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7:10 PM ET, October 2, 2012

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Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
House: U.S. Embassy in Libya asked for extra security, request denied … Vehicle damaged in attack on British Ambassador / House Oversight and Government Reform Committee  —  House investigators warned Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to expect a hearing into their finding that that American staff …
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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
Discussion: Politico and The PJ Tatler
CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama at 70% among Latino voters
CNN:
Michelle Obama: Debates make me nervous
Discussion: Washington Wire and Ballot Box
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
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  —  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 …
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
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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Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
How To Easily Prevent The ‘Fiscal Cliff’ From Hurting Middle Class Families
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Biden: Middle class ‘has been buried the last four years’
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:
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.  —  Andrew Kaczynski  —  a half hour ago  —  15 responses
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Eric Cantor Says In Debate ‘Not True’ He Voted For Sequester That He Voted For … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Eric Cantor, Elections 2012, House Races, Video, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Eric Cantor Debate, Eric Cantor Debt Deal, Eric Cantor Sequester, Eric Cantor Wayne Powell …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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.
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 …
 
 
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Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Israel's Iran Policy Appears to Shift Further Toward More Sanctions
Discussion: The Times of Israel
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Readers Won't Benefit if Times Bans the Term ‘Illegal Immigrant’
Discussion: Guardian, Weasel Zippers and Poynter
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
A pollster under oath
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
Scott Brown Shot Himself In The Foot During Debate With Elizabeth Warren