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5:50 PM ET, October 4, 2012


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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Obama Campaign Shifts Attack Strategy After Debate  —  They've been attacking “severely conservative” Mitt for months.  Now they're calling Romney a flip-flopper.  —  Image by Kevin Lamarque / Reuters  —  DENVER — President Barack Obama and his aides rapidly reversed …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Romney's Successful Debate Plan: Lying  —  Political reporters and pundits lean heavily on the horse race method of coverage, which has badly hurt Mitt Romney for most of the campaign.  Last night it helped him.  Romney was forceful and articulate and dodged his association with almost all the most unpopular aspects of his platform.
How Obama's debate strategy bombed  —  DENVER - A stunned Obama campaign acknowledged Thursday that President Barack Obama delivered a lackluster and even ineffectual performance in his leadoff debate against Mitt Romney, mistakenly opting for a cautious approach to handling his opponent …
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 …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
At Last Night's Debate: Romney Told 27 Myths In 38 Minutes  —  Pundits from both sides of the aisle have lauded Mitt Romney's strong debate performance, praising his preparedness and ability to challenge President Obama's policies and accomplishments.  But Romney only accomplished this goal by repeatedly misleading viewers.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama campaign: Adjustments will be made in strategy following dismal debate  —  Adjustments will have to be made in President Obama's debate strategy, his advisers said Thursday, the morning after the president stumbled in his first showdown with Mitt Romney.
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
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 …
Rolling Stone:
The First Debate: Mitt Romney's Five Biggest Lies  —  The truth behind that $5 trillion tax cut, pre-existing conditions and more  —  Mitt Romney turned in a polished performance in last night's presidential debate - and revealed himself to be an accomplished and unapologetic liar.
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Why Obama Didn't Mention the 47 Percent Video  —  After the first presidential debate in Denver—which an on-the-attack Mitt Romney seemed to exploit better than a noncombative President Barack Obama—at least one question loomed: Why had the president not once referred to the 47 percent video …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging The First Presidential Debate 2012
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Polls Show a Strong Debate for Romney
That was fast: Romney debate remarks in new Obama ad
Mstech / Priorities USA Action:
RESEARCH MEMO: Results Of Dial Group Session In Aurora, CO.
Obama: ‘Real’ Mitt Romney was missing from debate
Discussion: Politico and Betsy's Page
KitchenAid apologizes for tweet insulting Obama
Discussion: HyperVocal and Politico
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
How Much Would Mitt Romney's Tax Cuts Cost? (VIDEO)
Benjamin Netanyahu / CNN:   Empty Oval Office featured in anti-Obama ad
Jeff Davis /
AARP's Statement on the Denver Presidential Debate  —  Below is the statement AARP released on this evening's Presidential debate:  —  Denver, CO—Earlier this evening the Presidential candidates discussed AARP, Social Security and Medicare during the first Presidential debate of the 2012 general election.
Kevin Baker / Harper's:
The Man Who Would Be Ex-President  —  Maybe he really is a secret Muslim terrorist from Kenya.  —  I mean, think about it.  He runs for president as a populist, soaking up all the liberal energy for change in the country.  Once in power, he surrounds himself with failed conservative advisers, and squanders most of his mandate.
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Ann Romney to Fill in for Robin Roberts on ‘Good Morning America’ (Exclusive)  —  With the presidential election only weeks away, ABC News also is in discussions with first lady Michelle Obama about co-hosting “GMA.”  —  Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney …
PBS Statement Regarding October 3 Presidential Debate  —  We are very disappointed that PBS became a political target in the Presidential debate last night.  Governor Romney does not understand the value the American people place on public broadcasting and the outstanding return on investment the system delivers to our nation.
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Debate Ratings: Fox News Tops Cable News For First Debate, As More People Tune In Than 2008  —  More than 58 million people watched the first Presidential debate last night between President Obama and Mitt Romney, up substantially from the first debate in the 2008 election cycle, which had 52.4 million viewers.
Byron Tau / Politico:
Sununu calls Obama lazy, disengaged and incompetent  —  Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu lit into President Obama's Wednesday debate performance, calling him “lazy” and “disengaged.”  —  “What people saw last night, I think, was a president that revealed his incompetence …
Talking Points Memo:
Romney Surrogate: Obama Is ‘Lazy And Detached’ (VIDEO)
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Romney surrogate Sununu calls Obama ‘lazy and detached’
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
The Fix:
Networks, AP cancel exit polls in 19 states  —  Breaking from two decades of tradition, this year's election exit poll is set to include surveys of voters in 31 states, not all 50 as it has for the past five presidential elections, according to multiple people involved in the planning.
ProgressNow NM / ProgressNow New Mexico:
VIDEO: NM GOP Trains Poll Workers to Suppress Votes … VIDEO: GOP Caught Training Poll Challengers in Illegal Voter Suppression Tactics … ALBUQUERQUE - Undercover video recorded by ProgressNow New Mexico shows the Republican Party training poll challengers in illegal tactics …
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:   Video: Republican Party Training ‘Poll Challengers’ In Illegal Voter Suppression
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
We're Trying To Figure This Out  —  Getting a massive amount of coverage this morning is the CNN snap poll of the debate, which showed Romney winning the exchanged overwhelmingly.  —  But the internals of the poll look really strange.  If you look at the breakdown of the sample …
Discussion: Mediaite
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Biden: ‘Yes, We Do’ Want to Raise Taxes By a Trillion Dollars  —  Vice President Joe Biden, speaking earlier today in Iowa said, “Yes, we do” want to raise taxes by a trillion dollars:  —  “On top of the trillions of dollars of spending that we have already cut, we're gonna ask - yes …
Discussion: Riehl World News
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Press Critics Pile On Jim Lehrer's Debate Performance  —  Jim Lehrer, the executive editor of PBS' “NewsHour,” moderated his 12th presidential debate on Wednesday, sitting on the sidelines as Mitt Romney and President Obama dominated the program and steamrolled the veteran newsman whenever he attempted to interject.
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Sets Monthly Fundraising Record  —  WASHINGTON—The Obama campaign set a new monthly fundraising record for the 2012 election cycle, taking in more than $150 million in September as supporters rallied behind the president in the final phase of the election, according to people familiar with the totals.
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Charles M. Blow / Campaign Stops:
Cool Hand Barry
Discussion: Riehl World News and Vodkapundit
Financial Times:
Argentine navy ship seized in asset fight
Discussion: FP Passport
Luke Baker / Reuters:
Romney's strong debate showing puts Europe on edge
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Ann Coulter On Debate: Obama Looked Depressed, Could See ‘Michelle Wanted To Go Home With Mitt’
 Earlier Items: 
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Romney Won by Being Himself (and Obama Lost for the Same Reason)
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Speaking of Debate Losers ...
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Media sycophants didn't help Obama
Discussion: Sense of Events
Steve H. Hanke / Cato @ Liberty:
Hyperinflation Has Arrived In Iran