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1:30 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 …
Ben Geman / Ballot Box:
Springsteen, Bill Clinton seek to swing Ohio for Obama  —  The rocker and the former president will appear at a pro-Obama event in the battleground state next week.  —  Bruce Springsteen, whose music has been the soundtrack for President Obama's campaign rallies, will join former President Bill Clinton …
Discussion: Politico
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
Dana Hughes / ABCNEWS:
Clinton: ‘To This Day We Do Not Have A Complete Picture’
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 …
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: Crooks and Liars and Firedoglake
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 …
New York Times:
Focus Was on Tripoli in Requests for Security in Libya
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
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.
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
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 …
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.”
Steve Benen /
Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol.  XXXVIII  —  The broader concerns about Mitt Romney's comfort with dishonesty reached a milestone this week — it got The Onion treatment.  (Remember, this is satire.  The quotes in this excerpt are not actual quotes.)
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Balloon Juice
Marc Caputo /
Poll: Strong presidential debate helps Mitt Romney move ahead of President Obama by 7 points among Florida voters  —  With a dramatic shift among Florida voters, Mitt Romney moves past President Barack Obama, according to new poll.  The key factor: Romney's debate performance.  —  MCAPUTO@MIAMIHERALD.COM
Discussion: Israpundit and Outside the Beltway
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Oct. 11: Obama's Swing State ‘Firewall’ Has Brittle Foundation
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Chicago Tribune:
Brizard out as CPS chief: ‘We agreed it is best’
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Joanne Jacobs
Michael P. McDonald / The Huffington Post:
Early Voting Rising
USA Today:
Fact check: A 2nd look at Biden and Ryan claims
Why Did Mitt Romney Pick Paul Ryan, Again?
Discussion: Guardian, Washington Monthly and Slate
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama commercial hits Romney on income taxes
Discussion: Politico
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
Joe Biden Says Planned Parenthood Can't Perform Abortions Under Law