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7:40 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.”
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Candy Crowley's Debate Moderation Exemplifies Why Americans Do Not Trust Their Media  —  On Monday, I wrote that it would be wrong to prejudge CNN host Candy Crowley before she turned in her performance as a debate moderator.  Just the week prior, ABC reporter Martha Raddatz was preemptively criticized …
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Obama did call Benghazi attack an ‘act of terror’ - in Colorado
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Ryan presses Obama on ‘act of terror’ remark
First Read:
First Thoughts: Obama fights back
Discussion: Swampland, AMERICAblog, Newsy and Power Line
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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CNN:
Obama picks up on Romney ‘binder’ line  —  (CNN) - At a rally in Iowa Wednesday, President Barack Obama picked up on Republican nominee Mitt Romney's awkward “binders full of women” line from Tuesday night's second presidential debate.  —  Asked by an undecided voter and audience member …
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
In full-page newspaper ad, 13 Iowa voters apologize for supporting Obama in 2008
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Mitt Romney: ‘I love these debates’
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Romney bids for women's support with new abortion ad
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.
ABC 7 Eyewitness News:
Plot foiled to attack Federal Reserve in Manhattan
FBI:
Joint Terrorism Task Force Arrests Man in Lower Manhattan After He Attempted to Bomb New York Federal Reserve Bank
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 …
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Dana Rubinstein / Capital New York:
‘Gibberish’: Romney and Obama fail to prove Bloomberg wrong on guns
Mike Bloomberg:
Announcing a Major New Effort to Support Common Sense Gun Laws, Education Reform, and Nonpartisan …
Discussion: Forbes
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.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Charles Franklin / Marquette Law School Poll:
Marquette Law School Poll finds presidential and Senate races tied in Wisconsin
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.
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RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Michelle Obama Broke Agreed Upon Rules, Clapped At Debate  —  At the second presidential debate on Tuesday night, a camera caught first lady Michelle Obama clapping after moderator Candy Crowley told Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney that President Obama called the Benghazi attack an …
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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 …
Major Garrett / NationalJournal.com:
The Four Ls and Four States: What's Next in the Obama-Romney Duel  —  From now until the third and final presidential debate, and quite probably even after that, President Obama and Mitt Romney will fight on the ground, over the airwaves, and in social media over the four Ls and four swing states.
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 …
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
After an Outburst on Twitter, The Times Reinforces Its Social Media Guidelines  —  Updated Below  —  Last week, I wrote about the insulting and profane Twitter messages by Andrew Goldman, a freelance writer at The Times, to the author Jennifer Weiner.  At the end of that post …
BuzzFeed:
Google: Obama Won The Debate  —  And everyone's searching for “binders full of women.”  —  View Entire List ›
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 
 
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Helen Carter / Guardian:
Police Taser blind man mistaking his white stick for a samurai sword
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Gawker and Samizdata.net
Julianne Hing / Colorlines:
Who Are Those “Gangbangers” Obama's So Proud of Deporting?
Discussion: Mother Jones
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Women in Swing States Have Gender-Specific Priorities
Mario Trujillo / Ballot Box:
Berman ad calls Sherman ‘unhinged’
Discussion: Politico
The Charlotte Observer:
DNC host committee came up $12.5 million short of goal
Discussion: Politico and Influence Alley
Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Matches Record Ratings With Debate Coverage, Rivaling Palin-Biden in 2008
 Earlier Items: 
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Romney Surrogate Calls Contraception A ‘Peripheral’ Issue
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Byron Tau / Politico:
Biden says he gets ‘four to six hours’ of face time with Obama
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Ann Friedman / New York Magazine:
Mitt Didn't Ask for ‘Binders Full of Women,’ But He Should Have
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Gallup: Romney's lead among likely voters expands to six points
Discussion: Hot Air
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Total Eclipse  —  Anyone with a sense of history has probably …
Discussion: Grist and Mother Jones
Dick Morris / Fox News:
Romney won the second debate
Discussion: The Daily Beast