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3:50 AM ET, October 14, 2012


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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 …
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
Sam Youngman / Reuters:
Romney closing gap in Ohio as poll numbers, crowds rise  —  (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is recovering ground in the critical swing state of Ohio as he rises in the polls and crowd numbers swell after his strong debate performance last week against President Barack Obama.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Ben Geman / Ballot Box:
Springsteen hitting the road for Obama
Discussion: Politico
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.
The Huffington Post:
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Whah?  —  A new Rocky Mountain poll has President Obama ahead by 2 points in Arizona.  —  Given the larger national dynamics in the race I'd strongly caution people not to assume this is actual the state of the race in Arizona.  I have to assume it's an outlier.  And the Rocking Mountain poll does not have a great reputation.
Al Arabiya / 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
Kevin DuJan /
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)
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 …
Jesse Washington / Associated Press:
DO BLACK PEOPLE SUPPORT OBAMA BECAUSE HE'S BLACK?  —  Surviving slavery, segregation and discrimination has forged a special pride in African-Americans.  Now some are saying this hard-earned pride has become prejudice in the form of blind loyalty to President Barack Obama.
Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Biden: No ‘character’ comparison between Obama, Romney  —  (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday that this presidential election comes down to the two top candidates' disposition, and on that, there is no comparison.  —  “Every presidential race always comes down to who the American people …
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
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.
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.
Patrick Burke / CNSNews:
State Dept. Confirms: Marines on 9/11/12 Were Protecting U.S. Embassy—in Barbados
Discussion: Right Wing News
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Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
Campaigns Mine Personal Lives to Get Out Vote
Catherine Saillant / Los Angeles Times:
Mayor Villaraigosa wants city ID card for immigrants
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Nate Cohn / The New Republic:
Daily Breakdown: Romney's Best Polling Day Yet
Discussion: Riehl World News
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
Lara Logan: “Our Way of Life is Under Attack” (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Doug Ross
Associated Press:
Al Qaeda leader urges holy war over Prophet film
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James Kirkup / Telegraph:
Defence chiefs draw up plans for faster withdrawal from Afghanistan
Discussion: Guardian and Spectator
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
Discussion: CNN
Steve Benen /
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