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12:30 PM ET, October 2, 2012

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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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Politico:
10 quotes that haunt Barack Obama
WMUR:
Poll shows Obama with 15-point lead in NH
Discussion: The Fix, Ballot Box and CNN
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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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
UPDATED: Pennsylvania Court Hands Down Partial Victory Over Voter ID
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Angela Couloumbis / Philly.com:
Pa. court rules voters can cast regular ballots without 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.
Discussion: Althouse
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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
Brett Norman / Politico:   Report: Mitt Romney plan leaves 72M uninsured
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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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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Wall Street Journal:
Stephens: Benghazi Was Obama's 3 a.m. Call
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 …
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David Catanese / Politico:
In debate, Scott Brown veers away from GOP
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and CNN
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.")
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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: Daily Kos, DealBook and The Reaction
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
Ralph Reed's Group: An Obama Victory Means “He Can Complete America's Destruction”  —  The nonprofit run by the ex-Christian Coalition leader blankets voters with grab-bag of right-wing Obama hatred.  —  Last week, Mother Jones reported on a controversial mailer from the Faith and Freedom Coalition …
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.
 
 
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