —  Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee attack President Obama on jobs and the national debt in a new Spanish-language ad, the second in less than a week focused on winning over Hispanic voters.
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS and The Daily Dish
Michael Burleigh / Telegraph:
Eric Hobsbawm: A believer in the Red utopia to the very end  —  The grotesque facts never got in the way of Eric Hobsbawm's devotion to communism  —  Eric Hobsbawm dogmatically refused to accept that the Bolshevik Revolution had been a murderous failure  —  A few decades ago I almost …
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.
Discussion: DealBook and The Reaction
Politico:
‘Defeat Jihad’ ads cause stir in D.C.  —  A “defeat jihad” advertisement that represents the latest clash between the nation's commitment to free speech and its responsibility to protect against terrorism is headed to a D.C. district court this week — and possibly to Metro stations.
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 …
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Debt Jumped $1.2759T in FY 2012; Up $10,855 Per Household in Just 12 Months; Beats 2011  —  (CNSNews.com) - According to the U.S. Treasury, the debt of the U.S. government climbed by a total of $1,275,901,078,828.74 in fiscal 2012, which ended yesterday.  —  That means the federal government …
 
 
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Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Obama calls debate prep ‘a drag’
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
‘Youth Misery Index’ up 26% under Obama, hits record high
J. Michael Cole / The Diplomat:
When Drones Decide to Kill on Their Own
Discussion: Hit & Run and Hullabaloo
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Meet the Ohio Voters Who Are Killing Romney's Campaign
Harriet Sherwood / Guardian:
US warns European governments against supporting Palestinians at UN
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Israel Matzav
Wall Street Journal:
J.P. Morgan Sued on Mortgage Bonds
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Speaker Boehner uses Rove-like strategy to hold House majority
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 Earlier Items: 
Telegraph:
Former Pakistani legislator offers second bounty on anti-Islam film maker
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Malcom Moore / Telegraph:
Gridlock as China begins its ‘Golden Week’ holidays
Molly K. Hooper / Ballot Box:
Cantor's rival gets harsh in sole face-off
Discussion: Politico
Fresno Bee:
At least 40 hurt in Amtrak derailment south of Hanford
Discussion: L.A. NOW, CNN and New York Magazine
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Obama's claim that the Bush tax cuts led to the economic crisis
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Hot Air
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
How Obama's green energy policies are bad for the poor