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11:25 AM ET, October 21, 2012


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New York Times:
U.S. Officials Say Iran Has Agreed to Nuclear Talks  —  WASHINGTON — The United States and Iran have agreed for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, according to Obama administration officials, setting the stage for what could be a last-ditch diplomatic effort to avert a military strike on Iran.
Iran News Will Shift Debate Focus  —  “A gift for Mitt.”  —  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center is escorted by technicians during a tour of Tehran's research reactor centre.  —  Image by Iranian President's Office / AP  —  The New York Times report Saturday that the U.S …
Jerusalem Post:   White House denies US, Iran agreed to 1-on-1 talks
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
New poll: Egyptians turning toward Iran, want nuclear weapons
David E. Rosenbaum / New York Times:
George McGovern |  1922-2012: George McGovern, a Democratic Presidential Nominee and Liberal Stalwart, Dies at 90  —  George McGovern, the United States senator who won the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 1972 as an opponent of the war in Vietnam and a champion of liberal causes …
Richard E. Meyer / Los Angeles Times:
George McGovern, liberal standard-bearer against Nixon in '72, dies  —  Democrat George S. McGovern, a war hero who opposed the Vietnam War, was crushed by President Richard Nixon's Watergate-tainted campaign.  A die-hard idealist, McGovern inspired scores of budding politicians.
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
George McGovern: Former US Senator from South Dakota Dead at 90  —  George McGovern, longtime senator from South Dakota and 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, died today at the age of 90, according to a statement from his family.  —  “At approximately 5:15 am this morning, our wonderful father …
George McGovern, an unabashed liberal voice, is dead
Discussion: Politico and Conservatives4Palin
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Former Sen. McGovern, 1972 Dem presidential candidate, dies aged 90
Discussion: Politico and Scared Monkeys
Nancy Cordes / CBS News:
George McGovern, proud liberal, dead at 90
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Romney Surges to Tie Obama in National Poll  —  A late surge in support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has put him in a dead heat with President Barack Obama with just over two weeks to go before the election, according to a new nationwide Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Sunday.
Discussion: Business Insider
First Read:
NBC/WSJ poll: Presidential contest now tied  —  Heading into Monday's final debate and with just over two weeks until Election Day, President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney are now tied nationally, according the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
Discussion: Ballot Box and Hot Air
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
PPP: Obama's Lead In Ohio Dwindles To 1
Walsten / RADAR:
Republicans Try To Stop Gloria Allred As Mitt Romney ‘October Surprise’ Drama Builds  —  The Republican party is bracing itself - and preparing to fight back - against Gloria Allred's rumored “October Surprise” on Republican presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney, is exclusively reporting.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Cash Flood Allows Fight to the Finish for Electoral Votes  —  ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — At this late stage of the presidential race, President Obama and Mitt Romney are being spared one decision that has weighed heavily on many candidates in previous campaigns: choosing which hard-to-win battleground states to abandon.
Matt Viser / The Boston Globe:
Presidential predictors puzzled by tossup states
Discussion: Politico
Emerson Marcus / Reno Gazette-Journal:
Fluke takes center stage in Reno  —  Sandra Fluke, the woman at the center of a media firestorm earlier this year after Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut,” spoke Saturday in front of about 10 people at the Sak 'N Save in north Reno.  —  The speech was part of a daylong effort by Democrats …
David Rose / Daily Mail:
CIA chiefs face arrest over horrific evidence of bloody ‘video-game’ sorties by drone pilots  —  The Mail on Sunday today reveals shocking new evidence of the full horrific impact of US drone attacks in Pakistan.  —  A damning dossier assembled from exhaustive research into the strikes' targets sets …
Discussion: Riehl World News
Washington Times:
PICKET: Anti-Muslim filmmaker detained for almost a court date three days after election  —  Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the 55-year-old filmmaker responsible for the anti-Muslim video that President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice initially …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Libya Grand Mufti: Remove References to Democracy and Religious Freedom From School Textbooks  —  ( - The Libya Herald reported on Thursday that the “Fatwa Office” has asked the Ministry of Education in Libya to remove passages related to democracy and freedom of religion from school textbooks.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Rachel Donadio / New York Times:
Amid the Echoes of an Economic Crash, the Sounds of Greek Society Being Torn
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Jerusalem Post:
New FJP leader in Egypt calls for Sharia law
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Military voters still face trouble at polls
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Lee Smith / Weekly Standard:
An Assassination in Beirut  —  Yesterday a car bomb in Beirut killed …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
When desperation strikes incumbents
Discussion: GayPatriot and Instapundit
Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. headed back to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Stephen Colbert may be waiting for his own ‘October surprise’
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …