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3:45 PM ET, October 8, 2012


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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.
New York Times:
With Biden Up Next to Debate, Obama's Aides Plot Comeback  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's campaign is working feverishly to restore its momentum after a lackluster debate performance last week, an effort that began with a conference call 10 minutes before the debate even ended and led …
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.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Oct. 7: National Polls Show Signs of Settling
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
A Limited and Self-Serving Defense of Political Punditry
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Romney Remains Vague on Foreign Policy Details  —  WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney is intensifying his efforts to draw a sharp contrast with President Obama on national security in the presidential campaign's closing stages, portraying Mr. Obama as having mishandled the tumult in the Arab world …
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Chris Miles / PolicyMic:
Romney Foreign Policy Speech Transcript, Full Text
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
Mitt Romney Just Hammered Obama On Libya In A Big, Wide-Ranging Foreign Policy Speech
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's speech on foreign policy at the Virginia Military Institute: Prepared remarks
Trip Gabriel / The Caucus:   Romney Says White House Botched Response to Benghazi Attack
James Hohmann / Politico:
Mitt Romney: Obama has made U.S. less safe
Discussion: CNN, Right Wing News and emptywheel
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Romney goes on offense on foreign policy; Update: Live video embed added
Discussion: Politico, Fox News Insider and CNN
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 …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Obama And Romney Reverse Roles
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 …
Wynton Hall / BREITBART.COM:
BOMBSHELL: OBAMA.COM OWNED BY BUNDLER IN SHANGHAI WITH BUSINESS TIES TO CHINESE GOVERNMENT  —  In an explosive report set to send shockwaves through official Washington, the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) released a 108-page GAI investigation into the threat of foreign …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama bundler tied to Chinese government?
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.
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Security Team Commander Says Ambassador Stevens Wanted His Team to Stay in Libya Past August  —  U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens wanted a Security Support Team, made up of 16 special operations soldiers, to stay with him in Libya after their deployment was scheduled to end in August …
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Libya Cable Detailed Threats  —  In a dispatch sent the day he was killed, Ambassador Christopher Stevens described how the militias keeping the peace in Benghazi threatened to quit over a political feud.  Eli Lake reports.  —  Just two days before the 9/11 anniversary attack …
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.
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Breitbart biopic slapped with ‘R’ rating, delaying theatrical release  —  Producers of the biographical documentary “Hating Breitbart” got news last week that their film received an “R” rating from the Motion Picture Association of America.  And with that move official Hollywood …
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.
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
Charles C. Johnson / The Daily Caller:
At Harvard Law School in 1991, Obama approved of restricting speech to protect minorities  —  At the height of early-1990s conservative backlash over political correctness and “speech codes” on U.S. college campuses, Barack Obama participated in a panel event geared toward denying that restrictions …
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Chris Christie / CNN:
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Mary Bruce / ABCNEWS:
Michelle Obama on Adjusting to Life in the White House
Discussion: Politico and Daily Mail
Andrew Tilghman / Marine Corps Times HOME:
Military Times Poll: Romney bests Obama, 2-1
Discussion: First Read
Elizabeth Cohen / CNN:
Republicans conflicted over Obama, Obamacare
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
Al Qaeda Winter
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Robert Booth / Guardian:
Julian Assange supporters ordered to forfeit £93,500 bail money
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Why Do the Sunday Shows Suck So Much?
Discussion: Eschaton
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Moderate Mitt isn't so moderate
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
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Washington Post:
Congress members back legislation that could benefit themselves, relatives
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