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11:10 AM ET, October 25, 2012


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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.”
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Colin Powell again endorses Obama  —  Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday that he would again endorse President Obama, breaking from the Republican Party to support the incumbent president.  —  “You know I voted for him in 2008 and I plan to stick with him in 2012 and will vote …
Talking Points Memo:
Colin Powell Endorses Obama, Will ‘Stick With Him In 2012’  —  Colin Powell, former secretary of state under President George W. Bush, endorsed President Obama for re-election in 2012, saying that he supported him in 2008 and will “stick with” Obama in 2012.  Powell made the announcement in an appearance on “CBS This Morning” Thursday.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jane C. Timm /   Colin Powell endorses President Obama for second term
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
In Defense of Richard Mourdock  —  It is his Democratic opponent who is engaging in Akin-style sophistry.  —  With less than two weeks to go before the election, the left is anxious to talk about abortion, and you can see why.  To be sure, Gallup found in May that Americans are considerably likelier …
National Review:
Reading God's Will in Indiana  —  Attempting to read the divine will is a notoriously perilous enterprise, all the more so in the middle of a hotly contested Senate race.  Richard Mourdock, the Republican nominee from Indiana, has come to appreciate this fact since answering a debate question …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Associated Press:
AP-GFK POLL: ROMNEY ERASES OBAMA LEAD AMONG WOMEN  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — What gender gap?  —  Less than two weeks out from Election Day, Republican Mitt Romney has erased President Barack Obama's 16-point advantage among women, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows.
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
AP poll: Romney leads Obama 47-45, tied among female voters
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Jonathan S. Tobin / Commentary Magazine:
Dems Begin the Post-Obama Blame Game
Discussion: and Hot Air
Charles M. Blow / Campaign Stops:
Paul Ryan's Poverty Play  —  Paul Ryan gave a speech on poverty and economic mobility.  —  No, that's not the beginning of one of those a-man-walks-into-a-bar jokes.  It actually happened.  —  Ryan delivered the speech Wednesday in Cleveland.  “In this war on poverty,” he said, “poverty is winning.”
Politico:   How Mitt Romney would govern
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Dear Donald, It's Over  —  It's not us.  It's you.  You've been annoying in the past.  You've also been good copy.  But your latest pitiful attempt to keep your name in headlines is one empty bid for attention too many.  By Lloyd Grove.  —  It's been fun, Donald.
Discussion: Poynter, ABCNEWS, FIRST DRAFT and Reuters
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.
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.
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Jon.Ralston / Ralston Reports:
My column: Why Romney hasn't surrendered Nevada  —  Mitt Romney campaigned in Nevada today for the second consecutive day.  The question is: Why?  —  Any reasonable analysis of the early voting numbers so far shows that the Democratic machine is crushing the Republicans' Rube Goldberg contraption.
Discussion: Ross Douthat
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 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Gawker
James Bennet / The Atlantic Online:
The Bloomberg Way  —  The mayor of New York on his soda ban, why he doesn't worry about approval ratings, governing in the age of Twitter, and the dumbed-down media  —  You could look at Michael Bloomberg—astringent, profane, irritated by small talk, impatient with the politics of empathy …
Discussion: Politico and
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama lead in Virginia up to 5 points  —  A new Public Policy Polling survey in Virginia, conducted on behalf of Health Care for America Now, finds Barack Obama expanding his lead in the aftermath of his debate victory Monday night.  He now has 51% to 46% for Mitt Romney, up from a 49/47 advantage last weekend.
Discussion: Ballot Box
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.
Will Ohio State's Football Team Decide Who Wins the White House?  —  How politically irrelevant events—like a college football game—can determine who wins an election.  —  “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”  —Winston Churchill"
Discussion: Washington Examiner
NY Daily News:
Warren Buffett says despite global slowdown, U.S. economy will ‘inch’ ahead under Obama or Romney  —  The Oracle of Omaha supports Obama but says the economy could also improve under Romney.  Still, he says American businesses would be performing better if leaders would address the nation's fiscal problems.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep Says Strike On Iran's Nuclear Facilities Would Not Be An Act Of War  —  Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN last night that neither he, nor the Iranians, would consider an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities an act of war.
Discussion: The Agonist
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Rep. Moran's son resigns from father's campaign amid voter fraud scandal  —  Patrick Moran, the son of Virginia Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and the field director for his father's reelection bid, resigned abruptly Wednesday after a video linked him to voter fraud.
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Rep. Jim Moran's Son Resigns Over James O'Keefe Video
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
WH: ‘We Decline to Comment’ on When Obama Learned of E-Mails, Met With NSC on Benghazi  —  ( - The White House is declining to say when President Barack Obama first learned of three e-mails that the State Department sent to the White House on Sept. 11, 2012, directly notifying …
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Sky News:
Recession Ends Amid Olympic Games Boost
Discussion: Guardian and
Eric Owens / The Daily Caller:
Double-secret probation: Student threatened with punishment after filming Democratic congressman's abortion answer
Discussion: Power Line
Detroit's Fox 2:
Michigan Poll: Obama and Romney in dead heat
Discussion: Ballot Box
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
The Consequences of Benghazi
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Company Reports 2012 Third-Quarter Results
Mike Kramer / Associated Press:
Judge to release edited version of Rehberg boat crash report
Discussion: Ballot Box
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
More Americans Feel Better Off Than Worse Off, Financially
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Hassett and Mathur: Consumption and the Myths of Inequality
Discussion: Instapundit
Steven Pinker / Opinionator:
Why Are States So Red and Blue?
Discussion: normblog
Adrian F. Ward / Yahoo! News:
Men and Women Can't be ‘Just Friends’
Rev. Jesse Jackson Arrested for Sensata Protest
Clive Crook / Bloomberg:
Obama's Blunder Was in Ceding Political Center to Romney
The Chart:
Post removed: Study looks at voting and hormones