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1:45 PM ET, October 14, 2012


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Ed Henry / Fox News:
Obama camp tips hand on debate, hints president will attack Romney on Bain  —  FILE: Oct. 3, 2012: President Obama and Mitt Romney shake hands with Ann Romney after the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, in Denver.AP  —  WILLIAMSBURG, VA. - As President Obama began …
Discussion: and The PJ Tatler
Ben Geman / Ballot Box:
Axelrod defends White House on Libya, says Romney seeking to ‘exploit’ issue  —  President Obama's senior campaign adviser David Axelrod on Sunday defended the administration's handling of the consulate attack in Libya, accusing Mitt Romney of trying to “exploit” the issue.
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Keith Laing / Ballot Box:
Gibbs: Obama will explain why Romney policies ‘bad for this country’  —  Senior Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs promised Sunday that he would be more aggressive in his second debate with Republican nominee Mitt Romney this week.  —  Obama and Romney are set to square off in their second …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads 51-46 in Ohio
Sam Youngman / Reuters:
Romney closing gap in Ohio as poll numbers, crowds rise
Andy Sullivan / Reuters:
Obama grabs wide lead among those who have already voted: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are neck and neck in opinion polls, but there is one area in which the incumbent appears to have a big advantage: those who have already cast their ballots.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Chrystia Freeland / New York Times:
The Self-Destruction of the 1 Percent  —  IN the early 14th century, Venice was one of the richest cities in Europe.  At the heart of its economy was the colleganza, a basic form of joint-stock company created to finance a single trade expedition.  The brilliance of the colleganza …
Mercury News:
California's retiring state workers cash in vacation for big bucks  —  They could leave their hearts in San Francisco — or any of the Golden State's other big vacation spots — but thousands of California's state workers won't even leave their desks.  —  An analysis of the last three years …
Discussion: Doug Ross
David Rose / Daily Mail:
Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released... and here is the chart to prove it  — The figures reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012 there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures  — This means that the 'pause …
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Romney's plan to dump Bernanke sparking anxiety on Wall Street  —  Mitt Romney's promise to replace Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke if elected president is stirring anxiety among some financial analysts — who fear such a move could send the nation's markets tumbling.
Discussion: bustardblog and Prairie Weather
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
SNL's VP Debate: Belligerent Biden, Tough Gal Raddatz, And Water-Guzzling Ryan  —  Tonight's Saturday Night Live opened with a spoof of Thursday night's vice-presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and GOP challenger Paul Ryan, sparring no one and hitting everything …
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Sen. Rob Portman: Romney ‘Probably’ Could Win Election Without Winning Ohio  —  Speaking to me this morning on “This Week,” Ohio Sen. Rob Portman said GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney could “probably” win the White House without a victory in the Buckeye State, a feat that no other Republican has accomplished.
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.
Felicity Barringer / New York Times:
A Grand Experiment to Rein In Climate Change  —  LEGGETT, Calif. — Braced against a steep slope, Robert Hrubes cinched his measuring tape around the trunk of one tree after another, barking out diameters like an auctioneer announcing bids.  “Twelve point two!”  “Fourteen point one!”
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Hullabaloo
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.
David Segal / New York Times:
Romney's Go-To Economist  —  “I HOPE you're sitting down for this,” said Ali Velshi, the CNN anchor, staring into the camera, his voice booming with incredulity about a campaign promise issued by Mitt Romney: that, if elected, Mr. Romney would create 12 million jobs in four years.
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Ohio voting dispute makes its way to the Supreme Court
New York Times:
Strauss-Kahn Says Sex Parties Went Too Far, but Lust Is No Crime
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Stefan Bos / BosNewsLife:
Report: ‘Christians Flee Bosnia Amid Discrimination, Islamization’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
‘Post’ poll finds Obama loses support among Israelis
Al Arabiya / English:
Hezbollah's CFO flees to Israel carrying stolen money, classified documents
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Via Meadia
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
Campaigns Mine Personal Lives to Get Out Vote
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin DuJan /
DOOM ANTIDOTE: Evidence that Democrats are in “Last Days of Pompeii” mode
Discussion: Doug Ross
Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Biden: No ‘character’ comparison between Obama, Romney
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Romney's Dog-Whistle Campaign Bears Predictable Fruit
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