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4:20 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
CNN:
Conservative media coordinates on release of old Obama video
David Weigel / Slate:
About That New, Secret Obama Tape...
Gregory J. Krieg / ABCNEWS:
Debate Date: Obama, Romney Gird for First One-on-One
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Hill 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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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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Riehl World News
Allison Kopicki / The Caucus:
Polls Show Voters Divided Ahead of Debate
Shane Goldmacher / NationalJournal.com:
Obama, Romney Tied Among Likely Voters
Marist Poll:
10/3: Obama and Romney in Virtual Dead Heat in Florida
Discussion: Firedoglake and Post on Politics
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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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 …
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 …
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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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.
BBC:
Syria conflict: Shell kills five in Turkey  —  Akcakale has been fired on several times over the past few weeks  —  Turkey has contacted the United Nations and the Nato military alliance after Syrian shells killed five people in a Turkish town near the border between the two countries.
Discussion: The Agonist and The PJ Tatler
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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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 …
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.
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 …
 
 
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Greg Holyk / ABCNEWS:
Lackluster Popularity Dogs the Political Parties
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Maddow Blog
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Check the Math: Romney's Tax Plan Doesn't Raise Middle Class Taxes
Armin Rosen / Weekly Standard:
An NGO in Africa Goes Awry
BREITBART.COM:
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Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Romney's Dangerous Game of Playing It Safe
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Blue Truth, Red Truth
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Obama campaign's robocall about early voting called misleading
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