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6:15 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
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Dinesh D'Souza resigns as college head
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
D'Souza's Hard Fall
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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.
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.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Clinton, Springsteen rock Ohio
Discussion: CNN and Politico
TRENDING: Springsteen's new ditty for Obama
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Federal Appeals Court: Marriage Recognition Ban Unconstitutional  —  “[W]e conclude that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act violates equal protection and is therefore unconstitutional.”  The Second Circuit Court of Appeals, out of New York, is the second federal court to hold …
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 …
David Ariosto / CNN:
New York appeals court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act
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
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
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Welfare spending jumps 32% in four years
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
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%
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.
Discussion: The Right Scoop and Mediaite
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Ann Romney talks abortion on ‘The View’
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 …
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 …
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.”
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 …
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Virginia GOP Caught Throwing Away Voter Registrations  —  You know how every time they're in control, Republicans grow the government and run into the ground to prove that government is inefficient and bloated?  Well, I think it's time to realize that the GOP is now determined to prove …
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: and Mediaite
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: Gothamist and Runnin' Scared
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
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Romney edge expands post-debate in Rasmussen tracking poll  —  The Left seemed pretty pleased with Barack Obama's performance in Tuesday night's debate, cheering his renewed energy and aggressiveness.  How did it play with voters overall?  The spot polls produced mixed results …
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Ashe Schow / The Heritage Foundation:
President Obama's Taxpayer-Backed Green Energy Failures
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
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
New Obama Ad Edits Debate Footage, Falsely Claims Romney Would Ban All Abortions
Discussion: The Caucus, Swampland, ABCNEWS and Althouse
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Rowan Atkinson / Telegraph:
we must be allowed to insult each other
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Associated Press:
Turkish pianist Fazil Say goes on trial accused of insulting Islam on Twitter
Discussion: The Right Scoop and Jihad Watch
Carol Ross Joynt / Washingtonian:
BREAKING: Obama Daughters' School Evacuated Following Threat
Discussion: Politico and New York Magazine
Robert K. Kelner / Weekly Standard:
Early Voting Reform: A Ticking Time Bomb
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Officials: Obama ready to veto a bill blocking ‘fiscal cliff’ without tax hike for rich
Discussion: First Read, ABCNEWS and Politico
GOP's problems exposed in struggle for Senate