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9:05 PM ET, October 8, 2012


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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Romney's Strong Debate Performance Erases Obama's Lead  —  GOP Challenger Viewed as Candidate with New Ideas  —  OVERVIEW  —  Mitt Romney no longer trails Barack Obama in the Pew Research Center's presidential election polling.  By about three-to-one, voters say Romney did a better job …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Romney Narrows Vote Gap After Historic Debate Win  —  By record-high margin, debate watchers say Romney did better  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Registered voters' preferences for president are evenly split in the first three days of Gallup tracking since last Wednesday's presidential debate.
Detroit Free Press:
Romney's strong debate helps him close gap with Obama in Michigan, poll shows  —  Fact Check: The first presidential debate: USA Today Political Editor Paul Singer takes a look at some of the key moments in the first presidential debate to check the facts given by each candidate.
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air and Ballot Box
James Hohmann / Politico:
Battleground Tracking Poll: Dems less enthusiastic  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — President Barack Obama has a worsening enthusiasm problem.  —  A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Tracking Poll of likely voters shows ahead of Mitt Romney 49 percent to 48 percent nationally …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The First Debate Was Obama's Best Chance  —  In the most immediate way, the current wave of Democratic panic is probably overblown.  If you want to understand why Mitt Romney's current polling bounce is probably not a fundamental reshaping of the race, read Nate Silver and Nate Cohn, but I'll summarize it for you.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Did Obama Just Throw The Entire Election Away?
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Pew: Romney Leads By 4 In Post-Debate Survey
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hullabaloo
Rasmussen Reports:
Colorado: Obama 49%, Romney 48%
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Experts pan Romney foreign policy speech  —  Mitt Romney's foreign policy speech Monday was filled with tough talk and slams of President Barack Obama's leadership — but little of the clarity Romney has vowed to bring to the Oval Office.  —  Analysts reviewing what the Republican nominee …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Team Obama to Romney: ‘Bring it on’  —  President Obama's campaign aggressively hit back against Mitt Romney's foreign policy speech on Monday, challenging the GOP nominee to “bring it on.”  —  “Mitt Romney once again tried to engage the president on foreign policy, and we have a simple message for him …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Romney Remains Vague on Foreign Policy Details
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Romney's New Freedom Agenda Draws Praise From Bushworld
Discussion: Sky Dancing
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
Mitt Romney Just Hammered Obama On Libya In A Big, Wide-Ranging Foreign Policy Speech
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Paul Ryan Gets Testy And Ends Interview  —  When asked about guns and taxes in an interview with ABC12 in Flint, Michigan.  Campaign: “Eventually you're going to see a local reporter embarrass himself.”  —  Source:  —  Update: Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck tells BuzzFeed …
Laura Washington / Chicago Sun Times:
Reporter Lara Logan brings ominous news from Middle East  —  CBS correspondent Lara Logan covers the reaction in Cairo's Tahrir Square the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down in February 2011.  CBS News photo  —  This was no ordinary rubber chicken affair.
Katie Pavlich /
Corruption: Exposing Barack Obama's Illegal Foreign Campaign Money Loophole  —  A new report obtained by Townhall from the non-partisan Government Accountability Institute [GAI] shows the Obama campaign has potentially violated federal election law by failing to prevent the use of fraudulent …
Peter Schweizer / The Daily Beast:   The Illegal-Donor Loophole  —  The giant gap in our campaign …
Max Brantley / Arkansas Blog, Arkansas Times:
UPDATES: Republican candidate Fuqua endorses death penalty for rebellious children  —  Remember former Republican legislator Charlie Fuqua, running again for legislature with financial support from the Arkansas Republican Party and U.S. Reps. Tim Griffin and Steve Womack, among others?
John Celock / The Huffington Post:
Charlie Fuqua, Arkansas Legislative Candidate, Endorses Death Penalty For Rebellious Children In Book
Buzz Bissinger / The Daily Beast:
Why I'm Voting for Mitt Romney  —  After the president's debate performance in Denver, this lifelong Democrat has made a difficult decision: he's given up on Barack Obama.  Even if his own wife doesn't approve.  —  When I told my wife Lisa that I was writing a column supporting Mitt Romney for president …
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
New York Times Staffers To Walk Out Over Contract Negotiations … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  The New York Times, New York Times Protest, New York Times Walk Out, New York Times Walk Out Contract, New York Times Walk Out Employes, New York Times Walkout, New York Times Walkout Contract, New York Times Walkout Employees, Media News
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Princeton Economist: Obama Campaign Is Misrepresenting My Study on Romney's Tax Plan  —  Last night, the Obama campaign blasted out another email claiming that Mitt Romney's tax plan would either require raising taxes on the middle class or blowing a hole in the deficit.
Elizabeth Cohen / CNN:
Republicans conflicted over Obama, Obamacare  —  (CNN) — Jill Thacker was dying for a cup of coffee when she recently ran into a 7-Eleven convenience store.  To her pleasant surprise, the coffee was free — as long as she would commit to drinking it in either a red Mitt Romney cup or a blue Barack Obama cup.
Marc Lamont Hill / The Huffington Post:
The 15 Most Overrated White People … Kate Middleton , Christopher Columbus , Columbus Day , Race , Slideexpand , White People , Black Voices News  —  Today, our nation engages in one of its most bizarre cultural rituals: the celebration of Columbus Day as a national holiday.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Pew poll: Romney erases eight-point deficit, now leads by four among likely voters  —  From a 51/43 lead for O last month to a 49/45 lead for Mitt now.  Remember when the media said the debates won't matter?  —  Most exciting poll of the last year?  Or most exciting poll of the last four years?
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Is Obama overrated as a candidate?  —  In his closing remarks at the first debate in Denver last week, President Obama uttered the following sentence: “Four years ago, I said that I'm not a perfect man and I wouldn't be a perfect president.”  —  For anyone who has watched Obama campaign …
Madonna backs down from wearing Muslim bridal dress  —  Madonna has decided against wearing a Muslim bridal dress, a combination of a traditional Iraqi bridal veil and a US soldier's uniform, in her new music video after being convinced by her advisers to give the outfit a miss for her own safety.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Why Do the Sunday Shows Suck So Much?  —  In the American media landscape, there is no single forum more prestigious than the Sunday shows—particularly the three network programs, and to a slightly lesser extent “Fox News Sunday” and CNN's “State of the Union.”
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Eschaton
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Fatah: Palestinians have not abandoned armed struggle  —  Member of Fatah Central Committee Aloul says “no one has dropped armed resistance from his dictionary,” points out Fatah political program has reaffirmed “resistance is legitimate right against occupation.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Washington Free Beacon:
Colo. Governor: 'Lincoln Wasn't a Great Debater'
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Obama camp taps NBA, NFL stars
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Carol E. Lee / Washington Wire:
Obama Dedicates Cesar Chavez Memorial
Discussion: Riehl World News
Bing West / National Review:
Romney as Reagan, Obama as Carter
Discussion: Instapundit and Weekly Standard
Abigail Pesta / The Daily Beast:
Danger Mom  —  As a new mother, she pumped breast milk …
Discussion: Daily Mail and TVNewser
Chris Christie / CNN:
FIRST ON CNN: Jindal and Christie set to lead Republican Governors Association
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air, Politico, The Fix and GOP 12
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Andrew Tilghman / Marine Corps Times HOME:
Military Times Poll: Romney bests Obama, 2-1
Discussion: First Read
Charles C. Johnson / The Daily Caller:
At Harvard Law School in 1991, Obama approved of restricting speech to protect minorities
Robert Booth / Guardian:
Julian Assange supporters ordered to forfeit £93,500 bail money
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Moderate Mitt isn't so moderate
Washington Post:
Congress members back legislation that could benefit themselves, relatives