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10:45 PM ET, October 3, 2012

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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 …
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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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Decline And Fall Of Tucker Carlson  —  The Dish actually transcribed the entire Obama speech - Carlson's massively hyped “scoop” yesterday - in June 2007.  You can read the speech in full here.  What struck me at the time was the following quote:
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.
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
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
How Mitt Romney Won The First Debate  —  By standing on the stage with the president as an equal.  —  Image by Rick Wilking / Reuters  —  Mitt Romney, trailing in the polls, needed to prove tonight that he could stand on stage with President Barack Obama as an equal and a plausible president of the United States.
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Gawker
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Bobby Cervantes / Politico:
A Mitt Romney rebound?
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Aggressive Romney blasts Obama for his ‘trickle down government’
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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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 …
Mike Flynn / BREITBART.COM:
POLITICO: ROMNEY UP 4 IN ‘TOSS UP’ STATES  —  This week, Politico released its latest Battleground poll of the presidential race.  Despite coming from the left-wing news site, the poll is one of my favorites.  Its put together by respected pollsters from both parties, makes available …
Kristen Graham / Philly.com:
Philly teacher: Student's Romney T-shirt like wearing a KKK sheet  —  Last Friday was dress-down day at Charles Carroll High School in Port Richmond — a day for students to leave their uniforms at home and wear whatever they liked.  —  One young woman chose to wear a shirt showing her support …
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
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
Unmasking the most influential billionaire in U.S. politics  —  The most influential billionaire in America is Peter G. Peterson, whose misleading campaign to ‘reform’ traditional social welfare programs has subtly set the terms of the Washington debate.  —  Peter G. Peterson's views …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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 …
 
 
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Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:
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Scott Wong / Politico:
Arizona Senate race 2012: Richard Carmona raises $2.2 million
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The Zinger candidacy — all sugary platitudes, no protein
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
You're Not in the Debate Minor Leagues Now, Mitt
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Obama Dominates Advertising in Key States
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Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
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Blue Truth, Red Truth
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Complicity in Duplicity?  —  A woman named Rice in a top …
Discussion: Hot Air, JustOneMinute and Race 4 2012
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
Is unlimited growth a thing of the past?
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal and AEIdeas
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
First Debate Often Helps Challenger in Polls