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8:40 PM ET, October 12, 2012


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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 …
Alex Wong / Rolling Stone:
The Vice Presidential Debate: Joe Biden Was Right to Laugh  —  I've never thought much of Joe Biden.  But man, did he get it right in last night's debate, and not just because he walloped sniveling little Paul Ryan on the facts.  What he got absolutely right, despite what you might read this morning …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Biden rattles Ryan  —  In the hours before Thursday night's vice presidential debate, word leaked that the Romney-Ryan campaign had instructed moderator Martha Raddatz to address Paul Ryan as “Mister” rather than “Congressman.”  —  To her credit, Raddatz ignored such instructions and referred …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Raddatz Visited Biden at His Residence in March  —  White House records reveal that the moderator of last night's vice presidential debate, Martha Raddatz, visited Vice President Joe Biden at his official residence on March 26, 2012.  Raddatz is an employee of ABC News.
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
VP Debate 2012: The Real Paul Ryan Is Bad for America  —  PHOTOGRAPH BY RICK WILKING/GETTY IMAGES … For the second time in as many presidential elections, Joseph Biden got to debate a young, attractive Republican candidate who was demonstrably less qualified to to be president than I am to be chairman of the World Bank.
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
TiVo: ‘47 percent’ exchange most-watched
Discussion: News Desk, Piers Morgan and CNN
Gregory J. Krieg / ABCNEWS:
Democrats Delight in ‘Laughing Joe’
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS, Poliglot and Bloomberg
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:   How Biden could become Romney's VP
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
GOP not smiling over Biden's laughter at debate vs. Ryan
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Generation War
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Roger Ailes
Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: Confusing Strength With Aggression
Rick Wilson / Ricochet Conversations Feed:   The Edge of Panic  —  Last night's performance by Biden â€" …
CBS News:
Poll: Biden takes debate over Ryan, uncommitted voters say
Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Claims He Voted Against Afghanistan, Iraq Wars
Why Did Mitt Romney Pick Paul Ryan, Again?
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
White House: Obama and Biden were never aware of requests for more Benghazi security  —  Vice President Joseph Biden speaks only for himself and President Barack Obama, and neither man was aware that U.S. officials in Libya had asked the State Department for more security before the Sept. 11 attack …
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 …
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
VIDEO CAPTURED LIBYA ATTACK  —  Footage from the night of Sept. 11 might be the clearest evidence yet of a military-style assault on the consulate in Benghazi.  Eli Lake reports.  —  Video footage from the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya, taken the night of the Sept. 11 anniversary attacks …
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
Florida GOP Group Uses Image Of Dead Ambassador's Body In Obama Attack Ad  —  A Florida chapter of the pro-gay Log Cabin Republicans has published an attack ad against the Obama administration that prominently features a picture of slain Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in an attack …
Dana Hughes / ABCNEWS:
Clinton: ‘To This Day We Do Not Have A Complete Picture’
The Final Word on Mitt Romney's Tax Plan  —  Mitt Romney's campaign says I'm full of it.  I said Romney's tax plan is mathematically impossible: he can't simultaneously keep his pledges to cut tax rates 20 percent and repeal the estate tax and alternative minimum tax; broaden the tax base enough …
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
The 6 Studies Paul Ryan Cited Prove Mitt Romney's Tax Plan Is Impossible
Discussion: National Review
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama commercial hits Romney on income taxes
Discussion: Politico
Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Friday Night Lights’ Creator Accuses Mitt Romney of Plagiarism in Threatening Letter (Exclusive)  —  “Your politics and campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed in our series,” Berg writes in the letter, challenging the GOP contender's use of “Clear Eyes.  Full Hearts.
Stacy Lambe / BuzzFeed:
“Friday Night Lights” Director Accuses Mitt Romney Of Plagiarism
Walter Hickey / Business Insider:
Lindsay Lohan Endorses Romney, And It's Actually A Really Big Deal  —  Lindsay Lohan came out in support of Mitt Romney yesterday.  —  While most would, at first glance, write this off as gossip, it's the latest instance of an evolving trend that jeopardizes President Obama's chance at winning the White House.
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Lindsay Lohan endorses Mitt Romney  —  LOS ANGELES - Four years ago, Lindsay Lohan referred to Obama's Presidential victory as “amazing,” but cut to 2012, and it seems the “Mean Girls” star has had a serious change of heart.  —  “I think unemployment is very important for now, so as of now I think …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Oct. 11: Obama's Swing State ‘Firewall’ Has Brittle Foundation  —  President Obama's position has been stronger in state polls than in national surveys on recent days, a streak that extended itself in Thursday's polling.  —  Although Mr. Obama got a distinctly poor poll in Florida …
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
Todd Akin: No ‘Science’ Behind Evolution  —  Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) has had trouble with facts about reproduction.  He said in August that women cannot get pregnant from “legitimate rape” because “the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down.”  And in 2008, Akin claimed that it is …
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 …
Lee Enterprises / Missoulian:
Grenade burns sleeping girl as SWAT team raids Billings home  —  A 12-year-old girl suffered burns to one side of her body when a flash grenade went off next to her as a police SWAT team raided a West End home Tuesday morning.  —  “She has first- and second-degree burns down the left side …
The Nobel Peace Prize for 2012  —  The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2012 is to be awarded to the European Union (EU).  The union and its forerunners have for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.
Washington Post:
2012 Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the European Union
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Halimah Abdullah / CNN:
As Election Day nears, voter ID laws still worry some, encourage others
John Dillon / Bloomberg:
Ex-Morgan Stanley Executive's Stabbing Charges Dropped
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Feds probe ‘suspicious activity’ in Jesse Jackson Jr.'s finances: sources
Discussion: Politico, The PJ Tatler and theGrio
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Poll finds Casey has 10-point lead over Tom Smith
Joe Biden Says Planned Parenthood Can't Perform Abortions Under Law
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Mosi Secret / New York Times:
Espada to Plead Guilty to Remaining Charges After Being Convicted of Theft
Discussion: Gothamist and Politicker
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans' Views of Obama More Polarized as Election Nears
TWS Podcast / Weekly Standard:
Kristol Reacts to the Vice Presidential Debate
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
At The Vice Presidential Debate: Ryan Told 24 Myths In 40 Minutes