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9:15 AM ET, October 16, 2012


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Elise Labott / CNN:
Clinton: ‘I take responsibility’ for security ahead of Benghazi attack  —  Lima, Peru (CNN) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the buck stops with her when it comes to who is to blame for security ahead of a deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton To Obama In 2008: “The Buck Stops In The Oval Office”  —  The Secretary of State took the fall for the lack of security in Benghazi Monday, but in 2008 told then Senator Obama the “buck stops in the Oval Office.”  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took “responsibility” …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
U.S. Senator John McCain - Arizona  —  Filter by:  —  STATEMENT BY SENATORS McCAIN, GRAHAM AND AYOTTE ON SECRETARY CLINTON'S COMMENTS THIS EVENING ON BENGHAZI ATTACK  —  Washington, D.C. ­- U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) …
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Clinton on Libya attack: ‘I take responsibility’  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she takes responsibility when it comes to security concerns in Libya in the run up to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans including a U.S. ambassador.
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS, The Caucus and Politico
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Hillary: I take responsibility for Benghazi  —  Fearless prediction: With Hillary having now formally accepted blame, President Above The Fray will magnanimously volunteer at tomorrow night's debate that, no no, it is with him that the buck ultimately stops.
Bruce Kesler / Maggie's Farm:
Hillary Doesn't Get Obama Off The Hook
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton Accepts Blame for Benghazi
Clinton: I'm responsible for diplomats' security
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
If Obama wins, it may be because the former president saved his presidency …
Discussion: Politico and Marbury
Felicia Sonmez / Election 2012:
Charity president unhappy about Paul Ryan soup kitchen ‘photo op’  —  Paul Ryan and his wife Janna wash pots at St. Vincent De Paul dining hall.  (Associated Press)  —  The head of a northeast Ohio charity says that the Romney campaign last week “ramrodded their way” into the group's Youngstown soup kitchen …
USA Today:
Swing States poll: Women push Romney into lead  —  IN THE SWING STATES, THE POWER OF WOMEN  —  A new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll of the Swing States shows Mitt Romney with a lead among likely voters as he strengthens his standing with women in the nation's top battlegrounds.
Associated Press:
5 Things to Watch for in Presidential Debate  —  Five things to watch for when President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney meet in their second debate:  —  1. A REBOUND?  After taking a drubbing in the first debate, Obama's under big pressure to step up his game Tuesday night.
Romney to get first question at debate
Discussion: The Hill
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama-Romney II: Prez needs to win by knockout
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Associated Press:
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Politico
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Our Awful Economy, In One Chart  —  Michelle Obama says we are “in the midst of a huge recovery.”  That claim is laughable to anyone who has lived through the last four years; this simple chart from the Senate Budget Committee highlights one of the central failings of Obamanomics …
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Obama: ‘We Got Back Every Dime’ of Bailout; CBO: Bailout Will Lose $24 Billion  —  ( - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that “we got back every dime we used to rescue the financial system.”  —  According to the Congressional Budget Office, however, the government will lose about $24 billion on the bailout.
Associated Press:
Ex-Sen. George McGovern, who lost presidency to Nixon in historic landslide, in hospice care  —  PIERRE, S.D. — Longtime former U.S. Sen. George McGovern, the Democratic presidential candidate who lost to President Richard Nixon in a historic landslide, has moved into hospice care near his home in South Dakota, his family said Monday.
Quinnipiac University:
Release Detail  —  October 16, 2012 - Romney Closing In On Obama In Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Casey-Smith Senate Race Too Close To Call  —  Watch Video: Assistant Director Tim Malloy discusses poll results  —  Clip Information and Download:  —  FLV File - For Website (1920x1080 / 50.8MB)
Michael Barbaro / The Caucus:
Romney Is Attacked by His Father's Longtime Aide  —  A longtime aide to George W. Romney issued a harshly worded critique of Mitt Romney, accusing him of shifting political positions in “erratic and startling ways” and failing to live up to the distinguished record of his father, the former governor of Michigan.
H. Ross Perot Sr / Des Moines Register:
H. Ross Perot: We can't afford Obama  —  Our country faces a momentous choice.  The fact is the United States is on an unsustainable course.  At stake is nothing less than our position in the world, our standard of living at home and our constitutional freedoms.  —  That is why I am endorsing Mitt Romney for president.
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and CNN
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Paul Ryan Can't Lose  —  On a Monday night in late September, Paul Ryan sat on the edge of a couch in his suite at the Cincinnatian Hotel, his left fist clenched so tightly around the neck of his bottle of Miller Lite that I could see the veins bulging in his hands.
Discussion: Marbury
New York Times:
Over the Decades, How States Have Shifted  —  Recent elections have placed a heavy emphasis on “swing states” — Ohio, Florida, and a handful of other states most-easily swayed from one party to the other.  Yet in the past, many more states shifted between the Democratic and Republican parties.
Bob Cusack / Ballot Box:
Professors donate to Obama, opine about election in the news  —  At least a half-dozen professors who gave political donations to President Obama have been quoted in news articles opining about his administration and the 2012 race for the White House.  —  The findings of The Hill's months …
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Paul Joseph Watson / Infowars:
New Threats to Riot if Obama Loses Election  —  Despite the issue receiving national media attention, Obama supporters continue to threaten to riot if Mitt Romney wins the presidential election, raising the prospect of civil unrest if Obama fails to secure a second term.
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Mark Halperin / The Page:
The Romney Scenario  —  Here's why some Democrats are worried tonight.
Discussion: Guardian and Hot Air
Lanny Davis / The Hill:
Advice to President Obama for Tuesday night's debate
Discussion: PJ Media
Associated Press:
White House reportedly preps strike team to take out terrorists tied to Libya attack
Discussion: New York Times, Reuters and Hot Air
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Justice Seeks Dismissal of Fast & Furious Suit
Discussion: Politico
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
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Discussion: CNN
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Romney campaign files federal suit to ensure all military ballots count in Wisconsin
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