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8:05 PM ET, October 19, 2012

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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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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
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.
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 suffers from ‘Romnesia’
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
Obama defines Romnesia
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Associated Press:   Obama courts female voters, accuses GOP rival Romney of suffering from a case of ‘Romnesia’
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  —  Fifty-one percent say Obama did better job, 38% say Romney  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans who report watching the second presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney believe Obama did a better job, by 51% to 38%.
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 …
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Chicago / WGN Radio:
Walsh, Duckworth clash on Medicare, abortion
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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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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Former Obama advisor: Our foreign policy is a mess — especially in the Middle East  —  With the last of the three presidential debates taking place in just three days, and with Barack Obama on his heels in polling after the first two, one would expect Obama allies to come out of the woodwork …
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.
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Ground Game: Advantage Obama?  —  In swing states, the Obama camp has opened twice as many offices, but the RNC might help Romney compete on Election Day, report John Avlon and Michael Keller.  —  Beyond the presidential debates, one final factor matters more than all the rest in a close race: ground game.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
ProPublica:
TSA Removes X-Ray Body Scanners From Major Airports  —  The Transportation Security Administration has been quietly removing its X-ray body scanners from major airports over the last few weeks and replacing them with machines that radiation experts believe are safer.
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
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 …
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 …
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
Ahead of Election, Obama Stops Releasing ‘Stimulus’ Reports  —  The $831,000,000,000 economic “stimulus” that President Obama spearheaded and signed into law requires his administration to release quarterly reports on its effects.  But “the most transparent administration in the history of our country” …
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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