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1:35 PM 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.
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mccain.senate.gov:
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) …
New York Magazine:
Bill & Hillary Forever  —  But after Obama sealed the nomination, his attitude toward the Clintons shifted to a sharp differentiation.  His rancor toward Hillary evaporated: Obama needed her support, wanted her on his side, and was willing to work for it.  But Obama saw no benefit in kissing 42's ring, let alone his ass.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Washington Free Beacon:
After joking with reporters, Obama silent on Benghazi question  —  After joking with reporters, President Barack Obama ignored Tuesday a shouted question about whether Sec. Hillary Clinton is to blame for security failures surrounding the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Former Aide on Obama: 'Stunning that He's in Politics, Because He Really Doesn't Like People'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
FNC's Wendell Goler just interviewed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton …
Kos / Daily Kos:
Daily Kos/SEIU State of the Nation poll: Romney's best numbers of the week  —  Public Policy Polling for Daily Kos & SEIU.  10/12-14.  Likely voters.  MoE ±2.5% (10/4-7 results) … Obama 46 (47)  —  Romney 50 (49)  —  At a time when other polls are moving back in the president's direction …
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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)
Howard Berkes / NPR:
Poll: Romney Near Landslide In Rural Swing Counties  —  As Mitt Romney and President Obama get ready for their second debate, a new bipartisan survey shows a surge for Romney in a key voter group following their first debate Oct. 3.  —  The random cell phone and landline poll …
Bloomberg:
Electric Car Battery Maker A123 Systems Files Bankruptcy  —  A123 Systems Inc. (AONE), a maker of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for electric cars, filed for bankruptcy after failing to make a debt payment that was due yesterday.  —  The company listed assets of $459.8 million and debt …
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Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
Romney's Tax Plan and Economic Growth  —  Bruce Bartlett held senior policy roles in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and served on the staffs of Representatives Jack Kemp and Ron Paul.  He is the author of “The Benefit and the Burden: Tax Reform - Why We Need It and What It Will Take.”
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Michael R. Strain / The Atlantic Online:
Romney's Tax Plan Doesn't Add Up—But It Deserves a Second Look
Discussion: The Daily Beast and protein wisdom
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Fake Celebrity Account Fools Drudge, Crashes Twitter With Endorsement  —  If you were on Twitter last night, you might have noticed that the notorious “fail whale” made its unwelcome appearance for a while: Twitter was over capacity, and now we know why:  —  Drudge Report posted a headline …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Infowars
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Paul Joseph Watson / Infowars:
New Threats to Riot if Obama Loses Election
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Drudge Report Gets Punked By ‘Jake Gyllenhaal’ Twitter Endorsement Of Mitt Romney
Discussion: Deadline.com and Gawker
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.
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Mark Salter / Real Clear Politics:
Romney Holds Advantage Tonight, Regardless of Format
Discussion: National Review
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: Washington Monthly and Marbury
Wall Street Journal:
The Wizard of Obama  —  The president didn't just lose a debate.  He lost an entire image of genius and control.  —  After President Reagan's listless performance in the first presidential debate of 1984 raised speculation that he was too old for the job, the Gipper took command in the second debate.
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Team Obama Looks For Debate Redemption
Discussion: Election 2012
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.
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Reinhart & Rogoff Explain Everything . . .  Real Per Capita GDP (levels): 2007-2011 Systemic & Borderline Crises in Advanced Economies  —  Sources: Laeven and Valencia (June 2012), Reinhart and Rogoff (2009), GDP per capita from Total Economy Database, Conference Board.
Discussion: FT Alphaville
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Bloomberg:
Sorry, U.S. Recoveries Really Aren't Different
Discussion: Business Insider
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's ‘new math’ for jobs plan doesn't add up  —  “Let me tell you how I will create 12 million jobs when President Obama couldn't.  First, my energy independence policy means more than 3 million new jobs, many of them in manufacturing.  My tax reform plan to lower rates …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Oct. 15: Distracted by Polling Noise  —  Monday was an orderly day in the polls.  —  National polls showed a modestly favorable trend for President Obama, allowing him to gain slightly in our forecast.  (Mr. Obama's chances of winning the Electoral College are now 66.0 percent …
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Obama: ‘We Got Back Every Dime’ of Bailout; CBO: Bailout Will Lose $24 Billion  —  (CNSNews.com) - 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.
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 …
Valerie Strauss / The Answer Sheet:
French president pushing homework ban as part of ed reforms  —  How do you think this would go over in the United States?  French President François Hollande has said he will end homework as part of a series of reforms to overhaul the country's education system.  —  And the reason he wants to ban homework?
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Could the Media Turn on Obama?  —  The entire Power Line team has noted here before (several times, in fact) the similarities (and differences) between the 1980 election and this year, especially how Ronald Reagan blew open a close race in part because of a strong debate performance.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit Resigns
Discussion: News Desk, The Daily Beast and Guardian
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Election-Year Stakes Overshadow Nuances of Libya Investigation
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney adviser plays down Pennsylvania and Michigan polls
Avik Roy / Forbes:
Key AMA Committee Endorses Paul Ryan-Like ‘Defined Contribution’ Reforms for Medicare
Discussion: National Review
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Quick, Hide the BlackBerry, It's Too Uncool
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
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Sara Murray / Wall Street Journal:
Drop the Ball, Get a Timeout
Bob Cusack / Ballot Box:
Professors donate to Obama, opine about election in the news
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Lanny Davis / The Hill:
Advice to President Obama for Tuesday night's debate
Discussion: PJ Media
Associated Press:
Ex-Sen. George McGovern, who lost presidency to Nixon in historic landslide, in hospice care
Michael Barbaro / The Caucus:
Romney Is Attacked by His Father's Longtime Aide