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5:30 PM ET, October 19, 2012

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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Are the Wheels Coming Off?  Part 2  —  Obama may yet squeak to re-election, but it is clear the magic is gone.  As I predicted last week, the media are starting to turn on him.  Right now it is mostly showing up on the editorial pages in the ranks of unsigned endorsement editorials.
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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 …
Discussion: Gretawire, CNN and Politico
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.
Discussion: CNN and Election 2012
Orlando Sentinel:
Our pick for president: Romney
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 …
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
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Joe Walsh: ‘Advances In Science And Technology’ Have Erased Need For Abortion Exceptions
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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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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Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: The Year the Debates Mattered
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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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: Mitt is suffering from ‘Romnesia’ in bid for centrists
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Associated Press:   Obama courts female voters, accuses GOP rival Romney of suffering from a case of ‘Romnesia’
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
Obama defines Romnesia
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
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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.
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 …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Oct. 18: Obama Gains in Forecast on Resiliency in Swing State Polls  —  One of the risks in focusing too much on the results of any one poll, like the Gallup national tracking poll, is that you may lose sight of the bigger picture.  —  On Thursday, that story was one of President Obama continuing …
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 …
Discussion: AEIdeas and Election 2012
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Timothy Egan / Opinionator:
The Other Missing Man
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.
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 …
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 …
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Associated Press:
Officials: CIA report blamed militants, not mob, within 24 hours of Libya attack
BBC:
Deadly blast hits Lebanon capital  —  The explosion occurred in a busy part of east Beirut  —  A car-bomb blast has killed at least eight people and injured more than 70 in Beirut, Lebanese officials say.  —  The explosion occurred in Sassine Square, a busy part of the mainly Christian district …
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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 …
 
 
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Telegraph:
Weighty memento: war veteran's secret revealed after his death
ProPublica:
TSA Removes X-Ray Body Scanners From Major Airports
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Anne-Marie Slaughter / The Atlantic Online:
Why Women Still Can't Have It All  —  It's time to stop fooling …
Adam Weinstein / Mother Jones:
Romney Enlists General Behind Iraq Debacle as Key Military Adviser
David Brooks / New York Times:
A Sad Green Story
ABCNEWS:
Voter Intimidation Fears Renewed As Election Day Nears
Discussion: The Other McCain and Politico
Jonathan H. Adler / The Volokh Conspiracy:
When Fact Checkers Have Trouble with Facts
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Election 2012
 Earlier Items: 
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Ground Game: Advantage Obama?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Daniel Hannan / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
You thought the whole ‘EUSSR’ thing was over the top? Have a look at this poster
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Why the chill on climate change?
Washington Free Beacon:
MSNBC Host Challenges Romney Son to Fight
Discussion: National Review
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Snow Job on Jobs
Discussion: Prairie Weather