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12:40 PM ET, October 20, 2012

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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 …
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
CIA documents supported Susan Rice's description of Benghazi attacks  —  The Romney campaign may have misfired with its suggestion that statements by President Obama and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice about the Benghazi attack last month weren't supported by intelligence, according to documents provided …
James Rosen / Fox News:
Documents show Stevens worried about Libya security threats, Al Qaeda before consulate attack
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Romney as a Manager: Unhurried and Socratic  —  BOSTON — As governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney could not resist burrowing into the bureaucratic weeds: He once took the statewide math and reading test for 10th graders, then startled his education commissioner by calling to say, “I like No. 14” and rattling off the answer.
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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 …
Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
President Obama's Closing Act: An Epic Collapse  —  The ongoing collapse of President Obama's campaign may lead to some extraordinary stunts during Monday's last debate, but no matter what he tries, it is very unlikely that the president can reverse the enormous momentum behind Mitt Romney's campaign.
Discussion: American Power
Allison Brennan / CNN:
Early voting opens in seven states, D.C.  —  (CNN) - Hours ahead of the presidential debate on Monday, millions of voters across the country will have the chance to cast their ballots when early voting opens in Arkansas, Colorado, Texas, Wisconsin, Alaska and the District of Columbia.
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Michael P. McDonald / The Huffington Post:
Early Voting Spinning … Elections 2012 , North Carolina , Florida , Party Registration , Voter Mobilization , Early Voting , Iowa , Ohio , Pollster Analysis , Politics News  —  Now with over 3 million people voting across the country, the campaigns are spinning the early vote.  Here are my takeaways so far:
Washington Free Beacon:
Obama Campaign Borrows $15M from Bank of America  —  Obama For America took out a $15 million loan from Bank of America last month, according to the campaign's October monthly FEC report.  The loan was incurred on September 4 and is due November 14, eight days after the election.
Benny Johnson / TheBlaze.com:
JOE BIDEN INTERRUPTS FLORIDA WOMAN'S BREAST CANCER STORY WITH ON-STAGE SQUATTING CHARADES  —  At a campaign event Friday afternoon in Florida, Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bill Nelson took the stage to a cheering crowd.  They were being introduced by a Florida resident named Barbra …
Discussion: Riehl World 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. …
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: CNN, Politico and Pirate's Cove
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.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Wall Street Journal:
Impact of States' Voter Laws Can Be Difficult to Identify  —  Voters in more than two dozen states next month will be asked to provide some form of identification before casting a ballot.  How many Americans who would otherwise vote will be turned away or won't turn up at all remains a hotly contested number.
Discussion: Hot Air
Stephanie Saul / New York Times:
Man Aiding G.O.P. Voter Registration Drive Is Charged  —  A Republican Party effort to register voters in advance of next month's presidential election became the focal point of new controversy Friday when the authorities in Virginia charged a voter registration supervisor …
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: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Sparring over economy in weekly addresses  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama touted a recovering housing sector while Rep. Jeff Flake of Arizona argued that the administration has not handled the economy well during their weekly addresses Saturday.  —  “Now, we're not where we need to be yet,” Obama said.
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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Reuters:
Secular politician killed in southern Tunisia clashes
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
John Ingold / Denver Post:
Vandals spray-paint swastikas on Obama campaign office in Conifer
Bob Secter / Chicago Tribune:
Walsh backtracks slightly on abortion comments
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney leads by 1 point in Iowa and New Hampshire
Jason Howerton / TheBlaze.com:
THE NUMBER OF OBAMA SUPPORTERS WHO HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THE 9/11 BENGHAZI ATTACK WILL TERRIFY YOU
Discussion: Power Line and Right Wing News
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Judged Winner of Second Debate
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Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. might be heading back to Mayo Clinic
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
Ahead of Election, Obama Stops Releasing ‘Stimulus’ Reports
Catherine Rampell / Economix:
You Don't Work as Hard as You Say You Do  —  Americans tend …
Discussion: Wonkblog
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Unemployment rate drops in 41 states, including most swing states
Telegraph:
Weighty memento: war veteran's secret revealed after his death
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: Close contest for Florida's 29 electoral votes
Adam Weinstein / Mother Jones:
Romney Enlists General Behind Iraq Debacle as Key Military Adviser