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4:20 PM ET, October 6, 2012


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Obama raises $181 million in September, campaign says  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama's campaign raised $181 million in September, out-raising by far its previous monthly record, the campaign said in online posts Saturday.  —  CNN reported earlier this week that a Democratic source …
Discussion: Politico and Outside the Beltway
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
Discussion: The Hill
Obama, Romney wrangle over economy in weekly addresses
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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?
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.
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.
Now Mitt Romney Wants You To Love Him  —  Moving stories, a compelling biopic, and a wife who defends her husband's character.  How Romney is trying to reintroduce himself on the road.  —  Image by Brian Snyder / Reuters  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — In the strong debate performance …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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.
Deborah Newell Tornello / Litbrit:
Mitt the Cheat: Busted in 8 Frames.  Updated.  —  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.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Early voting reinstated in Ohio  —  A federal appeals court on Friday sided with President Obama's reelection campaign and said that if Ohio allows military voters to cast ballots in the three days leading to Election Day, it must extend the same opportunity to all voters.
Jim Siegel / The Columbus Dispatch:
Voting three days before election reinstated but not required
Discussion: 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
David Weigel / Slate:
Rep. Allen West, Dean of the Jobs Number Truthers  —  When Jack Welch speaks, Allen West listens.  The best thing we can do here is quote the bulk of West's Facebook message to supporters. … Here's one of the many things I don't get about the theory.  There'll be another jobs report on the Friday before the election.
Eric Shawn / Fox News:
GOP political operative defends embattled firm from voter registration fraud claims  —  The owner of a firm facing allegations it facilitated voter registration fraud in Florida defended the embattled company in an exclusive interview with Fox News, predicting the company will be exonerated.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
CBO makes it offficial — Obama broke deficit pledge
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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
Peter Kirsanow / National Review:
Fact Check: Multiple Romney Falsehoods During Debate