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11:20 AM ET, October 9, 2012


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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Oct. 8: A Great Poll for Romney, in Perspective  —  Mitt Romney gained further ground in the FiveThirtyEight forecast on Monday, with his chances of winning the Electoral College increasing to 25.2 percent from 21.6 percent on Sunday.  —  The change represents a continuation of the recent trend …
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.
Keegan Gibson / PoliticsPA:
Susquehanna Poll: Obama 47, Romney 45
Discussion: CBS Philly and Vodkapundit
Detroit Free Press:
Romney's strong debate helps him close gap with Obama in Michigan, poll shows
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air, Politico and Ballot Box
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 …
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
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.
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
New Obama ad uses Big Bird to hit Romney on deficit, Wall Street
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.
Daniel Newhauser / Roll Call:
Blue Dogs Brace for Another Drubbing  —  The House Blue Dog Coalition, still reeling from 2010 elections that cut its ranks in half, looks likely to sustain additional losses this year that would cast doubt on the group's influence in the 113th Congress.  —  The number of Blue Dogs grew …
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.
Larry Pressler / The Huffington Post:
Republican Senator, Vietnam Veteran Endorses President Obama … Elections 2012 , Afghanistan , Barack Obama , Barack Obama 2012 , Elections 2012 , Republican Party , Veterans , We Are The 47 Percent , Mitt Romney 47 Percent , Mitt Romney Foreign Policy , Obama Reelection , Vietnam Veterans , Politics News
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Peter Schweizer / The Daily Beast:
The Illegal-Donor Loophole  —  The giant gap in our campaign-finance system that makes foreign and fraudulent donations possible.  Peter Schweizer and Peter J. Boyer report.  —  There has been no shortage of media attention paid to the role of money in the current presidential contest.
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 …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
A Popularity High for Romney - but Ditto for Obama  —  Mitt Romney reached his highest personal popularity of the election campaign among registered voters in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll - but not by enough to lift his head above water, nor to surpass Barack Obama, who reached his own best favorability rating of the season.
Mitt Romney's foreign policy speech (full text, video)  —  Remarks as prepared for delivery:  —  I particularly appreciate the introduction from my good friend and tireless campaign companion, Gov. Bob McDonnell.  He is showing what conservative leadership can do to build a stronger economy.
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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
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Doug Terfehr / PR Newswire:
Pepperoni or Sausage? …
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
In Speech, Schumer Will Reject Idea of Tax Code Overhaul
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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Minnesota marriage amendment narrowly trails
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
VIDEO: Huge Anti-jihad ads go up in DC
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Alana Goodman / Commentary Magazine:
What Exactly Does Obama Like About Being President?
 Earlier Items: 
Marc A.Thiessen / Washington Post:
Biden's bin Laden hypocrisy
Discussion: The Fix and Hot Air
Callum Borchers / Boston Globe:
Obama advisers say president disappointed himself with debate performance
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Policy Verdict I  —  In Thursday night's debate …
Discussion: driftglass
Brad Plumer / Wonkblog:
Study: Getting rid of lead does wonders for school performance
Discussion: Calculated Risk and Hullabaloo