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6:20 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.”
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 …
New York Post:
For America's future, The Post endorses Mitt Romney for president
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’
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 …
Obama Says Ayn Rand Is For Teens  —  The president tells Rolling Stone that Paul Ryan should have left Ayn Rand in high school.  —  In a new interview with historian Doulgas Brinkley and Rolling Stone executive editor Eric Bates — where Obama appears to suggest Romney is a “bullshitter” — the president also weighs in on Ayn Rand.
Discussion: and Hit & Run
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.
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’
Discussion: CNN and
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.
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Polls: Obama leads in Iowa, Wisconsin  —  Two new surveys from Democratic-affiliated Public Policy Polling (PPP) show President Obama ahead of Mitt Romney in swing states Iowa and Wisconsin.  —  In Iowa, Obama takes 49 percent support over Romney's 47.  That's in line with the Real Clear Politics's …
Discussion: Politico
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
Discussion: CBS New York and The Raw Story
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Beneath the Surface  —  It's easy to assume that presidential campaigns are flawless machines whose directors cooly deploy and shift resources like Field Marshals, based on the very latest accurate data and finely honed strategies.  —  But then you read something like veteran reporter Jon Ralston's …
Jon.Ralston / Ralston Reports:
My column: Why Romney hasn't surrendered Nevada
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Pennsylvania Bill Would Reduce Welfare Benefits For Women Who Cannot Prove They Were Raped  —  A Pennsylvania House bill seeks to limit the amount of TANF assistance that low-income women receive based on the amount of children they give birth to while covered under the program.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
CEO's Bold Plan to Fix the Debt by Lowering Their Own Taxes  —  Mark Warner and Saxby Chambliss are the two Senators most hopeful of replacing Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson should they ever die or meet a poor person and get a spark of empathy.  Warner and Chambliss are charter members of the Gang of Six …
Discussion: Washington Post and Hullabaloo
Felix Salmon:
CEOs' self-serving deficit manifesto
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 …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
How the Right Wing Lost in 2012  —  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 …
Josh Barro / Bloomberg:
The Presidential Candidate Who Would Destroy the Economy  —  Reason Magazine has put out its pre-election compilation of its writers' statements about whom they will be voting for and why.  The Reason staffers are more unanimous than usual in their support for the Libertarian Party nominee, Gary Johnson.
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 …
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.
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 …
Michael J. Totten / World Affairs Journal blogs:
The Islamist Threat Isn't Going Away  —  My latest column appeared in the Wall Street Journal.  It's behind the pay wall and is reprinted here with permission.  —  President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney wrapped up their trilogy of presidential debates on Monday …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Zack Colman / The Hill:
Inhofe: Obama delaying new pollution rules to boost his chances of reelection  —  Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) on Thursday accused the White House of delaying new environmental rules until after the election in a bid to improve President Obama's reelection chances.
Dustin Siggins / The Daily Caller:
Wisconsin GOP campaign worker hospitalized after apparent gay-bashing assault  —  MADISON, Wisc.  — A bitter and contentious Wisconsin congressional race saw a new level of antagonism Wednesday morning when an openly gay Republican campaign worker became the victim of an apparent hate crime.
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 …
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Presidential Polls Counter Romney Surge Myth
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NBC's Williams Can't Understand Why Obama Isn't Winning by a Landslide
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Callum Borchers / Boston Globe:
Court allows testimony by Mitt Romney in Stemberg divorce case to be unsealed
Rasmussen Reports:
Who Won the Debates? 49% Say Romney, 41% Obama
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Obama Goes To Krispy Kreme