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3:45 PM ET, October 16, 2012

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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 …
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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Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
The Amazing Story of What Happened in Libya  —  Before you watch the foreign-policy portion of the presidential debate Tuesday, you must read the State Department's riveting tale of heroism in Benghazi.  —  The Benghazi consulate after being set on fire in a photo dated September 12.  (Reuters)
mccain.senate.gov:
U.S. Senator John McCain - Arizona
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Candy Crowley to defy debate contract  —  In an interview with CNN this afternoon, Candy Crowley reiterated that, like past town-hall debate moderators, she intends to do more than just hold the microphone at tonight's debate in Hempstead, N.Y. — an intention that has caused concern for both campaigns.
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Tuesday's debate moderator confirms plan to ask follow up questions
CNN:
High court allows early voting in Ohio  —  (CNN) - The United States Supreme Court has given the green light to early voting in Ohio in the three days prior to November's election.  —  The brief, one sentence order from the court Tuesday is a setback for Republican leaders in the state …
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Ohio rebuffed on early voting (FINAL UPDATE)  —  (Final update, 1:26 pm.  Note that the Ohio secretary of state has issued a directive to implement weekend voting.  Thanks to Rick Hasen of Election Law Blog for the link.)  —  Without noted dissent, the Supreme Court at midday Tuesday turned aside …
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
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Former Aide on Obama: 'Stunning that He's in Politics, Because He Really Doesn't Like People'
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 …
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 …
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
Sean Higgins / Washington Examiner:
WaPo Dept. of Burying the Lede: Jesse Jackson Jr. thought he was reincarnated chariot driver  —  In a story on the front page of the Washington Post about the controversies surrounding reclusive Illinois Democratic congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., readers have to wade through 23 paragraphs …
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Warren Cole Smith / worldmag.com:
King's crisis  —  About 2,000 people gathered on Sept. 28 at First Baptist North in Spartanburg, S.C., to hear high-profile Christians speak on defending the faith and applying a Christian worldview to their lives.  Among the speakers: Eric Metaxas, Josh McDowell, and—keynote speaker for the evening …
Discussion: Religion Dispatches
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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Other Woman In Dinesh D'Souza Affair Is A D'Souza Fan
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 …
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Paul Joseph Watson / Infowars:
New Threats to Riot if Obama Loses Election
Mark Salter / Real Clear Politics:
Romney Holds Advantage Tonight, Regardless of Format  —  The first thing to know about a “town-hall-style” presidential debate is that it bears as much resemblance to an actual campaign town-hall event as a marble statue does to its animated subject.  —  Real town halls are usually unscripted …
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?
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Wall Street Journal:
France to Ban Homework. Really.
Discussion: Instapundit
Bloomberg:
Sorry, U.S. Recoveries Really Aren't Different  —  Five years after the onset of the 2007 subprime financial crisis, U.S. gross domestic product per capita remains below its initial level.  Unemployment, though down from its peak, is still about 8 percent.  Rather than the V- shaped recovery …
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Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Reinhart & Rogoff Explain Everything . . .
Discussion: FT Alphaville
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.
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Obama feels ‘fabulous’ in advance of second debate  —  WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - President Obama said he feels “fabulous” ahead of Tuesday night's debate on Long Island.  —  Walking with David Plouffe and Anita Dunn at the Kingsmill resort here, Obama told reporters he feels good.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Amie Parnes / Ballot Box:
Obama feels ‘fabulous’ about second debate
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
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Romney 50%, Obama 46% Among Likely Voters  —  Obama down sharply among men, college grads, and Southern voters vs. 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Half of likely voters now prefer Mitt Romney for president and 46% back President Barack Obama in Gallup interviewing through Monday.
 
 
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Democrats Aren't Real Catholics, Says Kansas Senate Candidate
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Could the Media Turn on Obama?
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney adviser plays down Pennsylvania and Michigan polls
Discussion: Morning Call
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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Bob Cusack / Ballot Box:
Professors donate to Obama, opine about election in the news
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