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11:30 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 …
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 …
Jonathan S. Tobin / Commentary Magazine:
Why Dems Loved Biden's Boorish Behavior  —  The morning after the vice presidential debate, Democrats are delighted.  Vice President Joe Biden's obnoxious display was exactly what was needed to cheer them up after a week of morose speculation about why President Obama was so passive …
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 …
Why Did Mitt Romney Pick Paul Ryan, Again?
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Raddatz Visited Biden at His Residence in March
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Generation War
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Roger Ailes
Rick Wilson / Ricochet Conversations Feed:
The Edge of Panic  —  Last night's performance by Biden â€" …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Gregory J. Krieg / ABCNEWS:
Democrats Delight in ‘Laughing Joe’
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Politico, Poliglot and Bloomberg
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Walter Hickey / Business Insider:
Lindsay Lohan Endorses Romney, And It's Actually A Really Big Deal
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.”
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 …
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 …
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Feds probe ‘suspicious activity’ in Jesse Jackson Jr.'s finances: sources  —  Jesse Jackson Jr. in 2008.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)  —  Spelling potentially new trouble for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., federal investigators have launched a probe into the South Shore congressman's finances …
Discussion: Politico, The PJ Tatler and theGrio
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