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11:15 PM ET, October 18, 2012


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David Sessions / The Daily Beast:
D'Souza Resigns  —  D'SOUZA RESIGNS  —  Amid scandal over his engagement to a much younger woman and dissatisfaction with his tenure, the conservative has quit the presidency at King's College.  David Sessions reports.  —  Bruce Bennett / Getty Images  —  ABORTION PIVOT?  NO PROBLEM
Josh Glasstetter / Right Wing Watch:
Big Love at King's College: D'Souza's Mistress Was Also Married  —  On the heels of a sex scandal, Dinesh D'Souza announced his resignation today as president of King's College in New York.  D'Souza, star of the nonsensical anti-Obama film 2016: Obama's America and defender of traditional marriage …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
D'Souza's Hard Fall  —  That didn't take long.  Dinesh D'Souza spends most of his time purveying hate and nonsense and obsessing about the failings of black people in addition to producing the anti-Obama (anti-colonial Kenyan mentality) movie showing in theaters around the country this season.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Decision Virginia:
Arrest made in Harrisonburg voter registration case  —  The Rockingham County Sheriff's office has arrested a Pennsylvania man and charged him with attempting to throw away filled out voter registration forms.  —  Colin Small, 31 year old male from Phoenixville, PA has been charged …
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Man Tied To Va. GOP Arrested In Voter Form Destruction
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Republicans point to early vote gains in Ohio  —  Middleburg Heights, Ohio (CNN) - They got smoked in the early voting game in 2008, but this time around Republicans are closing the gap with Democrats.  —  Most observers here expect the early vote to tilt toward President Barack Obama, as it did in 2008.
Robchristensen / Raleigh News & Observer:
Romney campaign begins moving staff out of NC, confident of victory
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Romney campaign begins shifting out of North Carolina
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Springsteen's new ditty for Obama
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama on Benghazi attack: 'When four Americans get killed, it's not optimal'  —  President Obama vowed Thursday to fix any problems that contributed to the deaths of four American foreign service personnel during last month's attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, saying that “when four Americans get killed, it's not optimal.”
Andy Sullivan / Reuters:
Obama talks Libya and Biden's swimsuit on “Daily Show”
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Obama: 'When four Americans get killed, it's not optimal'
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Gallup vs. the World  —  Our regularly scheduled forecast update for Wednesday slipped through the cracks.  The FiveThirtyEight forecast was not much changed based on Wednesday's polls, however, with Barack Obama's chances of winning the Electoral College increasing incrementally to 65.7 percent from 64.8 percent.
Gregory J. Krieg / ABCNEWS:
Romney Runs Up Lead in Gallup Poll
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down DOMA In Opinion By Republican-Appointed Judge  —  Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs is a very conservative judge.  He joined a court decision effectively declaring corporations immune to international human rights law — even when they “trade in or exploit slaves …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Clinton: I Thought Obama ‘Was Going to Cry’  —  At a campaign event for Barack Obama's reelection campaign, Bill Clinton said that Mitt Romney's argument “is true, we're not fixed”:  —  “Governor Romney's argument is, we're not fixed, so fire him and put me in,” said Clinton.  “It is true we're not fixed.
Discussion: Doug Ross
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Hillary Clinton trashes whiners  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says in a new interview that she can't stand “whining” by women who are unhappy with the work and family choices they've made in life and complain that they have no options.  —  Clinton, in the interview with Marie Claire …
Ayelet Waldman / Marie Claire:
Is This Really Goodbye?
Discussion: The Hill and Election 2012
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Ann Romney: Mitt “absolutely” done with politics if he loses election on Nov. 6  —  Ann Romney, in her first appearance on ABC's “The View” on Thursday, sought to make amends with the five female hosts who Mitt Romney described as “sharp tongued” interviewers.
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Ann Romney: Mormon missions and U.S. military are ‘different ways of serving’
Discussion: Mediaite and Balloon Juice
Orlando Sentinel:
Our pick for president: Romney  —  (Rainier Ehrhardt, Getty Images / October 11, 2012)  —  Two days after his lackluster first debate performance, President Barack Obama's re-election hopes got a timely boost.  The government's monthly jobless report for September showed …
Discussion: New York Times, CNN and Gretawire
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Poll shows Romney leading in blue Pennsylvania … A new poll shows Republican Mitt Romney leading in Pennsylvania, a state that Republicans had all but written off just weeks ago but which is now listed as a toss up by the Real Clear Politics website.  —  Susquehanna Polling and Research provided …
Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
Poll finds Obama leads Romney in Wisconsin, Iowa  —  President Obama leads Mitt Romney in two key battleground states, according to new polling.  —  An MSNBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released Thursday evening found Obama leading Romney in Iowa, 51 to 43 percent, among likely voters.
Discussion: CNN
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Soledad O'Brien: Obama ‘up 15’ in Virginia
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
Tina Brown / The Daily Beast:
A TURN OF THE PAGE FOR NEWSWEEK  —  After 80 years in print, the newsmagazine adopts an all-digital format.  —  We are announcing this morning an important development at Newsweek and The Daily Beast.  Newsweek will transition to an all-digital format in early 2013.
Mark Levin / Facebook:
I HAVE NO QUESTION OBAMA USES BINDERS OR THE EQUIVALENT TOO  —  Folks, I was an Associate Director of Presidential Personnel for a little over a year in the Reagan administration.  We would gather resumes of individuals interested in non-career positions throughout the administration …
Henry Fountain / New York Times:
Iron-Dumping Experiment in Pacific Alarms Marine Experts  —  An environmental entrepreneur whose plan to dump iron in a patch of the Pacific Ocean was shelved four years ago after a scientific outcry has gone ahead with a similar experiment without any academic or government oversight, startling and unnerving marine researchers.
Jason Howerton /
VIRGINIA TEACHER CHARGED WITH ASSAULT: GIRL'S HAND CUT IN FORCED ‘ISLAMIC HAND SIGN’ DRILL (UPDATED)  —  An elementary school teacher in Chesapeake, Va. has been charged with simple assault after a parent claimed her daughter's hand was cut open as a result of the teacher yanking her arm aggressively …
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep. Tells Employers To Intimidate Their Workers Into Voting For Romney  —  Recently, several CEOs have issued missives to their workers saying that, if President Obama wins reelection, their jobs might be in danger.  One CEO wrote in an email, “The economy doesn't currently pose a threat to your job.
Greg Palast / The Nation:
Mitt Romney's Bailout Bonanza  —  This article appeared in the November 5, 2012 edition of The Nation.  —  Recommended by 1  —     —  This investigation was supported by the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute and by the Puffin Foundation.  Elements of it appear in Palast's new book …
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Romney Spokesperson Mocks MSNBC For Paying Men More Than Women, Andrea Mitchell Agrees
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Inspector General's Report Contradicts Secret Service on Prostitution Scandal
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
Virginia Lawmaker Wants To Ban Sex-Selection Abortions In The State
Chris Tomlinson / Associated Press:
Judge rules for cheerleaders in Bible banner suit
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and The Raw Story
Kathryn A. Wolfe / Politico:
Grant aims to help police tag texting drivers in the act
Alexander Bolton / Ballot Box:
McMahon's wrestling company paid $4.4 million to settle tax dispute
Discussion: Politico
Abby Phillip / ABCNEWS:
NY Senate Candidates Answer ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Debate Question
Discussion: Politico and Politicker
 Earlier Items: 
Virginia N. Sherry / Staten Island Advance:
Weird whistling noise that plagues Staten Island's East Shore is captured on video
Discussion: New York Magazine and City Room
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama, Romney tied nationally
Russ Buettner / New York Times:
Should've Left That at Home, Teacher Is Told at Jury Duty
Discussion: Gothamist and Runnin' Scared