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9:45 AM ET, October 17, 2012


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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 …
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.
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.
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.
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,” …
Matthew Sheffield /
Candy Crowley Disgraces Herself With Outrageous Tagteam Hit on Romney Over Libya  —  CNN correspondent and second presidential debate moderator Candy Crowley disgraced herself tonight, repeatedly intervening to save a floundering President Obama and showing why many Americans were rightfully suspicious …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Howie Carr / Boston Herald:
Obama running on fumes  —  They don't like each other.  They really don't like each other, do they?  No knockout blows.  Barack Obama was better than in Denver, but he's still got this very big problem, namely, his record.  —  It doesn't matter how many extra minutes moderator Candy Crowley gave Obama …
New York Times:
Obama and Romney Turn Up the Temperature at Their Second Debate  —  President Obama, facing a newly invigorated challenge from Mitt Romney, portrayed his rival as a former corporate raider who would favor the wealthy over the middle class and a political vacillator during their second debate on Tuesday …
Talking Points Memo:
Candy Crowley Factchecks: Obama ‘Did In Fact’ Say Libya Attack Was Terrorism
Candy Crowley / Politico:
Presidential debate transcript, questions, Oct. 16, 2012 (text, video)
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Candy Crowley to defy debate contract
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Obama and Romney Spar in Lively Presidential Debate
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Emma G Keller / Guardian:
Mitt Romney's binders full of women just don't stack up  —  GOP candidate fumbles when asked about fair hiring practices for women, and the internet seizes its newest sensation  —  In the second presidential debate, women's issues finally came up.  And Mitt Romney had an opportunity to show female voters he cared.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Marbury
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.”
Jennifer Martinez / The Hill:
Internet providers set to crack down on illegal file-sharing  —  AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and other major Internet service providers are set to implement a copyright alert system aimed at cutting down on illegal peer-to-peer file sharing of copyrighted material “over the next several weeks,” …
Discussion: Daily Dot
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Colorado voters give Obama narrow victory in debate  —  PPP's post debate snap poll in the critical swing state of Colorado finds a narrow victory for Barack Obama, 48/44.  Perhaps more importantly independents think that the President won by a 58/36 margin.  —  The debate enhanced both candidates' images with Colorado voters.
Discussion: Mediaite and Business Insider
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Wide expectation of voter fraud in Presidential race
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Green Party ticket arrested at debate site  —  Police arrested Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein and her running mate, Cheri Honkala, on Tuesday after a failed attempt at attending the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Other Woman In Dinesh D'Souza Affair Is A D'Souza Fan  —  A scandal rocks the Evangelical conservative pundit circuit.  —  Source:  —  The above is a photo of the woman who the Evangelical magazine World reported today is allegedly at a center of a storm around …
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