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8:20 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.
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Senator, Is Dead at 82  —  WASHINGTON — Arlen Specter, the irascible senator from Pennsylvania who was at the center of many of the Senate's most divisive legal battles — from the Supreme Court nominations of Robert H. Bork and Clarence Thomas to the impeachment …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Arlen Specter, former Pa. senator, dies at 82
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
Skydiver Felix Baumgartner breaks sound barrier  —  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 top speed of 833.9mph (1,342km/h).
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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.
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 …
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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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Questions on Benghazi  —  Where is CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus?
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Times
Ben Geman / Ballot Box:
Axelrod defends White House on Libya, says Romney seeking to ‘exploit’ issue
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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
CBS News:
“Face the Nation” transcripts, October 14, 2012: Sen. Graham, Rep. Issa, Rep. Cummings  —  (CBS News) Below is a transcript of “Face the Nation” on October 14, 2012, hosted by CBS News' Bob Schieffer.  Guests include: Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. …
Discussion: Althouse
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.
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 by Tommy Thompson and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said that …
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 …
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David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Mark Sanford: Obama will ‘throw a lot of spears’ at next debate
Heather Stewart / Guardian:
George Osborne's austerity is costing UK an extra £76bn, says IMF
Discussion: AMERICAblog
BBC:
Turkey bans all Syrian flights over its territory
Discussion: Newsy
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Ohio voting dispute makes its way to the Supreme Court
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’
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
SNL's VP Debate: Belligerent Biden, Tough Gal Raddatz, And Water-Guzzling Ryan
 Earlier Items: 
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
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
‘Post’ poll finds Obama loses support among Israelis
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:
DO BLACK PEOPLE SUPPORT OBAMA BECAUSE HE'S BLACK?