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3:20 PM ET, October 12, 2012

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CBS News:
Poll: Biden takes debate over Ryan, uncommitted voters say  —  Fifty percent of uncommitted voters who tuned into Thursday night's vice presidential debate in Danville, Ky., said they see Vice President Joe Biden as the winner over Mitt Romney's GOP running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., according to an instant poll taken by CBS News.
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Debate watchers split on who won VP debate  —  Danville, Kentucky (CNN) - Call it a draw.  —  Forty-eight percent of voters who watched the vice presidential debate think that Rep. Paul Ryan won the showdown, according to a CNN/ORC International nationwide poll conducted right after Thursday night's faceoff.
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 …
usccb.org:
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 …
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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Joe Biden Dispenses With the Niceties  —  In case you missed it, I predicted that Paul Ryan would wipe the floor with Joe Biden.  That did not so much happen.  Ryan did not perform quite as well as I expected - he seemed greener, younger, and he visibly gulped when challenged.
Wall Street Journal:
The Bully vs. the Wonk  —  The Veep's strategy: Show contempt for your opponent.  —  So now we know what Team Obama's comeback plan was following last week's defeat in the Presidential debate.  Unleash Joe Biden to interrupt, filibuster, snarl, smirk and otherwise show contempt for Paul Ryan.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Sarah Palin: Martha Raddatz let Joe Biden run wild  —  Sarah Palin took vice presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz to task for allowing Vice President Joe Biden to “run roughshod” over Paul Ryan.  —  “Really tough format, Sean, for someone like a Paul Ryan or anybody else up against Joe Biden …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Biden rattles Ryan
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
At The Vice Presidential Debate: Ryan Told 24 Myths In 40 Minutes
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Twitter frowns on Joe Biden's laugh
Rick Wilson / Ricochet Conversations Feed:   The Edge of Panic  —  Last night's performance by Biden â€" …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney says Biden ‘doubling down on denial’ on Libya attacks
Discussion: Politico
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
GOP not smiling over Biden's laughter at debate vs. Ryan
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Angry old man yells at Paul Ryan for 90 minutes; Update: CNN insta-poll of undecideds shows tie …
Ricochet Conversations Feed:
Mollie Hemingway, Ed. : You Want To Win The Debate, But You Also Want To Win The Post-Debate
Discussion: GayPatriot
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Thoughts on the vice presidential debate
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 …
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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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Sen. Corker: Obama must have known what happened in Libya
Discussion: Instapundit and National Review
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Biden contradicts State Department on Benghazi security
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 …
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John Boone / E! Online:
NEWS/Lindsay Lohan: I'm Voting for Mitt Romney  —  Lindsay Lohan should have enough issues to focus on in her life (like, say, the blow up fight she had with her mom and subsequent fight she had with her dad) but she has another on her mind: Unemployment.  —  The Liz & Dick star stepped …
Gene Maddaus / The Informer:
Brad Sherman Grabs Howard Berman At Debate, Challenges Him To A Fight  —  Think Biden-Ryan was a hard-fought debate?  Then you missed the Berman-Sherman brawl up in the Valley today.  —  Congressman Brad Sherman put his arm around rival Congressman Howard Berman and challenged him to a fight, saying “Do you want to get into this?”
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Michael R. Blood / Associated Press:
Brad Sherman, Howard Berman Fight: California Congressional Race Turns Physical (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite and National Review
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite, The Raw Story and Esquire
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 …
Washington Post:
2012 Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the European Union  —  View Photo Gallery — This year's Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the European Union.  See a list of past Nobel Peace Prize winners honored before peacetime . . . or just aspirationally.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans' Views of Obama More Polarized as Election Nears  —  Ninety percent of Democrats, 8% of Republicans approve of him  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Thus far in October, an average of 90% of Democrats, and 8% of Republicans, approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president.
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Politico and Planet Washington
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.
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite and Business Insider
 
 
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