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5:10 PM ET, October 23, 2012


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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 …
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 …
BBC poll: Rest of world favours Obama  —  A BBC World Service opinion poll has found sharply higher overseas approval ratings for US President Barack Obama than Republican challenger Mitt Romney.  —  An average of 50% favoured Mr Obama, with 9% for Mr Romney, in the survey of 21,797 people in 21 countries.
Joe Scarborough / Politico:
Mitt Romney wins debate season  —  Barack Obama won on points last night.  But that victory may not have been enough to undo the damage done to the president by this year's debate season.  —  President Obama came into the first debate in Denver as a heavyweight champ circling his battered, over-matched foe.
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Obama super-PAC debuts new ad targeting Romney's Bain tenure  —  Priorities USA, the super-PAC supporting President Obama, released a new ad Tuesday slamming GOP challenger Mitt Romney over his tenure at private equity giant Bain Capital.  —  The ad features former workers who lost their jobs after Bain took over their company.
Discussion: CNN and Taylor Marsh
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 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Schieffer: 'I don't think I'll do it again'
Discussion: Mediaite and Poynter
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
President Romney  —  Mitt Romney is more than holding his own with Barack Obama tonight.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Romney Says He's Winning — It's a Bluff  —  In recent days, the vibe emanating from Mitt Romney's campaign has grown downright giddy.  Despite a lack of any evident positive momentum over the last week — indeed, in the face of a slight decline from its post-Denver high …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Oct. 22: Ohio Has 50-50 Chance of Deciding Election  —  The supposition that Ohio is the most important state in presidential elections is not always true.  The decisive state in the 2000 election, of course, was Florida.  (Al Gore also could have won by carrying New Hampshire or Missouri …
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Reality vs. “Reality”  —  Today may be the most important single day of the campaign.  Obama won the debate.  Everyone this side of Charles Krauthammer agrees that Romney was general and platitudinous and not that engaged.  That makes two out of three.  You might think that would mean momentum.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Hullabaloo
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Obama line about horses, bayonets fails fact-check  —  In a debate exchange Monday night that set Twitter on fire, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney crossed swords over the kinds of equipment and materials the U.S. military uses for modern warfare.
Paul Ryan jabs President Obama on ‘bayonets’
Discussion: Daily Kos and Towleroad News #gay
Fred Barbash / Reuters:
Republicans surprised at Obama comment on spending cuts
Romney has ‘stage three Romnesia,’ Obama says
Discussion: Politico
Doug / RADAR:
Trumped-Up Charges?  Republicans Rejected Man's Claims That Obama Sold Cocaine In College  —  A man claiming to be a close pal to President Obama during college made contact with Republican operatives recently, ready to go public with claims that Obama used and sold cocaine in college, is reporting exclusively.
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Nothing Is Foreign to the Liar Willard Romney Anymore: A Report from the Flippy-Floppy Final Debate of 2012  —  PHOTOGRAPH BY MARC SEROTA/GETTY IMAGES  —  As the president forcefully defended all the policies he'd put in place that Romney, on this evening at least, so enthusiastically supported …
John Cook / Gawker:
2008 Called.  It Wants to Know What Happened to Barack Obama.  —  One of the many little thrills of being a part of the Obama campaign four years ago was a deep and abiding sense that, finally, a political leader had come along who could live up to our highest aspirations.
Discussion: Examiner, Guardian, The Caucus and Politico
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Voter tells Biden he's a ‘good guy’ but bad VP  —  TOLEDO, Ohio — Vice President Joe Biden got an earful from a voter during an unscripted moment at Schmucker's Restaurant here in Ohio.  —  Making an unexpected stop after a campaign rally, Biden stopped in the diner …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:   Ohio Man to Biden: ‘Enjoy’ Your ‘Last Couple of Months’ as Vice President
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The myth of the myth of apologies  —  President Obama is right that fact-checkers routinely declare it to be a “myth” that he has apologized for America.  The fact-checkers are wrong, however.  The variance from reality is so great on this one that you realize how potent is the information bubble …
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Obama pitches plan for second term in new ad  —  BOCA RATON, Fla. — President Obama delivers a closing message to voters in a new television ad touting progress over the last four years and sketching the outline of his plan for a new term.  —  The 60-second spot, which begins with a montage …
Discussion: Mediaite and Taylor Marsh
Hollie McKay / Fox News:
Is Anna Wintour pressuring designers to steer clear of Ann Romney?  —  LOS ANGELES - “Honored to see First Lady Michelle Obama wearing our Spring 2013 dress at the final presidential debate,” boasted the Twitter account of fashion label Thom Browne soon after Monday night's debate.
Steven Ertelt /
Letter Shows Michelle Obama Backing Partial-Birth Abortion
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Barack Obama RIPPED By Bayonet Company — We're Still Relevant, Dammit!  —  RIPPED By Bayonet Co.  —  We're Still Relevant!!!  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  President Barack Obama has offended the bayonet community ... TMZ has learned.  —  TMZ spoke with multiple people in the bayonet industry …
Glenn Kessler / Election 2012:
Fact Check: Iran's ‘route to the sea’  —  Mitt Romney repeated his contention that Syria is Iran's route to the sea.  This is a puzzling claim, considering that Syria shares no border with Iran — Iraq and Turkey are in the way — and that Iran has about 1,500 miles of coastline along …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Did the ‘Neocon Puppet Masters’ Get Outflanked by Romney?  —  I'm on the road, with only intermittent access to reader e-mail, so sorry for the delay, but I've gotten a bunch of questions (and assertions!) from Goldbloggers who are wondering if the neocons were somehow outflanked by Romney in last night's foreign policy debate.
Discussion: Roger Ailes
Shaun Chaiyabhat /
Feds to probe possible voter fraud in Florida  —  Residents receiving false letters questioning citizenship, officials say … Officials in Florida have issued a statewide warning about a new trick trying to prevent voters from going to the polls.  —  Voters are getting letters that look …
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post: Changing: Site To Work With Corporate, Anti-Abortion, GOP Campaigns, Say Internal Documents … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Michelle Rhee, Advertising, Video, Jonah Edelman, Stand For Children, Advertise Change.Org, Ben Rattray, Change.Org, Change.Org Advertising, Change.Org Petitions …
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama: ‘Michelle and I Will Be Fine No Matter What Happens’ in the Election
Discussion: Hot Air
Susan Davis / USA Today:
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Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
MSNBC audience boos 9-year-old girl for saying she thinks Romney should win the election [VIDEO]
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Obama Unlikely to Get Big Debate Bounce, but a Small One Could Matter