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5:50 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.
Mother Of Slain SEAL Tells Romney To Stop Talking About Her Son  —  After telling the story one last time in Ohio, the campaign says it will be removed from the stump speech.  —  MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — At a town hall here Wednesday, Mitt Romney re-told a story he first revealed earlier …
Discussion: The Hill, Politicker and Booman Tribune
Romney Drops SEAL Story After Mother Complains
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Slain SEAL's mom no Romney fan
Discussion: The Week and Business Insider
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
U.S. Security Official in Libya Tells Congressional Investigators About ‘Inappropriately Low’ Security at Benghazi Post  —  ABC News has learned that Eric Nordstrom, the former Regional Security Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Libya, has told congressional investigators that security …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
State Dept. officials contradict claims on deadly Libya attack
Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:
State Dept reveals new details of Benghazi attack
White House Press Secretary In A Bind On Libya  —  Jay Carney said Wednesday that he “never said we don't know if it's terrorism,” but dodged in September when asked directly if it was a terrorist attack  —  10/10: “I never said, I never said we don't know if it's terrorism.”  —  Source:
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Rep. Issa closes in on Clinton  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is setting his sights on his biggest political target yet: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  —  Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is treading more carefully than he did with his investigation …
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
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.
Joe Biden / CNN:
CNN Exclusive: How Ryan sharpens debate skills
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Romney dropping ex-SEAL story after family complaint
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Ryan: Romney and I are ‘unified’ on abortion
Discussion: CNN, First Read and Election 2012
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama On Debate: ‘I Was Just Too Polite’ … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Barack Obama , Presidential Debates, Elections 2012, Video, Election 2012, Presidential Debate, Obama Debate, Obama Debate Performance, Obama Debate Polite, Obama Polite, Obama Tom Joyner, Politics News
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 …
Black America Web:
‘The Big Chief’ Calls Home
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Defends Debate Performance: ‘I Was Just Too Polite’
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Gov. Rick Perry backs Mitt Romney on abortion  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry isn't worried about his former primary rival's reluctance to push legislation restricting abortion rights, saying on Wednesday that he's confident Mitt Romney will appoint “constitutionalists” to the Supreme Court.
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Suddenly Centrist: The New Moderate Mitt Romney
Katrina Trinko / National Review:
Romney: ‘No Legislation with Regards to Abortion’ ‘Would Become Part of My Agenda’
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 …
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.
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Angst grows among Obama supporters  —  First came the nausea.  Then came the anxiety.  —  After months of watching Mitt Romney twist in the media glare, a growing number of President Barack Obama's supporters — though confined for now to a noisy minority of liberals …
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
New O'Keefe video: Obama campaign staffer caught helping activist vote twice  —  Videographer James O'Keefe's Project Veritas caught an official for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign helping who she thought was an Obama supporter set herself up to vote more than once in November.
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: ACS Blog and Althouse
Amy Howe / SCOTUSblog:   Immediate post-argument recap
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Pollster pulls out of Fla., NC and Va., says Obama can't win there  —  Suffolk University pollster David Paleologos, whose polls are aggregated into mainstream averages to show where the presidential race stands in the swing states, said he's finished polling in Florida …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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 …
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.
Will Sommer / City Desk:
Gallaudet Employee Put on Leave After Signing Anti-Gay Marriage Petition  —  If your job is to promote diversity, signing a petition to get a referendum on overturning Maryland's gay marriage law on the ballot is bound to be controversial.  But that's exactly what Dr. Angela McCaskill …
Planet DeafQueer:
Gallaudet's Chief Diversity Officer Signs Anti-Gay Petition
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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:
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Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
The Grieving Widow Behind Romney's Personal Story
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney Praises National Health Care Mandate As A ‘Bipartisan Proposal’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ann Oldenburg / USA Today:
Stacey Dash ‘shocked’ by ‘fury’ over her Romney support
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and CNN
Talking Points Memo:
Rep. Broun Spox: Comments Decrying Science As Satanic Lie Were ‘Off Record’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Mike Allen / Politico:
State contradicts W.H. on initial Benghazi conclusions …
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 Earlier Items: 
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Ann Romney not horsing around on ‘GMA’
Discussion: ABCNEWS, CNN and ABCNEWS
Rand Paul / CNN:
Romney's wrong on Middle East, defense spending
Jack Welch / Wall Street Journal:
I Was Right About That Strange Jobs Report