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12:15 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.
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BuzzFeed:
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 …
Discussion: The Agonist and Gestetner Updates
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
PPP: Obama's Lead In Ohio Dwindles To 1  —  President Barack Obama's lead in Ohio is down to a point, a survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling on Saturday showed.  —  According to the poll, Obama leads Romney among likely Buckeye State voters 49 percent to 48 percent.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Support for Obama Dips in Ohio
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Battleground Watch and Hot Air
Daily Mail:
Republicans bracing for ‘October surprise’ as Gloria Allred ‘prepares for Romney revelation’  —  Republicans are bracing themselves for Gloria Allred to make a potentially damaging revelation about Mitt Romney, just weeks before the election.  —  The pro-President Obama lawyer is rumoured …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
BREAKING: FOX News Contributor & HuffPo Loon Ryan Clayton Frogmarched From “Hating Breitbart” Premier  —  BREAKING REPORT:  —  Last night at the premier of Hating Breitbart in Washington DC, FOX News contributor and Huffington Post writer Ryan Clayton was escorted from the theater.
Plain Dealer:
On the basis of sound leadership, re-elect Obama: endorsement editorial  —  Four years ago, this newspaper's editorial board enthusiastically endorsed Barack Obama, then a young senator from Illinois, for president of the United States.  As much as we admired the long and courageous service …
Discussion: CNN and The Hinterland Gazette
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Could U.S. military have helped during Libya attack?  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) The closer we get to the election, the harder Republicans in Congress are pushing for answers to a big question: What really happened in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi …
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Seeds of our dysfunction  —  Elections supposedly prevent convulsions, serving as safety valves that vent social pressures and enable course corrections.  November's election will either be a prelude to a convulsion or the beginning of a turn away from one.
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
The remarkable, unfathomable ignorance of Debbie Wasserman Schultz |  Glenn Greenwald  —  The Chair of the Democratic National Committee is completely unaware of one of the biggest stories of the Obama years  —  On 29 May 2012, the New York Times published a remarkable 6,000-word story …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Bloomberg Has Tough Criticism for Obama and Romney  —  President Obama and Mitt Romney have courted his endorsement covetously, with a White House lunch invitation here (Mr. Obama) and a pilgrimage to the Upper East Side there (Mr. Romney), through intensive back-channel outreach and effusive public praise.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
International monitors at US polling places draw criticism  —  Liberal-leaning civil rights groups met with monitors to raise fears about what they say are efforts to suppress minority voters.  —  United Nations-affiliated election monitors from Europe and central Asia will be at polling places around …
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Stephen Colbert may be waiting for his own ‘October surprise’  —  Don't count comedian Stephen Colbert out just yet.  —  With less than three weeks to go until Election Day, campaign finance reports filed on Saturday show that Colbert's super-PAC - Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow - is holding tightly to nearly $1 million.
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. headed back to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota  —  Jesse Jackson Jr. in 2008.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)  —  U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is heading back to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. — and was reportedly en route Friday evening.
Discussion: The Other McCain
 
 
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Cash Flood Allows Fight to the Finish for Electoral Votes
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Obama re-botches Libya response
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Daily Mail
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
New poll: Egyptians turning toward Iran, want nuclear weapons
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Romney Campaign Clarifies, Still Supports Federal Marriage Amendment
Lee Smith / Weekly Standard:
An Assassination in Beirut  —  Yesterday a car bomb in Beirut killed …
Discussion: New York Times and The Lede
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
When desperation strikes incumbents
Discussion: GayPatriot and Instapundit
Dustin Weaver / The Hill:
Obama under pressure to spell out his agenda for a second term
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Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Rupert Murdoch, other potential buyers eye L.A. Times
New York Times:
Anita Dunn, Both Insider and Outsider in Obama Camp
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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Romney as a Manager: Unhurried and Socratic
Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
President Obama's Closing Act: An Epic Collapse