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9:30 PM ET, October 23, 2012


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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 …
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.
Charlie Cook / The Atlantic Online:
Despite a Strong Debate Campaign, Romney's Path to 270 Remains Steep  —  National polls show a tight race, but the campaign has stabilized and the map still favors Obama.  —  Getty Images  —  While not quite a Luddite, I do find myself averse to any more technology than is necessary to get through life and do my job.
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on CNN: Romney super PAC buys TV time in ... Maine
Discussion: Politico, Ballot Box and The Daily Dish
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Obama super-PAC debuts new ad targeting Romney's Bain tenure
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Taylor Marsh
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.
Julian E. Barnes / Washington Wire:
Not to Be a Stickler on Bayonets, But ...  From the department of picayune fact-checking: The U.S. Army has 419,155 bayonets in its inventory.  The Marine Corps has about 195,334 bayonets (and has plans to acquire 175,061 more).  —  President Barack Obama said Monday night that the U.S …
BBC poll: Rest of world favours Obama
Fred Barbash / Reuters:
Republicans surprised at Obama comment on spending cuts
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.
Steven Ertelt /
Letter Shows Michelle Obama Backing Partial-Birth Abortion
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
Ben Adler /
Romney's Private Promises to the Log Cabin Republicans  —  President Obama has been the most pro-gay rights president in US history.  He has allowed gays to serve openly in the military, refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court, endorsed gay marriage and pledged to sign …
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 …
New York Times:
The Final Debate  —  Mitt Romney has nothing really coherent …
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Romney gaffe: 'Syria is Iran's route to the sea'
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.
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 …
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 …
Leigh Munsil / Politico:
Bob Woodward: Obama ‘mistaken’ on sequester  —  Bob Woodward says President Barack Obama got some of his facts wrong on sequester at Monday night's debate.  —  Woodward's book, “The Price of Politics,” has been the go-to fact check source for the president's answer, in which he claimed …
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 …
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 …
Daniel Yergin / Wall Street Journal:
The Real Stimulus: Low-Cost Natural Gas  —  The impact of the U.S. energy revolution is only beginning.  It is already providing a foundation for a domestic renaissance in manufacturing.  —  An unconventional oil and gas revolution is under way in the United States, but its full ramifications are only beginning to be understood.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama: ‘Michelle and I Will Be Fine No Matter What Happens’ in the Election  —  In his latest fundraising email to supporters, President Barack Obama says, “Michelle and I will be fine no matter what happens” in the election.  Instead, Obama's trying to win the contest “for our country and middle-class families.”
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and Hot Air
Cavan Sieczkowski / The Huffington Post:
Sharmeka Moffitt, Louisiana Woman, Set On Fire And Confronted With ‘KKK’ Slur In Race-Related Attack (VIDEO) (UPDATED) … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, Kkk Attack, Louisiana Race Attack, Prayers For Sharmeka Moffitt, Sharmeka Moffitt, Sharmeka Moffitt Attack, Sharmeka Moffitt Fire …
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.
Brooks Jackson / Yahoo! News:
Obama's Inflated Jobs Claim  —  In a new TV ad, President Obama makes an inflated claim to have added 5.2 million new jobs.  The total added during his time in office is actually about 325,000.  —  In the ad, the president says “over 5 million new jobs” while the figure “5.2 million” appears on screen.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Seeing the Forest
David A. Lieb / Associated Press:
McCaskill Cancels Campaigning to Be With Ill Mom  —  Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on Tuesday canceled her campaign events for the remainder of the week in order to spend time with her critically ill mother.  —  McCaskill's 84-year-old mother, Betty Anne McCaskill, was in an intensive care unit …
Discussion: Politico
CNN's GUT CHECK for October 23, 2012  — n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle  —  DEVELOPING... ELECTION A JUMP BALL: CNN's Peter Hamby scores some key inside acknowledgements in his new story filed from Boca Raton:
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Nielsen: 59.2 million watched last debate
Discussion: Nielsen Wire, The Hill and Hullabaloo
Jon Cohen / The Fix:
Post-ABC tracking poll: Romney 49 percent, Obama 48
Discussion: Hot Air and Business Insider
Kenneth Quinnell /
Florida Leads Race to the Bottom on Unemployment Compensation
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
David McGrath Schwartz / Las Vegas Sun News:
Reid calls himself a ‘one-man wrecking crew’ aimed at Romney
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Joe Klein's sociopathic defense of drone killings of children | Glenn Greenwald
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hullabaloo
Andy Sullivan / Reuters:
Obama debate win unlikely to shift race: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: Ballot Box
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Indiana Planned Parenthood Ruling: Federal Appeals Court Says State Can't Cut Funding Over Abortions
Discussion: Addicting Info
 Earlier Items: 
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Schieffer: 'I don't think I'll do it again'
Discussion: Mediaite and Poynter
Michael Knox Beran / National Review:
Obama Unnerved — by Ohio?
Latino Decisions:
Why Pollsters Missed the Latino Vote - 2012 edition
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
MSNBC audience boos 9-year-old girl for saying she thinks Romney should win the election [VIDEO]