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2:05 PM ET, October 9, 2012


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Sesame Workshop / The Sesame Workshop Blog:
Sesame Workshop Response to Campaign Ads  —  Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns.  We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Team Obama Big Bird ad mocks Mitt  —  ...and by serious, we mean not at all serious.  —  The Obama campaign is out this morning with a goofy video of the Big Bird variety, mocking Mitt Romney, as the president has put it, as going easy on Wall Street but heavy on Sesame Street.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Obama Ad About Big Bird Cannot Find One Prominent Wall Street Criminal Prosecuted By Administration  —  This is an amusing ad by the Obama campaign, poking fun at Mitt Romney's comment in the first debate about eliminating funding for PBS and Big Bird.  President Obama has been getting …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Sesame Street asks Obama camp to take down Big Bird attack ad  —  Sesame Street wants President Obama's campaign to take down its latest attack ad against Mitt Romney, which features footage of Big Bird.  —  “Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates …
Toby Harnden / Daily Mail:   Obama ‘believed he had BEATEN Romney’ in Denver debate - after ignoring advice of top aides on preparation
Team Romney word on the street for Big Bird tactics: ‘Troubling’
Discussion: The People's View
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:   Sesame Street Liberalism
Rich Lowry / New York Post:
Team O's pathetic ‘liar, liar’ attack
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Did Obama Just Throw The Entire Election Away?  —  The Pew poll is devastating, just devastating.  Before the debate, Obama had a 51 - 43 lead; now, Romney has a 49 - 45 lead.  That's a simply unprecedented reversal for a candidate in October.  Before Obama had leads on every policy issue …
Kos / Daily Kos:
Daily Kos/SEIU State of the Nation poll: Romney takes the lead in post-debate period  —  Public Policy Polling for Daily Kos & SEIU.  10/4-7.  Likely voters.  MoE ±2.72% (9/27-30 results) … Obama 47 (49)  —  Romney 49 (45)  —  That's a pretty disastrous six-point net swing in just a week …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Romney surges past Obama in second poll  —  Mitt Romney has overtaken President Obama in a Public Policy Polling survey released on Tuesday.  —  Romney won 49 percent support from likely voters in the poll, compared to 47 percent for Obama.  —  It's the first time all year Romney has led in the poll …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Pew Poll and Confirmation Bias
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
The day polling died
Inside the campaign: The Romney rebellion  —  For months, Ann Romney and her eldest son, Tagg, were dutifully supportive of the political professionals running Mitt Romney's campaign.  All the while, their private frustration was mounting.  —  Shortly before the final debate, it finally boiled over.
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life:
“Nones” on the Rise  —  One-in-Five Adults Have No Religious Affiliation  —  Executive Summary  —  The number of Americans who do not identify with any religion continues to grow at a rapid pace.  One-fifth of the U.S. public - and a third of adults under 30 - are religiously unaffiliated today …
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
One in five Americans reports no religious affiliation, study says
Discussion: Washington Wire and Althouse
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 …
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Giuliani: Ambassador Would Still Be Alive If Obama Administration Reacted To Libya Attack Differently  —  Mitt Romney campaign surrogate Rudy Giuliani suggested that the four Americas who died in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya last month were killed because the Obama administration …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
With new stature, Romney takes offense on Libya
Discussion: protein wisdom
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Romney 49%, Obama 47% Among Likely Voters  —  Registered voter trend suggests Obama is recovering from post-debate drop  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Mitt Romney holds a slight edge over Barack Obama — 49% to 47% — in Gallup's initial “likely voter” estimate, encompassing interviews from Oct. 2-8.
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
A Popularity High for Romney - but Ditto for Obama
New York Post:
Thug puts us on hook for 16G  —  Feds will pay for jailed terror fiend's hands  —  We're giving this hatemonger a hand — and probably two.  —  Taxpayers will foot the bill to replace radical Islamic preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri's infamous hooks, The Post has learned.
Hollie McKay / Fox News:
Actress Stacey Dash hit with racially-charged attacks after endorsing Romney  —  March 7, 2010: Actress Stacey Dash arrives at the 18th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Viewing Party in West Hollywood, California.REUTERS  —  “Clueless” star Stacey Dash recently tweeted …
Stephen Gandel / Fortune:
Welch can't take the heat: I quit  —  The former top GE executive says he will no longer write for Fortune following coverage of his jobs conspiracy tweet.  —  FORTUNE — Jack Welch has left our building, metaphorically that is.  —  Welch said he will no longer contribute …
New York Times:
With New Vigor, Romney Resets Ohio Campaign  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — If one place is emerging as a test of Mitt Romney's ability to capitalize on a new dynamic in the presidential race, it is Ohio, where he is intensifying his advertising, deploying more troops and spending four of the next five days.
Jibran Ahmad / Reuters:
Taliban shoot 14-year old Pakistani peace campaigner  —  (Reuters) - Taliban gunmen in Pakistan shot and seriously wounded on Tuesday a 14-year-old schoolgirl who rose to fame for speaking out against the militants, authorities said.  —  Malala Yousufzai was shot in the head and neck …
Wall Street Journal:
Goldman Turns Tables on Obama Campaign  —  When Barack Obama ran for president in 2008, no major U.S. corporation did more to finance his campaign than Goldman Sachs Group Inc.  —  This election, none has done more to help defeat him.  —  Prompted by what they call regulatory attacks …
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Romney Proudly Explains How He's Turned Campaign Around
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US underemployment is not as bad as you think
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Dem lawmaker to probe group for voter suppression
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
The Backscratcher—Bob Woodward's Anti-Obama Bias
Discussion: Mother Jones
White House Scientists Struggle to Contain Outbreak of Scrutonium
Thomas Sowell /
Phony in Chief  —  When President Barack Obama and others …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
GOLDMAN: A Significant Tax Hike Is Coming, And Neither Party Is Even Talking About Stopping It
Discussion: Wonkblog
Patrick Caldwell / American Prospect:
Debate Prep with Joe
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Doug Terfehr / PR Newswire:
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
In Speech, Schumer Rejects Idea of Tax Code Overhaul
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Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Mother of fallen SEAL Team 6 member blames WH leaks for her son's death
Why Harry Reid Hates Mitt Romney
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Larry Pressler / The Huffington Post:
Republican Senator, Vietnam Veteran Endorses President Obama
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Daniel Newhauser / Roll Call:
Blue Dogs Brace for Another Drubbing