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3:30 PM ET, October 11, 2012

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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.
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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.
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 …
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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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: CNN, The Daily Caller and The Week
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Sarah Parnass / ABCNEWS:
Getting to Know ABC News VP Debate Moderator Martha Raddatz  —  Martha Raddatz has interviewed world leaders and four-star generals, walked among the injured after the devastating earthquake in Haiti and twice flown in an F15 fighter jet over Afghanistan — but Thursday night she faces a new challenge …
Politico:
5 things to watch in VP debate
Discussion: CNN, Pirate's Cove, Politicker 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.
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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 …
Associated Press:
Fewest Americans since Feb. 2008 seek jobless aid  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted last week to seasonally adjusted 339,000, the lowest level in more than four years.  The sharp drop offered a hopeful sign that the job market could pick up.
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Jobless Claims Fall
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.
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.
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 …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Schumer Gets Backup From Democratic Leadership on Taxes  —  Schumer lobs volley at Dick Durbin and Bowles-Simpson  —  We now know where Harry Reid stands in the great divide between base-broadening, rate-lowering “tax reform” and the Chuck Schumer approach, which rejects lowering rates as a trap.
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
Roger Ebert / Roger Ebert's Journal:
Who do you believe—Mitt, or your lyin' memory?  —  A depression has descended upon me.  I look at the blank screen, and those are the words that come into my mind.  I do not believe for a second that Mitt Romney will win the election.  I do believe that at this moment he is tied, 50-50, in various national polls.
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
 
 
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Romney's Pivot to the Center Hasn't Worked. (But It Didn't Need To.)
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