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4:50 PM ET, October 16, 2012

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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.
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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)
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.
mccain.senate.gov:
U.S. Senator John McCain - Arizona
Wall Street Journal:
The Wizard of Obama  —  The president didn't just lose a debate.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Adviser says Romney will ask Obama to ‘man up’ on Libya attack at debate
Discussion: The Raw Story and Hot Air
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 …
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
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Other Woman In Dinesh D'Souza Affair Is A D'Souza Fan  —  A scandal rocks the Evangelical conservative pundit circuit.  —  Source: ideniselustafter.com  —  The above is a photo of the woman who the Evangelical magazine World reported today is allegedly at a center of a storm around …
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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: Mediaite and Religion Dispatches
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 …
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'
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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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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
No Guarantee of Obama Rebound in Second Debate  —  President Obama was soundly defeated in the first presidential debate in Denver, contributing toward about a four-point swing toward Mitt Romney in head-to-head polls — enough to turn the race from one in which Mr. Obama had a clear lead into a very close contest.
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 …
Us Weekly:
What Do You Want to Ask President Barack Obama?  —  Ever wanted to ask the President of the United States a question?  Here's the chance, because President Barack Obama wants to hear from Us!  —  As Obama, 51, campaigns for re-election in a race with Republican nominee Mitt Romney …
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
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Democrats Aren't Real Catholics, Says Kansas Senate Candidate  —  A candidate for State Senate in Kansas believes that Catholics, and Christians more broadly, who support Democrats cannot be true believers in Christ.  Republican Steve Fitzgerald, challenging incumbent Catholic Democrat Kelly Kultala …
Associated Press:
Thieves grab Picasso, Monets from Dutch museum in early-hours heist  —  AMSTERDAM — Thieves broke into a Rotterdam museum on Tuesday and walked off with works from the likes of Picasso, Monet, Gauguin and Matisse potentially worth hundreds of millions.  —  Police haven't said how they pulled off …
Virginia Postrel / Bloomberg:
An Economics Nobel For Saving Lives  —  Imagine a parallel universe in which federal law prohibited Americans from paying anyone to care for their children, whether in cash or in some other “valuable consideration,” and where paid child care was similarly repugnant and illegal throughout most of the world.
Discussion: EconLog and Marginal Revolution
First Read:
Ryan did wash dirty dishes during soup kitchen visit  —  LYNCHBURG, VA — Amid questions and criticisms related to Paul Ryan's visit this weekend to an Ohio soup kitchen, the charity's president said the Republican vice presidential candidate did, in fact, scrub dirty dishes though his visit wasn't officially sanctioned.
 
 
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Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Liberals' green-energy contradictions
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Chris Epting / Noisecreep:
Gene Simmons on Barack Obama: 'He's Been a Piss-Poor President'
Discussion: Reuters and Mediaite
Los Angeles Times:
Ann Romney blames media, negative ads for husband's image
Discussion: Mediaite
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Documents: Despite Obama's 2008 claims, political relationship with Rev. Wright began as early as 1987
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Obama feels ‘fabulous’ in advance of second debate
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
 Earlier Items: 
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Could the Media Turn on Obama?
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney adviser plays down Pennsylvania and Michigan polls
Discussion: Morning Call
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
The Longest Yarn... JOE BIDEN CAUGHT IN LIE - Said He Played College Football - He Didn't
Bob Cusack / Ballot Box:
Professors donate to Obama, opine about election in the news