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10:25 AM ET, October 4, 2012

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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging The First Presidential Debate 2012  —  10.31 pm.  Look: you know how much I love the guy, and you know how much of a high information viewer I am, and I can see the logic of some of Obama's meandering, weak, professorial arguments.  But this was a disaster for the president …
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Jackie Koszczuk / NationalJournal.com:
Liberals Livid With Obama's Debate Performance  —  How bad was it for Obama Wednesday night?  Even some of his biggest fans were livid that he let Mitt Romney walk away with a win, and they were not suffering in silence.  —  Within an hour of the debate ending, liberals and longtime Democratic operatives …
BuzzFeed:
How Mitt Romney Won The First Debate  —  By standing on the stage with the president as an equal.  —  Image by Rick Wilking / Reuters  —  Mitt Romney, trailing in the polls, needed to prove tonight that he could stand on stage with President Barack Obama as an equal and a plausible president of the United States.
CNN:
CNN Poll: Most watchers say Romney debate winner  —  Denver, Colorado (CNN) - Two-thirds of people who watched the first presidential debate think that Republican nominee Mitt Romney won the showdown, according to a nationwide poll conducted Wednesday night.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
It's Over  —  I've been watching presidential debates for quite a few years, but I have never seen one like this.  It wasn't a TKO, it was a knockout.  Mitt Romney was in control from the beginning.  He was the alpha male, while Barack Obama was weak, hesitant, stuttering, often apologetic.
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Chris Matthews Freaks Out At Obama: “What Was He Doing?”  —  “Tonight wasn't an MSNBC debate tonight, was it?”  Chris Matthews said after the first Obama-Romney presidential debate concluded on Wednesday night.  —  “I don't know what he was doing out there.  He had his head down, he was enduring the debate rather than fighting it.
CNN:
KitchenAid apologizes for tweet insulting Obama  —  (CNN) - The home appliance brand KitchenAid apologized Wednesday evening for a political tweet sent out from its official account during the presidential debate.  —  The tweet has been removed but at least a dozen retweets of the post showed it read …
Discussion: Politico and Gawker
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
There Went the Boom  —  I've been getting more and more cautiously optimistic about Romney in the last few days and, going in, I had a pretty good feeling about tonight's debate.  But I had no expectation that Romney would simply control the night the way he did.
Discussion: American Power
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Romney wins; Update: CBS insta-poll shows decisive Romney victory; Update: Romney crushes Obama in CNN insta-poll  —  I said in the open thread that the media would strain to spin this as an Obama victory, but I assumed that he'd give them something, however small, to work with.  He gave them nothing.
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Dem Debate Meltdown: Stumbling Obama Surrogate Speaks Of ‘President Romney’  —  How resounding was Mitt Romney's rout of Barack Obama tonight?  In the post-debate spin room, a hopelessly muddled Martin O'Malley, Dem guv from Maryland and supposedly an Obama surrogate, wound up referring to “President Romney”!
CBS News:
Poll: Uncommitted voters say Romney wins debate  —  By a 2 to 1 margin, uncommitted voters crowned Mitt Romney the winner over President Obama in the first presidential debate in Debate, Colo., on Wednesday night, according to a 500-person instant poll taken by CBS News.
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools and News Desk
BuzzFeed:
Chris Matthews Unloads On Obama: “Where Was Obama Tonight...What Was He Doing?”  —  Chris Matthews Unloads On Obama's Debate Performance  —  “Where was Obama tonight?  What was he doing?”  —  Andrew Kaczynski  —  a half hour ago  —  10 responses
Ellen Carmichael / Twitchy:
Undecided voters in focus group swing sharply toward Romney; Frank Luntz: 'I've never seen anything …
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT and Michelle Malkin
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Obama's Stephanie Cutter knocks Lehrer
Mike Flynn / BREITBART.COM:
POLITICO: ROMNEY UP 4 IN ‘TOSS UP’ STATES
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:   Spin Room  —  I gather from brief glances at Twitter …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Team Obama struggles as Romney wins big
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama fails to mention Bain, ‘47 percent’
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Polls: Romney dominated debate
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Romney addresses Obama, Obama addresses Lehrer at first debate
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Reuters
Richard Adams / Guardian:
First US presidential debate: Obama and Romney - as it happened
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Mahablog
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama aides concede Romney won on ‘style’
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Aggressive Romney blasts Obama for his ‘trickle down government’
Discussion: ABCNEWS, IQ 106.9 and Politico
Paul Krugman:
Romney's Sick Joke  —  OK, so Obama did a terrible job in the debate, and Romney did well.  But in the end, this isn't or shouldn't be about theater criticism, it should be about substance.  And the fact is that everything Obama said was basically true, while much of what Romney …
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Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Top Romney Adviser: States Will Have To Cover People With Pre-Existing Conditions Under President Romney  —  After the first presidential debate at the University of Denver in Colorado on Wednesday night, one of Mitt Romney's top advisers acknowledged that, as a result Romney's plan to repeal Obamacare …
ABCNEWS:
Fact Checking the Presidential Debate in Denver  —  Here's a look at some of the facts thrown around during the debate.  We found some facts, some fictions, some not quite facts and some mostly fictions.  —  red not quite fact fact fiction ribbon blog 640x100 Fact Checking the Presidential Debate in Denver
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
In Domestic Debate, Mitt Romney Shakes The Etch-a-Sketch  —  US President Barack Obama (R) greets Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (L) following the first presidential debate at Magness Arena at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado, October 3, 2012.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Washington Post:
2012 presidential debate: President Obama and Mitt Romney's remarks in Denver on Oct. 3 (running transcript)
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Backs Away From Own Tax Plan  —  At the first presidential debate in Colorado Wednesday night, former Gov. Mitt Romney disputed a central criticism of his tax reform plan — and appeared to disavow one of its central features.  —  Responding to President Obama's description of Romney's proposal …
Discussion: The New Republic
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CNN's Factcheck for the Ages
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Republican Congressman Campaigns At North Dakota Construction Site He Voted To Defund  —  Rep. Rick Berg (R-ND), locked in a close Senate race against former North Dakota Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp (D), visited the 55th Street bypass bridge construction site in Minot on Tuesday, touting the stop on his campaign's Twitter feed:
Discussion: Say Anything
Jim Lehrer / ABCNEWS:
Presidential Debate Transcript  —  The full transcript of the Presidential Debate from Denver, Colo. below, updated every 15 minutes throughout the debate.  —  PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND FORMER GOV. MITT ROMNEY, R-MASS., PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, PARTICIPATE IN A CANDIDATES DEBATE, UNIVERSITY OF DENVER, COLORADO
Discussion: Guardian
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
House panel: State Dept. confirmed Libya threats  —  A House committee says a State Department officer told panel members there were 13 threats made against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya during the six months before the Sept. 11 attack on the facility.
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Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Sensitive documents left behind at American mission in Libya
 
 
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Reuters:
Turkey strikes back at Syria, says will protect borders
Discussion: AJE and Via Meadia
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Check Point: A Closer Look at What the Presidential Candidates Said in the Debate
Steve H. Hanke / Cato @ Liberty:
Hyperinflation Has Arrived In Iran
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Incumbent Debate Curse: Barack Obama Falls to Mitt Romney
Michael Knox Beran / National Review:
Dubious Oracles  —  Mitt Romney will probably lose the debate tonight.
Discussion: GayPatriot
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Fact check: Romney repeats erroneous claims on healthcare
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
The right's desperate display
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New York Times:
Obama and Romney, in First Debate, Spar Over Fixing the Economy
Discussion: CNN, DealBook and Conservatives4Palin
Telegraph:
Al-Qaeda blamed for Europe-wide forest fires
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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