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8:45 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 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
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 …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Dinesh D'Souza resigns as college head
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Romney campaign begins shifting out of North Carolina  —  Middleburg Heights, Ohio (CNN) - In a clear sign the campaign is confident about putting North Carolina back in the Republican column this year, Mitt Romney's campaign is moving its spokesman out of the state and plans to shift more staffers out in the coming days.
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Peter Hamby / CNN:   Republicans point to early vote gains in Ohio
Robchristensen / Raleigh News & Observer:
Romney campaign begins moving staff out of NC, confident of victory
TRENDING: Springsteen's new ditty for Obama
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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 …
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.
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
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Ann Romney talks abortion on ‘The View’
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?  —  Much has been said of Hillary Clinton (and little spared) during her two decades in the public eye.  Now, as she prepares to step down as secretary of state, the most accomplished and, arguably, misunderstood woman in recent history insists she's done with public life for good.
Discussion: The Hill and Election 2012
Gregory J. Krieg / ABCNEWS:
Romney Runs Up Lead in Gallup Poll  —  Mitt Romney's post-Denver debate rise in the polls took an even steeper climb today when Gallup released a new survey showing the Republican candidate with a seven-point national lead over President Obama, 52-45 percent.  —  The tracking poll surveyed likely voters, Gallup said.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:   Gallup vs. the World
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 / 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.”
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Obama: 'When four Americans get killed, it's not optimal'
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama, Romney tied nationally  —  Today PPP is releasing the first results from the daily tracking poll it will be running for the rest of the election, sponsored by Americans United for Change.  It will be based on a three day rolling average, with 400 interviews conducted each day.
David Alliot /
NewsmaxZogby Poll: Obama Edges Out Romney in Florida, 47%-44%
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 …
Meet Two of the Developers Behind the Internet ‘October Surprise’  —  A screengrab from the “October Surprise” site.  (Photo:  —  Earlier, a mysterious website popped up online promising to reveal an election “October Surprise” document drop showing that one of the “presidential candidates isn't being honest.”
Why The Romney Campaign Stopped Talking About Libya  —  A quick reversal of spin-room bravado.  “You'd think an ‘offensive’ would include more than a web video,” snipes an Obama aide.  —  Image by Alex Brandon / AP  —  LEESBURG, Va. — In the post-debate spin room Tuesday night …
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 …
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Report: Welfare government's single largest budget item in FY 2011 at approx. $1.03 trillion  —  The government spent approximately $1.03 trillion on 83 means-tested federal welfare programs in fiscal year 2011 alone — a price tag that makes welfare that year the government's largest expenditure …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Chris Matthews: Is challenging Obama unconstitutional?  —  Popular in Politics  —  On MSNBC's “Hardball” Wednesday evening, Chris Matthews discussed the theatrics of the presidential debate with James Lipton, longtime host of “Inside the Actor's Studio.”  Lipton offered some unremarkable observations …
Stephania Jimenez /
Hebron Woman Accused of Tearing Down Controversial Political Poster  —  In the midst of a heated political season and with the election just weeks away, you expect to see political signs everywhere; but a controversial sign in Hebron got a woman riled up, and arrested.
Discussion: Politico, NBC Bay Area, Gawker and theGrio
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Soledad O'Brien: Obama ‘up 15’ in Virginia  —  Some CNN viewers may be under the impression that President Barack Obama is leading Gov. Mitt Romney by 15 points in Virginia.  —  This morning, CNN's Soledad O'Brien told Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell “pre-debate polling shows that the president was up 15 points in the state of Virginia.”
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite and
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Inspector General's Report Contradicts Secret Service on Prostitution Scandal  —  An investigation into the U.S. Secret Service prostitution scandal by the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General contradicts Secret Service director Mark Sullivan's adamant assertion before Congress that …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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 Raw Story and The PJ Tatler
Kathryn A. Wolfe / Politico:
Grant aims to help police tag texting drivers in the act
Abby Phillip / ABCNEWS:
NY Senate Candidates Answer ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Debate Question
Discussion: Politico and Politicker
Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
Biden says GOP Young Guns' bullets aimed at middle class
Discussion: CNN and Politico
 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
Rowan Atkinson / Telegraph:
we must be allowed to insult each other
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Romney edge expands post-debate in Rasmussen tracking poll
Robert K. Kelner / Weekly Standard:
Early Voting Reform: A Ticking Time Bomb
Russ Buettner / New York Times:
Should've Left That at Home, Teacher Is Told at Jury Duty
Discussion: Gothamist and Runnin' Scared
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Tagg Romney jokes about ‘swing’ at Obama