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7:55 PM ET, October 13, 2012

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David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Romney's Dog-Whistle Campaign Bears Predictable Fruit  —  I'm sure you're about as shocked as I am that this shirt showed up at a Romney campaign event in Ohio.  Which is to say, not even remotely.  —  Via Andrew Kaczynski at Buzzfeed: … Now, candidates can't really be blamed for all the nutcases they attract.
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 …
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 …
Nate Cohn / The New Republic:
Daily Breakdown: Romney's Best Polling Day Yet  —  After a week of swing state polls going Obama's way, Romney finally added a wave of strong showings in the battleground states while preserving his lead in the national polls.  —  This is probably Romney's best polling day of this election.
Discussion: Riehl World News and PolicyMic
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: Firedoglake
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Obama Should Slam Romney On His ‘Six Studies’ Falsehood Over Tax Plan
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.
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
Lara Logan: “Our Way of Life is Under Attack” (VIDEO)  —  The quotes and excerpts of Lara Logan's speech don't really properly capture it the way that watching the video does.  This is an emotional speech and it's unusual because it's been a while since we've heard anyone talk like this.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Doug Ross
Catherine Saillant / Los Angeles Times:
Mayor Villaraigosa wants city ID card for immigrants  —  Villaraigosa is pushing a plan for an official city identification card that would double as a prepaid ATM card to help undocumented residents get access to banking services.  —  Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, left …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Bfearnowcbs / CBS Tampa:
Florida Passes Plan For Racially-Based Academic Goals  —  Palm Beach, Fla. (CBS TAMPA) - The Florida State Board of Education passed a plan that sets goals for students in math and reading based upon their race.  —  On Tuesday, the board passed a revised strategic plan that says that by 2018 …
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Focus Was on Tripoli in Requests for Security in Libya  —  WASHINGTON — In the weeks leading up to the attack last month on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, diplomats on the ground sounded increasingly urgent alarms.
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James Risen / New York Times:
After Benghazi Attack, Private Security Hovers as an Issue
 
 
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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Finance:
The wrong Europe wins the Nobel Peace Prize
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James Kirkup / Telegraph:
Defence chiefs draw up plans for faster withdrawal from Afghanistan
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Ben Geman / Ballot Box:
Springsteen hitting the road for Obama
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
Washington Post:
Romney tries to bury Obama in ads
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Cracks in Maryland and Washington Voter Databases
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Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
Romney and Obama Focus on Debate Preparations
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