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5:15 PM ET, October 22, 2012


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James Hohmann / Politico:
Battleground Tracking Poll: Mitt Romney takes lead  —  DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Mitt Romney has taken a narrow national lead, tightened the gender gap and expanded his edge over President Barack Obama on who would best grow the economy.  —  A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Tracking Poll …
CBS News:
Poll: Obama's lead in Ohio narrows  —  President Obama is holding on to a five-point lead over Republican Mitt Romney in Ohio, but that margin has been cut in half since September, according to a new Quinnipiac University/CBS News poll.  —  Mr. Obama holds a 50 to 45 percent lead …
Obama vs. Romney: How they plan to win  —  It's momentum vs. the map.  —  With a little more than two weeks left until judgment day, Barack Obama's campaign is embracing a fundamentally defensive strategy centered on winning Ohio at all costs — while unleashing a new barrage of blistering attacks …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Taylor Marsh and Telegraph
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  October 22, 2012 - Women Put Obama Up 5 Points …
Discussion: The Caucus and National Review
Andrew Fifield / Twitchy:
Spelling is hard: Obama supporters wear ‘Foward’ T-shirts at Biden rally, tweet #Foward; Update: #Foward hashtag hilarity … Oh, dear!  Seriously, our aching sides can't take much more.  But, wait, there's more!  It wasn't just one woman who was wearing a T-shirt reading “foward”; it was two!
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Oct. 21: Uncertainty Clouds Polling, but Obama Remains Electoral College Favorite  —  The bad news for President Obama: it's been almost a week since the second presidential debate, in Hempstead, N.Y., one that instant-reaction polls said was a narrow victory for him.
Rick Tyler / Talking Points Memo:
Akin Adviser: If A Dog, McCaskill Would Be A ‘Bullshitsu’  —  Rick Tyler, an adviser to Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin in Missouri, tweeted Monday that if Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill were a dog, she would be a “Bullshitsu.” … The comment comes after Akin drew fire …
Akin Camp Runs With “Dog” Remark
Wall Street Journal:
Intelligence Stressed Libya Protest Scenario  —  In Reports to Obama, CIA Didn't Alter Assessment of Trigger for Violence for 10 Days, Even as Witness Accounts Disputed It  —  WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama was told in his daily intelligence briefing for more than a week after the consulate siege …
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Explanation for Benghazi Attack Under Scrutiny  —  WASHINGTON — Even as Susan E. Rice took to the Sunday talk shows last month to describe the Obama administration's assessment of the Sept. 11 attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, intelligence analysts suspected that the explanation was outdated.
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Russell Means, Who Revived Warrior Image of American Indian, Dies at 72  —  Russell C. Means, the charismatic Oglala Sioux who helped revive the warrior image of the American Indian in the 1970s with guerrilla-tactic protests that called attention to the nation's history of injustices …
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Biden blasts Romney, Ryan in Ohio  —  CANTON, Ohio - As President Obama headed to Boca Raton, Florida, for the final debate on Monday, Vice President Joe Biden kicked off a three-day tour of crucial battleground state Ohio.  —  At his first event at a community center here in Canton …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Reporter ‘not allowed’ to talk to voters at Biden event
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
Jim Romenesko:
Clark Kent quits the Daily Planet in Superman #13 — and he doesn't go quietly.  He resigns in front of the whole staff, reports Brian Truitt, “and rails on how journalism has given way to entertainment.”  (The Daily Planet is now part of the multimedia corporation Galaxy Broadcasting.)
Brian Truitt / USA Today:
Clark Kent makes a major life change in new ‘Superman’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Michelle Malkin:
The bias of Bob Schieffer: Top 7 moments  —  In August, I blasted the Commission on Presidential Debate's choices of three Beltway lib journo-tools — CNN's Candy Crowley, PBS's Jim Lehrer and CBS's Bob Schieffer.  So far, they've acted just as expected and predicted.  As I noted:
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Wow, CNN ...  Check out the front page feature story on CNN right now.  A eye-popper even in the long sad tale of CNN's decline.  Screen cap after the jump ...  CNN front page, 9:14 AM, October 22nd, 2012.  —  I'll note that the piece itself is not nearly as bad as the headline.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Molly Ball / Associated Press:
Revenge of the Soccer Moms: Why Are Women Abandoning Obama?  —  CHANTILLY, Virginia — Remember the War on Women?  —  A few months ago, it seemed like the battle for women's votes was one Democrats had decisively won.  While (male) Republican politicians talked about transvaginal ultrasounds …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Soledad O'Brien to Rudy Giuliani: ‘Let me finish’  —  CNN host Soledad O'Brien and Rudy Giuliani clashed on Monday, with the the former New York City mayor accusing O'Brien of trying to blame George W. Bush for the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Giuliani, O'Brien take part in fiery debate
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Michelle: Vote Early Because Your Toilet May Be Overflowing on Election Day  —  ( - First Lady Michelle Obama encouraged her husband's supporters to vote early, because you may find your “toilet overflowing” on Election Day.  —  “You can also tell people that they don't have to …
Blimp-Like Aircraft With Mitt Romney Ad Crash Lands in Davie  —  Aircraft carrying GOP presidential hopeful's message goes down in South Florida  —  A blimp-like aircraft bearing a message from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney crash-landed in Davie Sunday night, officials said.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Cuban Missile Crisis @50: A Reconsideration  —  Today is the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's nationally televised address informing the nation of the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba, and his intention to make sure they were removed.  The Kennedy glorification industry …
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Ohio Secretary of State Says Restoring Early Voting Is ‘Un-American’  —  During his keynote speech at an election law symposium at University of Toledo on Friday, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) claimed two recent court decisions restoring early voting on the last three days before the election was “un-American.”
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and Booman Tribune
Kim Palmer / Reuters:
Ohio voter fraud billboards to come down, sponsor stays unnamed  —  (Reuters) - More than 140 billboards in Ohio and Wisconsin warning of the criminal consequences of voter fraud will be taken down starting on Monday after the sponsor chose to remove them rather than reveal its identity, the billboard owner said.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Politico and Colorlines
Josh Glasstetter / Right Wing Watch:
Todd Akin Arrested on May 9, 1987 with Radical Anti-Abortion Group  —  In late September we broke the news that Todd Akin was arrested for blocking access to a women's health clinic.  We posted a video of Akin speaking in O'Fallon, MO in March 2011.  Akin, apparently not aware that he was being recorded …
Bobby Cervantes / Politico:
Donald Trump claims Barack Obama bombshell  —  Donald Trump said Monday that he will reveal “very big” news about President Barack Obama by Wednesday but declined to give any hints about his plan, he said on “Fox & Friends.”  —  “Something very, very big concerning the president of the United States,” he said.
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
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Discussion: The Hill, The Daily Beast and Grist
Latino Decisions:
Latino voters highly engaged in presidential election, support for Obama rises
Discussion: Politico and Nevada Progressive
Kate Mackenzie / FT Alphaville:
Is ‘uncertainty’ really that big a deal?
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Brad DeLong
 Earlier Items: 
Juliet Macur / New York Times:
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Bill Keller / New York Times:
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Dorothy Rabinowitz / Wall Street Journal:
The Unreality of the Past Four Years
Robert Samuelson / Real Clear Politics:
ObamaCare: Rhetoric Vs. Reality
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Power Line
New Yorker:
THE CHOICE  —  The morning was cold and the sky was bright.