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10:50 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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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’
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Obama's Stephanie Cutter knocks Lehrer
Bob Owens:
How bad was Romney's beat-down of Obama tonight?
Discussion: Power Line
Mike Flynn / BREITBART.COM:
POLITICO: ROMNEY UP 4 IN ‘TOSS UP’ STATES
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
In Domestic Debate, Mitt Romney Shakes The Etch-a-Sketch
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Obama camp promises tougher response to Romney in next debate
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Spin Room  —  I gather from brief glances at Twitter …
Discussion: Politico
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Team Obama struggles as Romney wins big
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Obama's Debate Strategy: Unilateral Disarmament?
Discussion: neo-neocon
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama fails to mention Bain, ‘47 percent’
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Polls: Romney dominated debate
Discussion: Politico and The Fix
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Romney addresses Obama, Obama addresses Lehrer at first debate
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Reuters
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
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CNN's Factcheck for the Ages  —  This was CNN's John Berman's quick factcheck on the dispute over whether Mitt Romney had anyway to pay for his $5 trillion tax cut for high income earners ...  Romney says he'll find a unicorn.  And if you take him at his word, the verdict is false.
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Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Backs Away From Own Tax Plan
Discussion: The New Republic
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
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Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Despite Threats, U.S. Cut Security in Libya Before Attacks  —  Even as American outposts in Benghazi appeared to be at risk, the State Department trimmed the number of security guards on the ground.  Eli Lake reports on the latest allegations.  —  In the six months leading up to the assault …
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Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
House panel: State Dept. confirmed Libya threats
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
NBC sued over Trayvon tape  —  Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman is suing NBC over the network's botched editing of his 911 tape, Page Six can exclusively reveal.  We hear Zimmerman's attorneys are about to file a complaint against NBC and its top executives, naming news president Steve Capus …
 
 
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Reuters:
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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
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Republican Congressman Campaigns At North Dakota Construction Site He Voted To Defund
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Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Incumbent Debate Curse: Barack Obama Falls to Mitt Romney
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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
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
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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