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1:15 AM ET, October 4, 2012

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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.
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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
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 …
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.
Mike Flynn / BREITBART.COM:
POLITICO: ROMNEY UP 4 IN ‘TOSS UP’ STATES  —  This week, Politico released its latest Battleground poll of the presidential race.  Despite coming from the left-wing news site, the poll is one of my favorites.  Its put together by respected pollsters from both parties, makes available …
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.
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
First Round to Romney  —  Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and President Barack Obama, right, debate at the University of Denver, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Denver.  —  How could Barack Obama have been so feeble a debater?
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 …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Aggressive Romney blasts Obama for his ‘trickle down government’  —  A feisty Mitt Romney came out firing on President Obama in the opening minutes of the presidential debate, drawing sharp contrasts with the president's economic plan and accusing him of misleading the public on Romney's own plan.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
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.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama fails to mention Bain, ‘47 percent’
Discussion: Politico and Weekly Standard
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Romney Comes Out Swinging
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Polls: Romney dominated debate
Discussion: Politico
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Obama and Romney Clash in First Debate
Discussion: Politico and Riehl World News
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org blogs:   Dem Debate Meltdown: Stumbling Obama Surrogate Speaks Of ‘President Romney’
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Romney addresses Obama, Obama addresses Lehrer at first debate
Discussion: Reuters
Richard Adams / Guardian:
US presidential debate: Obama and Romney meet in first contest - live
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Mahablog
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 …
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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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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
In 2008, Akin Claimed Women ‘Who Are Not Actually Pregnant’ Get Abortions
Discussion: BuzzFeed, The Daily Beast and Gawker
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Drudge  —  For years, I was a big reader of Drudge.  Was never a fan of Drudge, though I recognized his entrepreneurial acumen.  In fact, I despised most everything that he stood for, from rancid politics to integrity free journalism, the endless lying.  But I visited the site ALL THE TIME.
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 …
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Decline And Fall Of Tucker Carlson  —  The Dish actually transcribed the entire Obama speech - Carlson's massively hyped “scoop” yesterday - in June 2007.  You can read the speech in full here.  What struck me at the time was the following quote:
Ellen Carmichael / Twitchy:
Undecided voters in focus group swing sharply toward Romney; Frank Luntz: 'I've never seen anything like this'; CBS post-debate poll shows big win for Romney … Tonight, pollster Frank Luntz assembled a focus group consisting of undecided Colorado voters.  By the end of tonight's debate …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Kristen Graham / Philly.com:
Philly teacher: Student's Romney T-shirt like wearing a KKK sheet  —  Last Friday was dress-down day at Charles Carroll High School in Port Richmond — a day for students to leave their uniforms at home and wear whatever they liked.  —  One young woman chose to wear a shirt showing her support …
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 …
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
Telegraph:
Al-Qaeda blamed for Europe-wide forest fires  —  Al-Qaeda has been blamed for a recent series of forest fires across Europe, as the head of Russia's Federal Security Service claimed they were set by arsonists as part of the group's low-cost attack strategy.  —  “One should note that setting fires …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
MSNBC President Phil Griffin on Whom He'd Poach From Fox News and Why Obama Avoids the Network (Q&A)  —  “We are not going to do an easy interview, and President Obama knows it,” he says.  —  Like many political junkies, Phil Griffin starts his day with Morning Joe, which he watches while running three miles on the treadmill.
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 …
First Read:
Obama leads Romney by 50 points with Latinos  —  President Barack Obama has his largest lead in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo oversample of Hispanic voters: 50 points.  —  Obama leads Republican challenger Mitt Romney among Latino registered voters, 70 percent to 20 percent …
Discussion: The Page
nbcconnecticut.com:
State Supreme Court Tosses Sex Assault Conviction  —  The state Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction of a Bridgeport man who was found guilty of sexually assaulting a severely handicapped woman.  —  Justices ruled, 4-3, that despite evidence that the 26-year-old woman cannot speak …
 
 
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Jim Lehrer / ABCNEWS:
Presidential Debate Transcript
Discussion: Mediaite and Sky Dancing
Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:
Flashback: Debate Moderator Jim Lehrer's History of Favoring Democrats
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
Unmasking the most influential billionaire in U.S. politics
Discussion: Mother Jones
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The Zinger candidacy — all sugary platitudes, no protein
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
You're Not in the Debate Minor Leagues Now, Mitt
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BuzzFeed:
The Ugliest Campaign In America
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Republicans Fret Over Obama Tape Resurrection
Patterico's Pontifications:
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Russ Buettner / New York Times:
N.Y. City Subpoenas Ken Burns Film on '89 Jogger Rape
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
First Debate Often Helps Challenger in Polls