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11:25 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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Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Daily Caller Video, President Obama and the Race-Obsessed Right  —  Movement conservatives say that liberals are neurotically obsessed with race.  They would know what that's like.  —  Conservatives say that liberals are obsessed with race.  Bill O'Reilly avows it, as does Bernie Goldberg.
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’
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Gibbs: Obama believes Katrina response failures were ‘colorblind’
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Dylan Byers / Politico:
The Drudge hype falls flat
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
In New ‘Bombshell’ Video, Obama Criticizes Federal Response To Hurricane Katrina
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
Discussion: Ballot Box, theGrio and Election 2012
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Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Analysis: Presidential Debate Day Arrives
Discussion: CNN
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:   Michelle Obama praises the president's skills ahead of debate
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
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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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.
Discussion: Riehl World News
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.
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.
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
Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
New Todd Akin Videos Reveal His Dystopian Nightmare Vision of America  —  Todd Akin is scared.  —  After becoming a national scandal with his claims that “legitimate rape” cannot result in pregnancy, Rep. Todd Akin has been slowly regaining lost ground in the contest against incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill for a Missouri Senate seat.
 
 
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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 …
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Joe Biden / CNN:
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