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9:05 AM ET, October 18, 2012


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Mike Elk / Working In These Times:
In Conference Call, Romney Urged Businesses To Tell Their Employees How to Vote  —  In a June 6, 2012 conference call posted on the anti-union National Federation of Independent Business's website, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney instructed employers to tell their employees how to vote in the upcoming election.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Leaked Audio Captures Romney Asking Employers To Tell Their Employees How To Vote  —  Newly-discovered audio from a conference call in June captures Mitt Romney asking business owners to urge their employees to vote for him.  —  Romney, speaking on a call to the very conservative National Federation …
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.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Tagg Romney jokes about ‘swing’ at Obama  —  Mitt Romney's eldest son joked in a radio interview that he wanted to “take a swing” at President Barack Obama after Obama called his father a liar.  —  “Jump out of your seat and you want to rush down to the stage and take a swing at him,” Tagg said, laughing.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Tagg Romney Says He Wants To ‘Take A Swing’ At Obama
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Team Romney won't rein in GOP nominee during third debate  —  Mitt Romney's campaign indicated Wednesday they have no plans to rein in the GOP nominee during the third and final presidential debate.  —  Romney's aggressive performance Tuesday night — directly challenging President Obama …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
CNN Explains  —  TMZ says it has obtained an email from CNN's Managing Editor, Mark Whitaker, to CNN personnel.  The email sets out talking points in response to criticism of Candy Crowley's performance as a debate moderator last night.  It is pretty funny; this is the complete email, according to TMZ:
New York Post:
Terrorist attempts to blow up Federal Reserve Bank  —  A Bangladeshi terrorist tried to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in Lower Manhattan this morning using a 1,000-pound bomb, according to a criminal complaint.  —  Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, of Jamaica, Queens …
New York Times:
Man Accused of Plot to Blow Up Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Report: Obama campaign turning grim on Florida, Virginia, North Carolina — and Colorado?  —  You need to read way, way, way down into this National Journal piece to find the key bit, but it's worth it.  Says Jay Cost, “I've never seen anybody bury a lede like Major Garrett here.”
Major Garrett /
The Four Ls and Four States: What's Next in the Obama-Romney Duel
Bruce Springsteen / The Official Bruce …:
A Message From Bruce  —  Dear Friends:  —  The election is coming up on all of us and we all have strong feelings about it.  I've been getting asked a lot about where I stand, so for those who are interested, here goes.  —  This presidential election is different than the last one because President Obama …
Discussion: The Caucus and New York Magazine
GOP's problems exposed in struggle for Senate  —  In 2010, when Republicans stumbled on what had been a clear path to winning control of the Senate, GOP operatives comforted themselves with a defiant vow: Just wait 'til next time.  —  Now, next time is here — and the GOP is in danger …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:   Senate candidates in tough races raise $57M
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
At Last Night's Debate: Romney Told 31 Myths In 41 Minutes  —  But at his second encounter with Obama in New York, the GOP presidential candidate — who has run a post-truth campaign from day one — outdid himself and crammed 31 myths in 41 minutes:  —  1) “I want to make sure we keep our Pell grant program growing.
Wall Street Journal:
Henninger: The Un-President  —  Barack Obama shows an unerring instinct for policy deniability.  —  Conventional wisdom holds that Barack Obama “lost” in Denver because he lacked intensity.  He brought his A-game to Hofstra this week.  There's still a problem.
Discussion: Power Line
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Bloomberg Jumps Into '12 Races With New ‘Super PAC’  —  Seeking to reshape a national political debate he finds frustratingly superficial, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York is plunging into the 2012 campaign in its final weeks, creating his own “super PAC” to direct millions of dollars …
Mario Trujillo / Ballot Box:
Bloomberg forms own super-PAC
Discussion: CNN
Dylan Matthews / Wonkblog:
Who wins under Mitt Romney's cap plan, in one chart  —  Despite its vagueness, Mitt Romney's proposal to cap itemized deductions is prompting some insightful analyses from reputable think tanks.  On Tuesday, Third Way released a report estimating that a $25,000 cap on deductions …
Discussion: TaxVox and The Baseline Scenario
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Islamic Inscriptions On Obama's Wedding Ring, And Other Things I Learned At A Romney Debate Watch Party  —  LAS VEGAS, Nevada — If I learned anything from watching last night's presidential debate in a room full of Mitt Romney supporters, it's that President Obama cannot speak English …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
In full-page newspaper ad, 13 Iowa voters apologize for supporting Obama in 2008  —  A full-page Mitt Romney campaign ad in today's Cedar Rapids Gazette takes the form of an open letter from 13 Iowans who say they voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 but regret their choice and won't do so again in 2012.
Gregory J. Krieg / ABCNEWS:
Obama Mocks Romney in Iowa Over ‘Binders’
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
Yahoo! News:
Romney and the binder blunder  —  The GOP challenger goes after undecided women voters—and steps into a mess of his own making  —  Mitt Romney's already infamous, infelicitous phrase at Tuesday night's debate—"binders full of women"—gave the GOP challenger a true Norma Rae moment.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Presidential debate: Libya questioner says Obama didn't answer  —  Kerry Ladka stood before President Obama at last night's town hall-style debate and asked the question that would touch off an onstage verbal brawl and, later, an intense national discussion.  Here's how it went:
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Reaping the Whirlwind  —  On reading the transcript and listening to the audio of last week's Supreme Court argument in the University of Texas affirmative action case, my primary reaction was one of embarrassment — for the court and also for Texas.  —  First the court.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
First lady: President 'didn't point fingers, didn't place blame'  —  First lady Michelle Obama said Wednesday that President Obama did not look to blame others for the challenges he faced as president, an apparent rebuke to Republican accusations that the White House continues to point …
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
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Nour Malas / Wall Street Journal:
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
2nd Debate Also a Ratings Hit, Drawing 65.6 Million At-Home Viewers
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Daily Beast
Tattoo ban for Metropolitan Police officers
Discussion: Guardian and
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Obama picks McCormick Place for election night rally
Discussion: The Fix and Election 2012
Peter Baker / New York Times:
News Analysis: Debates Have Not Clarified Matters for Voters — News Analysis
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
New York's Trinity Church forced to cancel Halloween fest over Occupy Wall Street camp
New York Times:
Campaigns Raise Focus on Women for Final Weeks
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Helen Carter / Guardian:
Police Taser blind man after mistaking white stick for samurai sword
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Gawker and
Julianne Hing / Colorlines:
Who Are Those “Gangbangers” Obama's So Proud of Deporting?
Discussion: Mother Jones and Firedoglake
Charles Franklin / Marquette Law School Poll:
Marquette Law School Poll finds presidential and Senate races tied in Wisconsin