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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
Washington Post:
U.S. withdraws all its official government personnel out of Benghazi, Libya
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.
CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama at 70% among Latino voters
Fox News:
Biden says middle class ‘buried’ the last 4 years, Republicans pounce
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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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
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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Gregory J. Krieg / ABCNEWS:
Romney Suggests Tax Break for Most, Possibly $17,000
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
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.
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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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 …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Mitt Romney Floats $17,000 Limit On Tax Deductions
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
How To Easily Prevent The ‘Fiscal Cliff’ From Hurting Middle Class Families
Discussion: Firedoglake
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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Quinnipiac University:
Women Give Obama An Edge Over Romney, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds Likely Voters Pick President To Win Debate 2-1
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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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.
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.
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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Poll: Plurality say polls biased for Obama  —  A plurality of Americans and more than seven in 10 Republicans say pollsters are intentionally skewing results to benefit President Obama, according to a new poll released Tuesday.  —  Some 42 percent of voters surveyed by Daily Kos …
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 …
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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Why We Are So Rude Online  —  Online Browsing Lowers Self-Control …
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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
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Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Readers Won't Benefit if Times Bans the Term ‘Illegal Immigrant’
Discussion: Guardian, Weasel Zippers and Poynter
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Eric Cantor Says In Debate ‘Not True’ He Voted For Sequester That He Voted For
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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 …
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
Scott Brown Shot Himself In The Foot During Debate With Elizabeth Warren