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4:50 PM ET, October 13, 2012

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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.
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Obama Should Slam Romney On His ‘Six Studies’ Falsehood Over Tax Plan  —  Every time RMoney's tax-cut and federal-deficit plan is brought up by himself or his surrogates, you hear the line about five to six studies being done that prove their numbers are correct.
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
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Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
Romney and Obama Focus on Debate Preparations
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Author Ed Klein: As Benghazi blame nears Hillary, Clintons grow furious
BuzzFeed:
Man At Romney Rally Wears Mindblowingly Offensive Shirt  —  The Getty Images photo was taken at a Romney/Ryan campaign event in Lancaster, Ohio on Friday.  —  Andrew Kaczynski
American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest:
President Obama weighs in on Mariah Carey/Nicki Minaj fight  —  The president calls in to Miamis YO!  Show on Y100 to discuss the recent American Idol spat  —  Earlier today, President Obama called into Y100s Michael YO!  Show, where he weighed in on a very serious topic plaguing the pop world …
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 …
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New York Times:
Focus Was on Tripoli in Requests for Security in Libya
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
As Massachusetts Governor, Romney Was Often Away  —  BOSTON — When the ceiling collapsed in the Big Dig tunnel here, Gov. Mitt Romney was at his vacation home in New Hampshire.  When the Bush administration warned that the nation was at high risk of a terror attack in December 2003, he was at his Utah retreat.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Associated Press:
Al Qaeda leader urges holy war over Prophet film  —  CAIRO — The leader of Al Qaeda has urged Muslims to wage holy war against the United States and Israel over a film that insulted Islam's Prophet Mohammad.  —  Ayman al-Zawahri praised as “honest and zealous” demonstrators who breached …
James Kirkup / Telegraph:
Defence chiefs draw up plans for faster withdrawal from Afghanistan  —  Defence chiefs are drawing up plans for a faster withdrawal from Afghanistan, after George Osborne challenged their strategy and suggested that all troops should come home immediately.  —  The Daily Telegraph has learnt …
Discussion: Spectator and Guardian
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Sen. Ron Wyden rejects Ryan's debate claim he supports GOP Medicare plan  —  Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.) did not appreciate Paul Ryan calling him a supporter of the Romney-Ryan Medicare plan during Thursday's vice presidential debate.  —  Ryan mentioned his work with Wyden to argue …
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.
Discussion: Wake up America
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 …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
In Biden's Debate, Aides See Inspiration but Don't Expect Imitation  —  WASHINGTON — Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s smirking, aggressive performance during the vice-presidential debate on Thursday could be seen as a message for his boss: Here's how you do it.
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Chicago Tribune:
Brizard out as CPS chief: ‘We agreed it is best’
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Joanne Jacobs
Steve Benen / msnbc.com:
Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XXXVIII
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Balloon Juice
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Cracks in Maryland and Washington Voter Databases
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Michael P. McDonald / The Huffington Post:
Early Voting Rising
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USA Today:
Fact check: A 2nd look at Biden and Ryan claims
Daniel Trotta / Reuters:
“Million Muppet March” planned to defend U.S. backing for PBS
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
John Ingold / Denver Post:
Shot fired at Obama campaign field office in Denver
Discussion: Mediaite