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12:30 PM ET, October 18, 2012


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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.
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Newsweek to Cease Print Publication at End of Year  —  Updated Newsweek, the weekly magazine that for decades summarized the news for households across the United States but struggled to maintain relevance in the Internet era, announced on Thursday that it would cease print publication at the end of the year.
Peter Vidani /
Memo From Tina Brown to All Staff Re: Newsweek's Digital Future
Discussion: Guardian
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.
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 …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Tagg Romney Says He Wants To ‘Take A Swing’ At Obama
Discussion: The Raw Story and Business Insider
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 …
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
The 7-Eleven Presidency  —  In the wake of the Treasury Department's newly released summary of federal spending for 2012, it's now possible to detail just how profligate the Obama years have been.  Here's the upshot: Under Obama, for every $7 we've had, we've spent nearly $11 (or, to be more exact, $10.95).
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 …
Mike Allen / Politico:
DEBATE BUOYS OBAMA — GOP's Senate hopes fade — Rory Kennedy documentary about her mother, Ethel Kennedy, on HBO  —  BULLETIN — “Newsweek ending print edition” — AP/New York: “Newsweek plans to end its print publication after 80 years and will shift to an all-digital format starting in early 2013.
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 …
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:
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Team Romney won't rein in GOP nominee during third debate
CNN Tries to Blunt Romney Criticism Over Candy Crowley
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Officials: Obama ready to veto a bill blocking ‘fiscal cliff’ without tax hike for rich  —  View Photo Gallery — Are our leaders behaving like “Thelma and Louise,” flirting with disaster, thumbing their noses at our nation's economic livelihood?  Here's more on that reference …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
First Read:
First Thoughts: Wooing women
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 …
Greg Seaby / CNN:
CNN Fact Check: Romney says automatic weapons illegal  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and U.S. President Barack Obama shake hands following the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, on Tuesday, October 16, moderated by CNN's Candy Crowley.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and AMERICAblog
Wall Street Journal:
Henninger: The Un-President  —  Barack Obama shows …
Discussion: Power Line and Wake up America
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: The Baseline Scenario
Roberton Williams / TaxVox:
How Much Revenue Would a Cap on Itemized Deductions Raise?
Discussion: Taking Note and The Caucus
Russ Buettner / New York Times:
Should've Left That at Home, Teacher Is Told at Jury Duty  —  Damian Esteban was qualified to teach students at a specialized New York City high school, and had just been deemed reasonable enough to judge a man's fate in a murder trial.  —  But passing through the metal detectors …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Poll: Warren Up By 9 In Massachusetts Senate Race  —  Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren has built a 9-point lead over Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) in the closely watched Massachusetts Senate race, a poll released Wednesday shows.  —  The latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Many In Romney's “Binder Full Of Women” Were Campaign Donors  —  The former Massachusetts Governor touted hiring “binders full of women” for his cabinet, but many were donors to his gubernatorial campaign.  —  Mitt Romney sits with his former Chief of Staff Beth Myers.  —  Image by Brian Synder / Reuters
Major Garrett /
The Four Ls and Four States: What's Next in the Obama-Romney Duel  —  From now until the third and final presidential debate, and quite probably even after that, President Obama and Mitt Romney will fight on the ground, over the airwaves, and in social media over the four Ls and four swing states.
Robert K. Kelner / Weekly Standard:
Early Voting Reform: A Ticking Time Bomb  —  In election law, as in so many things, the word “reform,” when associated with a new idea, is usually a sure sign that mischief is afoot.  A case in point: early voting reform.  This innocuous sounding but insidious idea, which has led some 32 states …
Special Report: 3.4% of U.S. Adults Identify as LGBT  —  Inaugural Gallup findings based on more than 120,000 interviews  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The inaugural results of a new Gallup question — posed to more than 120,000 U.S. adults thus far — shows that 3.4% say “yes” when asked if they identify as lesbian …
Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
Romney primary message shifts as election nears  —  LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — On immigration, taxes and women's issues, Mitt Romney is abandoning his “severely conservative” talk of the Republican primary season and moving sharply to the political center as he looks to sway on-the-fence voters in the campaign's final three weeks.
Discussion: Battleground Watch
Peter Nicholas / Washington Wire:
Biden Sticks to ‘Binders’ Theme to Attack Romney
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Won the Debate but Is Losing the Argument
Discussion: Hot Air and GayPatriot
Weekly Jobless Claims Drop Proves to Be Short-Lived
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Romney goes from Etch a Sketch to sketchy
Discussion:, Daily Kos, Angry Bear and The Fix
Brendan McDermid / Jerusalem Post:
Iran: How long can debt-laden US remain world power?
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Romney's facts are curious things
Steve Friess / Politico:
Horsford struggles vs. Tarkanian in Nev.
Discussion: National Review
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
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Syrian Rebels Get Missiles
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
Justin Sink / The Hill:
First lady: President 'didn't point fingers, didn't place blame'
Tattoo ban for Metropolitan Police officers
Discussion: and Guardian
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Obama picks McCormick Place for election night rally
Discussion: Politico, The Fix and Election 2012
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Islamic Inscriptions On Obama's Wedding Ring, And Other Things I Learned At A Romney Debate Watch Party
Discussion: Daily Kos
Yahoo! News:
Romney and the binder blunder
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Reaping the Whirlwind  —  On reading the transcript and listening …