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10:15 AM ET, October 10, 2012


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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 …
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 …
Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:
State Dept reveals new details of Benghazi attack  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — All was quiet outside the U.S. Consulate as evening fell on Benghazi and President Barack Obama's envoy to Libya was retiring after a day of diplomatic meetings.  —  There was no indication of the harrowing events …
Associated Press:
US OFFICIALS: WE DIDN'T LINK LIBYA ATTACK TO VIDEO  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Tuesday it never concluded that the consulate attack in Libya stemmed from protests over an American-made video ridiculing Islam, raising further questions about why the Obama administration used …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker launches PR offensive on eve of hearing on Libya Consulate attack
Discussion: The Raw Story
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Benghazi attack may cloud Clinton's legacy
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Romney says abortion legislation isn't part of his agenda  —  Mitt Romney today said no abortion legislation is part of his agenda, but he would prohibit federally-funded international nonprofits from providing abortions in other countries.  —  “There's no legislation with regards to abortion …
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Abortion Stance Changes, As Candidate Says He Won't Push To Restrict Access … FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Mitt Romney, Abortion, Elections 2012, Video, Mitt Romney Des Moines Register, Mitt Romney Abortion, Mitt Romney 2012, Women's News, Politics News
Kaili Joy Gray / Daily Kos:
Romney: Abortion is not ‘part of my agenda.’ Romney campaign: Oh yes it is.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Roger Simon / Politico:
Eat crow and pray for Joe  —  When Barack Obama was up by 4 percentage points in the polls, the media said the race was a dead heat.  —  Now that Obama is down by 4 percentage points in the polls, the media say he is dead meat.  —  The media giveth, and the media taketh away.  Fickle be the name of the media.
Discussion: CNN
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Team Romney looking for knockout by Ryan
Discussion: Politico and GOP 12
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Big stakes for Biden and Ryan in VP debate
Talking Points Memo:
Ryan: Dems' Strategy Is To ‘Call Us Liars’
Discussion: Mother Jones
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Paul Ryan: ‘Inner City’ People Need To Be Taught ‘Good Discipline, Good Character’
Discussion: theGrio and Racialicious
Arlette Saenz / ABCNEWS:
Biden To Answer Questions at Vice Presidential Debate After Months of No National TV Interviews
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney interview  —  In a Tuesday evening phone interview with Right Turn, Mitt Romney called out the White House for “misrepresenting” events in Libya and brushed off the post-debate attacks on him as ineffective.  He also gave a friendly warning to running mate Paul Ryan …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and CNN
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Gibbs: Big Bird ad raised ‘important point’
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Romney doubles down on Big Bird
Discussion: CNN, Ballot Box and The Hill
Toby Harnden / Daily Mail:
Obama ‘believed he had BEATEN Romney’ in Denver debate - after ignoring advice of top aides on preparation
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 …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:   Obama spokeswoman: 'We're not getting whipped up and down' by polls
Yahoo! News:
Straws in the wind or canaries in the coal mines? Warning signs the Obama campaign shouldn't ignore
Discussion: Riehl World News
Jack Welch / Wall Street Journal:
I Was Right About That Strange Jobs Report  —  The economy would need to be growing at breakneck speed for unemployment to drop to 7.8% from 8.3% in the course of two months.  —  Imagine a country where challenging the ruling authorities—questioning, say, a piece of data released by central headquarters …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Oct. 9: Romney Erases Obama's Convention Bounce in Forecast  —  Following another day of strong polling on Tuesday, Mitt Romney advanced into the best position in the FiveThirtyEight forecast since the party conventions.  His chances of winning the Electoral College are now 28.8 percent in the forecast, his highest since Aug. 29.
Romney Son, Tagg, Takes Charge  —  The eldest is “the most trusted individual in Mitt's life,” after Mom.  The family versus the advisers.  —  Tagg Romney (left) with his parents and consultants Eric Fehrnstrom (right) and Stuart Stevens.  —  Image by Reuters/Brian Snyder / Reuters
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: The State of the Race, Four Weeks Out  —  So where are we, four weeks out?  Romney suddenly finds himself with a lead in the polls, making liberals panicked and conservatives jubilant — an interesting change of pace.  —  But I actually see more continuity than change here.
Discussion: Hot Air and Real Clear Politics
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
House, Senate campaigns welcome lobbyists shunned by Team Obama  —  Democratic lobbyists shunned by President Obama's campaign are turning their attention to Senate and House races in a bid for relevance as the fall's action shifts to battleground states.  —  Lobbyists and other senior K …
Sandra Sobieraj Westfall /
Sarah Palin Says She's Writing a Fitness Book  —  New photos of Sarah Palin looking very thin have caused a stir online, and now the former Alaska governor and 2008 VP nominee tells PEOPLE she's just fine and is, in fact, working with her family on a new fitness book.
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.
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Democrats Keep Voter Registration Lead in 4 Battleground States  —  Democrats hold the registration advantage over Republicans in four of six battleground states that will play a key role in the presidential election, even as Republicans and independents have recorded larger net gains since late 2008, data compiled by Bloomberg shows.
Discussion: GOP 12 and Taegan Goddard's …
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U.S. Military Is Sent to Jordan to Help With Crisis in Syria
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Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Fiscal Cliff May Be Felt Gradually, Analysts Say
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David Jackson / Associated Press:
Did Obama make an O.J. Simpson joke?
Discussion: Althouse
John Detrixhe / Bloomberg:
U.S. Downgrade Seen as Upgrade as U.S. Debt Dissolved
Discussion: Business Insider
Associated Press:
Pennsylvania foundations draw cheers, protests for supporting fracking studies
Discussion: Firedoglake
 Earlier Items: 
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Paul Krugman, Then and Now  —  In the Democrats' effort …
David Rothkopf / Foreign Policy:
A Truly Credible Military Threat to Iran
Justin Snow / Poliglot:
ACLJ Attorney Fired After Online Accusations of Gay Relationships
Discussion: Advocate and Dependable Renegade
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Dem pollster delivers wake-up call to Obama
Discussion: Hot Air