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7:40 AM ET, October 23, 2012

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CNN:
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 …
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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.”
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 …
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:
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: Hot Air, BBC, Mediaite and Power Line
New York Times:
Transcript of the Third Presidential Debate  —  The following is a complete transcript of President Obama and Mitt Romney's remarks from the third presidential debate in Boca Raton, Fla., on Oct. 22, 2012.  (Transcript courtesy of Federal News Service).  —  BOB SCHIEFFER: Good evening …
Discussion: Spectator and democracyarsenal.org
Uri Friedman / FP Passport:
Which country was mentioned most at the foreign-policy debate?
CNN:
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.
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New York Times:
Obama and Romney Bristle in Foreign-Policy Debate
Washington Post:
2012 presidential debate: President Obama and Mitt Romney's remarks at Lynn University on Oct. 22 (full transcript)
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.
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WMTV:
Son of State Senator Neal Kedzie Attacked
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.
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.
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Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:   Five facts you need to know about China's currency manipulation
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.
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
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.
Wall Street Journal:
A Perfectly Plausible President  —  All Mitt needed to do was sound reasonable.  He succeeded.  —  Mitt Romney needed to pass the usual tests for Republican presidential candidates in his debate Monday night with President Obama.  —  There was the Ford test (alternatively known …
CBS News:
Poll: Decisive win for Obama in final debate  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  President Obama scored a clear two-to-one victory against Mitt Romney during the final presidential debate Monday night, according to a CBS News instant poll of uncommitted voters.  —  Immediately after it wrapped …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
E.J. Dionne Jr.  —  Obama's not-so-hidden second-term agenda  —  Everywhere you turn, President Obama is accused of not offering a clear second-term agenda.  It's not surprising that Republicans say it, but you also hear it from quarters sympathetic to the president.  —  But how true is the charge?
Fox News:
TRANSCRIPT: Presidential debate on foreign policy at Lynn University  —  Oct. 22: Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney listens to President Barack Obama speak during the third presidential debate at Lynn University, in Boca Raton, Fla.AP  —  Below is the transcript …
Discussion: The New Republic
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CNN:
Transcript: Third presidential debate
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and ABCNEWS
G-A-Y / Good As You:
Audio: Maryland Marriage Alliance panel claims gays and supporters are ‘worthy of death’  —  So I've already showed you this MD marriage panel, focused on the fact that it includes an “ex-gay” president alongside the official campaign.  Now let's cue it up to another point …
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!
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Five Misguided Economic Themes in Tonight's Debate  —  This debate was mostly outside the Moneybox wheelhouse, but here were five big malign economic policy themes I saw tonight: … As a final thought on omissions: Given the centrality of oil to the United States' deep involvement …
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.
 
 
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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
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