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2:50 PM ET, October 17, 2012

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CNN:
CNN Poll: Split decision on debate  —  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 poll conducted right …
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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.”
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
CBS Poll: Romney Wins 65-34 on Economy; CNN Poll: Romney Wins 54-40 on Economy,  —  49-46 on Health Care, 51-44 on Taxes, 59-36 on Deficit, 49-46 on Leadership,  —  All in Favor of Romney  —  You now, as far as “Debate Winner” it's pretty close with those registered voters.
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,” …
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 …
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Crowley skews hard for Obama in disastrous debate  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Another debate, another debacle for America's media.  —  In the runup to the second presidential debate, CNN's Candy Crowley declared that she would not just be a “fly on the wall” …
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.
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.
William Bigelow / BREITBART.COM:
CROWLEY INTERRUPTS ROMNEY 28 TIMES, OBAMA JUST 9  —  Candy Crowley, who was suspected of being one more liberal moderator in the tank for Barack Obama, was more than just in the tank for him; she dove in and sucked all the water out for him so he could pretend he walked on water.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Mitt Romney: ‘I love these debates’
Discussion: CNN
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Hoisted on Their Own Petard
Katrina Trinko / National Review:
Bizarre Coincidence: Democrats Get More Time in All Three Debates
Kevin Liptak / CNN:   Romney ad casts candidate as moderate on abortion
CBS News:
Poll: Obama edges Romney in second debate
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Hofstra Debate Conclusions
Discussion: Mother Jones
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging The “Strangers With Candy” Debate
Howie Carr / Boston Herald:   Obama running on fumes
Smitty / The Other McCain:
Romney Debates Crowley And Obama On Benghazi, Wins
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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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Adviser On Lilly Ledbetter Act: ‘He Was Opposed To It At The Time’ … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Mitt Romney, Video, 2012 Debate, Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Lilly Ledbetter, Obama Women, Politics News, Presidential Debate, Binders Full Of Women, Ledbetter Act, Lilly Ledbetter Act …
Emma G Keller / Guardian:
Mitt Romney's binders full of women just don't stack up
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Romney bids for women's support with new abortion ad
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  —  The presidential debate on Tuesday helped one undecided questioner from the audience make up her mind.  —  Susan Katz, who asked GOP nominee Mitt Romney how he would operate differently than former President George W. Bush, said Wednesday she is going to vote for President Barack Obama.
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 …
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 …
Dick Morris / Fox News:
Romney won the second debate  —  Oct. 16, 2012: Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney answers a question during the second presidential debate.AP/REUTERS POOL  —  By scoring big on the economy, gas prices, and Libya, Romney continued his victorious string of debate wins.
 
 
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BuzzFeed:
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