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4:15 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Jackie Koszczuk /
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 …
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 …
Discussion: CNN, NBC Latino and Scared Monkeys
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Polls Show a Strong Debate for Romney
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama campaign: Adjustments will be made in debate strategy
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
That was fast: Romney debate remarks in new Obama ad
Mstech / Priorities USA Action:
RESEARCH MEMO: Results Of Dial Group Session In Aurora, CO.
Mark Landler / The Caucus:
Obama Looks for ‘the Real Mitt Romney’
CNN Poll: Most watchers say Romney debate winner
KitchenAid apologizes for tweet insulting Obama
Discussion: Politico, HyperVocal and Gawker
Obama: ‘Real’ Mitt Romney was missing from debate
Discussion: Politico
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Media piles on moderator Jim Lehrer
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Camp's Post-Debate Plan: Expose ‘Serial Evader’ Romney
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
There Went the Boom
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CNN's Factcheck for the Ages
Benjamin Netanyahu / CNN:
Empty Oval Office featured in anti-Obama ad
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Romney surrogate Sununu calls Obama ‘lazy and detached’
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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
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 …
Twitter Blog:
Dispatch from the Denver debate  —  The topic of tonight's presidential debate was domestic policy, and citizens all over came to Twitter to share their comments and follow millions of real-time responses from pundits, campaigns, and fellow voters.  —  As conversation on the Denver stage …
Brooks Jackson /
Dubious Denver Debate Declarations  —  Obama and Romney swap exaggerations and false claims in their first meeting.  —  We found exaggerations and false claims flying thick and fast during the first debate between President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.
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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Video: Republican Party Training ‘Poll Challengers’ In Illegal Voter Suppression
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’
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Romney Won by Being Himself (and Obama Lost for the Same Reason)
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Press Critics Pile On Jim Lehrer's Debate Performance
Discussion: Balloon Juice
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Mitt Gets Away With It—For Now
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Speaking of Debate Losers ...
Geoffrey Dickens / blogs:
Exasperated NBC Reporters Whine: Why Didn't Obama Bring Up 47 Percent?
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Media sycophants didn't help Obama
Discussion: Sense of Events