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10:35 AM ET, October 18, 2012


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Tina Brown / The Daily Beast:
A TURN OF THE PAGE FOR NEWSWEEK  —  After 80 years in print, the newsmagazine adopts an all-digital format.  —  We are announcing this morning an important development at Newsweek and The Daily Beast.  Newsweek will transition to an all-digital format in early 2013.
Peter Vidani /
Memo From Tina Brown to All Staff Re: Newsweek's Digital Future
Discussion: Guardian
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Tagg Romney jokes about ‘swing’ at Obama  —  Mitt Romney's eldest son joked in a radio interview that he wanted to “take a swing” at President Barack Obama after Obama called his father a liar.  —  “Jump out of your seat and you want to rush down to the stage and take a swing at him,” Tagg said, laughing.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Chris Matthews: Is challenging Obama unconstitutional?
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Tagg Romney Says He Wants To ‘Take A Swing’ At Obama
Discussion: The Raw Story and Business Insider
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Team Romney won't rein in GOP nominee during third debate  —  Mitt Romney's campaign indicated Wednesday they have no plans to rein in the GOP nominee during the third and final presidential debate.  —  Romney's aggressive performance Tuesday night — directly challenging President Obama …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
CNN Explains  —  TMZ says it has obtained an email from CNN's Managing Editor, Mark Whitaker, to CNN personnel.  The email sets out talking points in response to criticism of Candy Crowley's performance as a debate moderator last night.  It is pretty funny; this is the complete email, according to TMZ:
Mike Elk / Working In These Times:
In Conference Call, Romney Urged Businesses To Tell Their Employees How to Vote  —  In a June 6, 2012 conference call posted on the anti-union National Federation of Independent Business's website, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney instructed employers to tell their employees how to vote in the upcoming election.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Leaked Audio Captures Romney Asking Employers To Tell Their Employees How To Vote  —  Newly-discovered audio from a conference call in June captures Mitt Romney asking business owners to urge their employees to vote for him.  —  Romney, speaking on a call to the very conservative National Federation …
GOP's problems exposed in struggle for Senate  —  In 2010, when Republicans stumbled on what had been a clear path to winning control of the Senate, GOP operatives comforted themselves with a defiant vow: Just wait 'til next time.  —  Now, next time is here — and the GOP is in danger …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and ABCNEWS
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:   Senate candidates in tough races raise $57M
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
The 7-Eleven Presidency  —  In the wake of the Treasury Department's newly released summary of federal spending for 2012, it's now possible to detail just how profligate the Obama years have been.  Here's the upshot: Under Obama, for every $7 we've had, we've spent nearly $11 (or, to be more exact, $10.95).
Bruce Springsteen / The Official Bruce …:
A Message From Bruce  —  Dear Friends:  —  The election is coming up on all of us and we all have strong feelings about it.  I've been getting asked a lot about where I stand, so for those who are interested, here goes.  —  This presidential election is different than the last one because President Obama …
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Report: Obama campaign turning grim on Florida, Virginia, North Carolina — and Colorado?  —  You need to read way, way, way down into this National Journal piece to find the key bit, but it's worth it.  Says Jay Cost, “I've never seen anybody bury a lede like Major Garrett here.”
Special Report: 3.4% of U.S. Adults Identify as LGBT  —  Inaugural Gallup findings based on more than 120,000 interviews  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The inaugural results of a new Gallup question — posed to more than 120,000 U.S. adults thus far — shows that 3.4% say “yes” when asked if they identify as lesbian …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Report: Family says former Sen. McGovern ‘no longer responsive’  —  The family of former presidential candidate and Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.) said Wednesday that he was “no longer responsive” after being moved to hospice care earlier this week.  —  The family issued a statement through …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
At Last Night's Debate: Romney Told 31 Myths In 41 Minutes  —  But at his second encounter with Obama in New York, the GOP presidential candidate — who has run a post-truth campaign from day one — outdid himself and crammed 31 myths in 41 minutes:  —  1) “I want to make sure we keep our Pell grant program growing.
Brendan McDermid / Jerusalem Post:
Iran: How long can debt-laden US remain world power?  —  Ahmadinejad says US influence in world affairs waning due to massive debt and loss of legitimacy, adds West increasingly questioning legitimacy of “Zionist regime,” hints EU hurt more by sanctions than Iran.
Wall Street Journal:
Henninger: The Un-President  —  Barack Obama shows an unerring instinct for policy deniability.  —  Conventional wisdom holds that Barack Obama “lost” in Denver because he lacked intensity.  He brought his A-game to Hofstra this week.  There's still a problem.
Discussion: Power Line and Wake up America
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Islamic Inscriptions On Obama's Wedding Ring, And Other Things I Learned At A Romney Debate Watch Party  —  LAS VEGAS, Nevada — If I learned anything from watching last night's presidential debate in a room full of Mitt Romney supporters, it's that President Obama cannot speak English …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Peter Nicholas / Washington Wire:
Biden Sticks to ‘Binders’ Theme to Attack Romney  —  RENO, Nev. - Warming to the theme, Vice President Joe Biden mocked Mitt Romney over his remarks about recruiting female staff when he was governor of Massachusetts by reviewing what Mr. Romney described in the debate Tuesday as “binders full of women.”
Discussion: and Wall Street Journal
Nour Malas / Wall Street Journal:
Syrian Rebels Get Missiles  —  Fears Rise That Portable Antiaircraft Weapons Could Wind Up With Terrorists  —  ANTAKYA, Turkey—Some Syrian rebel factions have obtained advanced portable antiaircraft weapons, according to rebels and regional officials, a development that could alter …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Dylan Matthews / Wonkblog:
Who wins under Mitt Romney's cap plan, in one chart  —  Despite its vagueness, Mitt Romney's proposal to cap itemized deductions is prompting some insightful analyses from reputable think tanks.  On Tuesday, Third Way released a report estimating that a $25,000 cap on deductions …
Discussion: TaxVox and The Baseline Scenario
Justin Sink / The Hill:
First lady: President 'didn't point fingers, didn't place blame'  —  First lady Michelle Obama said Wednesday that President Obama did not look to blame others for the challenges he faced as president, an apparent rebuke to Republican accusations that the White House continues to point …
Steve Friess / Politico:
Horsford struggles vs. Tarkanian in Nev.  —  NORTH LAS VEGAS — By all accounts, Democrat Steven Horsford should be on a cakewalk to Washington in Nevada's new 4th Congressional District.  —  The district's demographics — 36,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans …
Discussion: National Review
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Report: Welfare government's single largest budget item in FY 2011 at approx. $1.03 trillion  —  The government spent approximately $1.03 trillion on 83 means-tested federal welfare programs in fiscal year 2011 alone — a price tag that makes welfare that year the government's largest expenditure …
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Officials: Obama ready to veto a bill blocking ‘fiscal cliff’ without tax hike for rich
Discussion: First Read and Politico
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Romney's facts are curious things
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
2nd Debate Also a Ratings Hit, Drawing 65.6 Million At-Home Viewers
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Daily Beast
Tattoo ban for Metropolitan Police officers
Discussion: and Guardian
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Obama picks McCormick Place for election night rally
Discussion: The Fix and Election 2012
Peter Baker / New York Times:
News Analysis: Debates Have Not Clarified Matters for Voters — News Analysis
Yahoo! News:
Romney and the binder blunder
 Earlier Items: 
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Reaping the Whirlwind  —  On reading the transcript and listening …
Irin Carmon / Salon:
Wage-gap debate questioner Katherine Fenton “absolutely not” a feminist
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
In full-page newspaper ad, 13 Iowa voters apologize for supporting Obama in 2008
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Presidential debate: Libya questioner says Obama didn't answer