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1:50 PM ET, October 10, 2012


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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 …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Gov. Rick Perry backs Mitt Romney on abortion
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Suddenly Centrist: The New Moderate Mitt Romney
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Kaili Joy Gray / Daily Kos:
Romney: Abortion is not ‘part of my agenda.’ Romney campaign: Oh yes it is.
Discussion: PERRspectives and Booman Tribune
New York Times:
Romney Pledges to Keep Tax Deductions for Mortgages
Discussion: The Daily Beast and The Caucus
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Analysis: Thoroughly Moderating Mitt
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Crooks and Liars
Romney's unusual in-house ad strategy
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Rebekah Metzler / US News:
Mitt Romney Criticized For Abortion Comments in Local Paper
Discussion: Yahoo! News and The Agonist
First Read:
First Thoughts: The pressure is on  —  Setting the stage …
Discussion: New York Times, CNN and News Desk
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.
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.
Roger Simon / Politico:
Eat crow and pray for Joe
Discussion: CNN
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Team Romney looking for knockout by Ryan
Discussion: Politico
Ben Geman / Presidential Campaigns:
Pelosi offers debate advice to Biden
Discussion: The Raw Story
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 …
Associated Press:
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker launches PR offensive on eve of hearing on Libya Consulate attack
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Benghazi attack may cloud Clinton's legacy
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
John Cook / Gawker:
Bain Capital Wants a Piece of Gawker  —  After we published nearly 1,000 pages of Bain Capital's confidential financial records—including audits revealing for the first time that Bain employed a potentially illegal tax dodge currently under investigation by the New York attorney general …
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.
Rand Paul / CNN:
Sen. Paul: Romney wrong on Mid East  —  Editor's note: Rand Paul, a Republican, is a U.S. senator from Kentucky.  —  (CNN) — This week, I will campaign for Gov. Mitt Romney.  I believe this election will and should be about moving America back from the edge of the abyss on which we stand …
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Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Bill Clinton works Las Vegas crowd, mocking Mitt Romney
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Pollster pulls out of Fla., NC and Va., says Obama can't win there
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Ann Romney not horsing around on ‘GMA’
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS and ABCNEWS
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Dubious donations: Peter Schweizer responds
Jim Brunner / STBlogs Alpha:
Rob McKenna, dancing ‘Gangnam Style’
Discussion: Politico and Hotline On Call
Jake Grovum / Pew Center on the States:
Are Voter ID Opponents Winning the Battle but Losing the War?
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Wal-Mart Labor Protests Grow, Organizers Say
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Democrats Keep Voter Registration Lead in 4 Battleground States
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Political Carnival
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: The State of the Race, Four Weeks Out
Discussion: Hot Air and Real Clear Politics
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney interview
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Daily Caller and CNN
John Detrixhe / Bloomberg:
U.S. Downgrade Seen as Upgrade as U.S. Debt Dissolved
Discussion: Firedoglake and Business Insider