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2:30 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 …
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Politico:
5 things to watch in VP debate
Discussion: CNN, Politicker, Pirate's Cove and Reuters
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.
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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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama gets a boost after Gallup tweaks polling methodology
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Frank Newport / Gallup.Com:
Survey Methods, Complex and Ever Evolving
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
Associated Press:
Yemen security chief at US Embassy killed in Sanaa  —  SANAA, YEMEN - A masked gunman assassinated a Yemeni security official at the U.S. Embassy in a drive-by shooting in the capital Sanaa on Thursday, officials said.  —  The Yemeni officials said the killing bore the hallmarks of an Al Qaeda attack …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
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Nasser Arrabyee / New York Times:
Yemeni Employee at U.S. Embassy in Sana Is Shot Dead
Discussion: CNN, Newsy and BBC
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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Associated Press:   Fewest Americans since Feb. 2008 seek jobless aid
Sean Higgins / Washington Examiner:
Obama campaign refers to liberal bloggers as “tinfoil hat crowd”  —  The Obama campaign referred to several major liberal bloggers as the “tinfoil hat crowd” in a statement to Fox News Wednesday.  The campaign was responding to the cable channel's request for a comment on an Internet conspiracy theory many of them had promoted.
Dan Miller / XBIZ Newswire:
Poll: Adult Industry Backs Obama, Romney Limps  —  LOS ANGELES — The adult entertainment industry overwhelmingly favors re-electing Barack Obama to a second term as president, according to the results of a new industry poll conducted by media organization XBIZ.
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
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.
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
 
 
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