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12:15 PM 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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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 …
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 …
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.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Is This The Video Drudge Is Teasing?
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Republicans Fret Over Obama Tape Resurrection
Discussion: Election 2012
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
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
In New ‘Bombshell’ Video, Obama Criticizes Federal Response To Hurricane Katrina
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Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Analysis: Presidential Debate Day Arrives
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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Joe Biden / CNN:
Air Force Two aborts landing twice in one day
Discussion: New York Magazine and Politico
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
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.
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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 …
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 …
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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.
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.
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
Bloomberg:
GE Ignores $100 Billion of Cash to Borrow $7 Billion  —  General Electric Co. (GE) is refinancing $5 billion of debt even as it expects to generate $100 billion of cash in the next four years, showing confidence in its ability to invest at returns four times its borrowing costs.
Eli Stokols / KDVR.com:
Cardboard Obama told “Go back to Kenya” at Romney rally  —  DENVER — As thousands of Romney supporters lined up outside his Monday night rally site at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, liberal groups and the Obama campaign did whatever they could to get their own message heard.
Discussion: theGrio and The Raw Story
 
 
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Rob Hastings / The Independent:
New HD CCTV puts human rights at risk
Discussion: Guardian and BBC
Greg Gordon / Wichita Eagle:
Romneys likely gained from complex offshore deals, tax experts say
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Russ Buettner / New York Times:
N.Y. City Subpoenas Ken Burns Film on '89 Jogger Rape
Discussion: ANIMAL and New York Magazine
James Risen / New York Times:
Inquiry Cites Flaws in Counterterrorism Offices
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
NPR:
On Eve Of First Debate, NPR Poll Shows Romney Within Striking Distance
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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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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