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2:38 AM ET, October 18, 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:
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:
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 …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Ryan presses Obama on ‘act of terror’ remark
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Man Accused of Plot to Blow Up Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Discussion: FP Passport
This Just In:   Man arrested in plot to blow up Federal Reserve bank in New York
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
In full-page newspaper ad, 13 Iowa voters apologize for supporting Obama in 2008  —  A full-page Mitt Romney campaign ad in today's Cedar Rapids Gazette takes the form of an open letter from 13 Iowans who say they voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 but regret their choice and won't do so again in 2012.
Gregory J. Krieg / ABCNEWS:
Obama Mocks Romney in Iowa Over ‘Binders’
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
Obama picks up on Romney ‘binder’ line
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.”
Major Garrett /
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.
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Discussion: Politico and The Caucus
GottaLaff / The Political Carnival:
AUDIO: Tagg Romney says he wanted to take a swing at President Obama  —  Just a little something Tagg Romney let slip on the Bill LuMaye Show.  You can hear the entire segment here.  —  Host:  —  “What is it like for you to hear the president of the United States call your dad a liar?
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.
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 …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:   Debate questioner voting for Obama
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Reaping the Whirlwind  —  On reading the transcript and listening to the audio of last week's Supreme Court argument in the University of Texas affirmative action case, my primary reaction was one of embarrassment — for the court and also for Texas.  —  First the court.
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 …
Blue Texan / Crooks and Liars:
Romney Bizarrely Claims Automatic Weapons Are ‘Illegal’ in the US  —  This is truly one of the strangest claims I've ever seen a presidential candidate make during a debate. … This is right up there with Ford's “Eastern Europe” gaffe.  —  What the hell is Romney talking about?
Steven Shepard /
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
Charles Franklin / Marquette Law School Poll:
Marquette Law School Poll finds presidential and Senate races tied in Wisconsin
Irin Carmon / Salon:
Wage-gap debate questioner Katherine Fenton “absolutely not” a feminist  —  The 24-year-old teacher who asked about workplace inequality during the debate claims she's still undecided  —  It took roughly 30 seconds after she asked about the wage gap last night for the right …
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New York Times:
Campaigns Raise Focus on Women for Final Weeks
Tim Vetscher / ABC15 Arizona:
Maricopa County Elections Department admits error on date of general election on voter ID cards
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
$2.5 million in negative ads aims to ‘bury Duckworth’, source says
Helen Carter / Guardian:
Police Taser blind man mistaking his white stick for a samurai sword
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Gawker and
Julianne Hing / Colorlines:
Who Are Those “Gangbangers” Obama's So Proud of Deporting?
Discussion: Mother Jones and Firedoglake
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Women in Swing States Have Gender-Specific Priorities
Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Matches Record Ratings With Debate Coverage, Rivaling Palin-Biden in 2008
Discussion: Hot Air and The Political Carnival
 Earlier Items: 
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Romney Surrogate Calls Contraception A ‘Peripheral’ Issue
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Total Eclipse  —  Anyone with a sense of history has probably …
Discussion: Grist and Mother Jones
Google: Obama Won The Debate
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Dick Morris / Fox News:
Romney won the second debate
Discussion: The Daily Beast