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12:45 PM ET, October 13, 2012


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Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Author Ed Klein: As Benghazi blame nears Hillary, Clintons grow furious  —  With tensions between President Obama and the Clintons at a new low, former President Bill Clinton is moving fast to develop a contingency plan for how his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton …
Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
Romney and Obama Focus on Debate Preparations  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is preparing for his second debate with President Barack Obama but taking time to tell voters in Ohio that enthusiasm for him is surging both in this critical state and across the country.
Discussion: Politico
Alana Goodman / Commentary Magazine:
Did Intelligence Tell WH There Were Protests in Benghazi?
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Moody's Chief Economist On Romney's Tax Plan: 'The Arithmetic Doesn't Work'  —  The fact that Mitt Romney's tax plan is mathematically impossible was reinforced again on Friday, when Mark Zandi, a former John McCain campaign adviser and Chief Economist at Moody's Economy, admitted as much.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama commercial hits Romney on income taxes
Discussion: Politico
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
The 6 Studies Paul Ryan Cited Prove Mitt Romney's Tax Plan Is Impossible
USCCB Responds To Inaccurate Statement Of Fact On HHS Mandate Made During Vice Presidential Debate  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued the following statement, October 12.  Full text follows:  —  Last night, the following statement was made during …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
How Biden could become Romney's VP … It might be hard to believe after his assault on Mitt Romney in last night's debate, but there's a scenario under which Joe Biden could serve as Mitt Romney's vice president.  —  As noted in an earlier post, there are plausible scenarios under …
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
TiVo: ‘47 percent’ exchange most-watched
Discussion: Piers Morgan, CNN and News Desk
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Oct. 12: Romney Debate Gains Show Staying Power  —  Mitt Romney continues to surge in the FiveThirtyEight forecast, and Friday may have featured his best set of polls all year.  —  The best way to track a change in the polls is to look for instances in which the same firm has surveyed the same state …
Washington Post:
Romney tries to bury Obama in ads  —  Republican nominee Mitt Romney and his allies are banking heavily on a high-risk, high-reward media strategy in the final weeks of the campaign, hoping that burying President Obama in ads will give them a crucial edge on Election Day.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Unmasking Reddit's Violentacrez, The Biggest Troll on the Web  —  Last Wednesday afternoon I called Michael Brutsch.  He was at the office of the Texas financial services company where he works as a programmer and he was having a bad day.  I had just told him, on Gchat …
Jjesselli / The Smoking Gun:
Cleveland Bus Driver Suspended After Decking Unruly Female Rider With Brutal Bolo Punch  —  Buster  —  A Cleveland municipal bus driver has been suspended after video surfaced this week showing him decking a mouthy female rider with a bolo punch.  —  The confrontation between …
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Cracks in Maryland and Washington Voter Databases  —  Computer security experts have identified vulnerabilities in the voter registration databases in two states, raising concerns about the ability of hackers and others to disenfranchise voters.  —  In the last five years …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Daniel Trotta / Reuters:
“Million Muppet March” planned to defend U.S. backing for PBS  —  (Reuters) - Plans to save Big Bird, the fuzzy yellow character on U.S. public television's “Sesame Street,” from possible extinction are taking shape in the form of a puppet-based protest next month dubbed the “Million Muppet March.”
James Risen / New York Times:
After Benghazi Attack, Private Security Hovers as an Issue  —  WASHINGTON — Lost amid the election-year wrangling over the militants' attack on the United States Mission in Benghazi, Libya, is a complex back story involving growing regional resentment against heavily armed American private …
John Ingold / Denver Post:
Shot fired at Obama campaign field office in Denver  —  Police say someone fired a shot at an Obama campaign field office in Denver on Friday afternoon.  —  No one was injured, though people were inside the offices when the incident occurred, said Denver police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez.
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Chicago Tribune:
Brizard out as CPS chief: ‘We agreed it is best’
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Joanne Jacobs
Steve Benen /
Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XXXVIII
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Balloon Juice
Michael P. McDonald / The Huffington Post:
Early Voting Rising
USA Today:
Fact check: A 2nd look at Biden and Ryan claims
Marc Caputo /
Poll: Strong presidential debate helps Mitt Romney move ahead of President Obama by 7 points among Florida voters
 Earlier Items: 
Why Did Mitt Romney Pick Paul Ryan, Again?
Discussion: Guardian, Washington Monthly and Slate
John Dillon / Bloomberg:
Ex-Morgan Stanley Executive's Stabbing Charges Dropped
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Feds probe ‘suspicious activity’ in Jesse Jackson Jr.'s finances: sources
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, Politico and theGrio
Tom Infield /
Poll finds Casey has 10-point lead over Tom Smith
Joe Biden Says Planned Parenthood Can't Perform Abortions Under Law