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10:05 AM ET, October 20, 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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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 …
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
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. …
Discussion: CNN
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%.
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Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
About that Gallup poll: Is Romney really up by 7? And will Obama win the election anyway?
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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Jason Howerton / TheBlaze.com:
THE NUMBER OF OBAMA SUPPORTERS WHO HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THE 9/11 BENGHAZI ATTACK WILL TERRIFY YOU
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.
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
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.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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: Taegan Goddard's …
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: Pirate's Cove and Politico
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.
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
Matt Sledge / The Huffington Post:
Scott Brown Supporter From Ad Calls Elizabeth Warren ‘D*****bag,’ Obama A ‘Muslim’ On Facebook … FOLLOW:  —  Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown, Elections 2012, Video, Elizabeth Warren Asbestos, Massachusetts Senate Race, Scott Brown Ad, Scott-Brown-Asbestos, Politics News
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 …
Reuters:
Secular politician killed in southern Tunisia clashes  —  TUNIS - Clashes between Islamists and secular opponents in the southern Tunisian town of Tataouine on Thursday left a secular politician dead, a local official and resident said.  —  The violence broke out during a march organized …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Bob Secter / Chicago Tribune:
Walsh backtracks slightly on abortion comments  —  Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh backtracked slightly on his controversial remarks about abortion, saying today that there are “very rare circumstances” in which a pregnant woman may need to undergo an abortion to save her life.
 
 
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John Ingold / Denver Post:
Vandals spray-paint swastikas on Obama campaign office in Conifer
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney leads by 1 point in Iowa and New Hampshire
Tarini Parti / Politico:
RNC has $83M in bank
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
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: Close contest for Florida's 29 electoral votes
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Adam Weinstein / Mother Jones:
Romney Enlists General Behind Iraq Debacle as Key Military Adviser
Will Oremus / Slate:
Free Online Education Is Now Illegal in Minnesota
Wall Street Journal:
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Jonathan H. Adler / The Volokh Conspiracy:
When Fact Checkers Have Trouble with Facts
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Ground Game: Advantage Obama?
Discussion: Washington Monthly