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12:20 PM ET, October 24, 2012


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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 …
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 …
Kyle Leighton / Talking Points Memo:   Obama's Ground Game Makes Iowa Tough Turf For Romney
Tom LoBianco / Associated Press:
Mourdock: God at Work When Rape Leads to Pregnancy  —  Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said Tuesday when a woman is impregnated during a rape, “it's something God intended.”  —  Mourdock was asked during the final minutes of a debate whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:   NRSC stands by Richard Mourdock
GOP U.S. Senate Candidate Calls Rape Pregnancies A ‘Gift From God’
AP Member Choice Limited / Associated Press:
Indiana Senate candidate says pregnancy from rape is God's intent
Discussion: American Spectator and The Agonist
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
White House told of militant claim two hours after Libya attack: emails  —  (Reuters) - Officials at the White House and State Department were advised two hours after attackers assaulted the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11 that an Islamic militant group had claimed credit for the attack, official emails show.
Chad Pergram / Fox News:
State Department emails from day of Libya attack show Al Qaeda-tied group on radar
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rogers: Emails make it ‘difficult’ to conclude Benghazi attack ‘spontaneous’
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Mitt Romney — Court Battle Over His Involvement in Bitter Divorce  —  Court Battle Over His Involvement in Bitter Divorce  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  6:45AM PT Gloria Allred is in court in Boston and she is representing Maureen Sullivan Stemberg (below).  We just got the details about Romney's testimony in the Stemberg divorce.
EXCLUSIVE: Mitt Romney — Court Battle Over His Involvement in Bitter Divorce
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Todd Akin's militia ties exposed  —  The senate candidate's claims that he had nothing to do with an extremist group is unraveling fast  —  On May 9, 1987, police arrested 30 anti-abortion protesters for blocking the front door of an abortion clinic in St. Louis, Missouri.
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Todd Akin was arrested at least three times during '80s abortion protests
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Roll Call
Kevin McDermott / Todd Akin for Senate:
Post-Dispatch Story  —  Claire McCaskill has a current sexual …
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Eastwood Is Back in a Campaign Ad for Romney  —  Clint Eastwood is back on the Republican stage.  But this time there's a script, a 30-second time limit and none of the potential tripwires of live television.  —  Mr. Eastwood, whose long and sometimes incoherent monologue …
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.
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
President Obama's 11th-hour strategy shift  —  Everything was going great for Barack Obama until about 9:04 on the night of Oct. 3, when Mitt Romney startled everybody by refusing to live up to his caricature as The Worst Candidate Ever.  —  Romney's late-game comeback …
Ethan Bronner / The Caucus:
Error-Filled Instructions Are Sent to Ohio Voters  —  A Republican-run election board in a northern Ohio county sent out voting instructions to several precincts with the wrong date for Election Day and an incorrect description of the polling place location, leading state Democrats …
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Ohio County Mailer Sends Wrong Voting Location And Date To 2300 People
Discussion: Plain Dealer and The Raw Story
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Plan for hunting terrorists signals U.S. intends to keep adding names to kill lists  —  Over the past two years, the Obama administration has been secretly developing a new blueprint for pursuing terrorists, a next-generation targeting list called the “disposition matrix.”
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.
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Gawker
New York Times:
Obama Is Prominent in ‘SEAL Team Six,’ Weinstein Film  —  LOS ANGELES — Thanks to the magic of editing, President Obama will have a starring role in a television drama about one of his biggest accomplishments — the killing of Osama bin Laden — that will be shown just two nights before the presidential election.
Jack Healy / New York Times:
‘Castle’ Law at Issue After Fatal Montana Shooting  —  KALISPELL, Mont. — The last mistake Dan Fredenberg made was getting killed in another man's garage.  —  It was Sept. 22, and Mr. Fredenberg, 40, was upset.  He strode up the driveway of a quiet subdivision here to confront Brice Harper …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Jason Kuznicki / The League of Ordinary Gentlemen:
The Towering Legacy of George W. Bush  —  Conventional wisdom errs when it says that George W. Bush was incompetent.  He was a president of overwhelming influence, the most effective chief executive since FDR.  We live in the world that W. created, for good or — mostly — for ill.
John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
How Strong Is the U.S. Navy Really?  —  This is a guest post by political scientists Brian Crisher and Mark Souva.  —  In the last debate, Governor Romney made the claim that the US Navy is the smallest it's been since 1916 implying that the US Navy is regressing in terms of overall strength.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
Survey finds that professors, already liberal, have moved further to the left  —  By  —  Academics, on average, lean to the left.  A survey being released today suggests that they are moving even more in that direction.  —  Among full-time faculty members at four-year colleges and universities …
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Teju Cole / The Atlantic Online:
‘Perplexed ... Perplexed’: On Mob Justice in Nigeria
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Cyberattack on Saudi Oil Firm Disquiets U.S.
Discussion: The Verge and The Agonist
Lindsay Abrams / The Atlantic Online:
Study: People Who Exercise Have Larger Brains Later in Life
Anjeanette Damon / Las Vegas Sun News:
Sandoval's political adviser predicts Romney will lose Nevada
Discussion: The Fix, Politico and First Read
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Romney, not Obama, shows concern for nation's poor
Fred Thys / WBUR:
WBUR Poll: Warren Leads Brown By 5
Discussion: Roll Call, Politico and Hotline On Call
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Plenty of Debates, Not Much About States
Discussion: Instapundit
Victoria Toensing / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Overloads a Tale of Equal Pay
Could this be a wave election?
Discussion: GayPatriot
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Can the Democrats Sink Any Lower?
Discussion: Hot Dish Politics
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Signs and Omens: Obama's Fading Hope and the Graveyard Whistling Choir
Andy Sullivan / Reuters:
Obama holds narrow edge two weeks ahead of election: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
Donald Trump to reveal ‘divorce papers of Michelle and Barack Obama’, claims respected financial pundit