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11:35 PM ET, October 10, 2012


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Mother of Navy Seal killed in Libya speaks out  —  BOSTON (WHDH) — The attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya became a major issue on the campaign trail and the mother of a Navy Seal killed in the violence is voicing her anger that Mitt Romney is speaking about her son on the campaign trail.
Libby Denkmann /
Romney's emotional story remembered very differently by friend of fallen SEAL  —  Listen: Romney's emotional story remembered very differently by friend of fallen SEAL  —  On the stump in Iowa Tuesday, Mitt Romney got emotional when he revealed that he met former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty at a holiday party some years ago.
Romney dropping ex-SEAL story after family complaint
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Slain SEAL's mom no Romney fan
Discussion: The Week
Josh Peterson / The Daily Caller:
ABC News scrambles to cover up Barack Obama's attendance at VP debate moderator's wedding  —  President Barack Obama was a guest at the 1991 wedding of ABC senior foreign correspondent and vice presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz, The Daily Caller has learned.
Obama Says He Was ‘Just Too Polite’ at Debate  —  Conceding that he failed to deliver at last week's debate, President Obama says he was “just too polite” and that voters should expect “a little more activity” next week in round two.  —  In a radio interview on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show …
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Security Officer on State Department Blocking Requests: ‘For Me the Taliban Is Inside the Building’  —  Libyans walk on the grounds of the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
What Happened In Benghazi — Today's Q's for O's WH — 10/10/12
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
State Dept. acknowledges rejecting requests for more security in Benghazi
Chris McGreal / Guardian:   Benghazi attack testimony claims state department ignored warnings
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Rep. Issa closes in on Clinton
Brutal Ad Hits White House On Libya Timeline Contradictions  —  Though it runs a little long, the Heritage Foundation's excellently crafted new video is worth a watch for anybody who's a fan of political attack ads.  —  Dorsey Shaw  —  a half hour ago  —  respond
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Erika Johnsen / Hot Air:
Tapper to WH on Benghazi: So, wouldn't it be President Obama who shot first and aimed later?  —  If you'll recall, in the immediate wake of the breaking news of the riots in Cairo and Benghazi in September, the biggest question on the mainstream media's collective mind was not anything in the vein of …
White House Press Secretary In A Bind On Libya
Discussion: The Other McCain and The PJ Tatler
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Biden Viewed Unfavorably, Divided Opinions about Ryan  —  No Clear Winner Expected in VP Debate  —  OVERVIEW  —  Ahead of Thursday's vice presidential debate, more voters view Joe Biden unfavorably than favorably, while opinions about Paul Ryan are more evenly divided.
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Scott DesJarlais, Pro-Life Republican Congressman And Doctor, Pressured Mistress Patient To Get Abortion … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Abortion, Elections 2012, Video, Scott DesJarlais, Scott DesJarlais Abortion, Scott DesJarlais Patient, Susan DesJarlais, Scott Desjarlais Divorce …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Billionaire CEO Threatens To Fire Employees If Obama Wins  —  The CEO of a massive timeshare company sent an email about the upcoming election to his employees yesterday, threatening to fire some of them if President Obama wins re-election.  —  David Siegel, who owns Florida-based Westgate Resorts …
Mysterious Building In Obama Campaign “Big Bird” Ad Is Bosnian Hotel  —  The headquarters of “evil genius” Big Bird appears to be the Radon Plaza Hotel, a five star hotel in Sarajevo,Bosnia Herzegovina.  Why?  Who knows — an Obama campaign spokesman declined to comment.  —  Andrew Kaczynski
Declan Walsh / New York Times:
Pakistan Angry Over Taliban Shooting of Schoolgirl  —  KARACHI, Pakistan — Doctors on Wednesday removed a bullet from a Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban, as Pakistanis from across the political and religious spectrum united in revulsion at the attack on the 14-year-old education rights campaigner.
William J. Dobson / Slate:
Why the Taliban Fears Teenage Girls
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
I watched the debate again... and I didn't think Obama was that bad.  —  Last night — between sleeps — I found the debate in my iPhone and watched it straight through (except for the closing statements).  Last week, watching the debate live, I did not think Obama was especially bad …
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and Instapundit
Kevin Russell / SCOTUSblog:
Halftime report at Fisher oral argument  —  The attorney representing the student challenging the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas just sat down.  Nothing terribly surprising.  The liberals dominated the questioning and were unsurprisingly skeptical.
Discussion: Althouse, ACS Blog and Maggie's Farm
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Anti-Abortion Activists Call Romney's New Comments A Gaffe, Not A Change Of Heart  —  Anti-abortion groups are thoroughly convinced Mitt Romney is still one of them, despite his remarks Tuesday in Iowa that abortion would not be a part of his legislative agenda if elected.
Douglas Johnson /
Biden-Ryan Versus Obama on Abortion Policy
Discussion: Hot Air
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
New York S**tty  —  After two full weeks of moving to and living in New York City, I just got back to DC for ten days (doctor's appointments, etc.).  All I can say is: what a relief.  —  Moving is never easy; moving to New York City even harder.  Moving to New York while blogging an election …
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
The Grieving Widow Behind Romney's Personal Story  —  Jane Horton, 26, picture with Mitt and Ann Romney.  Horton's husband, Chris Horton, is featured in Romney's stump speech.  —  Jane Horton began crying on the other end of the phone when she learned that Mitt Romney had been using the story …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and AEIdeas
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Bill Clinton works Las Vegas crowd, mocking Mitt Romney  —  Speaking on President Obama's behalf, he characterizes the Republican's moderate talk during the debate as hypocritical in hopes of holding on to Nevada's electoral votes.  —  Former President Clinton campaigns for President Obama at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas.
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
AP: We ‘Fell Short’ By Not Providing Full Explanation Of Photo Of Romney Bent Over  —  AP senior vice president and executive editor Kathleen Carroll said in a statement Wednesday the news organization “fell short” by not providing the full context in an image of Mitt Romney bent over in front of a surprised looking girl:
Facebook Fought SEC to Keep Mobile Risks Hidden Before IPO  —  When Facebook Inc. (FB) filed its proposal Feb. 1 to go public, it touted the effectiveness of ads linked to customers' friends, citing research from Nielsen, the audience-counting company.  —  Barbara Jacobs, an assistant director …
Discussion: Mashable! and MarketBeat
David Catanese / Politico:
Brown, Warren spar on substance in 3rd debate  —  Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren drew bright contrasts on taxes, spending and regulations Wednesday night during a high-paced Massachusetts Senate debate that focused mostly on fiscal issues.
Discussion: CNN
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama, Heller lead in Nevada
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Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Andrew Breitbart Documentary Release Delayed Over Rating War With MPAA (Video)
Discussion: blogs
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News poll: Romney erases Obama's lead nationally after first debate
Discussion: Examiner, Scared Monkeys and Hot Air
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Discussion: Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Insists ‘Fundamentals’ of Election Favor Him Despite ‘Bad Night’ at Debate
Discussion: Washington Wire, Daily Kos and Mediaite
Ann Oldenburg / USA Today:
Stacey Dash ‘shocked’ by ‘fury’ over her Romney support
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and CNN
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Pollster pulls out of Fla., NC and Va., says Obama can't win there
Discussion: New York Magazine