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2:00 AM ET, October 23, 2012


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CNN Poll: Who won the debate?  —  (CNN) - A CNN/ORC International Poll following Monday's presidential debate found those who watched the third and final head-to-head matchup gave President Barack Obama a narrow edge over Mitt Romney.  —  Debate viewers split 48% for Obama and 40% for Romney in the poll …
Bob Schieffer / ABCNEWS:
Third Presidential Debate: Full Transcript  —  The full transcript from the third presidential debate in Boca Raton, Fla. will be posted and updating here as the debate progresses  —  PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND FORMER GOV. MITT ROMNEY, R-MASS., PARTICIPATE IN A CANDIDATES DEBATE, LYNN UNIVERSITY, BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
TRENDING: ‘Horses and bayonets’ shows Obama's debate strategy  —  (CNN) - Perhaps it only makes sense that a candidate who prepared for a presidential debate near Colonial Williamsburg would choose to slam Mitt Romney's plan for more Navy ships by using the phrase “horses and bayonets.”
Discussion: Politico and Scared Monkeys
Tom Cohen / CNN:
Obama wins final debate, but does it matter?  —  President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney depart the stage after the debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, on Monday, October 22.  The third and final presidential debate focused on foreign policy.
CNN Poll: Nearly half of debate watchers say Obama won showdown  —  (CNN) - Give the slight edge to President Obama.  —  Thanks to an aggressive performance and a couple of zingers, a plurality of debate watchers questioned in a national survey say that the president won his final faceoff with Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Eric Kleefeld / Talking Points Memo:
Obama To Romney: Yes, We Have Fewer Ships Than 1916 - But Also Fewer Horses And Bayonets (VIDEO)  —  President Obama told Mitt Romney that he was out of touch on his criticism of the current military structure, at the foreign policy debate.  —  “But I think Gov. Romney maybe hasn't spent enough …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Battleground Tracking Poll: Mitt Romney takes lead
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:
New York Times:
Transcript of the Third Presidential Debate
Washington Post:
2012 presidential debate: President Obama and Mitt Romney's remarks at Lynn University on Oct. 22 (full transcript)
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Staying Classy  —  I guess this is what happens late in the tight presidential race.  Ronna Romney is the ex-sister-in-law of Mitt Romney.  She's apparently remained close to the Romney family.  She has a minor role in the Romney campaign in Florida and has recently appeared at campaign events in Michigan with her daughter.
At debate, read between the lines  —  Editor's note: David Gergen is a senior political analyst for CNN and has been an adviser to four presidents.  A graduate of Harvard Law School, he is a professor of public service and director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
New York Times:
Obama and Romney Bristle in Foreign-Policy Debate
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Last Debate  —  I haven't checked any reaction to the debate on Twitter, email, TV commentary, or other things of the sort.  Watched this just now with my wife, while more or less off the plane from China, and this is the raw first-impression dump.  —  As a matter of performance …
Discussion: Politico
Paul Krugman:
An Issue Whose Time Has Passed  —  Chinese currency manipulation may come up in tonight's debate — and as someone who wanted the US to take a tougher line back in 2010, I guess I should weigh in.  —  Basically, as Ezra Klein says, this is an issue whose time has passed.
Discussion: and Business Insider
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:   Five facts you need to know about China's currency manipulation
Rebel Pundit / BREITBART.COM:
WISCONSIN SENATOR'S SON BEATEN TO PULP BY ANTI-ROMNEY THUGS  —  Early Friday morning, thugs presumably supporting President Obama beat up the son of Wisconsin State Senator Neal Kedzie outside of his apartment in Whitewater.  Kedzie caught the two men removing a Romney sign outside of his apartment around two o'clock in the morning.
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 …
Josh Glasstetter / Right Wing Watch:
Todd Akin Arrested on May 9, 1987 with Radical Anti-Abortion Group
Peterr / Firedoglake:
Todd Akin's Way With Words Continues
Josh Jordan / National Review:
Nate Silver's Flawed Model  —  “Oh, people can come up with statistics to prove anything, Kent.  Fourteen percent of people know that.”  — Homer Simpson.  —  In the days before the first debate in Denver, President Obama held more than a four-point lead in the Real Clear Politics average …
Discussion: American Power
Brian Truitt / USA Today:
Clark Kent makes a major life change in new ‘Superman’  —  Mild-mannered reporter leaves The Daily Planet  —  2:22PM EDT October 22.  2012 - The Daily Planet has a new job opening.  —  In Superman issue 13, the Man of Steel's alter ego, mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jim Romenesko:
Clark Kent quits the Daily Planet in Superman #13 — and he doesn't go quietly.
The Fix:
Post-ABC tracking poll: Obama 49 percent, Romney 48 percent  —  President Obama and Mitt Romney head into the final debate still deadlocked among likely voters nationally: 49 percent side with the Democratic president, 48 percent with the Republican challenger, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
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!
Talking Points Memo:
Begala: Obama Has Given Up On North Carolina  —  Democratic strategist Paul Begala, a senior adviser to the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action, said that Mitt Romney is likely to win North Carolina and that the Obama campaign may be giving up there during an appearance on CNN Monday.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
We shouldn't have a ‘foreign policy’ debate  —  The first presidential debate focused on “domestic policy.”  Tonight's presidential debate will focus on “foreign policy.”  I'm going to focus on the fact that this distinction is ridiculous.  —  A volunteer prepares labels for seats …
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.
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Quick Reax  —  I'll have some more thoughts in a bit.  Here's my quick reaction.  The first half hour was a draw, though President Obama scored by default when Romney either didn't or couldn't attack on Libya.  —  After that though Romney began to falter as Obama became more direct, organized and declarative.
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 …
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  October 22, 2012 - Women Put Obama Up 5 Points …
Discussion: GOP 12, The Caucus, CNN and National Review
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A Real Foreign Policy Debate Should Talk Trade and Human Rights
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How to Crash an Economy and Escape the Scene
Discussion: Gawker and Firedoglake
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Kerry: Obama will ‘speak forcefully’ if Romney tries to politicize Libya attacks
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Reid Wilson /
First Weekend Of Early Voting Favors Obama In Battleground Nevada
Matthew Dickinson / Presidential Power:
Yes, Jim Fallows, Debates Do Matter (But Not As Much As You May Think)
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Romney Campaign Flops Twice On Marriage Amendment And Same-Sex ‘Benefits’
 Earlier Items: 
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Colleen McCain Nelson / Wall Street Journal:
Pennsylvania: Last-Minute Game-Changer?
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Cuban Missile Crisis @50: A Reconsideration
Michael Grunwald / Swampland:
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Oct. 21: Uncertainty Clouds Polling, but Obama Remains Electoral College Favorite
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Wow, CNN ...  Check out the front page feature story on CNN right now.
Discussion: Washington Monthly