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11:30 AM ET, October 19, 2012

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Chicago / WGN Radio:
Walsh, Duckworth clash on Medicare, abortion  —  Republican Rep. Joe Walsh and Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth used the final face-to-face meeting of their campaign Thursday night to stress differences over the future of Medicare, a program she said should be a “guarantee” but one he said “would end as we know it” unless reformed.
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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
More Junk Science: GOP Congressman Says Abortion Is Never Necessary To Save A Woman's Life  —  On Thursday, after his debate against Demcorat Tammy Duckworth, Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) told reporters that an abortion exception is never necessary to save a woman's life, explaining …
Discussion: Mediaite and Dependable Renegade
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Rep. Joe Walsh: Abortion never saves mom's life
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Rep. Joe Walsh: Abortion never necessary to save women's lives
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:   Joe Walsh On Abortion: No Exception For ‘Life Of The Mother’ Thanks To ‘Advances In Science And Technology’
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Suspect in Libya Attack, in Plain Sight, Scoffs at U.S.  —  BENGHAZI, Libya — Just days after President Obama vowed to hunt down and bring to justice those responsible for the Sept. 11 attack on the American diplomatic compound here, Ahmed Abu Khattala, one of those considered a ringleader …
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Kimberly Dozier / Mercury News:
CIA found militant links a day after Libya attack  —  WASHINGTON—The CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington within 24 hours of last month's deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate that there was evidence it was carried out by militants, not a spontaneous mob upset about an American …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
U.S. description of Benghazi attacks, at first cautious, changed after 3 days  —  Glass, debris and overturned furniture are strewn inside a room in the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012 |  WASHINGTON — In the first 48 hours after the deadly Sept. 11 attacks …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and National Review
Wall Street Journal:
Early Uncertainty on Libya Account
CNN:
Comedic relief: Obama, Romney bring on the jokes at annual dinner  —  New York (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were within arm's length for the second time this week, as they shared the stage at the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner Thursday and delivered feisty quips at each other's expense.
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NBC Politics:
Campaigns take a break for a night of laughs
Discussion: The Other McCain and First Read
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Gallup vs. the World  —  Our regularly scheduled forecast update for Wednesday slipped through the cracks.  The FiveThirtyEight forecast was not much changed based on Wednesday's polls, however, with Barack Obama's chances of winning the Electoral College increasing incrementally to 65.7 percent from 64.8 percent.
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Parsing Obama on Guantanamo  —  What exactly did President Barack Obama mean when he suggested Thursday that Congress needs to do more to establish a “legal architecture” to govern aspects of the war on terror?  —  “One thing we have got to do is put a legal architecture in place …
Discussion: emptywheel and Lawfare
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama on Benghazi attack: 'When four Americans get killed, it's not optimal'
Joseph Tanfani / Los Angeles Times:
Man registering voters for GOP accused of tossing forms in trash  —  A man who was being paid to register voters by the Republican Party of Virginia was arrested Thursday after he was seen dumping eight registration forms into a dumpster.  —  Colin Small, 31, was working as a supervisor …
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and Wonkette
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Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Man Tied To Va. GOP Arrested In Voter Form Destruction
Orlando Sentinel:
Our pick for president: Romney  —  (Rainier Ehrhardt, Getty Images / October 11, 2012)  —  Two days after his lackluster first debate performance, President Barack Obama's re-election hopes got a timely boost.  The government's monthly jobless report for September showed …
Ken Kolker / WOOD-TV:
Volt no jolt: LG Chem employees idle  —  Factory has yet to ship out a single battery  —  HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) - Workers at LG Chem, a $300 million lithium-ion battery plant heavily funded by taxpayers, tell Target 8 that they have so little work to do that they spend hours playing cards and board games …
First Read:
Polls: Obama holds his lead in Iowa, Wisconsin  —  With fewer than three weeks until Election Day, new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls show President Barack Obama maintaining his lead over Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the battleground states of Iowa and Wisconsin.
NationalJournal.com:
The Possibility of a Popular, Electoral Vote Split is Very Real  —  Don't be too surprised if Romney wins the popular vote but loses the Electoral College in this presidential race.  —  Nail-biter: George W. Bush and Al Gore in 2000.  —  Partisans still hoping that their candidate will build …
Discussion: Jay Bookman and Hot Air
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Snow Job on Jobs  —  Mitt Romney talks a lot about jobs.  But does he have a plan to create any?  —  You can defend President Obama's jobs record — recovery from a severe financial crisis is always difficult, and especially so when the opposition party does its best to block every policy initiative you propose.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Juan Carlos Chavez / MiamiHerald.com:
Fidel Castro suffered a stroke, Venezuelan doctor says  —  A Naples doctor said former Cuban leader Fidel Castro is near ‘a neurovegetative state’ after suffering a stroke.  —  JCCHAVEZ@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM  —  Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and his state …
Katherine Mangan / Wired Campus:
Minnesota Gives Coursera the Boot, Citing a Decades-Old Law  —  Coursera offers free, online courses to people around the world, but if you live in Minnesota, company officials are urging you to log off or head for the border.  —  The state's Office of Higher Education has informed …
Mary Katharine Ham / Hot Air:
Video: Let's ask young Obama supporters what they think about Benghazi  —  I can't resist this delicious piece of video from an Obama rally at a Ohio university from our friends at Revealing Politics.  The way Kelly Maher tells it, this endeavor started innocently as a project to determine whether rank …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads by 1 point in tracker  —  PPP's three day rolling national tracking poll finds Barack Obama pulling slightly ahead of Mitt Romney based on interviews conducted between Tuesday and Thursday.  Obama's at 48% to 47% for Romney after leading by small margins with voters polled on each …
Discussion: National Review
Borys Krawczeniuk / The Times-Tribune:
Casey finds himself in tight race; Pa. in play for president  —  What once seemed inconceivable to Democrats now has shifted into the realm of the possible.  —  U.S. Sen. Bob Casey could lose his re-election bid and a Democratic presidential candidate, President Barack Obama, could lose Pennsylvania for the first time since 1988.
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Why the chill on climate change?  —  Not a word has been said in the presidential debates about what may be the most urgent and consequential issue in the world: climate change.  —  President Obama understands and accepts the scientific consensus that the burning of fossil fuels is trapping heat …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Daily Kos and The Hill
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Scott Brown Exaggerated Afghanistan Military Service, Says Man Who Inspired Medal Bill … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Scott Brown, Elections 2012, Scott Brown, Video, Doug Sterner, Scott Brown Doug Sterner, Scott Brown Medal Of Honor, Scott Brown Stolen Valor, Massachusetts Senate Race …
 
 
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Washington Free Beacon:
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senate Candidate Admits To Owning Stock In Companies That Do Business With Iran
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Arizona GOP Senate Candidate Openly Hostile To Free School Lunch Program He Relied On As A Child
Manu Raju / Politico:
Akin, McCaskill get testy in final debate
Discussion: ABCNEWS and New York Magazine
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Clinton: I Thought Obama ‘Was Going to Cry’
Discussion: Doug Ross
Henry Fountain / New York Times:
Iron-Dumping Experiment in Pacific Alarms Marine Experts
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Ann Romney: Mormon missions and U.S. military are ‘different ways of serving’
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