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2:10 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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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 …
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.
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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.
Marist Poll:
10/3: Obama and Romney in Virtual Dead Heat in Florida
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: Washington Monthly and BuzzFeed
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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 …
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.
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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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Complicity in Duplicity?  —  A woman named Rice in a top …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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.
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.
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
Politico:
Romney floats deduction cap  —  Mitt Romney floated the idea of a $17,000 limit on itemized tax deductions Tuesday night — and is likely to get a quick lesson in the risks of providing details about his tax plans.  —  While a $17,000 limit would hit hardest on people in the highest tax brackets …
Discussion: blogs.telegraph.co.uk
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: Examiner and Riehl World News
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: ANIMAL and New York Magazine
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.”
URGENT AGENDA:
William Katz: Urgent Agenda  —  HOME ABOUT OUR ARCHIVE CONTACT  —  LOVE IT, LOVE IT - AT 9:13 A.M. ET: I've had the privilege of appearing on the New York talk show hosted by the great Mike Scully, on WVOX.  Mike sends along a picture of this great yard sign, which was put up in Glenview, Illinois:
Discussion: Power Line
 
 
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Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Romney's Dangerous Game of Playing It Safe
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Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Blue Truth, Red Truth
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Washington Post:
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Susan Dominus / New York Times:
Ina Drew, Jamie Dimon and JPMorgan Chase's $6 Billion Mistake
Discussion: Felix Salmon and New York Magazine
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Monthly U.S. Economic Confidence Up Sharply in September
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Romney Maintains Economic Edge Heading Into Debates
Discussion: Business Insider
Rasmussen Reports:
North Carolina: Romney 51%, Obama 47%
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
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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
Discussion: theGrio and The Raw Story
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Kerrey's candidacy looks bleak in Neb.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Shaun Waterman / Washington Times:
New software uses smartphone camera for spying
Jerry Seinfeld / New York Times:
Jerry Seinfeld (Really!) Riffs About ... Something