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4:50 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.
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Arlen Specter, 82, Dies; Former Senator From Pennsylvania  —  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 …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Daily Kos
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Arlen Specter, former Pa. senator, dies at 82
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
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 …
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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 …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
What Happened In Benghazi  —  The State Department has released …
Ben Geman / Ballot Box:
Axelrod defends White House on Libya, says Romney seeking to ‘exploit’ issue
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Biden: No ‘character’ comparison between Obama, Romney
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
Skydiver Felix Baumgartner lands highest ever jump  —  Baumgartner stood for several seconds before leaping into the stratosphere  —  Austrian Felix Baumgartner has broken the record for the highest ever skydive by jumping out of a balloon 128,000ft (39km) above New Mexico.
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John Tierney / New York Times:
Daredevil Getting Ready to Try a 22-Mile Fall
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 …
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.
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 …
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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 …
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.
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!”
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.
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
 
 
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
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Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
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New York Times:
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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
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Whah?  —  A new Rocky Mountain poll has President Obama ahead by 2 points in Arizona.
Discussion: Liberal Values
Al Arabiya / Alarabiya.net 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
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Kevin DuJan / HillBuzz.org:
DOOM ANTIDOTE: Evidence that Democrats are in “Last Days of Pompeii” mode
Discussion: Doug Ross