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7:20 PM ET, October 25, 2012


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Washington Post:
Washington Post endorsement: Four more years for President Obama  —  View Photo Gallery — Washington Post endorsements in 2012: A roundup of the Post editorial board's picks for November 6, including Virginia's and Maryland's Senate and House races, Maryland's referenda, and the D.C. Council race
CBS News:
Colin Powell endorses Barack Obama for president  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) Former Secretary of State Colin Powell broke with the Republican party during the 2008 election, to endorse then-candidate Barack Obama for president, calling Obama a “transformational figure.”
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
McCain: Powell ‘harmed’ his legacy by endorsing Obama  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) ripped Colin Powell for endorsing President Obama again, saying the former Secretary of State had “harmed” his legacy by doing so.  —  “General Powell, you disappoint us and you have harmed your legacy …
Quin Hillyer / American Spectator:   The Dishonorable Colin Powell
Rolling Stone:
Obama and the Road Ahead: The Rolling Stone Interview  —  In an Oval Office conversation with a leading historian, the president discusses what he would do with a second term - and his opponent's embrace of ‘the most extreme positions in the Republican Party’
Mike Allen / Politico:
ROMNEY TRANSITION PLANS: early Dem outreach; pragmatism over ideology — Obama, Bill Clinton to barnstorm together — POTUS sees grand bargain by summer  —  FIRST LOOK - Rolling Stone cover, “Obama and the Road Ahead: The Rolling Stone Interview,” by Douglas Brinkley: “We arrived at the Oval Office …
Obama Says Ayn Rand Is For Teens
Discussion: and Hit & Run
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Oct. 24: In Polls, Romney's Momentum Seems to Have Stopped  —  The term “momentum” is used very often in political coverage — but reporters and analysts seldom pause to consider what it means.  —  Let me tell you what I think it ought to mean: that a body in motion tends to stay in motion.
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Romney Hits the 50 Percent Mark, With a Clear Edge on the Economy  —  Mitt Romney has seized further advantage on economic issues at the core of the 2012 campaign, taking him to 50 percent support among likely voters vs. 47 percent for Barack Obama - Romney's highest vote-preference result of the contest to date.
Jon Cohen / The Fix:
Post-ABC tracking poll: Romney 50 percent, Obama 47  —  Republican Mitt Romney has edged ahead of President Obama in the new Washington Post-ABC News national tracking poll, with the challenger winning 50 percent of likely voters for the first time in the campaign.
The Fix:   2012 voters: The deepest racial split since '88
Amy Sullivan / The New Republic:
Why Liberals are Misreading Mourdock  —  Let's get one thing straight from the start.  I am not defending Richard Mourdock's position on abortion, including his opposition to a rape exception.  So take that twitchy finger off the “send” button.  However, I do want to examine …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Democrats launch ad attacking Richard Mourdock's abortion comments
Discussion: Politico
Fox News:
NYPD officer plotted to kidnap, cook and eat women, authorities say  —  NYPD officer Gilberto Valle was arrested Thursday after it was discovered that he had plotted to kidnap and cook over 100 women.FACEBOOK  —  A New York City police officer plotted to kidnap, cook and eat women …
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
Gilberto Valle Accused in Plot to Kidnap Women and Cook Them
Pablo Sandoval /
Mitt Romney for President  —  (Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News)  —  Americans will be making two choices when they cast their presidential ballots on Nov. 6.  They will be selecting the individual who will lead the nation over the next four years, a period that promises to be every bit as challenging as the past four.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Obama Endorses Marriage Ballot Measures  —  Supporters of marriage equality have the president's backing on votes in Washington, Maryland, Maine and Minnesota.  Obama supports marriage equality measures in the first three and opposes a ban on same-sex couples' marriages in the fourth.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Susan M. Cover / Portland Press-Herald:
Obama spokesman: President supports Maine's Question 1
Discussion: Poliglot
Felix Salmon:
CEOs' self-serving deficit manifesto  —  The WSJ has what it calls “CEOs Deficit Manifesto ” — a copy of the letter, signed by 80-something US CEOs, urging action on the debt and deficit.  It's not a particularly impressive document.  It starts like this: … This is ridiculous.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
CEO's Bold Plan to Fix the Debt by Lowering Their Own Taxes
Discussion: Washington Post and Hullabaloo
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Former Joe Biden aide writes angry tell-all  —  Adding another wild-card to the 2012 campaign's final days, a former aide to Vice President Joe Biden has written a tell-all Washington memoir in which he lacerates the former Delaware senator as an “egomaniacal autocrat” who was “determined to manage his staff through fear.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Murray Waas / The Boston Globe:
Romney rejected new birth certificates for gay parents  —  As governor, he ordered review for each child  —  It seemed like a minor adjustment.  To comply with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in 2003, the state Registry of Vital Records and Statistics …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Keith Olbermann Casts A Wide Net In Job Search  —  What's next for Olbermann?  (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)  —  Think Keith Olbermann has burned his last bridge in the television business?  He doesn't think so.  —  Seven months after he got dismissed by Current TV …
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Pennsylvania Bill Would Reduce Welfare Benefits For Women Who Cannot Prove They Were Raped  —  A Pennsylvania House bill seeks to limit the amount of TANF assistance that low-income women receive based on the amount of children they give birth to while covered under the program.
Josh Barro / Bloomberg:
The Presidential Candidate Who Would Destroy the Economy  —  Reason Magazine has put out its pre-election compilation of its writers' statements about whom they will be voting for and why.  The Reason staffers are more unanimous than usual in their support for the Libertarian Party nominee, Gary Johnson.
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
How the Right Wing Lost in 2012  —  How the right wing lost in 2012  —  The right wing has lost the election of 2012.  —  The evidence for this is overwhelming, yet it is the year's best-kept secret.  Mitt Romney would not be throwing virtually all of his past positions overboard …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Police investigating Rep. Moran's son over possible voter fraud  —  Police in Arlington County, Va., have launched a criminal probe to investigate the voter fraud controversy swirling around the son of Democratic Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.).  —  Patrick Moran, 23, resigned Wednesday as field director …
Discussion: Politico
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
For Clinton as Top Diplomat, Tumultuous Closing Chapter  —  Hillary Clinton's final weeks as Secretary of State were supposed to be more of a victory lap.  But that quickly changed after the disastrous events in Benghazi.  WSJ's Monica Langley and Jerry Seib discuss the end of her tenure and future prospects.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Apple's ‘Disappointing’ (but Still Pretty Amazing) Quarter in 3 Graphs  —  In the last three months, Apple sold 27 million iPhones, 14 million iPads, a record number of laptops, and 70% of America's MP3 players.  It still missed earnings expectations badly.  Ah, the double-edged Sword of Hype!
Discussion: New York Magazine
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Coulter, In Radio Interview, Doubles Down On Use Of “R” Word  —  Ann Coulter has no regrets about calling President Obama a “retard.”  “Retard” is just colloquial for “loser,” she claimed, and “no one would call someone with Down Syndrome ‘retard.’” It's the same as cretin, idiot, or moron, or imbecile, she argued.
Discussion: Mediaite
Dustin Siggins / The Daily Caller:
Wisconsin GOP campaign worker hospitalized after apparent gay-bashing assault  —  MADISON, Wisc.  — A bitter and contentious Wisconsin congressional race saw a new level of antagonism Wednesday morning when an openly gay Republican campaign worker became the victim of an apparent hate crime.
Don Walker / JSOnline:
Milwaukee CEO warns of ‘personal consequences’ if Obama is elected  —  Mike White, the chairman and owner of Rite-Hite, a major Milwaukee manufacturer of industrial equipment, told employees in an email this week that all employees “should understand the personal consequences to them of having …
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
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Michael J. Totten / World Affairs Journal blogs:
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Discussion: The Jawa Report
Alan Johnson / World Affairs Journal blogs:
A Whiff of Weimar: The Greek Crisis Gets Worse
Discussion: BBC
William Petroski / Des Moines Register:
RNC chief Priebus: Iowa GOP caucuses will remain first in nation in 2016
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Polls: Obama leads in Iowa, Wisconsin
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Condi Rice: “War on women” attack is worse than hyperbole
Discussion: No More Mister Nice Blog and CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Projection: Republicans Will Hold the House
Mark Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Presidential Polls Counter Romney Surge Myth
Kyle Drennen / blogs:
NBC's Williams Can't Understand Why Obama Isn't Winning by a Landslide
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Callum Borchers / Boston Globe:
Court allows testimony by Mitt Romney in Stemberg divorce case to be unsealed
New York Post:
For America's future, The Post endorses Mitt Romney for president
Rasmussen Reports:
Who Won the Debates? 49% Say Romney, 41% Obama
Michael Hastings / BuzzFeed:
Obama Goes To Krispy Kreme
Joe Scarborough / Politico:
Two new polls scream ‘advantage Obama’
Discussion: CNN, and Ballot Box