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1:40 PM 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.
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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John Podhoretz / New York Post:
An ‘Appropriate’ fiasco  —  Bizarre testimony on Libya  —  At yesterday's incendiary, four-hour hearing in Washington, congressional Republicans ripped into two high-ranking State Department officials who struggled to explain away the administration's utterly baffling behavior …
Shashank Bengali / Los Angeles Times:
Libya guards speak out on attack that killed U.S. ambassador
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
What I learned debating Paul Ryan
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Politico:
5 things to watch in VP debate
Discussion: CNN, Politicker, Pirate's Cove and Reuters
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Priebus: 'Joe Biden's been doing this since the 1800s'
Discussion: CNN
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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Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Romney: 'We Don't Have People Who Die Because They Don't Have Insurance'  —  Mitt Romney doubled down on his suggestion that uninsured Americans can find the care they need in emergency rooms, telling The Dispatch that people will always receive the treatment they need, and do not die or suffer because they can not pay for care.
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: LifeNews.com and Weasel Zippers
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Mary / FREEDOM EDEN:
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 …
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 …
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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.
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Frank Newport / Gallup.Com:
Survey Methods, Complex and Ever Evolving
Discussion: The New Republic
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
The Obama Mega Donor Who Got Lost In The Crowd  —  There are only a few dozen Americans who have given at least $1 million to super PACs this election cycle, and Kareem Ahmed is one of them.  If you manage to talk to him, he'll tell you a lot.  He'll tell you all about a class of pharmaceuticals …
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Lena Dunham Is Not Your Problem  —  The Girls creator and her $3.7 million book advance have come under intense scrutiny they don't quite deserve.  —  Lena Dunham  —  Andrew Sullivan rounds up two differing opinions on the $3.7 million book advance given to Lena Dunham.
Discussion: Salon and Taylor Marsh
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
The real Libya scandal: The failure to respond  —  Today marks exactly one month since terrorists attacked the U.S consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing our ambassador and three other American personnel.  In the weeks since, Washington has been gripped by the unfolding scandals …
Paul Krugman:
The IMF and the GOP  —  Econowonks are still buzzing about the new IMF World Economic Outlook, which offered grim warnings about the world economy, and also argued forcefully if discreetly that a big reason for the worsening outlook is that policy makers have gotten the basic economics wrong.
 
 
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Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's tax mythology, made simple
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