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5:40 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 …
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 …
CNN:
Conservative media coordinates on release of old Obama video  —  (CNN) - On the eve of the first presidential debate, conservative media outlets seized on footage of a five-year-old, widely covered speech by then-presidential candidate Barack Obama, who argued at the time that the federal …
David Weigel / Slate:
About That New, Secret Obama Tape...  On June 5, 2007, Tucker Carlson told viewers of his MSNBC show — Tucker, which was a really underrated show, actually — that struggling presidential candidate Barack Obama had given a shockingly race-tinged speech.  —  “Barack was talking about a quiet riot today,” said Carlson.
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 …
Tucker Carlson / The Daily Caller:
Exclusive: In heated '07 speech, Obama lavishes praise on Wright, says feds 'don't care' about New Orleans [VIDEO]
Little Green Footballs:
Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller Doesn't Even Blink, Just Keeps Hyping Absurd ‘BOMBSHELL’ Video
Rebecca Berg / 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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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.
Rasmussen Reports:
Missouri Senate: McCaskill (D) 51%, Akin (R) 45%
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Sen. McCaskill raises $5.8M, expands lead
Discussion: Politico, The Fix and Hotline On Call
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 …
Marist Poll:
10/3: Obama and Romney in Virtual Dead Heat in Florida
Discussion: Firedoglake and Post on Politics
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.
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Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Polls Show Romney's 47 Percent Moment Breaking Through, 'You Didn't Build That' Fizzling
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Sensitive documents left behind at American mission in Libya  —  BENGHAZI, Libya — More than three weeks after attacks in this city killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, sensitive documents remained only loosely secured in the remains of the U.S. mission here on Wednesday …
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Washington Post:
Libyans say few questions being asked about attack
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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Thomas Erdbrink / New York Times:
Clashes and Protest Over Iran Currency Plunge Hit Tehran
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.
BBC:
Turkey hits targets inside Syria after border deaths  —  Akcakale has been fired on several times over the past few weeks  —  Turkey says it has fired artillery against targets inside Syria after Syrian shells killed five people in a Turkish border town.  —  The Turkish military shelled …
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 …
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 …
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: Race 4 2012 and JustOneMinute
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
Laura Baum / Wesleyan Media Project:
Obama Dominates Advertising in Key States  —  President Holds Advantage in 14 of 15 Top Markets;  —  Only 7.8 Percent of Presidential Ads Positive; FCC electronic disclosure leaves out more than 50% of federal ads  —  (MIDDLETOWN, CT) Oct. 3, 2012 - In the three-week period since …
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and Guardian
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 …
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 …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
You're Not in the Debate Minor Leagues Now, Mitt  —  In the year-long game of attrition that led to his nomination to the Republican presidential ticket, Mitt Romney participated in over 20 debates with his primary opponents.  A look back at those debates demonstrates many of the things …
Discussion: The Raw Story
 
 
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Callum Borchers / Boston Globe:
Mitt Romney would honor deportation exemptions issued to young illegal immigrants under President …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Check the Math: Romney's Tax Plan Doesn't Raise Middle Class Taxes
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Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Romney's Dangerous Game of Playing It Safe
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Blue Truth, Red Truth
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 Earlier Items: 
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Obama campaign's robocall about early voting called misleading
Politico:
Romney floats deduction cap
Bloomberg:
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NPR:
On Eve Of First Debate, NPR Poll Shows Romney Within Striking Distance
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: This Race Has Just Begun