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3:25 PM ET, October 3, 2012

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
The Drudge hype falls flat  —  DENVER, Colo. — One night before the first presidential debate, conservatives Matt Drudge, Sean Hannity, and Tucker Carlson hyped footage of a five-year-old speech by then-Sen. Barack Obama, widely covered at the time, in which the presidential candidate suggested …
Little Green Footballs:
Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller Doesn't Even Blink, Just Keeps Hyping Absurd ‘BOMBSHELL’ Video  —  Their HUGE EXCLUSIVE BOMBSHELL video fell to earth yesterday with a dull wet thud, but that isn't stopping Tucker Carlson's right wing site from hyping the fake story like rabid weasels anyway …
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.
Gregory J. Krieg / ABCNEWS:
Debate Date: Obama, Romney Gird for First One-on-One
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Daily Kos and The Hill
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Shane Goldmacher / NationalJournal.com:
Obama, Romney Tied Among Likely Voters
Bobby Cervantes / Politico:
A Mitt Romney rebound?
Discussion: Mother Jones
Marist Poll:
10/3: Obama and Romney in Virtual Dead Heat in Florida
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 …
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Romney's 'you didn't build that' attack: An epic FAIL  —  Others have touched on this already, but it really deserves highlighting here, too.  Check this out, from the new NBC/WSJ poll: … Romney built much of his convention around Obama's “you didn't build that” comments, but only 32 percent were impacted negatively by them.
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: JustOneMinute
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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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Toddstarnes / Fox News:
School May Install ‘Trash-Cams’ To Spy on Kids Tossing Veggies  —  A Florida school district is considering a plan to install surveillance cameras on cafeteria trash cans to monitor what kids are throwing away - after they discovered that students were tossing out their federally-mandated fruit and vegetables.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
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BREITBART.COM:
MICHELLE: ‘BARACK HAS DONE PHENOMENAL JOB WORKING AROUND CONGRESS’  —  MICHELLE OBAMA ON The TOM JOYNER MORNING SHOW: Well, we're understanding that, you know, you can have a president you love, but if you don't have a congress that's willing to work, you know, you wind up stalled in so many ways.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Rosie Gray / 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 …
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: AEIdeas
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 …
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 …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Check the Math: Romney's Tax Plan Doesn't Raise Middle Class Taxes  —  A study by the Tax Policy Center, a project of the center-left Brookings Institution and Urban Institute, claims that Mitt Romney's tax plan is mathematically impossible.  —  TPC claims that Romney cannot cut tax rates …
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 3.1 point lead over Mitt Romney, 49.1 to 46.0.  Additionally, his net job approval rating is now back to about even, 48.8 approve to 48.5 disapprove.
Discussion: Examiner and Riehl World News
Vanity Fair:
Exclusive: President Obama Considered Putting Osama bin Laden on Trial if Taken Alive … In an adaptation from his new book, The Finish—first reported for Vanity Fair—magazine contributing editor Mark Bowden reveals that President Obama intended to put Osama bin Laden on trial …
Discussion: Mediaite and The PJ Tatler
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 …
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Obama campaign's robocall about early voting called misleading  —  Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley is warning voters about potentially misleading early voting information after his office received hundreds of inquiries from voters Tuesday wanting to cast early ballots.Early voting …
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
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 …
BBC:
Iran police break up protests over currency crisis  —  Many shops in the central bazaar have closed in sympathy with the demonstrators  —  Riot police in Iran have broken up several protests in the capital over sharp falls in the currency, the rial.  —  Traders protested outside the central bank …
 
 
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Robert O'Harrow Jr / Washington Post:
DHS ‘fusion centers’ portrayed as pools of ineptitude, civil liberties intrusions
Discussion: New York Times and Secrecy News
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Post Cold-War Celebrity President
Armin Rosen / Weekly Standard:
An NGO in Africa Goes Awry
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Romney's Dangerous Game of Playing It Safe
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Blue Truth, Red Truth
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Susan Dominus / New York Times:
Ina Drew, Jamie Dimon and JPMorgan Chase's $6 Billion Mistake
Discussion: Felix Salmon and New York Magazine
 Earlier Items: 
Politico:
Romney floats deduction cap
Discussion: blogs.telegraph.co.uk
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Romney Maintains Economic Edge Heading Into Debates
Rasmussen Reports:
North Carolina: Romney 51%, Obama 47%
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
URGENT AGENDA:
William Katz: Urgent Agenda
Discussion: Power Line
Rob Hastings / The Independent:
New HD CCTV puts human rights at risk
Discussion: Guardian and BBC
Bloomberg:
GE Ignores $100 Billion of Cash to Borrow $7 Billion
Eli Stokols / KDVR.com:
Cardboard Obama told “Go back to Kenya” at Romney rally