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12:55 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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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.
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.
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Obama and Romney Spar in Lively Presidential Debate
Discussion: Politico and CNN
New York Times:
Obama and Romney Turn Up the Temperature at Their Second Debate
Discussion: The Reaction
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging The “Strangers With Candy” Debate
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  —  The evangelical magazine WORLD is reporting that Dinesh D'Souza, whose book The Roots of Obama's Rage was the basis for his anti-Obama movie 2016, showed up at a Christian conference last month with his fiancé.
Discussion: Holy Bullies … and The Agonist
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:   Dinesh D'Souza in Hot Water with Religious Right over Sex Scandal
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.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Obama turns it around
Discussion: The Mahablog
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Reaction to the Second Presidential Debate
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Former Aide on Obama: 'Stunning that He's in Politics, Because He Really Doesn't Like People'
New York Magazine:
Bill & Hillary Forever
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Daily Caller
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: Hot Air and The Raw Story
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.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Obama's Town Hall Debate Dilemma  —  Friends.  —  President Obama's first debate was disastrous in two distinct ways.  He appeared listless and professorial, unable to boil down his beliefs into crisp statements, and generally looked far less like a president than did Romney — forceful …
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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
Valerie Strauss / The Answer Sheet:
French president pushing homework ban as part of ed reforms  —  How do you think this would go over in the United States?  French President François Hollande has said he will end homework as part of a series of reforms to overhaul the country's education system.  —  And the reason he wants to ban homework?
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Wall Street Journal:
France to Ban Homework. Really.
Discussion: Gawker, Forbes and Instapundit
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's ‘new math’ for jobs plan doesn't add up  —  “Let me tell you how I will create 12 million jobs when President Obama couldn't.  First, my energy independence policy means more than 3 million new jobs, many of them in manufacturing.  My tax reform plan to lower rates …
The New York Observer:
Romney for President  —  The crisis of leadership in American government is easily explained: thanks to a flawed presidential primary system that rewards strident rhetoric and hyper-partisanship, candidates tailor their messages to fringe elements in small, unrepresentative states.  The result?
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 …
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Romney Campaign Makes $12 Million Ad Buy  —  The Romney campaign, flush with cash from its impressive haul of $170 million last month, is reserving large quantities of airtime for the coming week.  —  In one of his biggest ad buys of his campaign so far, the Republican nominee has booked …
Meredith Blake / Los Angeles Times:
Honey Boo Boo endorses Barack Obama on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’  —  Mitt Romney, you better redneck-ognize!  —  Earlier this week, troubled starlet Linsday Lohan came out in favor of the Republican nominee, but now President Obama can boast of his own dubious political endorsement.
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.”
CNN:
High court allows early voting in Ohio  —  (CNN) - The United States Supreme Court has given the green light to early voting in Ohio in the three days prior to November's election.  —  The brief, one sentence order from the court Tuesday is a setback for Republican leaders in the state …
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Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
It may seem like President Obama has a big ego, but the first lady says that isn't the case.  —  “You know, Barack doesn't have a big ego,” Michelle Obama said in an excerpt from an interview with CNN that aired Tuesday.  —  “You see this in, you know, how he leads the country,” …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
No Guarantee of Obama Rebound in Second Debate  —  President Obama was soundly defeated in the first presidential debate in Denver, contributing toward about a four-point swing toward Mitt Romney in head-to-head polls — enough to turn the race from one in which Mr. Obama had a clear lead into a very close contest.
 
 
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Obama zeroes in on female voters
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