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8:45 AM ET, October 11, 2012


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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.
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.
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
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Mother of Slain State Dept. Official Tired of Being Lied To and Stonewalled by Obama Administration
Discussion: Politico
Romney dropping ex-SEAL story after family complaint
Domenico Montanaro / First Read:
NBC/WSJ/Marist poll: Romney gains in key swing states  —  A week after President Barack Obama's lackluster debate performance, Republican challenger Mitt Romney has made some gains in three key swing states among those most likely to vote, according to the latest round of NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls.
Discussion: CNN, Da Tech Guy's Blog and Ballot Box
New York Times:
Voters Give Romney Better Grades for Leadership, Polls in 3 States Find  —  WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney is seen by more voters in three battleground states as a strong leader after his dominant debate performance last week, but perceptions that the economy is improving remain a buttress …
CBS News:
Poll: Romney edges Obama in Colo., narrows gap in Wis.  —  On the heels of last week's presidential debate, Mitt Romney has emerged with a one-point edge over President Obama in Colorado and has cut the president's lead in half in Wisconsin, according to a new Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll.
Discussion: Politico and Business Insider
Jennifer Martinez / The Hill:
GOP senators to White House: Cyber order would be ‘a mistake’  —  A trio of centrist Senate Republicans on Wednesday urged President Obama to hold back on issuing an executive order that would protect critical infrastructure systems from cyberattacks and encouraged him to work with Congress to pass legislation instead.
BuzzFeed:   Brutal Ad Hits White House On Libya Timeline Contradictions
White House Press Secretary In A Bind On Libya
Discussion: The Other McCain and The PJ Tatler
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Letting us in on a secret  —  When House Republicans called a hearing in the middle of their long recess, you knew it would be something big, and indeed it was: They accidentally blew the CIA's cover.  —  The purpose of Wednesday's hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee …
Chris McGreal / Guardian:   Benghazi attack testimony claims state department ignored warnings
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
What Happened In Benghazi — Today's Q's for O's WH — 10/10/12
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Analysis: High Stakes for Vice Presidential Debate  —  Time running short, Vice President Joe Biden faces the greater burden in his debate with Republican Paul Ryan as he seeks to use the election's only encounter between presidential running mates to slow Mitt Romney's momentum and reset …
First Read:
Obama says he was ‘too polite’ toward Romney in first debate
Douglas Johnson /
Biden-Ryan Versus Obama on Abortion Policy
Discussion: Hot Air, CNSNews and Instapundit
Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's tax mythology, made simple  —  I've said this before, but Mitt Romney's new formulation of his tax plan — one he used at the debate, and which he repeated to Wolf Blitzer yesterday — makes it absolutely clear that he's lying about something.  You don't need complicated Tax …
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots, Angry Bear and CNN
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
Seth Borenstein /
EXPERTS: GLOBAL WARMING MEANS MORE ANTARCTIC ICE  —  You are here  —  Home » Antarctica » Experts: Global warming means more Antarctic ice  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The ice goes on seemingly forever in a white pancake-flat landscape, stretching farther than ever before.
Connie Cass / Associated Press:
Puny Issues Take Flight in Presidential Campaign  —  Do little things mean a lot?  Or not?  —  Four years ago, Barack Obama denounced petty attempts to “make a big election about small things.”  Now Republicans accuse the president of going small himself in pursuit of a second term.
Discussion: Politico
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Forget Big Bird. What about the Snuffleupagus in the room?
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 …
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
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