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3:30 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.”
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.
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.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Ryan presses Obama on ‘act of terror’ remark  —  GOP vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) on Wednesday defended Mitt Romney's debate attacks on Libya, repeating charges that President Obama had waited two weeks to dub the violence at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi an act of terrorism.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Mitt Romney: ‘I love these debates’  —  Mitt Romney argued that President Obama failed to explain his second-term agenda during Tuesday night's debate, and stressed that he loved the showdowns with his opponent.  —  “I have to be honest with you,” Romney said, speaking at a rally in Virginia Beach.
Discussion: CNN
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Presidential debate: Libya questioner says Obama didn't answer
Katrina Trinko / National Review:
Bizarre Coincidence: Democrats Get More Time in All Three Debates
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Hofstra Debate Conclusions
Discussion: Mother Jones
CBS News:
Poll: Obama edges Romney in second debate
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:   Tripping Over the Threshold Of an Actual Issue
First Read:
First Thoughts: Obama fights back
Discussion: Newsy, Swampland, AMERICAblog and Daily Kos
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging The “Strangers With Candy” Debate
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 …
Ann Friedman / New York Magazine:
Mitt Didn't Ask for ‘Binders Full of Women,’ But He Should Have
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Romney bids for women's support with new abortion ad
Kevin Liptak / CNN:   Romney ad casts candidate as moderate on abortion
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 …
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.
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 …
 
 
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Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Gallup: Romney's lead among likely voters expands to six points
Discussion: Hot Air
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Total Eclipse  —  Anyone with a sense of history has probably …
Discussion: Grist and Mother Jones
Elizabeth Kim / Stamford Advocate:
Bridgewater proposal calls for helipad, recreational barge
Discussion: New York Magazine
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Obama Energy Faceplant: It's As Easy as A123
Bill McBride / Calculated Risk:
Housing Starts increased sharply to 872 thousand SAAR in September
Discussion: Firedoglake, Slate and Wonkblog
BuzzFeed:
Google: Obama Won The Debate
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Daniel Burke / Washington Post:
After Romney meeting, Billy Graham website scrubs Mormon'cult' reference
Dick Morris / Fox News:
Romney won the second debate
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Hoisted on Their Own Petard
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Who won the debate? Oddsmakers weigh in