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11:00 AM ET, October 3, 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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Dan / Riehl World News:
Obama's incredibly weak response to newly released audio  —  From a report by Jake Tapper at ABC.  Given how much time they had to prepare, you'd think Team Obama could craft something akin to a response to the newly reported video.  —  Evidently all they can do is be non-responsive and go on the attack.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
Mary Bruce / ABCNEWS:
Full 2007 Video of Obama Emerges of Then-Senator Obama Claiming Federal Discrimination Against New Orleans  —  On the eve of the first presidential debate, the conservative website The Daily Caller Tuesday circulated previously unreported clips of a five-year-old speech in which then-Senator …
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Obama campaign: Video touted on Drudge Report a ‘desperate attack’
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Daily Caller Video, President Obama and the Race-Obsessed Right
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Althouse
Dylan Byers / Politico:
The Drudge hype falls flat
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 …
Discussion: Politico
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama camp presses Romney to share policy details in first debate
Discussion: CNN
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Michelle Obama praises the president's skills ahead of debate
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Denver Post
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Tax plan specifics! From Mitt Romney!
Gregory J. Krieg / ABCNEWS:
Romney Talks Tax Break Before Debate
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Firedoglake, Slate and Daily Kos
Domenico Montanaro / First Read:
NBC/WSJ poll: Obama holds lead in Ohio; statistical tie in Va., Fla.  —  Slideshow: On the campaign trail  —  In the final push in the 2012 presidential election, candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama make their last appeals to voters.  —  Launch slideshow
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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 …
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Mike Allen / Politico:   DEBATE DAY! 34 days to Nov. 6, 90 days to fiscal cliff …
Reuters:
U.S. had early indications Libya attack tied to organized militants  —  (Reuters) - Within hours of last month's attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, President Barack Obama's administration received about a dozen intelligence reports suggesting militants connected to al Qaeda …
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Clinton promises answers on Benghazi attack
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Mitt's ‘W’ problem  —  DENVER — It's a matter of when, not if, President Barack Obama turns to Mitt Romney at the first face-off here Wednesday night and repeats some variation of the same line the president and his campaign have used all year: Mitt, electing you would mean a return …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Obama aide denies Bush bashing  —  President Barack Obama's reelection effort is not blaming the sputtering economic recovery of the past four years on former President George W. Bush, his deputy campaign manager insisted Wednesday.  —  “We're absolutely not doing that,” Stephanie Cutter said on MSNBC's “Morning Joe.”
Shane Goldmacher / NationalJournal.com:
Obama, Romney Tied Among Likely Voters  —  President Obama and Mitt Romney are deadlocked among likely voters as they prepare to square off in their first presidential debate, according to the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll.
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: This Race Has Just Begun  —  The most recent RealClearPolitics average of the national polls shows President Obama holding a 3.3 point lead over Mitt Romney, 49.1 to 45.1.  Additionally, his net job approval rating is now back to about even, 48.8 approve to 48.5 disapprove.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
In 90-Minute Debate, 2 Candidates Stand on Equal Footing  —  DENVER — President Obama will have the first word at the presidential debate.  Mitt Romney will have the last word.  But even before they step onto the stage and shake hands here Wednesday evening, voters across the country are already starting to have the final word.
NPR:
On Eve Of First Debate, NPR Poll Shows Romney Within Striking Distance  —  Early voting has begun in the battleground states of Ohio, Virginia and Iowa.  Voting booths are set up for early voting at the Black Hawk County Courthouse last Thursday in Waterloo, Iowa.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
 
 
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
New Ad Questions Obama: ‘Politics Before Patriotism?’
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Kerrey's candidacy looks bleak in Neb.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Tom Holbrook / The Numbers:
Debate Expectations
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Wary of Israel, Iran Is Said to Err in Strikes
Shaun Waterman / Washington Times:
New software uses smartphone camera for spying
 Earlier Items: 
David Crary / Associated Press:
Record number of gays seeking seats in Congress
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Politico
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
The '07 Obama Video  —  So here's Obama proudly advertising …
Jerry Seinfeld / New York Times:
Jerry Seinfeld (Really!) Riffs About ... Something
Joe Biden / CNN:
Air Force Two aborts landing twice in one day
Discussion: New York Magazine and Politico
Larry Celona / New York Post:
Diallo cop gets his gun back, 13 years after slay
Discussion: New York Times and Gothamist
Wall Street Journal:
Poll Shows Slim Obama Lead
Discussion: Washington Wire, AEIdeas and The Fix