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10:45 PM ET, October 11, 2012

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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Sources: Ryan to be called ‘mister,’ not ‘congressman,’ at debate (Updated)  —  When Paul Ryan and Joe Biden take the debate stage tonight in Danville, Ky., the form of address the debate moderator is supposed to use with the VP's opponent is “mister” instead of “congressman,” two sources confirmed to POLITICO.
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Ace / minx.cc:
Debate Thoughts: Lower Expectations  —  Let's look at reasons why that won't be so:  —  1. The Moderator Chooses The Questions and Will Presumably Attempt to Maintain “Control.”  —  When liberals assailed Jim Lehrer for “losing control” — that is, permitting two highly accomplished …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
What I learned debating Paul Ryan  —  In February 2010, I sat down to talk health-care policy with Rep. Paul Ryan.  Ryan wasn't yet the lion of the right that he is today, but he had a reputation as an unusually wonkish legislator, and he didn't disappoint.
Paul Ryan / CNN:
Ryan aide says magazine used ‘poor judgment’ printing photos  —  Danville, Kentucky (CNN) - An aide to Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan accused TIME Magazine of “poor judgment” in its decision to publish photographs of the Wisconsin congressman working out on the day of his debate with Joe Biden.
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:   Vice Presidential Debate Format: What to Watch For
Washington Free Beacon:
Cutter: Benghazi Is Only an Issue ‘Because of Romney and Ryan’  —  Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said Thursday that the “entire reason” the terrorist attack at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans has “become the political topic it is” is because Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan talk about the attack.
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the L-Word  —  ‘Liar’ is potent and ugly—with a sleazy political pedigree.  —  The election campaign of the 44th U.S. president is now calling another candidate for the American presidency a “liar.”  This is a new low.  It is amazing and depressing to hear this term being used …
Trip Gabriel / The Caucus:
Romney Offers Sharp Criticism of Obama's Handling of Libya Terrorist Attacks
Discussion: CNN, New York Times and The Page
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Times/Bay News 9/Herald exclusive Florida poll: Romney 51, Obama 44  —  Barack Obama's lackluster debate performance last week has dramatically altered the presidential race in Florida, with Mitt Romney opening up a decisive 7 percentage point lead, according to a new Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/Miami Herald poll.
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Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Exclusive Video: Cutter Stands by Libya Comments, Refuses to Resign  —  DANVILLE, KY - Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter said she would “absolutely not” resign over comments she made earlier today on CNN, asserting that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are the “entire reason” …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The PJ Tatler
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh my: New Florida poll shows Romney up by seven overall — and up two among Latinos
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Talking Points Memo:
Obama: Romney Now ‘Severely Kidding’ About Past Positions  —  In a notably sharper stump speech on Thursday, President Obama attacked Mitt Romney for his shifting positions on taxes, health care and education by using the Republican's own descriptor as “severely conservative.”
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama: Romney has had ‘extreme makeover’ to appear more centrist
Discussion: Associated Press
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Romney shifts to more moderate stances on taxes, immigration, health care, education
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Oct. 10: Is Romney Leading Right Now?  —  Polling since the debate in Denver last week has generally been very strong for Mitt Romney.  But there have also been a couple of rays of hope for Democrats and President Obama.  —  One hypothesis is that Mr. Romney's debate bounce was initially very strong, but has since faded some.
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Nate Cohn / The New Republic:
Romney's Battleground State Problem
Joe Vardon / The Columbus Dispatch:
He tells ‘Dispatch’ those with pre-existing condition would have chance to get insurance  —  A Mitt Romney administration overhaul of President Barack Obama's health-care law would provide those without insurance who have a pre-existing condition the opportunity to gain coverage …
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Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Why Wasn't Libya Hearing on Page A1 of The Times?  —  Stories about Wednesday's Congressional hearing on Libya were prominently displayed on the front pages of major newspapers throughout the United States on Thursday morning.  —  The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, for example …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
New York Times: Nothing ‘significantly new’ in ‘politicized’ Libya hearings
Discussion: Mediaite, “The Lid” and Hot Air
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
DNC Fires Employee Featured In James O'Keefe Video  —  The Democratic National Committee on Wednesday fired a Texas staffer who appeared to offer to help someone figure out how to vote simultaneously in two states in undercover video released by conservative activist James O'Keefe.
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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
DNC fires Obama campaign staffer for assisting voter fraud attempt
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Video: Unions Fine Members Who Don't Show Support for Elizabeth Warren  —  A GOP source sends along this video, shot by a Republican tracker, of a union member supporting Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren outside of a debate Wednesday night in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Data Massaging Continues: Initial Claims Tumble To 339K Lowest Since 2008, Far Below Lowest Expectation  —  This is just getting stupid.  After expectations of a rebound in initial claims from 367K last week (naturally revised higher to 369K), to 370K (with the lowest of all sellside expectations at 355K) …
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
We've Gotten To The Bottom Of The Mysterious Jobless Claims Report!  —  After this morning's surprisingly positive jobless claims number was released, three things happened:  — Lots of people felt better about the economy  — Democrats cheered because they thought the number would help Obama
John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
Romney's Pivot to the Center Hasn't Worked.  (But It Didn't Need To.)  —  Perhaps you've heard about Romney's pivot to the center in last week's debate—what it means, whether it will work, how Obama is responding, etc.  Yesterday, Bill Clinton described his reaction to Romney's performance thusly: “Wow, here's old moderate Mitt.
Joe Klein / Time:
Note to Obama: Get Down off the Mountaintop  —  IllustratIon by OlIver Munday for TIME; Obama: Nicholas Kamm—AFP/Getty Images  —  This may be the most mysterious presidential election I've ever covered.  Both candidates are enigmas.  Mitt Romney is a traditional political conundrum …
Jonathan Lai / Philly.com:
Romney calls girl at center of T-shirt controversy  —  Mitt Romney called Samantha Pawlucy on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the campaign confirmed by email this morning.  —  The Romney campaign will not be issuing a formal statement, according to spokeswoman Kate Meriwether, who declined to provide details.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
GOP Plans Congressional Investigation Into September Jobs Number Conspiracy  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) told Fox News on Wednesday that he would hold hearings into the September job numbers, buying into a widely-discredited conspiracy theory that President Obama faked …
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Issa sees ‘legitimate questions’ about jobs report, but has no plans for hearing
Discussion: Politico
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Breaking News: Sixth Circuit Decides Provisional Ballot Cases, Finds Constitutional Violation in Not Counting Certain Wrong Precinct Ballots  —  The Sixth Circuit has decided SEIU v. Husted and NEOCH v. Husted in a single opinion.  —  This is the most important decision in this election cycle …
 
 
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John Nolte / BREITBART.COM:
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Philip Bump / Grist:
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Discussion: Power Line, BuzzFeed and Pirate's Cove
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Steve King's debate ‘notes’
Sheldon G. Adelson / jns.org:
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Rasmussen Reports:
18% Consider Vice Presidential Debate Very Important To Their Vote
Monica Davey / New York Times:
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