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12:45 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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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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
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.
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:   Romney Backs Away From Own Tax Plan
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
First Round to Romney  —  Republican presidential candidate …
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org blogs:   Dem Debate Meltdown: Stumbling Obama Surrogate Speaks Of ‘President Romney’
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: New York Magazine
Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
New Todd Akin Videos Reveal His Dystopian Nightmare Vision of America
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 …
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.
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 …
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Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
FBI still not been granted permission to visit Benghazi consulate
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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:
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 …
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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
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
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
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.
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: Politico, Mediaite and Sky Dancing
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Polls Show Romney's 47 Percent Moment Breaking Through, 'You Didn't Build That' Fizzling  —  Mitt Romney's remarks decrying about half of Americans as “victims” are hurting him with at least as many voters, according to a mounting body of evidence.  —  The latest WSJ/NBC poll read respondents …
Patterico's Pontifications:
Newly Unearthed Obama Video: “Rich people are all for nonviolence.  Why wouldn't they be?  They've got what they want."  —  In the wake of the Daily Caller's release of President Obama cheering Rev. Wright and invoking the race card in various ways, our friend Morgen Richmond decided …
BuzzFeed:
The Ugliest Campaign In America  —  A plan to keep it civil has backfired badly in Massachusetts.  Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren can't keep their hands clean.  —  LOWELL, Mass. — The poison that runs through this state's Senate race seemed to spill over into the traffic Tuesday night …
Discussion: AEIdeas
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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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
Discussion: The Raw Story
Laura Baum / Wesleyan Media Project:
Obama Dominates Advertising in Key States
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Raw Story and Politico
Rasmussen Reports:
Missouri Senate: McCaskill (D) 51%, Akin (R) 45%
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Complicity in Duplicity?  —  A woman named Rice in a top …
Discussion: Hot Air, Race 4 2012 and JustOneMinute
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Republicans Fret Over Obama Tape Resurrection
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