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12:05 PM ET, October 14, 2012


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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Politico
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.
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: CNN and Politico
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 …
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 …
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: Prairie Weather
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: Hullabaloo
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.
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.
New York Times:
Strauss-Kahn Says Sex Parties Went Too Far, but Lust Is No Crime  —  PARIS — More than a year after resigning in disgrace as the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn is seeking redemption with a new consulting company, the lecture circuit …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
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Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
SNL's VP Debate: Belligerent Biden, Tough Gal Raddatz, And Water-Guzzling Ryan
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
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
WOW!... Ohio Coal Miners to Obama: Quit Lying About Us!
 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
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