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1:30 PM 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.”
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
McCain: Powell ‘harmed’ his legacy by endorsing Obama  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) ripped Colin Powell for endorsing President Obama again, saying the former Secretary of State had “harmed” his legacy by doing so.  —  “General Powell, you disappoint us and you have harmed your legacy …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Susan Heavey / Reuters:
Colin Powell endorses Obama for second term
Talking Points Memo:
Colin Powell Endorses Obama, Will ‘Stick With Him In 2012’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Colin Powell again endorses Obama
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.
Joe Scarborough / Politico:
Two new polls scream ‘advantage Obama’  —  Two polls released yesterday show President Obama stubbornly clinging to his electoral advantage.  TIME Magazine released a new Ohio poll that has Mitt Romney trailing in the Buckeye State by 5 points.  Last week's NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist survey also had Romney behind by 5.
Discussion: CNN, and Washington Post
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
AP poll: Romney leads Obama 47-45, tied among female voters
Discussion: Hot Air and The Other McCain
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.
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
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Amy Sullivan / The New Republic:
Why Liberals are Misreading Mourdock
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
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.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:   Reid's Machine Powers Obama in Nevada Test
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: New York Post, CNN, Politico and Mediaite
How Mitt Romney would govern  —  Mitt Romney's transition team — dubbed the “Readiness Project” — has stepped up its activities as the nominee has surged in the polls, planning a series of modest but quick accomplishments should he win and bracing for the likelihood Romney would butt heads …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
E.J. Dionne Jr.  —  How the right wing lost in 2012  —  The right wing has lost the election of 2012.  —  The evidence for this is overwhelming, yet it is the year's best-kept secret.  Mitt Romney would not be throwing virtually all of his past positions overboard if he thought the nation …
Rasmussen Reports:
Who Won the Debates?  49% Say Romney, 41% Obama  —  Most voters consider the three presidential debates at least somewhat important to how they will vote, and a plurality of those that watched thinks Mitt Romney was the overall debate winner.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds …
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 …
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.
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Why Did Obama Run Left?
Discussion: protein wisdom and American Power
Michael Hastings / BuzzFeed:
Obama Goes To Krispy Kreme  —  Three dozen donuts.  Crucial nutrition after an overnight flight from Vegas to Tampa.  —  President Barack Obama delivers boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts to firefighters in Tampa, Florida, during an unannounced visit on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012.
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
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.
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: Gothamist, Politico and
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
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David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Infographic: The Enormous Racial Gap in Political Reporting
Discussion: Poynter
Harry J Enten / Guardian:
Will 2012 see the most divided American electorate ever?
David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Why Libertarian Law Professors Tend to Support Romney
Discussion: Hit & Run
James Delingpole /
Benghazi and Obama: the media is trying to shore up this desperate administration
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
Conservatives Panic Over ‘U.N.-Affiliated’ Election Monitors
Discussion: Wonkette and Prairie Weather
Liz Alderman / New York Times:
Greek Unemployed Cut Off From Medical Treatment
Discussion: Eschaton
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Single District speed camera: 116,734 tickets worth $11.6 million
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 Earlier Items: 
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: Hot Air and Ballot Box
Mike Kramer / Associated Press:
Judge to release edited version of Rehberg boat crash report
Discussion: Ballot Box
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Dear Donald, It's Over
Discussion: Poynter, ABCNEWS, FIRST DRAFT and Reuters
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
More Americans Feel Better Off Than Worse Off, Financially
Discussion: Wonkblog and Politico
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