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8:55 AM ET, October 26, 2012

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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.
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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.
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:
Washington Post:
Washington Post endorsement: Four more years for President Obama
Quin Hillyer / American Spectator:
The Dishonorable Colin Powell
Discussion: CBS News, Intercepts, Hot Air and Ballot Box
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.
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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.
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?
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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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 …
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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.
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The Fix:
2012 voters: The deepest racial split since '88
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
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 …
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Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
As Veep Chances Rise in Polls, Ryan Still Spends Millions to Keep Congressional Seat  —  Paul Ryan is spending millions on ads in Wisconsin, but it's not to help get the GOP ticket to the White House, it's to keep his congressional seat ... of course, it can't hurt.
Discussion: GOP 12
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
Domenico Montanaro / First Read:
Polls: Obama, Romney tied in Co., incumbent has narrow Nev. edge  —  The race between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney is locked in a dead heat in Colorado, while the president maintains a narrow edge in the other Western swing state of Nevada.  —  Read the full Nevada poll here (.pdf)
Discussion: KDVR.com, Politico and CNN
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
8,803,335: Another New Record for Disability—Up 975 Per Day Under Obama  —  (CNSNews.com) - The number of American workers collecting federal disability insurance benefits hit yet another record high in October, according to the Social Security Administration.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Pointing Toward Prosperity?  —  Mitt Romney has been barnstorming the country, telling voters that he has a five-point plan to restore prosperity.  And some voters, alas, seem to believe what he's saying.  So President Obama has now responded with his own plan, a little blue booklet containing 27 policy proposals.
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Daily Kos
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Gore's struggling Current TV on the block  —  Current TV, the ratings-challenged cable network started by former Vice President Al Gore, has put itself up for sale, The Post has learned.  —  “Current has been approached many times by media companies interested in acquiring our company,” CEO Joel Hyatt told The Post.
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
Washington Post:
Poll shows widening racial gap in presidential contest  —  The erosion of support Obama has experienced since his muted performance in the first presidential debate has been particularly acute among white men, whites without college degrees and white independents, the new tracking poll found.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Power Line
 
 
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Thomas Joscelyn / The Long War Journal:
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John Carucci / Associated Press:
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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
Tom Whitehead / Telegraph:
Non-Muslims have ‘sex like donkeys’ and deserve to be blown-up, said ‘terror plot’ leader
Talking Points Memo:
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Coulter, In Radio Interview, Doubles Down On Use Of “R” Word
Discussion: Mediaite
BuzzFeed:
Obama Says Ayn Rand Is For Teens
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The Presidential Candidate Who Would Destroy the Economy
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