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9:25 AM ET, October 14, 2012


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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 …
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.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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 …
Discussion: Ballot Box and Booman Tribune
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.
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.
Bfearnowcbs / CBS Tampa:
Florida Passes Plan For Racially-Based Academic Goals  —  Palm Beach, Fla. (CBS TAMPA) - The Florida State Board of Education passed a plan that sets goals for students in math and reading based upon their race.  —  On Tuesday, the board passed a revised strategic plan that says that by 2018 …
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Mahablog
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.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Al Arabiya / English:
Hezbollah's CFO flees to Israel carrying stolen money, classified documents  —  Supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah wave Hezbollah flags as a poster depicting their leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is held in the background during a rally in the southern Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Via Meadia
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.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
WOW!... Ohio Coal Miners to Obama: Quit Lying About Us!  —  Ohio coal miners read a letter to Obama on Friday.  —  Ohio miners gathered Friday afternoon read aloud a letter the miners mailed to Obama.  They told the president to quit lying about them in his ads.  (Herald Star Online)
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Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
‘Post’ poll finds Obama loses support among Israelis
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
Campaigns Mine Personal Lives to Get Out Vote
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Associated Press:
Al Qaeda leader urges holy war over Prophet film
James Kirkup / Telegraph:
Defence chiefs draw up plans for faster withdrawal from Afghanistan
Discussion: Guardian and Spectator
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
As Massachusetts Governor, Romney Was Often Away