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7:00 PM ET, October 24, 2012


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Des Moines Register:
After editor's blog, President Obama releases transcript of Register interview  —  Without comment, campaign officials for President Obama this morning released to the Des Moines Register a transcript of an interview he had Tuesday with Laura Hollingsworth, president and publisher of the Register …
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 …
Mitt Romney — Friend's Ex-Wife Claims Romney LIED to Screw Her in Divorce  —  Romney LIED to Screw Her in Divorce  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  We haven't heard back from the Romney campaign office — however Mitt's attorney was quoted about the Stemberg divorce in Time magazine, saying …
How Mitt Romney Gets So Tan  —  A source lets BuzzFeed in on a campaign mystery: It's a spray tan.  “It's not like Mitt Romney can go chill out on a beach right now; he needs a quick fix.”  —  Romney speaks a the Univision Candidates' Forum moderated in Miami on September 19.
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Always at the End  —  There's a classic Matt Drudge …
Alix Bryan / WTVR-TV:
Donald Trump's ‘big reveal’ against Pres. Barack Obama  —  For days Donald Trump teased ahead to a big reveal about President Barack Obama, saying his announcement would be made with the best interest of the United States of America in mind.  It turned out to be more of a bargain than a bombshell.
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Rep. Jim Moran's Son Resigns Over James O'Keefe Video  —  Patrick Moran, son of Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), resigned from his father's campaign on Wednesday after conservative activist James O'Keefe released a video that appears to show him offering advice to an undercover videographer who claimed to want to commit voter fraud.
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
NETROOTS' UNHAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY  —  What began 10 years ago as network of progressive bloggers offering a voice they thought missing from the mainstream press has all but disappeared as a force in the Democratic Party, David Freelander reports.  —  Susie Madrak started blogging in 2001 …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
What David Freedlander's Report on Blogs Left Out — Google
Discussion: driftglass
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Romney stands by Mourdock, won't ask him to pull down ad  —  Mitt Romney's campaign on Wednesday reiterated its support for Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (R), saying it will not ask him to pull down an ad featuring the GOP presidential nominee.  —  Mourdock stirred controversy Tuesday …
Nick Gillespie / Reason:
Who's Getting Our Votes: Reason Writers' 2012 Presidential Picks  —  Plus: Which other races are most important and whether freedom is growing … 1. Which presidential candidate are you voting for and why?  Gary Johnson, because I agree with him more than any other past or present presidential candidate I can think of.
Bob /   A choice or a referendum?
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Obama's Shuck and Jive Ends With Benghazi Lies  —  As I mentioned on “On the Record” last night, there is breaking news that just two hours after the September 11th attacks on our consulate in Benghazi, the White House and State Department knew that an Islamic terrorist group with ties to al Qaeda claimed credit for the attack.
Democrats borrow $17 million for final House push  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has taken out a $17 million line of credit to fund a final push to seize the House majority, a party official familiar with the transaction tells POLITICO.  —  Facing an uphill path to winning …
Discussion: Election 2012
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
President Obama's 11th-hour strategy shift
Andrew Miga / Associated Press:   Obama Expects Democrats Will Keep Senate Majority
Elizabeth Landau / The Chart:
Study looks at voting and hormones  —  While the campaigns eagerly pursue female voters, there's something that may raise the chances for both presidential candidates that's totally out of their control: women's ovulation cycles.  —  You read that right.  New research suggests that hormones …
Guilford Co. voters say ballot cast for Romney came up Obama on machine  —  GREENSBORO, N.C. -The presidential election is just around the corner and voting issues have already become a problem in Guilford County.  —  On Monday, several voters complained that their electronic ballot machine cast the wrong vote.
Alex Altman / Swampland:
TIME Poll: Obama Leads by 5 in Ohio  —  President Barack Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks during a campaign event at Triangle Park in Dayton, Ohio, on Oct. 23, 2012.  —  Buoyed by early voting in his favor, Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney by five points in the pivotal state of Ohio, according to a new TIME poll.
Discussion: CNN and Ballot Box
Mark Halperin / The Page:
The Latest View from One Prudential Plaza: Why the Obama Campaign Is (Still) So Confident About Beating Romney  —  47% is probably the most famous number to come out of the 2012 presidential campaign.  That's the percentage of Americans Mitt Romney suggested he was writing off when captured …
Discussion: Guardian, Washington Monthly and GOP 12
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Obama's Edge: The Ground Game That Could Put Him Over the Top  —  In a close election, the president's sophisticated organization — which Republicans don't seem to have matched — could make all the difference.  —  Reuters  —  STERLING, Virginia — A giant chalkboard takes up a wall …
Tim Shriver / The World of Special Olympics:
An Open Letter to Ann Coulter  —  The following is a guest post in the form of an open letter from Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens to Ann Coulter after this tweet during last night's Presidential debate.  —  Dear Ann Coulter,  —  Come on Ms. Coulter, you aren't dumb and you aren't shallow.
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
Letterman ‘Upset’ and ‘Discouraged’ Obama Lied About Romney Wanting Detroit To Go Bankrupt  —  Stop the presses!  Stop the presses!  —  One of Barack Obama's biggest fans in the media, David Letterman, said on Tuesday's Late Show that he was “upset” and “discouraged” the president during …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Emptiest Candidate in Presidential Election History  —  As the end of this election approaches, it's worth taking a step back and asking this question: In the entire history of the United States of America, from George Washington's election in 1789 on down, has there been a single candidate …
Discussion: Mother Jones
The Fix:
Post-ABC tracking poll: Obama wins final debate, Romney changes minds  —  President Obama scored a modest win in the third presidential debate, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll, but it's Republican Mitt Romney who moved the needle among likely voters …
Discussion: GayPatriot
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in September suggests that economic activity has continued to expand at a moderate pace in recent months.  Growth in employment has been slow, and the unemployment rate remains elevated.
Hollywood Reporter:
Lana Wachowski's HRC Visibility Award Acceptance Speech (Transcript)  —  “I began to believe voices in my head — that I was a freak, that I am broken, that there is something wrong with me, that I will never be lovable,” the “Cloud Atlas” co-director tells a San Francisco fundraiser crowd.
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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Romney Takes Lead on Economy; White Men are the Movers
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Paul Ryan in Ohio: 'In this war on poverty, poverty's winning'
Wall Street Journal:
Cheap Natural Gas Gives New Hope to the Rust Belt
Discussion: AEIdeas and Via Meadia
Obama Says To Look At “Videotape” For His Flip-Flops
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and AEIdeas
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Biden and the gushing women...
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Strident Anti-Obama Messages Flood Key States
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Right Wing Watch
Denver Post:
GOP nominees pack Red Rocks Amphitheatre to capacity
President Obama booed during Clemson game
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John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Team O's Jewish woes
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
Survey finds that professors, already liberal, have moved further to the left
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New York Times:
Obama Is Prominent in ‘SEAL Team Six,’ Weinstein Film
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Plan for hunting terrorists signals U.S. intends to keep adding names to kill lists