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4:55 AM ET, October 17, 2012

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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Crowley challenges Romney on Libya  —  Debate moderator Candy Crowley challenged Gov. Mitt Romney's assertion about President Barack Obama's handling of the security situation in Libya — an unexpected move that elicited a rare moment of applause from the town hall audience.
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Nearly half say Obama won showdown  —  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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging The “Strangers With Candy” Debate  —  10.40 pm.  To my mind, Obama dominated Romney tonight in every single way: in substance, manner, style, and personal appeal.  He came back like a lethal, but restrained predator.  He was able to defend his own record, think swiftly on his feet, and his Benghazi answer was superb.
Patrick Brennan / National Review:
‘An Act of Terror’?  —  President Obama claimed tonight that he called the Benghazi attack an act of terror the day after it occurred, in the Rose Garden.  Mitt Romney seemed skeptical, and asked him whether he stood by that statement — that he'd called it terrorism, rather than a spontaneous act arising out of a demonstration.
Talking Points Memo:
Candy Crowley Factchecks: Obama ‘Did In Fact’ Say Libya Attack Was Terrorism  —  Debate moderator Candy Crowley interjected during Mitt Romney's remarks in Tuesday's presidential debate, saying that President Obama “did in fact” call the attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya an act of terror the day after the incident.
Discussion: theGrio and The Daily Beast
CBS News:
Poll: Obama edges Romney in second debate  —  CBS News Second debate poll generic / CBS NEWS/AP  —  President Obama edged Mitt Romney for a win in the second presidential debate Tuesday night, 37 percent of uncommitted voters said in a CBS News instant 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.
CNN:
Transcript: Second presidential debate  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney met in Hempstead, New York Tuesday evening for the second of three presidential debates, moderated by CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.
Tom Cohen / CNN:
Repeated confrontations define spirited second presidential debate  —  U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney point fingers at each other during the second presidential debate, held in a town hall format, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York …
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Green Party ticket arrested at debate site
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Obama and Romney Spar in Lively Presidential Debate
Discussion: Politico
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Obama turns it around  —  A very different President Obama showed up to tonight's debate than the one who got trounced by Mitt Romney two weeks ago.  Obama absolutely had to turn in a performance that would make his base happy — and he did that, by demonstrating a willingness …
Discussion: The New Republic and The Mahablog
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Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama gets more time  —  Amid persistent complaints and interruptions from both candidates, President Obama ultimately got more than three extra minutes of speaking time than Mitt Romney during Tuesday's debate.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Reaction to the Second Presidential Debate  —  If President Obama had done this well in the first debate, most would have already written off Mitt Romney.  Obama won the debate decisively.  —  The president had a simple formula: Defend and explain his record while insisting that Romney wasn't being truthful.
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 …
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Sarah Posner / Religion Dispatches:
The Fall of D'Souza's Star? - Post by SARAH POSNER
Discussion: The Agonist
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:   Dinesh D'Souza in Hot Water with Religious Right over Sex Scandal
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Washington Post Columnist Launches Sexist Diatribe Against Hillary Clinton On Twitter  —  Tonight, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took responsibility for the tragic death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Libya.  Clinton told CNN: “I take responsibility.
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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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Wide expectation of voter fraud in Presidential race  —  The election may be three weeks away but voters on both sides of the partisan divide are already prepared to blame voter fraud if their candidate loses.  —  PPP polls over the weekend found:  —In Ohio 62% of Republicans think Democrats …
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Abby Phillip / ABCNEWS:
Internet Takes Off With Mitt Romney's ‘Binders Full of Women’  —  Despite all the fireworks over taxes, oil and Libya, the most buzz-worthy social media moment of Tuesday night's presidential debate was Republican nominee Mitt Romney's comment about “binders full of women.”
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Former aide sorry for dissing Obama … Former Obama aide Neera Tanden took to Twitter on Tuesday to apologize for some choice words she uttered about her former boss.  —  In an interview with New York magazine published on Sunday, Tanden had been trying to explain why Obama …
Discussion: Gretawire
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Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
CNN Anchor Battles Anti-Gay Activist, Kicks Him Off After He Trashes ‘Toxic’ Homosexuality  —  CNN host Carol Costello could only stand so much anti-gay rhetoric this morning.  After allowing American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer to claim that Adolf Hitler's Nazi Stormtroopers …
Discussion: Gawker and Firedoglake
Jason Cherkis / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney's Bain Helped Philip Morris Get U.S. High Schoolers Hooked On Cigarettes … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Barack Obama , Mitt Romney, Smoking, Economy, Elections 2012, Health Care, Careers, Barack Obama , Politics, Smoking, Video, Bain & Co., Big Tobacco, Marlboro Man …
Discussion: Mediaite and Daily Kos
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Obama zeroes in on female voters  —  President Obama zeroed in on undecided female voters during Tuesday's debate, keying off a question on workplace fairness to tout his passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Act, contraception coverage and Mitt Romney's plans to cut funding for Planned Parenthood.
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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