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5:20 PM ET, October 11, 2012

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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 …
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.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Stephanie Cutter Says Libya Is A Political Topic “Because Of Mitt Romney And Paul Ryan”  —  The Obama campaign's deputy campaign manager said the attack was being politicized by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan today on CNN.  “The entire reason this has become the political topic it is, is because of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.”
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.
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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.
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
David Weigel / Slate:
Can Joe Biden Save Barack Obama?
CNN:
Advice for the VP debate
Discussion: The Daily Beast and PolicyMic
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
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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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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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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.
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) …
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: Hot Air
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Zack Colman / Ballot Box:
Ad blitz hits Ohio Sen. Brown over coal industry regulations  —  An ad campaign launched Thursday by a conservative group aims to unseat Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) by linking him to Obama administration regulations opposed by the coal industry.  —  American Commitment is spending $400,000 on the Ohio TV and radio effort.
Discussion: Politico
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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