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3:55 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.
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 …
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 …
Team Romney word on the street for Big Bird tactics: ‘Troubling’
Discussion: Politicker and The People's View
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:   Sesame Street Liberalism
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 …
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.
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 …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Why The Gallup Poll Numbers Are Likely To Get Worse For Obama In The Next Two Days  —  The effect of last week's debate is still being priced into the market.  —  Via:  —  Mitt Romney's two-point lead over President Barack Obama in Gallup's crucial new survey of likely voters …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Pew Poll and Confirmation Bias
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
How Romney flipped Obama's narrative
Discussion: The Fix, theGrio and Firedoglake
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Hack Gap Rears Its Ugly Head Yet Again
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
A Popularity High for Romney - but Ditto for Obama
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS, Daily Kos, GOP 12 and Smartypants
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.
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Taliban says it shot ‘infidel’ Pakistani teen for advocating girls' rights  —  PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A 14-year-old Pakistani activist who won international acclaim for speaking out for girls denied education under the Taliban was shot and seriously wounded Tuesday on her way home from school, authorities said.
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.”
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
In Speech, Schumer Rejects Idea of Tax Code Overhaul  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, the Senate's third-ranking Democrat, threw cold water Tuesday on what had been an emerging consensus for a bipartisan deficit- reduction plan — an overhaul of the tax code …
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:   Schumer Tells Dems To Grow A Spine In Tax Negotiations With GOP
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 …
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
The day polling died  —  Results just make no sense  —  may go down in the annals of history as the day political polling died.  —  It was the most ridiculous polling day among many preposterous polling days in the course of this long campaign.  —  The ludicrous comedy began early in the morning.
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 …
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
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 …
Dan Mitchell / International Liberty:
New Video Shows that Obamanomics Is a Failure  —  I've narrated a video on why Keynesian economics is bad theory, I've also narrated a video specifically debunking Obama's failed stimulus, and I've put together a post with data from the Minneapolis Fed showing how Reaganomics worked far better than Obamanomics.
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Associated Press:
Ohio appealing to Supreme Court on early voting
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Matt Bai / New York Times:
Is There Life After Mitt?  —  Not long ago, David Winston …
David A. Lieb / Associated Press:
Feds paid $40M to firms tied to McCaskill's spouse
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Bay Buchanan tells gay audience Romney will win
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Bankrupt California  —  I thought of my fellow Californian …
Discussion: EconLog
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Phony in Chief  —  When President Barack Obama and others …
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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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New York Times:
With New Vigor, Romney Resets Ohio Campaign
Daniel Newhauser / Roll Call:
Blue Dogs Brace for Another Drubbing