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8:45 PM ET, October 3, 2012

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CNN:
CNN Poll: Big shifts on role of government  —  Denver (CNN) - Hours before the first debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, a showdown that will focus on domestic issues, a new national survey indicates that Americans have undergone some major changes …
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CNN:
Conservative media coordinates on release of old Obama video  —  (CNN) - On the eve of the first presidential debate, conservative media outlets seized on footage of a five-year-old, widely covered speech by then-presidential candidate Barack Obama, who argued at the time that the federal …
David Weigel / Slate:
About That New, Secret Obama Tape...  On June 5, 2007, Tucker Carlson told viewers of his MSNBC show — Tucker, which was a really underrated show, actually — that struggling presidential candidate Barack Obama had given a shockingly race-tinged speech.  —  “Barack was talking about a quiet riot today,” said Carlson.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
The Drudge hype falls flat
Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller Doesn't Even Blink, Just Keeps Hyping Absurd ‘BOMBSHELL’ Video
Rebecca Berg / BuzzFeed:
Akin's Campaign Stands By Claim Of Abortions On Women Who “Are Not Actually Pregnant”  —  Cites “ample evidence” of doctors deceiving women into thinking they're pregnant.  Another detour in to women's health in the still-competitive Missouri race.  —  Image by Jeff Roberson / AP
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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
In 2008, Akin Claimed Women ‘Who Are Not Actually Pregnant’ Get Abortions
Discussion: New York Magazine
Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
New Todd Akin Videos Reveal His Dystopian Nightmare Vision of America
Patterico's Pontifications:
Newly Unearthed Obama Video: “Rich people are all for nonviolence.  Why wouldn't they be?  They've got what they want."  —  In the wake of the Daily Caller's release of President Obama cheering Rev. Wright and invoking the race card in various ways, our friend Morgen Richmond decided …
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Sensitive documents left behind at American mission in Libya  —  BENGHAZI, Libya — More than three weeks after attacks in this city killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, sensitive documents remained only loosely secured in the remains of the U.S. mission here on Wednesday …
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Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
FBI still not been granted permission to visit Benghazi consulate
Discussion: Washington Post
M.L. Nestel / The Daily:
Restaurant worker goes wide-eyed for Mitt at Denver Chipotle  —  The eyes have it for Marty Arps, right, as he meets Mitt Romney at a Chipotle restaurant in Denver.  —  Call the Secret Service, Mitt Romney just got photo-bombed.  —  A restaurant manager at a Chipotle in Denver …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Drudge  —  For years, I was a big reader of Drudge.  Was never a fan of Drudge, though I recognized his entrepreneurial acumen.  In fact, I despised most everything that he stood for, from rancid politics to integrity free journalism, the endless lying.  But I visited the site ALL THE TIME.
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Polls Show Romney's 47 Percent Moment Breaking Through, 'You Didn't Build That' Fizzling  —  Mitt Romney's remarks decrying about half of Americans as “victims” are hurting him with at least as many voters, according to a mounting body of evidence.  —  The latest WSJ/NBC poll read respondents …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Romney's 'you didn't build that' attack: An epic FAIL
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Republicans Fret Over Obama Tape Resurrection  —  A video lights up the conservative media.  An effective hit, or a distraction for the GOP nominee on his big night?  —  DENVER — Tuesday night's Drudge-led revival of a 2007 Barack Obama speech offered satisfaction to a core of conservatives …
Rasmussen Reports:
Missouri Senate: McCaskill (D) 51%, Akin (R) 45%  —  The deadline has passed for embattled Congressman Todd Akin to withdraw from Missouri's U.S. Senate race, and incumbent Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill has now crossed the 50% mark for the first time.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports …
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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Sen. McCaskill raises $5.8M, expands lead
Discussion: Politico and Hotline On Call
BuzzFeed:
Restless Romney Braces For High-Stakes Debate  —  A sleepless night in Denver.  —  Image by Brian Snyder / Reuters  —  DENVER, Colo. — The Romney campaign is spending the hours ahead of Wednesday night's high-stakes presidential debate going through all the traditional motions …
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
MSNBC President Phil Griffin on Whom He'd Poach From Fox News and Why Obama Avoids the Network (Q&A)  —  “We are not going to do an easy interview, and President Obama knows it,” he says.  —  Like many political junkies, Phil Griffin starts his day with Morning Joe, which he watches while running three miles on the treadmill.
BBC:
Turkey hits targets inside Syria after border deaths  —  Akcakale has been fired on several times over the past few weeks  —  Turkey says it has fired artillery against targets inside Syria after Syrian shells killed five people in a Turkish border town.  —  The Turkish military shelled …
Bobby Cervantes / Politico:
A Mitt Romney rebound?  —  Maybe there are second chances in presidential campaigns.  —  And Mitt Romney's could just be on the horizon, but any potential comeback will be triggered largely by whether he can turn the first debate tonight in his favor.  —  According to Mike Allen's Playbook …
Byron Tau / Politico:
JetBlue will fly upset voters out of the country  —  JetBlue Airlines is offering Americans upset about their candidate's defeat in the upcoming November election a chance to leave the country for free — if only temporarily.  —  “If your candidate doesn't win, don't worry.
BuzzFeed:
The Ugliest Campaign In America  —  A plan to keep it civil has backfired badly in Massachusetts.  Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren can't keep their hands clean.  —  LOWELL, Mass. — The poison that runs through this state's Senate race seemed to spill over into the traffic Tuesday night …
Discussion: AEIdeas
Russ Buettner / New York Times:
N.Y. City Subpoenas Ken Burns Film on '89 Jogger Rape  —  In a new movie, the documentary filmmaker Ken Burns explores the lives of the men who were convicted, and later exonerated, in the racially charged 1989 Central Park jogger rape case.  —  Now lawyers for New York City want to explore …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
First Debate Often Helps Challenger in Polls  —  Conventional wisdom holds that the first presidential debate offers an especially good opportunity for the challenging candidate, who for the first time gets to stand on a literal public stage, and a proverbial level playing field, with the incumbent president.
Laura Baum / Wesleyan Media Project:
Obama Dominates Advertising in Key States  —  President Holds Advantage in 14 of 15 Top Markets;  —  Only 7.8 Percent of Presidential Ads Positive; FCC electronic disclosure leaves out more than 50% of federal ads  —  (MIDDLETOWN, CT) Oct. 3, 2012 - In the three-week period since …
Discussion: The Raw Story, ABCNEWS and Politico
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Paul Ryan Promises Focus on the Family that He Will Fight Gay Equality  —  During an interview with Focus on the Family president Jim Daly, Paul Ryan reassured the anti-gay group that a Romney-Ryan administration will fiercely oppose gay rights.  Focus on the Family and its founder James Dobson …
nbcconnecticut.com:
State Supreme Court Tosses Sex Assault Conviction  —  The state Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction of a Bridgeport man who was found guilty of sexually assaulting a severely handicapped woman.  —  Justices ruled, 4-3, that despite evidence that the 26-year-old woman cannot speak …
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
Is unlimited growth a thing of the past?  —  Might growth be ending?  This is a heretical question.  Yet an expert on productivity, Robert Gordon of Northwestern university, has raised it in a provocative paper.  In this, he challenges the conventional view of economists that “economic growth ... will continue indefinitely.”
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal and AEIdeas
Thomas Erdbrink / New York Times:
Clashes and Protest Over Iran Currency Plunge Hit Tehran  —  TEHRAN — Clashes and at least one spontaneous protest erupted in Tehran on Wednesday over the plunging value of Iran's currency, as black-market money-changers fought with riot police who were dispatched to shut them down …
WXIA-TV:
PHOTOS |  Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day 8-1-2012  —  Back in July, Cathy told the Baptist Press the company stands “guilty as charged” for its stand on Biblical and family values.  “We are very much supportive of the family — the Biblical definition of the family unit,” he said.
Telegraph:
Al-Qaeda blamed for Europe-wide forest fires  —  Al-Qaeda has been blamed for a recent series of forest fires across Europe, as the head of Russia's Federal Security Service claimed they were set by arsonists as part of the group's low-cost attack strategy.  —  “One should note that setting fires …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Complicity in Duplicity?  —  A woman named Rice in a top administration job, ambitious to move up to secretary of state, hitting the Sunday talk shows to aggressively promote a Middle East narrative that's good for the president but destined to crumble under scrutiny.
Discussion: Hot Air, JustOneMinute and Race 4 2012
 
 
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
You're Not in the Debate Minor Leagues Now, Mitt
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Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Romney's Dangerous Game of Playing It Safe
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Blue Truth, Red Truth
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Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Obama campaign's robocall about early voting called misleading
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