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5:40 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
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama nears $1 billion after raising $181 million in Sept. … President Barack Obama's re-election effort raked $181 million in contributions in September, his campaign said Saturday, bringing the total raised during this election cycle to nearly $950 million with a month to go until Election Day.
Discussion: The Caucus and Weasel Zippers
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
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.
Nick Coltrainupdated / Athens Daily News:
Broun: Evolution, big bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell”  —  Evolution and the big bang theory are “lies to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior,” U.S. Rep. Paul Broun said in a recently released video.
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?
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.
Beth Hawkins / MinnPost:
Reporter who wrote about life as undocumented immigrant arrested in Minnesota  —  Reporter Jose Vargas was arrested Friday morning and charged with driving without a valid driver's license, a misdemeanor.  —  (Update: A Minnesota State Patrol officer stopped Vargas on Interstate 35-W near 46th Street …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Mitt Romney intensifies EPA attacks  —  Mitt Romney is stepping up a favorite Republican attack line in battleground states: President Barack Obama's overzealous Environmental Protection Agency is killing jobs.  —  The GOP presidential nominee is telling voters in Colorado, Nevada …
Israeli air force shoots down drone aircraft  —  The Israeli air force shot down a drone after it crossed into southern Israel on Saturday, the military ...more  —  JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Israeli air force shot down a drone after it crossed into southern Israel on Saturday, the military said …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Scalia says abortion, gay rights are easy cases
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Panetta concerned Syria-Turkey conflict could escalate
Discussion: Associated Press
Eric Shawn / Fox News:
GOP political operative defends embattled firm from voter registration fraud claims
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Early voting reinstated in Ohio
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
CBO makes it offficial — Obama broke deficit pledge
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Jobs Report: Cooked or Correct?
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
Of Hooters, Zombies and Senators
Discussion: Prairie Weather
David Weigel / Slate:
Rep. Allen West, Dean of the Jobs Number Truthers
Francisco Toro / The New Republic:
Hugo Chavez Might Actually Lose His Election on Sunday
Peter Kirsanow / National Review:
Fact Check: Multiple Romney Falsehoods During Debate