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3:05 AM ET, October 26, 2012

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Talking Points Memo:
Romney Surrogate: Colin Powell Endorsed Obama Because He's Black  —  Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, a Romney surrogate, said on Thursday night that the reason former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed President Obama today was due to the color of his skin.
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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Sununu cites race as factor for Powell's Obama endorsement  —  (CNN) - John Sununu, a top surrogate for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, said Thursday that Colin Powell's repeat endorsement of President Barack Obama could be explained partly by the two men's shared race.
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
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Romney Campaign Chair: Colin Powell Endorsed Obama Because He Is Black  —  In an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan this evening, Romney Campaign Co-Chair and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R-NH) offered a surprising theory on why General Colin Powell endorsed President Obama for reelection today — because both men are black:
Quin Hillyer / American Spectator:   The Dishonorable Colin Powell
CBS News:
Colin Powell endorses Barack Obama for president
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’
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BuzzFeed:
Obama Says Ayn Rand Is For Teens
Discussion: Hit & Run and alicublog
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama: Romney's a ‘Bulls—’
Discussion: CNN, Jammie Wearing Fools and Althouse
Jordan Zakarin / Hollywood Reporter:
Tina Fey Blasts GOP, Richard Mourdock, Todd Akin on Rape Comments (Video)  —  The “30 Rock” creator had harsh words for anti-choice politicians, cracking, “What is happening?  Am I a secretary on ‘Mad Men?’”  —  Tina Fey doesn't need Saturday Night Live to take cracks at politicians.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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CBS News:
Haley Barbour: Mourdock's rape remark “kinda crazy”
Discussion: The Raw Story and Guardian
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.
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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
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jason Howerton / TheBlaze.com:
JOE BIDEN TO FATHER OF FORMER NAVY SEAL KILLED IN BENGHAZI: ‘DID YOUR SON ALWAYS HAVE BALLS THE SIZE OF CUE BALLS?’ … The father of one of the former Navy SEALs killed in the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya says President Barack Obama wouldn't even look him in the eye …
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Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Who decided not to save Tyrone Woods?
Joshua Keating / FP Passport:
Is the Obama campaign taking commercial ideas from Vladimir Putin?  —  I see the Obama campaign has a new YouTube ad featuring Girls star (and fellow Oberlin alum!)  Lena Dunham:  —  “Your first time shouldn't be with just anybody.  You want to do it with a great guy,” she says, referring to casting your first ballot for Obama.
David Barboza / New York Times:
Family of Wen Jiabao Holds a Hidden Fortune in China  —  BEIJING — The mother of China's prime minister was a schoolteacher in northern China.  His father was ordered to tend pigs in one of Mao's political campaigns.  And during childhood, “my family was extremely poor,” the prime minister, Wen Jiabao, said in a speech last year.
Philip Giraldi / The American Conservative:
How to Bomb Iran  —  An Israeli attack is risky—and it might not even eliminate Iran's nuclear facilities.  —  Israel Defense Forces / Flickr  —  During the Napoleonic Wars, when it was reported that the French were preparing to invade England, Admiral John Jervis said …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Nick Hopkins / Guardian:
Britain rejects US request to use UK bases in nuclear standoff with Iran
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT and The Agonist
The Right Scoop:
DISGUSTING: New Obama ad asks who would you rather do it with, Obama or Romney?  —  Talk about desperation.  They've finally sunken to a new low trying to get the youth vote by comparing voting for the first time to having sex for the first time.  “You're first time shouldn't be with just anybody.
WZMX Hot 93.7:
The Naked Cowboy Announces Support For Romney  —  While Barack Obama has cornered the market on support from rappers and the hip-hop community, Mitt Romney has nabbed an endorsement of one of New York's iconic figures.  The Naked Cowboy, the most recognized of all Times Square street performers …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Anne Sorock / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Obama supporters rally around anti-Mormonism  —  What would you think if you were told that the most bigoted, intolerant, hateful, and xenophobic political messages this election cycle are being spread by Obama supporters?  —  From ridiculing and disrespecting the Mormon religion …
Discussion: alicublog and The Daily Dish
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 …
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 …
Susan M. Cover / Portland Press-Herald:
Obama spokesman: President supports Maine's Question 1  —  A spokesman for President Barack Obama released a statement today indicating the president's support for Question 1, Maine's same-sex marriage ballot question.  —  “While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state …
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Obama Endorses Marriage Ballot Measures
 
 
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Thomas Joscelyn / The Long War Journal:
Al Qaeda-linked jihadists helped incite 9/11 Cairo protest
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John Carucci / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Domenico Montanaro / First Read:
Polls: Obama, Romney tied in Co., incumbent has narrow Nev. edge
Discussion: KDVR.com, CNN and Politico
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Biden To Oshkosh On Friday, Where Company Is Laying Off Workers Due To Defense Cuts
Discussion: JSOnline
Barry M. Horstman / USA Today:
Absentee ballots could hang up Ohio's results
Discussion: msnbc.com, Balloon Juice and First Read
Tom Whitehead / Telegraph:
Non-Muslims have ‘sex like donkeys’ and deserve to be blown-up, said ‘terror plot’ leader
Talking Points Memo:
Ryan: Contraception Coverage Rule A ‘Threat’ To Poor
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Apple's ‘Disappointing’ (but Still Pretty Amazing) Quarter in 3 Graphs
Discussion: New York Magazine
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Former Joe Biden aide writes angry tell-all
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Coulter, In Radio Interview, Doubles Down On Use Of “R” Word
Discussion: Mediaite
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Projection: Republicans Will Hold the House
 

 
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Mike Vorkunov / New York Times:
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Hong Kong Free Press:
Hong Kong-based reporter Selina Cheng says she was fired by The Wall Street Journal for taking up the position of chair of the Hong Kong Journalist Association

Peter White / Deadline:
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