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Salt Lake Tribune:
Too many Mitts  —  Obama has earned another term  —  Nowhere has Mitt Romney's pursuit of the presidency been more warmly welcomed or closely followed than here in Utah.  The Republican nominee's political and religious pedigrees, his adeptly bipartisan governorship of a Democratic state …
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Denver Post:
Endorsement: Barack Obama for president  —  With the nation mired in two wars and amid an economic meltdown, we endorsed a largely untested young senator from Illinois for president in 2008.  —  Four years later, the Iraq war is over, the war in Afghanistan has a conclusion in sight …
Tampa Bay Times:
Obama has earned second term  —  Four years ago, Barack Obama offered an inspiring message of hope and change to an uneasy nation bogged down in two wars and facing economic collapse.  The rosy idealism quickly gave way to the harsh realities of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.
Daily Mail:
'My son is not very optimal - he is very dead': Mother of diplomat killed in Benghazi attack slams Obama's comment on raid  —  The mother of an American diplomat killed during a terrorist raid on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi has hit out at Barack Obama for describing the attack as ‘not optimal’ …
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Jason Howerton / TheBlaze.com:
THE NUMBER OF OBAMA SUPPORTERS WHO HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THE 9/11 BENGHAZI ATTACK WILL TERRIFY YOU
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
About that Gallup poll: Is Romney really up by 7?  And will Obama win the election anyway?  —  According to Real Clear Politics, Mitt Romney is, on average, up by one point in the polls.  According to both Nate Silver and InTrade, President Obama has a better-than-60-percent chance of winning the election.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Judged Winner of Second Debate
Will Oremus / Slate:
Free Online Education Is Now Illegal in Minnesota  —  Honorable mentions go to New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission for driving out Uber's online taxi-hailing service and to automobile dealers' groups in four states for trying to have Tesla dealerships declared illegal.
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Katherine Mangan / Wired Campus:
Minnesota Gives Coursera the Boot, Citing a Decades-Old Law
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Obama Diagnoses Mitt With “Romnesia”  —  “He's changing up so much, we've got to name this condition that he's going through—I think it's called ‘Romnesia,’” Obama said in Virginia today.  “If you've got Romnesia, here's the good news: Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions”  —  From the Obama campaign:
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Jonathan H. Adler / The Volokh Conspiracy:
When Fact Checkers Have Trouble with Facts
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: Mitt suffers from ‘Romnesia’
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: The Year the Debates Mattered  —  Will Obama's crass presidential style become the rule or prove an exception?  —  The presidential debates this year have been more consequential than such debates have ever been.  —  They've been historic, shifting the mood and trajectory of the race.
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Suspect in Libya Attack, in Plain Sight, Scoffs at U.S.
Telegraph:
Weighty memento: war veteran's secret revealed after his death  —  The family of a war hero only discovered the full weight of his bravery after his death when his cremation left behind a huge pile of shrapnel.  —  Ronald Brown stepped on a land mine while on a mission in France in August 1944.
Tu Stultus Es / The Onion:
The Onion Endorses John Edwards For President  —  Choosing who should be entrusted to lead our nation's government is not a responsibility that should be taken lightly, and never has that maxim been truer than in this current election cycle.  Our economy is stagnant, our culture is dangerously stratified …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Catherine Rampell / Economix:
You Don't Work as Hard as You Say You Do  —  Americans tend to overestimate how many hours they work in a typical week by about 5 to 10 percent, according to a Labor Department study, with the biggest exaggerators being people who work longer weeks.  —  The study compared people's estimates …
Discussion: Wonkblog
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Your Buddy Who Says He's Working Incredibly Long Hours Is Exaggerating
Discussion: Mother Jones
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Issa's Benghazi document dump exposes several Libyans working with the U.S.  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) compromised the identities of several Libyans working with the U.S. government and placed their lives in danger when he released reams of State Department …
Matt Sledge / The Huffington Post:
Scott Brown Supporter From Ad Calls Elizabeth Warren ‘D*****bag,’ Obama A ‘Muslim’ On Facebook … FOLLOW:  —  Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown, Elections 2012, Video, Elizabeth Warren Asbestos, Massachusetts Senate Race, Scott Brown Ad, Scott-Brown-Asbestos, Politics News
Brian Bakst / Associated Press:
Lauding Obama, Clinton Cites ‘Impatient’ Americans  —  Former President Bill Clinton said Friday that President Barack Obama is facing a tough re-election race because “impatient” Americans haven't fully recognized an economy on the mend.  —  Campaigning for Obama in Green Bay, Wis. …
Discussion: CNN
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: Close contest for Florida's 29 electoral votes  —  (CNN) - Three days before the final presidential debate, a new survey in the biggest of the battleground states indicates the race for the White House is basically tied.  —  According to a CNN/ORC International poll conducted Wednesday …
Bob Secter / Chicago Tribune:
Walsh backtracks slightly on abortion comments  —  Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh backtracked slightly on his controversial remarks about abortion, saying today that there are “very rare circumstances” in which a pregnant woman may need to undergo an abortion to save her life.
Tarini Parti / Politico:
RNC has $83M in bank  —  The Democratic National Committee was unable to keep up with the Republican National Committee's fundraising again in September, despite taking out $10.5 million in loans.  —  The DNC raised $20.3 million in September, including the loans, and only $3.7 million …
Discussion: CNN and National Review
John Gizzi / Human Events:
LEE IACOCCA ENDORSES ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT  —  RESIZE:  —  After a lifetime of voting for and supporting Democrats — and even declining appointment to the U.S. Senate from a Democratic governor — Lee Iacocca Thursday endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for president.
Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
Romney Says Obama Playing ‘Silly Word Games’  —  Republican Mitt Romney is accusing President Barack Obama of engaging in “petty attacks and silly word games” just 18 days before the election.  —  Romney on Friday rallied a raucous crowd in Daytona Beach, Fla., saying Obama was running a small campaign.
Discussion: Politico
John Ingold / Denver Post:
Vandals spray-paint swastikas on Obama campaign office in Conifer  —  Vandals struck an Obama campaign office in Conifer overnight, spray-painting swastikas onto the side of the building.  —  Jefferson County Sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer said a deputy went to the office in Conifer on Friday morning to take a report of vandalism.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Was Candy in Cahoots?  —  Almost certainly not.  Occam's razor suggests Obama took advantage of her.  —  The Benghazi debate kerfuffle has some readers suspicious.  Kevin Mitchell writes: … If you look at the transcript, it supports the idea that Obama expected help from Crowley …
Adam Weinstein / Mother Jones:
Romney Enlists General Behind Iraq Debacle as Key Military Adviser  —  If you're a presidential candidate looking to establish your national-security cred with a war-weary American public, who might be the worst frontman you could choose for your cause?  How about the guy who oversaw …
 
 
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Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
CEOs warn Obama, Congress to avoid ‘fiscal cliff’
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney leads by 1 point in Iowa and New Hampshire
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Unemployment rate drops in 41 states, including most swing states
Discussion: The Reaction and Eclectablog
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Roger Ailes Signs Up for Another 4 Years at Fox News
ProPublica:
TSA Removes X-Ray Body Scanners From Major Airports
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
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David Brooks / New York Times:
A Sad Green Story
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Ground Game: Advantage Obama?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
NationalJournal.com:
The Possibility of a Popular, Electoral Vote Split is Very Real
Joseph Tanfani / Los Angeles Times:
Man registering voters for GOP accused of tossing forms in trash
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