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5:45 PM ET, October 17, 2012

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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Presidential debate: Libya questioner says Obama didn't answer  —  Kerry Ladka stood before President Obama at last night's town hall-style debate and asked the question that would touch off an onstage verbal brawl and, later, an intense national discussion.  Here's how it went:
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John Nolte / BREITBART.COM:
CROWLEY'S FALSE FACT CHECK SAVES PRESIDENT, DERAILS DEBATE - UPDATE: CROWLEY BACKTRACKS  —  ***UPDATE 4: Politico's Dylan Byers: “After the debate, even Crowley seemed to acknowledge that she had erred.”  —  ***UPDATE 2: Even Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler says Crowley got it wrong: Obama “did not say terrorism.”
Katrina Trinko / National Review:
Bizarre Coincidence: Democrats Get More Time in All Three Debates  —  If you want more time to get your message out in debates, it's good to be a Democrat.  —  According to the CNN debate clock, President Obama spoke at greater length than Mitt Romney during both debates, as did Vice President Biden during his debate with Paul Ryan.
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Obama did call Benghazi attack an ‘act of terror’ - in Colorado  —  President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney sparred over whether Obama called the Sept. 11 murder of four Americans in Benghazi a “terrorist” attack.  In fact, Obama did refer to the attack as “an act of terror,” …
CNN:
CNN Poll: Split decision on debate  —  Hempstead, New York (CNN) - Give a slight edge to President Barack Obama.  —  Forty-six percent of voters who watched Tuesday night's presidential debate said that the president won the showdown, according to a CNN/ORC International nationwide poll conducted right …
CNN:
Obama picks up on Romney ‘binder’ line
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Ryan presses Obama on ‘act of terror’ remark
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Mitt Romney: ‘I love these debates’
Washington Free Beacon:
Candy Crowley: He Was Right
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Hoisted on Their Own Petard
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Tripping Over the Threshold Of an Actual Issue
Discussion: Twitchy
First Read:
First Thoughts: Obama fights back
Discussion: Newsy, Swampland, AMERICAblog and Daily Kos
David S. Bernstein / Talking Politics:
Mind The Binder  —  Hey, I know about that binder!  And guess what — Mitt Romney was lying about it.  —  From the rush transcript: … Not a true story.  —  What actually happened was that in 2002 — prior to the election, not even knowing yet whether it would be a Republican …
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Romney bids for women's support with new abortion ad
Ann Friedman / New York Magazine:
Mitt Didn't Ask for ‘Binders Full of Women,’ But He Should Have
Kevin Liptak / CNN:   Romney ad casts candidate as moderate on abortion
New York Post:
Terrorist attempts to blow up Federal Reserve Bank  —  A Bangladeshi terrorist tried to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in Lower Manhattan this morning using a 1,000-pound bomb, according to a criminal complaint.  —  Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, of Jamaica, Queens …
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nbcnewyork.com:
Suspected Terrorist Arrested for Alleged Plot to Attack Federal Reserve in NYC  —  The plot was a sting operation monitored by the FBI and NYPD  —  This file photo of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York shows Federal Reserve police patrolling the building at 33 Liberty St.
FBI:
Joint Terrorism Task Force Arrests Man in Lower Manhattan After He Attempted to Bomb New York Federal Reserve Bank … BROOKLYN, NY—Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis (Nafis), 21, was arrested this morning in downtown Manhattan after he allegedly attempted to detonate what he believed …
Discussion: Guardian and The Maddow Blog
nbcnewyork.com:
Jeremy Epstein, First Questioner in Debate, Says He's No Longer Undecided  —  The 20-year-old college student asked whether he will be able to get a job when he graduates  —  The Long Island college student who asked President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney the first question …
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:   Debate questioner voting for Obama
Steven Shepard / NationalJournal.com:
Poll: Race Tied in Wisconsin  —  A new poll released Wednesday shows President Obama and Mitt Romney tied in Wisconsin  —  , erasing the significant lead that Obama had built following the Democratic convention and putting the state's 10 electoral votes firmly in play.
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Charles Franklin / Marquette Law School Poll:
Marquette Law School Poll finds presidential and Senate races tied in Wisconsin
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Reporters applaud Obama's slam on Romney's wealth  —  HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — The room set aside for reporters to watch Tuesday night's debate erupted into applause after President Obama ridiculed the size of Mitt Romney's personal wealth.  —  Mr. Romney was trying to make the point …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Instant Reaction Polls Show Narrow Obama Advantage in Second Debate  —  Polling data is often very noisy — so it makes my job easier on those rare occasions when there is some agreement.  Scientific polls conducted after Tuesday night's presidential debate in New York give a modest edge to President Obama.
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Hofstra Debate Conclusions
Jenny Marlar / Gallup:
In U.S., Unadjusted Unemployment at 7.3% in Mid-October  —  Unemployment, underemployment lowest since Gallup began tracking  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, is 7.3% in mid-October, down considerably from 7.9% at the end of September …
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Bloomberg Jumps Into '12 Races With New ‘Super PAC’  —  Seeking to reshape a national political debate he finds frustratingly superficial, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York is plunging into the 2012 campaign in its final weeks, creating his own “super PAC” to direct millions of dollars …
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
CBS Poll: Romney Wins 65-34 on Economy; CNN Poll: Romney Wins 54-40 on Economy,  —  49-46 on Health Care, 51-44 on Taxes, 59-36 on Deficit, 49-46 on Leadership,  —  All in Favor of Romney  —  You now, as far as “Debate Winner” it's pretty close with those registered voters.
Dana Rubinstein / Capital New York:
‘Gibberish’: Romney and Obama fail to prove Bloomberg wrong on guns  —  Romney and Obama talk about guns. via YouTube.com  —  Mitt Romney and Barack Obama made a prophet out of Mayor Michael Bloomberg by failing to talk meaningfully, or even particularly comprehensibly, about guns.
 
 
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Byron Tau / Politico:
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Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Gallup: Romney's lead among likely voters expands to six points
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
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Dick Morris / Fox News:
Romney won the second debate
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