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11:20 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.”
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’
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama: Kids know Mitt's a bullsh**ter  —  President Obama sat for an interview with Rolling Stone for next month's issue and Playbook has the first look at the story by Douglas Brinkley: … That's some frank language from Obama, who has a genuine disdain for GOP challenger Mitt Romney, as POLITICO's Glenn Thrush has reported.
Obama Says Ayn Rand Is For Teens
Discussion: and Hit & Run
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama: Romney's a ‘Bulls—’
Discussion: CNN, Jammie Wearing Fools and Althouse
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.
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
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 …
CBS News:
Haley Barbour: Mourdock's rape remark “kinda crazy”
Discussion: Guardian
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.
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
Nick Hopkins / Guardian:
Britain rejects US request to use UK bases in nuclear standoff with Iran
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT and The Agonist
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
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
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
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 …
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: CNN, Politico and
Joe Scarborough / Politico:
Two new polls scream ‘advantage Obama’
Discussion: CNN, and Ballot Box
Talking Points Memo:
Ryan: Contraception Coverage Rule A ‘Threat’ To Poor  —  Paul Ryan spoke on the subject of poverty in Cleveland, Wednesday, making the argument that the Republican ticket cares about the poor but has a different approach to alleviating poverty in America.  Ryan argued that government gets …
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 …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Biden To Oshkosh On Friday, Where Company Is Laying Off Workers Due To Defense Cuts  —  The Pentagon buys fewer vehicles from Oshkosh Corp.  —  A military vehicle passes by the Oshkosh plant in Wisconsin October 12, 2011.  —  Image by Darren Hauck / Reuters
Discussion: JSOnline
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 …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Obama Endorses Marriage Ballot Measures
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Who decided not to save Tyrone Woods?  —  Over at the Weekly Standard, Daniel Halper has posted highlights of Lars Larson's interview with the father of Tyrone Woods, one of the four Americans murdered in the 9/11 attack in Benghazi.  Halper introduces his summary as follows:
John Carucci / Associated Press:
CAST DEFENDS TIMING OF BIN LADEN RAID MOVIE  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The team behind “SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden” is saying the television movie was not recut to give a starring role to President Barack Obama two days before the presidential election.
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Barry M. Horstman / USA Today:
Absentee ballots could hang up Ohio's results  —  7:23AM EDT October 25.  2012 - A new Ohio program intended to make voting easier has the potential to keep the presidential election in doubt until late November if the national outcome hinges on the state's 18 electoral votes.
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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Tom Whitehead / Telegraph:
Non-Muslims have ‘sex like donkeys’ and deserve to be blown-up, said ‘terror plot’ leader
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Apple's ‘Disappointing’ (but Still Pretty Amazing) Quarter in 3 Graphs
Discussion: New York Magazine
Michael J. Totten / World Affairs Journal blogs:
The Islamist Threat Isn't Going Away
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Alan Johnson / World Affairs Journal blogs:
A Whiff of Weimar: The Greek Crisis Gets Worse
Discussion: BBC
Zack Colman / The Hill:
Inhofe: Obama delaying new pollution rules to boost his chances of reelection
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Coulter, In Radio Interview, Doubles Down On Use Of “R” Word
Discussion: Mediaite
Felix Salmon:
CEOs' self-serving deficit manifesto
 Earlier Items: 
Dustin Siggins / The Daily Caller:
Wisconsin GOP campaign worker hospitalized after apparent gay-bashing assault
Josh Barro / Bloomberg:
The Presidential Candidate Who Would Destroy the Economy
Discussion: Hit & Run and Firedoglake
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Projection: Republicans Will Hold the House
Kyle Drennen / blogs:
NBC's Williams Can't Understand Why Obama Isn't Winning by a Landslide
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
How the Right Wing Lost in 2012