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12:50 PM 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 …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Rep. Joe Walsh: Abortion never saves mom's life  —  Abortion bans don't need exceptions for the life of the mother because of “modern technology and science,” Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) said Thursday.  —  “With modern technology and science, you can't find one instance” of an abortion necessary …
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Rep. Joe Walsh: Abortion never necessary to save women's lives
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Joe Walsh: ‘Advances In Science And Technology’ Have Erased Need For Abortion Exceptions
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Joe Walsh On Abortion: No Exception For ‘Life Of The Mother’ Thanks To ‘Advances In Science And Technology’
Discussion: Sky Dancing
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 …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
U.S. description of Benghazi attacks, at first cautious, changed after 3 days
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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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 …
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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Daily Mail:
'If four Americans get killed, it's not OPTIMAL': Obama's extraordinary response to Comedy …
Elspeth Reeve / The Atlantic Wire:
Obama on Daily Show: Benghazi ‘Not Optimal’
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 …
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life:
Latinos, Religion and Campaign 2012  —  Catholics Favor Obama, Evangelicals Divided  —  Navigate this page:  —  Partisanship  —  Latinos are divided by religion in their preferences in the upcoming presidential election, according to the latest survey by the Pew Hispanic Center …
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New York Times:
Campaigns See Latino Voters as Deciders in 3 Key States
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Daniel Hannan / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
You thought the whole ‘EUSSR’ thing was over the top?  Have a look at this poster  —  Take a close look at this promotional poster.  Notice anything?  Alongside the symbols of Christianity, Judaism, Jainism and so on is one of the wickedest emblems our species has conceived: the hammer and sickle.
Discussion: National Review and Vox Popoli
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: Mediaite, Jay Bookman and Hot Air
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.
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 …
Washington Free Beacon:
MSNBC Host Challenges Romney Son to Fight  —  MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell challenged Republican nominee Mitt Romney's son, Tagg, to a fight at the conclusion of his program Thursday evening:  —  LAWRENCE O'DONNELL: Okay, Taggert, let's have a little talk, just you and me.
Discussion: National Review
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Romney ‘Super PAC’ Makes $12 Million Ad Buy  —  The “super PAC” supporting Mitt Romney is making its most aggressive and expensive push yet in the advertising wars with a $12 million ad buy in nine states.  —  The expenditure represents a significant expansion of the group's advertising campaign …
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 …
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary  —  Technical information:  —  Employment: (202) 691-6559 * sminfo@bls.gov * www.bls.gov/sae  —  Unemployment: (202) 691-6392 * lausinfo@bls.gov * www.bls.gov/lau  —  Media contact: (202) 691-5902 * PressOffice@bls.gov
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 …
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
 
 
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Mike Lillis / Ballot Box:
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Mary Katharine Ham / Hot Air:
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Discussion: Ballot Box, Taylor Marsh and Politico
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
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Clinton: I Thought Obama ‘Was Going to Cry’
Discussion: Doug Ross
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Poll shows Romney leading in blue Pennsylvania