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10:15 AM ET, October 24, 2012


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Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
White House told of militant claim two hours after Libya attack: emails  —  (Reuters) - Officials at the White House and State Department were advised two hours after attackers assaulted the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11 that an Islamic militant group had claimed credit for the attack, official emails show.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rogers: Emails make it ‘difficult’ to conclude Benghazi attack ‘spontaneous’  —  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said Wednesday that newly obtained emails that provided real-time updates about the attacks on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya make it …
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Chad Pergram / Fox News:
State Department emails from day of Libya attack show Al Qaeda-tied group on radar  —  A series of internal State Department emails obtained by Fox News shows some some of the initial assessments of last month's deadly consulate attack in Libya, including one email within hours of the attack …
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Emails detail unfolding Benghazi attack on Sept. 11
Discussion: blogs
Rick Green / Des Moines Register:
Register editor: Obama off-the-record comments deserve to be shared with voters  —  The Des Moines Register's publisher and I spoke with President Barack Obama this morning — but we can't tell you what he said.  —  Just four days before the Register's presidential endorsement is released …
Tom LoBianco / Associated Press:
Mourdock: God at Work When Rape Leads to Pregnancy  —  Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said Tuesday when a woman is impregnated during a rape, “it's something God intended.”  —  Mourdock was asked during the final minutes of a debate whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest.
AP Member Choice Limited / Associated Press:
Indiana Senate candidate says pregnancy from rape is God's intent  —  Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said Tuesday when a woman is impregnated during a rape, “it's something God intended.”  —  Top Republicans were slow to embrace tea party-backed Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock …
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog and The Agonist
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney Campaign Says He Disagrees With Mourdock's Rape Comments
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Republican Senate Candidate: Conception From Rape ‘Is Something That God Intended’
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Salon
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Mourdock: Pregnancy from rape can be ‘something God intended to happen’
Discussion: American Spectator
Manu Raju / Politico:
Richard Mourdock under fire for rape remarks
Discussion: man boobz
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
President Obama's 11th-hour strategy shift  —  Everything was going great for Barack Obama until about 9:04 on the night of Oct. 3, when Mitt Romney startled everybody by refusing to live up to his caricature as The Worst Candidate Ever.  —  Romney's late-game comeback …
Discussion: GOP 12, and Daily Kos
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
Donald Trump to reveal ‘divorce papers of Michelle and Barack Obama’, claims respected financial pundit  —  Donald Trump is to claim that he has unearthed divorce papers of Michelle Obama and the President, according to a respected financial pundit with links to the tycoon.
Court Battle Over His Involvement in Bitter Divorce  —  Mitt Romney was heavily involved in the extremely messy divorce of one of his key supporters ... and the Boston Globe is going to court first thing Wednesday morning in an attempt to unseal the court file as well as lift a gag order ... TMZ has learned.
Jason Kuznicki / The League of Ordinary Gentlemen:
The Towering Legacy of George W. Bush  —  Conventional wisdom errs when it says that George W. Bush was incompetent.  He was a president of overwhelming influence, the most effective chief executive since FDR.  We live in the world that W. created, for good or — mostly — for ill.
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Eastwood Is Back in a Campaign Ad for Romney  —  Clint Eastwood is back on the Republican stage.  But this time there's a script, a 30-second time limit and none of the potential tripwires of live television.  —  Mr. Eastwood, whose long and sometimes incoherent monologue …
Elisabeth Bumiller / The Caucus:
About Those Horses and Bayonets ...  Yes, the American military still uses bayonets, and quite a few.  There are horses too.  —  When Mitt Romney complained during Monday night's presidential debate that the Navy “is smaller now than at any time since 1917,” President Obama shot back with …
Could this be a wave election?  —  The conventional wisdom is that the presidential race is perched on a knife's edge, and that the parties will be even in the Senate.  —  But what if that's not the case?  —  Barack Obama has been exposed as just another politician, and a failed one at that.
Discussion: GayPatriot
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Plan for hunting terrorists signals U.S. intends to keep adding names to kill lists  —  This project, based on interviews with dozens of current and former national security officials, intelligence analysts and others, examines evolving U.S. counterterrorism policies and the practice of targeted killing.
Wall Street Journal:
Plenty of Debates, Not Much About States  —  Democrats regard federalism as quaint, Republicans at least pay lip service to it.  —  In the presidential debates, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney ranged across dozens of topics, but an important one didn't come up: federalism.  And no wonder.
Discussion: Instapundit
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Signs and Omens: Obama's Fading Hope and the Graveyard Whistling Choir  —  Nate Silver continues to lead the Democrat Graveyard Whistling Choir, raising Obama to a 70.3% likelihood of victory based on . . . what?  —  I dunno.  I'm not an expert with a New York Times column or anything …
Fred Thys / WBUR:
WBUR Poll: Warren Leads Brown By 5  —  BOSTON — A WBUR poll of 516 likely Massachusetts voters (PDFs — topline, crosstabs) finds Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren leading Republican U.S. Sen Scott Brown, 48 percent to 43 percent.  —  The poll, conducted Oct. 21-22 by the MassINC Polling Group, has a 4.4 percent margin of error.
Discussion: Politico and Hotline On Call
New York Times:
Obama Is Prominent in ‘SEAL Team Six,’ Weinstein Film  —  LOS ANGELES — Thanks to the magic of editing, President Obama will have a starring role in a television drama about one of his biggest accomplishments — the killing of Osama bin Laden — that will be shown just two nights before the presidential election.
Victoria Toensing / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Overloads a Tale of Equal Pay  —  The ‘Fair Pay’ law he signed after the Lilly Ledbetter case is not what he claims.  —  President Obama makes much of his concern for women's rights, particularly regarding equal pay, but he seems not to be aware that for nearly half a century …
Kevin McDermott / Todd Akin for Senate:
Post-Dispatch Story  —  Claire McCaskill has a current sexual harassment suit filed against  —  her flagship company Sugar Creek realty.  The court date is October  —  30. So the the Post-Dispatch is going to cover something that  —  happened quarter century ago over something that is relevant now.
Andy Sullivan / Reuters:
Obama holds narrow edge two weeks ahead of election: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama pulled slightly ahead of Republican Mitt Romney in a Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll on Tuesday, but the race remained essentially tied with two weeks to go until the November 6 election.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Can the Democrats Sink Any Lower?  —  Sure they can.  Hey, there are two weeks to go until the election!  The party of slavery, Jim Crow and corruption is just getting warmed up.  Gloria Allred has not yet been heard from, which I guess is another way of saying that the fat lady has not yet sung.
Discussion: Hot Dish Politics
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Anjeanette Damon / Las Vegas Sun News:
Sandoval's political adviser predicts Romney will lose Nevada
Discussion: The Fix, First Read and Politico
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Romney, not Obama, shows concern for nation's poor
New York Times:
A Tight Focus on Battleground States and Undecided Voters for Obama and Romney
Discussion: The Caucus, and CNN
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Ohio County Mailer Sends Wrong Voting Location And Date To 2300 People
Discussion: Plain Dealer and Daily Kos
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Debates boost Romney favorables
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
John / Ellisblog!:
The Map  —  Here's my take on what the electoral college looks like now:
Discussion: AEIdeas
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Gopnik / News Desk:
Romnography: Syria's March to the Sea
Leigh Munsil / Politico:
Bob Woodward: Obama ‘mistaken’ on sequester