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12:35 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) …
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Clinton Takes Responsibility for Security Failure in Libya
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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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 …
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)
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney adviser plays down Pennsylvania and Michigan polls  —  The Romney campaign doesn't intend to “blow smoke” about flipping big, Democratic-leaning swing states like Pennsylvania and Michigan, despite a string of polls showing relatively close races in both states, a senior Romney adviser said.
USA Today:
Swing States poll: Women push Romney into lead
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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Bloomberg:   A123 May Seek Bankruptcy as Company Sees Cash Shortage
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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CNN:
Romney to get first question at debate
Discussion: The Hill
Mark Halperin / The Page:
The 2012 Debates - Memorandum of Understanding Between the Obama and Romney Campaigns
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
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
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.
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:   5 unmet promises of President Obama
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
The Daily:
This article has been shared from The Daily iPad app  —  Download the app for the full interactive experience.  —  JESSE JR. SPEAKS  —  In first interview since June, beleaguered Jackson tells The Daily he's ‘not well’  —  Jesse Jackson Jr. (R) and wife Sandi attend the launch party …
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Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
Jesse Jackson Jr.: Political candidate and subject of many unanswered questions
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Daily Kos
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.
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 …
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
 
 
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Election-Year Stakes Overshadow Nuances of Libya Investigation
Avik Roy / Forbes:
Key AMA Committee Endorses Paul Ryan-Like ‘Defined Contribution’ Reforms for Medicare
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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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Drudge Report Gets Punked By ‘Jake Gyllenhaal’ Twitter Endorsement Of Mitt Romney
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Financial Times:
Rebekah Brooks received £7m pay-off
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
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Drop the Ball, Get a Timeout
Paul Joseph Watson / Infowars:
New Threats to Riot if Obama Loses Election
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