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7:25 PM ET, October 9, 2012


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Toby Harnden / Daily Mail:
Obama ‘believed he had BEATEN Romney’ in Denver debate - after ignoring advice of top aides on preparation  —  President Barack Obama did not take his debate preparation seriously, ignored the advice of senior aides and walked off the stage in Denver believing he had got the better of Mitt Romney …
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.
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 …
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.
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama camp: Ad responds to ‘outcry’  —  While some have questioned the campaign's seriousness and intent to put money behind the ad in swing states, Psaki maintained that it is running on cable networks - albeit during comedy shows - that swing-state viewers watch.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Sesame Street asks Obama campaign to take down attack ad featuring Big Bird
Team Romney word on the street for Big Bird tactics: ‘Troubling’
Discussion: The People's View and Politicker
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:   Sesame Street Liberalism
Romney plucks Big Bird attack
Discussion: Politico
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.
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.
CNN Poll: Race tightening up in battleground Ohio  —  (CNN) - On the day that both presidential candidates are campaigning in Ohio, a new poll indicates a close contest in the race for the Buckeye State's 18 electoral votes.  —  According to a CNN/ORC International poll (PDF) …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Why The Gallup Poll Numbers Are Likely To Get Worse For Obama In The Next Two Days
Kos / Daily Kos:
Daily Kos/SEIU State of the Nation poll: Romney takes the lead in post-debate period
Inside the campaign: The Romney rebellion
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Daily Kos
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
How Romney flipped Obama's narrative
Discussion: The Fix, Poliglot and PoliticusUSA
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 …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Schumer Speech on Taxes Shakes Up Deficit Talks  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, the Senate's third-ranking Democrat, threw cold water on Tuesday on one emerging approach for striking a bipartisan deficit-reduction deal — an overhaul of the tax code that lowers top income tax rates but raises more revenue.
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:   Schumer Tells Dems To Grow A Spine In Tax Negotiations With GOP
David Dayen / Firedoglake:   Schumer's Gambit: Ending the Tax Reform Con, Ending the Grand Bargain?
Brookings Institute:
Mitt Romney's Tax Proposals: Understanding the Debate  —  For months, Mitt Romney had been advocating tax cut proposals that would reduce revenues by about $5 trillion over the next decade, and that were heavily tilted toward the rich.  Yet he did not explain how he would pay for these cuts, just that he somehow would.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Math Responds to Romney
Fox News:
AP publishes unflattering pic of Romney bending over  —  This photo of Mitt Romney posing with students of Fairfield Elementary School in Fairfield, Va., was published Monday by the Associated Press.AP  —  It was a news photo that, as Gawker quipped, was “ripe for captioning.”
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 …
White House Scientists Struggle to Contain Outbreak of Scrutonium  —  WASHINGTON DC - Engaged a relentless battle against time and fatigue, a select group of message scientists assembled by the White House's Center for Narrative Control say they will take “all steps necessary” …
Discussion: Naked DC
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
No White House Press Briefing in Last 15 Days
Discussion: Hot Air
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
The CEO Who Built Himself America's Largest House Just Threatened to Fire His Employees if Obama's Elected  —  David Siegel is the founder and CEO of Westgate Resorts, a huge national timeshare company and one of the largest resort developers in the world.  In 2007 he was a billionaire …
Eric Kleefeld / Talking Points Memo:
Josh Romney: Dad ‘Learned How To Debate An Obstinate Child’  —  Josh Romney, one of Mitt Romney's sons, told a pointed joke Tuesday about President Obama's debate performance, while warming up the crowd for his father at a campaign rally in Van Meter, Iowa.  —  “I don't know if you guys saw …
Larry Margasak / Associated Press:
US Official in Libya Said He Wanted More Security  —  A top State Department security official in Libya told a congressional investigator that he had argued unsuccessfully for more security in the weeks before Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed.
Discussion: Politico
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Security Officer in Libya Refers to Post Being Directed to “Normalize” Operations and Reduce U.S. Security Presence
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Dem pollster delivers wake-up call to Obama  —  Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg is not known for flinching from delivering bad news to Democratic politicians, and his new diagnosis of Obama's slippage in the polls is no exception.  —  Greenberg told me in an interview that his new research persuaded …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Hack Gap Rears Its Ugly Head Yet Again  —  The hack gap is a liberal problem of long standing.  Put simply, we liberals don't have enough hacks.  Conservatives outscore us considerably in the number of bloggers/pundits/columnists/ talking heads who are willing to cheerfully say whatever …
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 …
CEOs wield clout, wage battle to get a budget deal
Ross Tuttle / The Nation:
Stopped-and-Frisked: ‘For Being a F***king Mutt’ [VIDEO]  —  Exclusive audio obtained by The Nation of a stop-and-frisk carried out by the New York Police Department freshly reveals the discriminatory and unprofessional way in which this controversial policy is being implemented on the city's streets.
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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Republican Candidate In Arkansas Says Parents Should Seek Death Penalty Against ‘Rebellious Children’
Jay P. Greene / Wall Street Journal:
Jay Greene: The Imaginary Teacher Shortage
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
Yahoo! News:
Straws in the wind or canaries in the coal mines? Warning signs the Obama campaign shouldn't ignore
Discussion: Riehl World News
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Jerry Sandusky case hits Gov. Tom Corbett
Associated Press:
Ohio appealing to Supreme Court on early voting
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Is There Life After Mitt?  —  Not long ago, David Winston …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Caucus
 Earlier Items: 
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Bankrupt California  —  I thought of my fellow Californian …
Discussion: EconLog
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
The day polling died
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
The Backscratcher—Bob Woodward's Anti-Obama Bias
Discussion: Mother Jones
Why Harry Reid Hates Mitt Romney
Discussion: Balloon Juice