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1:25 PM ET, October 6, 2012

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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
If He's Lost the New Yorker...  ...then it is hard to imagine who still believes the myth of Barack Obama.  Next week's New Yorker cover:  —  So I guess it's unanimous.  Clint Eastwood was right.  But here is what I don't understand: why isn't everyone embarrassed to be a liberal?
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Culture Desk:
Cover Story: The First Presidential Debate  —  Here's a sneak preview of next week's cover, “One on One,” by Barry Blitt.  “This image seemed like a proper response to the first Presidential debate,” says Blitt, “but I'm not sure I realized how hard it is to caricature furniture.”
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Bill Maher Rips Obama's Debate Performance: ‘Looked Like He Took My Million And Spent It All On Weed’  —  During his opening monologue tonight, Bill Maher admitted he was not happy with how President Obama did during his first big debate this week.  He told his audience that Obama undeniably …
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Jobs Report: Cooked or Correct?  —  “Unbelievable job numbers,” tweeted Jack Welch, the iconic former boss of General Electric on Friday morning, moments after the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its September jobs figures.  “These Chicago guys will do anything,” he continued.
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David Weigel / Slate:
Rep. Allen West, Dean of the Jobs Number Truthers
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Oct. 5: Day After Debate, Strong Swing State Polls for Romney  —  On Friday, Mitt Romney had his best day in state-level polling since at least the party conventions, something that very probably reflects improvement in his standing following the presidential debate in Denver on Wednesday.
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Romney Claims of Bipartisanship as Governor Face Challenge  —  BOSTON — He came into office with a mandate to shake things up, an agenda laden with civics-book reforms and a raging fiscal crisis that threatened to torpedo both.  He sparred with a hostile legislature and suffered a humiliating setback in the midterm elections.
Melinda Henneberger / Washington Post:
Does Barack Obama really want to be president?  —  Seeing our president hanging out at podiums in Charlotte and now Denver, his famous competitiveness nowhere to be seen, has left me with a question I wish I didn't have: Does Barack Obama really want to be president?
Discussion: GayPatriot, Althouse and Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:
Romney Gets a Post-Debate Jolt  —  Online Donations, Bigger Crowds Gives Campaign Hope; Team Obama Looks to Mute Any Gains  —  ABINGDON, Va.—Mitt Romney's strong debate performance Wednesday night has generated $12 million in online contributions, his campaign said, as well as a surge in volunteers and bigger crowds at his events.
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Outside the Beltway
Deborah Newell Tornello / Litbrit:
Mitt the Cheat: Busted in 8 Frames.  UPDATED 4X  —  I'm going to put the fourth update up here, because it's as probative a piece of evidence as it gets that Mitt Romney cheated and used crib-notes during Wednesday's presidential debate.  My thanks to @KatieAnnieOakly for this photograph pairing.
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Jim Siegel / The Columbus Dispatch:
Voting three days before election reinstated but not required
Discussion: msnbc.com and Election 2012
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Of Hooters, Zombies and Senators  —  Today, let's take a look at debates that do not involve Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.  You can thank me later.  —  I am talking about the races for the United States Senate, people.  Attention must be paid!  And, as a reward, we can also discuss a new campaign ad featuring zombies.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
John Nolte / BREITBART.COM:
BIG BIRD RICHER THAN MITT ROMNEY  —  Big Bird makes more money than Mitt Romney, but is still on the government dole.  —  In the aftermath of getting massacred in last night's debate, both President Obama and the corrupt media are trying to salvage a little something by taking issue …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and The Jawa Report
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Alice Hines / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney's Big Bird Attack Threatens Thousands Of U.S. Jobs
Peter Kirsanow / National Review:
Fact Check: Multiple Romney Falsehoods During Debate  —  Washington.  A fact check of claims made by Mitt Romney during Wednesday's domestic-policy debate shows numerous falsehoods, the magnitude of which could damage the electoral prospects of the Republican challenger.
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA): Evolution, Big Bang ‘Lies Straight From The Pit Of Hell’  —  Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) tore into scientists as tools of the devil in a speech at the Liberty Baptist Church Sportsman's Banquet last month.  —  “All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology …
 
 
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
CBO makes it offficial — Obama broke deficit pledge
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Obama, Romney wrangle over economy in weekly addresses
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney Admits Pushing Misinformation In Debate
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Francisco Toro / The New Republic:
Hugo Chavez Might Actually Lose His Election on Sunday
Jim O'Grady / Transportation Nation:
Pro-Tolerance Ads Begin Appearing In NYC Subway
Discussion: Politico and Gawker
Kyle Drennen / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Ed Schultz on ‘Today’: Obama Thrown Off by ‘So Many Lies’ From ‘Corporate Shark’ Romney
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China's naked truths reveal emperor's garb
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Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan Has News For The Birthers: He's Not One Of Them
Paula Bolyard / PJ Media:
Ohio Poll Analyst: Voter Turnout Modeling Predicts Big Ohio Trouble for Obama
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Hot Air