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12:45 PM ET, October 23, 2012


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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 slam Mitt Romney's plan for more Navy ships with the phrase “horses and bayonets.”
New York Times:
The Final Debate  —  Mitt Romney has nothing really coherent or substantive to say about domestic policy, but at least he can sound energetic and confident about it.  On foreign policy, the subject of Monday night's final presidential debate, he had little coherent to say and often sounded completely lost.
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 …
Romney has ‘stage three Romnesia,’ Obama says
Discussion: Politico
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Romney tags jihadists as enemy, marking shift from Obama, Bush
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama wins debate by 11 points in swing states
Bob Schieffer / ABCNEWS:
Third Presidential Debate: Full Transcript
Pro-Romney super PAC makes major swing state ad buy
Discussion: Mother Jones
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Biden: Romney proved he is ‘not ready to be commander in chief’
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Obama makes pitch in new ad, reiterates plan for second term
Uri Friedman / FP Passport:
Which country was mentioned most at the foreign-policy debate?
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Analysis: In final debate, Romney mostly embraces Obama's foreign-policy record
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
Matt Vasilogambros /
Obama Lays Out Second-Term Agenda in Booklet, Ad  —  Campaign plans to release booklets of the president's plan on Tuesday  —  After weeks of being challenged by Democrats and Republicans to lay out his second-term agenda, President Obama's campaign is releasing a 20-page booklet called …
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 …
Jonathan Martin / Reuters:
2012: The battle for 7 states  —  BOCA RATON, Fla. …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Obama Unlikely to Get Big Debate Bounce, but a Small One Could Matter  —  Instant-reaction polls following Monday night's debate in Boca Raton, Fla., judged President Obama to be the winner.  —  A CBS News poll of undecided voters who watched the debate found 53 percent giving it to Mr. Obama …
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.
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
MSNBC audience boos 9-year-old girl for saying she thinks Romney should win the election [VIDEO]  —  If you ever wanted a glimpse into potentially just how rabidly left-of-center your average MSNBC viewer is, you had an opportunity this morning during the “What have we learned today?” segment on “Morning Joe.”
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Fox News:
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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Last Debate  —  I haven't checked any reaction to the debate …
Discussion: Politico