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10:15 PM ET, October 2, 2012

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Tucker Carlson / The Daily Caller:
Exclusive: In heated '07 speech, Obama lavishes praise on Wright, says feds 'don't care' about New Orleans [VIDEO]  —  In a video obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama tells an audience of black ministers, including the Rev. Jeremiah Wright …
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Is This The Video Drudge Is Teasing?  —  It's from an Obama speech at Hampton University.  It has been online since 2007, and was widely circulated in the conservative blogosphere at the time.  —  Source: youtube.com  —  The YouTube clip above is not complete.
BuzzFeed:
Romney Campaign Denies Involvement In Obama Video
Discussion: Mediaite and Business Insider
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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
Wall Street Journal:
Stephens: Benghazi Was Obama's 3 a.m. Call
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
CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama at 70% among Latino voters
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Biden: Middle class ‘has been buried the last four years’
CNN:
Michelle Obama: Debates make me nervous
Discussion: Ballot Box and Washington Wire
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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
Catherine Rampell / Economix:
The Math on the Romney-Ryan Tax Plan  —  On Fox News Sunday, Paul Ryan said that he didn't have time to explain the math behind his tax proposal.  Fortunately I have a few minutes to spare, so I thought I'd pitch in.  —  Mr. Ryan and Mitt Romney have proposed a tax plan that would lower everyone's tax rates by 20 percent.
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Mitt Romney Floats $17,000 Limit On Tax Deductions  —  Under pressure to provide more details about his tax reform proposal, Mitt Romney floated an idea Tuesday to help fill a revenue hole in his plan.  —  “As an option you could say everybody's going to get up to a $17,000 deduction …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Gregory J. Krieg / ABCNEWS:
Romney Suggests Tax Break for Most, Possibly $17,000
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
How To Easily Prevent The ‘Fiscal Cliff’ From Hurting Middle Class Families
Discussion: Firedoglake
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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Robert Costa / National Review:
Ringside with Romney  —  When Mitt Romney takes the stage …
Talking Points Memo:
Advisers Say Romney Will Show Empathy In Debate
Discussion: The Impolitic
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Paul Ryan: 30 Percent ‘Want Their Welfare State,’ 70 Percent ‘Want The American Dream’ (VIDEO) … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Mitt Romney, Elections 2012, Paul Ryan, Video, 30 Percent, We Are The 47 Percent, We Are The 47 Percent, We Are The 47 Percent, Mitt Romney 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
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Voter ID Law Gutted for 2012 in Pennsylvania  —  A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday blocked the key component of a highly contested state law requiring strict photographic identification to vote in next month's election, saying the authorities had not done enough to ensure that voters had access to the new documents.
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Kris Maher / Wall Street Journal:
Pennsylvania Judge Blocks Voter-ID Law
Hans von Spakovsky / The Heritage Foundation:
Voter ID: Court Upholds Pennsylvania Law
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.
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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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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Poll Shows Slim Obama Lead  —  As Debates Begin, President Gains With Hispanic Voters, Romney With Men  —  President Barack Obama heads into the first presidential debate with a narrow lead over Mitt Romney in a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News nationwide poll that illustrates each candidate's strengths …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
 
 
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John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
Why News Coverage of the Debate May Matter More than the Debate
Dave Levinthal / Politico:
Crossroads groups swamp airwaves
Discussion: CNN
Wall Street Journal:
Why We Are So Rude Online  —  Online Browsing Lowers Self-Control …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Gothamist
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
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Eric Cantor Says In Debate ‘Not True’ He Voted For Sequester That He Voted For
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
 Earlier Items: 
The Atlantic Online:
The Painful Truth About Affirmative Action
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
A pollster under oath
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Stop Pagination Now  —  Why websites should not make you click …
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
The Flaws That Will Bring Down Obama's Health-Care Plan
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
Scott Brown Shot Himself In The Foot During Debate With Elizabeth Warren
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Can Romney turn this contest around?