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1:10 AM ET, October 14, 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.
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The Huffington Post:
William Koch, Billionaire Koch Brother, Accused Of Imprisoning Executive … FOLLOW:  —  Video, Kirby Martensen, Kirby Martensen William Koch, Koch Brothers, William Koch, William Koch Lawsuit, Koch, Kochs, William Koch Kirby Martensen, William Koch Colorado, William Koch Kidnapping, William Koch Sued, Politics News
Discussion: The Raw Story and Hullabaloo
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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads 51-46 in Ohio  —  PPP's newest Ohio poll finds Barack Obama leading 51-46, a 5 point lead not too different from our last poll two weeks ago when he led 49-45.  —  The key finding on this poll may be how the early voters are breaking out. 19% of people say they've already cast …
Discussion: Ballot Box and Booman Tribune
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
Kevin DuJan / HillBuzz.org:
DOOM ANTIDOTE: Evidence that Democrats are in “Last Days of Pompeii” mode  —  [Note: skip to the 1:02:00 mark to see a more or less historically accurate interpretation of what's going to happen to Democrats on November 6th, 2012 ]  —  When I was a kid, ABC played a miniseries called …
Discussion: Doug Ross
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
WOW!... Ohio Coal Miners to Obama: Quit Lying About Us!  —  Ohio coal miners read a letter to Obama on Friday.  —  Ohio miners gathered Friday afternoon read aloud a letter the miners mailed to Obama.  They told the president to quit lying about them in his ads.  (Herald Star Online)
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Obama bites the hand that feeds him  —  Former President Clinton has been working overtime to drag Barack Obama across the finish line in this year's election.  Clinton has been hands-down President Obama's most effective advocate.  His personal credibility may not be substantial …
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Ben Geman / Ballot Box:
Springsteen hitting the road for Obama
Al Arabiya / Alarabiya.net English:
Hezbollah's CFO flees to Israel carrying stolen money, classified documents  —  Supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah wave Hezbollah flags as a poster depicting their leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is held in the background during a rally in the southern Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Via Meadia
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
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
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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Patrick Burke / CNSNews:
State Dept. Confirms: Marines on 9/11/12 Were Protecting U.S. Embassy—in Barbados
 
 
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Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
Campaigns Mine Personal Lives to Get Out Vote
Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Biden: No ‘character’ comparison between Obama, Romney
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and PolicyMic
Yaakov Lappin / Reuters:
IAF airstrike kills Palestinian jihadi leader
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Algemeiner.com
Catherine Saillant / Los Angeles Times:
Mayor Villaraigosa wants city ID card for immigrants
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Finance:
The wrong Europe wins the Nobel Peace Prize
Discussion: National Review
Associated Press:
Al Qaeda leader urges holy war over Prophet film
James Kirkup / Telegraph:
Defence chiefs draw up plans for faster withdrawal from Afghanistan
Discussion: Guardian and Spectator
 Earlier Items: 
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
As Massachusetts Governor, Romney Was Often Away
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Sen. Ron Wyden rejects Ryan's debate claim he supports GOP Medicare plan
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
Discussion: Prairie Weather