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11:40 AM ET, October 11, 2012


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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.
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.
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Race Tightens in Two States
Mike Allen / Politico:
Biden seeks to calm left — Ryan to claim misrepresentations by Obama — New swing-state polls: CO, VA, OH, WI, FL — Brooke Brower baby  —  MORNING MINDMELD: Conversations with advisers to the V.P. candidates suggest that both will be very aggressive tonight.
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 …
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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Priebus: 'Joe Biden's been doing this since the 1800s'
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Mother of Slain State Dept. Official Tired of Being Lied To and Stonewalled by Obama Administration
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Security Officer on State Department Blocking Requests: ‘For Me the Taliban Is Inside the Building’
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Jobless Claims Fall  —  The number of U.S. workers filing applications for jobless benefits fell last week, a hopeful sign for the job market following the recent drop in the unemployment rate to its lowest level since January 2009.  —  Initial jobless claims—a measure of layoffs …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Business Insider
Associated Press:   Fewest Americans since Feb. 2008 seek jobless aid
Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
Jobless claims show sharp improvement, drop to Obama-era low
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Bus Driver Tells 12 Year-Old He Should Have Been Aborted Because of Romney Yard Sign  —  A bus driver told a 12 year-old student that he should have been aborted because his family had a Romney-Ryan sign in their yard.  —  Freedom Eden reported: … UPDATE: The bus driver was fired after the report on Mark's show.
Discussion: and Weasel Zippers
New Berlin School Bus Driver Tells Child He Should Have Been Aborted  —  Mark Belling discussed this story on his radio program yesterday.  It's another tale of a Leftist behaving badly.  —  The Leftist, a 78-year-old woman, a New Berlin school bus driver, has been harassing a student …
Discussion: Riehl World News
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.
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.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Martha Raddatz  —  Martha Raddatz was named Senior Foreign …
Erik Loomis / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
The Dark Side of Jefferson is the Dark Side of America  —  This Henry Wiencek piece at Smithsonian on Thomas Jefferson's dark side has half-perplexed me, yet the reactions show why it is so necessary.  The piece essentially argues that Jefferson was a cold calculating slaveholder …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Henry Wiencek / Smithsonian Magazine:   The Dark Side of Thomas Jefferson
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Politics and the Gallup Poll  —  Since about the beginning of President Obama's tenure, the Gallup poll has generally been one of the least positive polls for the Democratic party.  This has prompted outrage and pressure from the left—even from presidential advisor David Axelrod.
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
New York Times:
Romney Campaign Looks to Capitalize on Image Voters Saw in Debate  —  BOSTON — Inside Mitt Romney's campaign headquarters over the past few days, the data pouring in was unmistakable.  Aides scouring the results of focus groups and national polls found that undecided voters watching …
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.
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
FLASHBACK: MODERATOR RADDATZ STUNNED DEMOCRAT JOHN SILBER'S CAMPAIGN FOR MA GOVERNOR IN 1990 DEBATE  —  Ahead of Thursday evening's highly-anticipated debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican challenger Rep. Paul Ryan, pundits are wondering whether the moderator, ABC News' Martha Raddatz …
Jparkercbs / CBS San Francisco:
CBS 5 Poll: Romney Gains 8 Points On Faltering Obama In California  —  SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — The effects of President Barack Obama's falter in the first debate with Mitt Romney are not just being felt in battleground states, according to KPIX-TV CBS 5′s latest tracking poll of California …
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Paul Krugman:
The IMF and the GOP  —  Econowonks are still buzzing …
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