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10:50 PM ET, October 14, 2012


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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Arlen Specter dies; he was Pennsylvania's longest-serving senator  —  View Photo Gallery — Former senator Arlen Specter dies: Specter, who represented Pennsylvania in the Senate from 1981 to 2011, died Sunday at his home in Philadelphia from complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.  He was 82.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Senator, Is Dead at 82
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Arlen Specter, former Pa. senator, dies at 82
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Politico and Newsy
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
Skydiver surpasses speed of sound  —  Highlights from Felix Baumgartner's leap into the record books  —  Austrian Felix Baumgartner has become the first skydiver to go faster than the speed of sound, reaching a maximum velocity of 833.9mph (1,342km/h).  —  In jumping out of a balloon 128,100ft …
John Tierney / New York Times:
Felix Baumgartner Was Just Thinking About Coming Home  —  ROSWELL, N.M. — Felix Baumgartner, the professional daredevil, said he was not thinking about setting records or collecting scientific data in the moments before he jumped from a capsule more than 24 miles high.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Questions on Benghazi  —  Where is CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus?  He seems to be the missing man in the unfolding Benghazi debacle.  It is his agency, among others, which is being fingered by the White House for getting the Libya attack wrong.  However, we know that within a very short …
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Times
Margaret Talev / Bloomberg:
Libyan Ambassador's Death Not a Political Issue, Says Dad  —  The father of Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya who was killed in the attack in Benghazi last month, said his son's death shouldn't be politicized in the presidential campaign.  —  “It would really be abhorrent …
Ed Henry / Fox News:
Obama camp tips hand on debate, hints president will attack Romney on Bain
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Wisconsin Senate Candidate's Son Says We “Have The Opportunity” To Send Obama Back To Kenya  —  Jason Thompson, the son of former Governor and Wisconson Senate candidate Tommy Thompson, speaking this morning at a brunch attended RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said that “we have the opportunity …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Fear-Chucker: Fox Contributor Mark Sanford Says Obama To ‘Throw A Lot Of Spears’ At Debate  —  Former South Carolina Governor and Fox News contributor Mark Sanford wandered off the Appalachian Trail again Sunday morning when, in yet another completely isolated example of a Republican …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Weasel Zippers
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Mark Sanford: Obama will ‘throw a lot of spears’ at next debate  —  The disgraced former Republican governor of South Carolina on Sunday used a racially-coded term in his prediction that the nation's first African-American president would go on attack and “throw a lot of spears” at Tuesday's town hall debate.
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Another CEO Threatens To Fire Employees If Obama Wins  —  Last week, billionaire CEO David Siegel, who runs a timeshare empire, threatened to fire employees if President Obama is reelected in November, saying in an email, “the economy doesn't currently pose a threat to your job.
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 …
Jilian Fama / Yahoo! News:
Obama witch doctor to stay, creator vows  —  ABC News - Obama Witch Doctor to Stay, Creator Vows (ABC News)  —  The calendar is flipping toward two big late-fall events: Halloween and the presidential election.  —  A business owner has married the two in his New Jersey storefront.
Discussion: The Impolitic and Riehl World News
Jennifer O'Mahony / Telegraph:
Muslims protest ‘age of mockery’ as thousands descend on Google HQ  —  Thousands of Muslims have pledged a series of protests against Google HQ for a “hateful and offensive” anti-Islam video, saying they now live in an “age of mockery”.  —  A protest by 10,000 Muslims outside the offices …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
MORGAN FOR MITT: CNN STAR SAYS ROMNEY ‘MIGHT JUST SAVE AMERICA’  —  Watch “America's Got Talent” judge turned CNN talker Piers Morgan and you can't help but notice how he badgers conservatives while hurling softballs at left-of-center guests.  —  That hardly makes him unusual in mainstream media circles.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senator Denies Indisputable Facts On Obama's Employment Record  —  On ABC News' This Week Sunday morning, anchor Jake Tapper pressed GOP Sen. Rob Portman (OH) on Paul Ryan's false claim during the Vice Presidential debate that the unemployment rate is higher today then when Obama took office.
Egypt Independent:
Jama'a al-Islamiya: We will fight for Sharia, even if blood is shed  —  views:  —  Send to friend  —  Jama'a al-Islamiya hinted Friday that it may be willing to resort to violence in order to see Sharia adopted in the latest draft of the constitution from the Constituent Assembly.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
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CBS News:
“Face the Nation” transcripts, October 14, 2012: Sen. Graham, Rep. Issa, Rep. Cummings
Discussion: Althouse and Instapundit
Heather Stewart / Guardian:
George Osborne's austerity is costing UK an extra £76bn, says IMF
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Turkey bans all Syrian flights over its territory
Discussion: Newsy
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Ohio voting dispute makes its way to the Supreme Court
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Sen. Rob Portman: Romney ‘Probably’ Could Win Election Without Winning Ohio
David Segal / New York Times:
Romney's Go-To Economist
Mercury News:
California's retiring state workers cash in vacation for big bucks
Discussion: Doug Ross
Keith Laing / Ballot Box:
Gibbs: Obama will explain why Romney policies ‘bad for this country’
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
SNL's VP Debate: Belligerent Biden, Tough Gal Raddatz, And Water-Guzzling Ryan
New York Times:
Strauss-Kahn Says Sex Parties Went Too Far, but Lust Is No Crime
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Romney's plan to dump Bernanke sparking anxiety on Wall Street
Felicity Barringer / New York Times:
A Grand Experiment to Rein In Climate Change
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Whah?  —  A new Rocky Mountain poll has President Obama ahead by 2 points in Arizona.
Discussion: Liberal Values
Jesse Washington / Associated Press: