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3:40 AM ET, October 25, 2012


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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Donald Trump mocked on Twitter  —  Twitter across the political spectrum skewered Donald Trump Wednesday after his long-awaited announcement about President Barack Obama — which he billed as a bombshell — turned out to be a bust.  —  He quickly became the subject of snark on Twitter …
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Obama tells Leno: ‘Rape is rape’  —  During an appearance on “The Tonight Show” taped Wednesday evening, President Obama slammed Richard Mourdock over the Republican Senate candidate's controversial comments about pregnancies resulting from rape.  —  Asked by host Jay Leno about Mourdock's comments …
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Daily Kos
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
GOP's Mourdock: Pregnancy from rape is God's intent
Alex Altman / Swampland:
TIME Poll: Obama Leads by 5 in Ohio  —  President Barack Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks during a campaign event at Triangle Park in Dayton, Ohio, on Oct. 23, 2012.  —  Buoyed by early voting in his favor, Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney by five points in the pivotal state of Ohio, according to a new TIME poll.
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama counting on ground game
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Hot Air and GOP 12
Mark Halperin / The Page:
The Latest View from One Prudential Plaza: Why the Obama Campaign Is (Still) So Confident About Beating Romney
Discussion: Guardian, Washington Monthly and GOP 12
Andrew Miga / Associated Press:   Obama Expects Democrats Will Keep Senate Majority
Mitt Romney — Friend's Ex-Wife Claims Romney LIED to Screw Her in Divorce  —  Romney LIED to Screw Her in Divorce  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  We haven't heard back from the Romney campaign office — however Mitt's attorney was quoted about the Stemberg divorce in Time magazine, saying …
Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Gloria Allred Met with Obama Before ‘October Surprise’  —  DNC delegate and partisan Democrat lawyer Gloria Allred attended the “30 Days to Victory” Obama fundraiser at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on October 7th...featuring George Clooney and musical acts Katy Perry …
Matt Bai / The Caucus:
How Bill Clinton May Have Hurt the Obama Campaign  —  When the histories of the 2012 campaign are written, much will be made of Bill Clinton's re-emergence.  His convention speech may well have marked the finest moment of President Obama's re-election campaign, and his ads on the president's behalf were memorable.
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Bill Clinton — from savior to potential scapegoat in less than two months  —  If President Obama loses this election, the Democrats will need a scapegoat.  The obvious scapegoat would be Obama himself.  But he's been getting free passes all of his life, and the left-liberals who comprise …
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Rep. Jim Moran's Son Resigns Over James O'Keefe Video  —  Patrick Moran, son of Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), resigned from his father's campaign on Wednesday after conservative activist James O'Keefe released a video that appears to show him offering advice to an undercover videographer who claimed to want to commit voter fraud.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Rep. Moran's son resigns from father's campaign amid voter fraud scandal
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
The Chart:
Post removed: Study looks at voting and hormones  —  A post previously published in this space regarding a study about how hormones may influence voting choices has been removed.  —  After further review it was determined that some elements of the story did not meet the editorial standards of CNN.
Alina Selyukh / Reuters:
Romney steals narrow lead from Obama as election nears  —  (Reuters) - Republican candidate Mitt Romney was 1 percentage point ahead of President Barack Obama in Wednesday's Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll in a presidential race that is effectively a dead heat less than two weeks before the November 6 election.
The Fix:   Post-ABC tracking poll: Obama wins final debate, Romney changes minds
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 …
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Obama's Shuck and Jive Ends With Benghazi Lies  —  As I mentioned on “On the Record” last night, there is breaking news that just two hours after the September 11th attacks on our consulate in Benghazi, the White House and State Department knew that an Islamic terrorist group with ties to al Qaeda claimed credit for the attack.
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
NETROOTS' UNHAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY  —  What began 10 years ago as network of progressive bloggers offering a voice they thought missing from the mainstream press has all but disappeared as a force in the Democratic Party, David Freelander reports.  —  Susie Madrak started blogging in 2001 …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
What David Freedlander's Report on Blogs Left Out — Google
Discussion: driftglass
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Obama's Edge: The Ground Game That Could Put Him Over the Top  —  In a close election, the president's sophisticated organization — which Republicans don't seem to have matched — could make all the difference.  —  Reuters  —  STERLING, Virginia — A giant chalkboard takes up a wall …
Alix Bryan / WTVR-TV:
Donald Trump's ‘big reveal’ against Pres. Barack Obama  —  For days Donald Trump teased ahead to a big reveal about President Barack Obama, saying his announcement would be made with the best interest of the United States of America in mind.  It turned out to be more of a bargain than a bombshell.
Clive Crook / Bloomberg:
Obama's Blunder Was in Ceding Political Center to Romney  —  The third and final presidential debate did little to change the race between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, who are tied with just two weeks to go.  Even so, this week's inconsequential contest provides a key of sorts to understanding the election.
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
Letterman ‘Upset’ and ‘Discouraged’ Obama Lied About Romney Wanting Detroit To Go Bankrupt  —  Stop the presses!  Stop the presses!  —  One of Barack Obama's biggest fans in the media, David Letterman, said on Tuesday's Late Show that he was “upset” and “discouraged” the president during …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Major Cable Provider In Ohio Offering Anti-Obama Film For Free  —  A major cable provider is offering a notorious anti-Obama movie to all its subscribers for free.  The company, Armstrong Cable, operates in six states including Pennsylvania and the critical swing state of Ohio.
Rev. Jesse Jackson Arrested for Sensata Protest  —  FREEPORT (WIFR) — Today at Freeport's Sensata Technologies plant, civil rights leader, Reverend Jesse Jackson returned to rally with with soon-to-be out of work employees.  —  Jackson spent most of the afternoon in “Bainport” …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Labor unions, liberal groups fear lame-duck betrayal by Obama
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Politico
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Emptiest Candidate in Presidential Election History
Discussion: Mother Jones
Obama Says To Look At “Videotape” For His Flip-Flops
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and AEIdeas
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
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