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8:50 PM ET, October 26, 2012


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Jennifer Griffin / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack, sources say  —  Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. Consulate and subsequent attack several hours later …
Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
Hurricane Sandy may be unprecedented in East Coast storm history  —  European model simulation for Hurricane Sandy - on its approach to the mid-Atlantic - with a minimum pressure of 934 mb.  ( With computer models locked in on the eventuality of a punishing blow for East Coast …
Bob King / Reuters:
Election in Sandy's shadow  —  Could Hurricane Sandy be our October surprise?  —  The possibility of a killer cyclone from the tropics delivering a gut punch to the U.S. East Coast just before Election Day, threatening tens of millions of voters with soggy devastation and a possible burst of snow …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Associated Press and CNN
New York Times:
Forecasters Predict East Coast Landfall for Storm
Brian McNoldy / Washington Post:
Hurricane Sandy on collision course with mid-Atlantic and Northeast
Discussion: The Fix and Election 2012
John H. Cushman Jr / New York Times:
Dying Satellites Could Lead to Shaky Weather Forecasts
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Molly Waldron / Local News:
Senator Harry Reid hospitalized after crash in Las Vegas  —  Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) — Senator Harry Reid was hospitalized after a crash on Interstate 15 Friday.  —  The crash happened just after 1 p.m. on I-15 northbound near Sahara, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.
Discussion: The Raw Story, Mediaite and AMERICAblog
Mike Blasky / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Sen. Reid taken to UMC for minor rib injuries following car accident … U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., 72, was taken to the emergency room at University Medical Center in Las Vegas Friday afternoon following a traffic accident.  —  Nevada Highway Patrol said his caravan …
Discussion: Influence Alley
Harry Reid hospitalized after car crash, in good condition
Discussion: This Just In and Capital Tonight
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid doing fine after car accident
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Associated Press:
Sen. Harry Reid taken to hospital after Las Vegas rear-end car crash involving 6 vehicles
Las Vegas Sun News:
'He's OK'; Reid's motorcade involved in five-vehicle accident
Eric Kleefeld / Talking Points Memo:
Ronald Reagan Made A ‘First Time’ Voting Joke 32 Years Before Lena Dunham Did  —  Some conservative were outraged Thursday, when the Obama campaign posted a Web ad starring Lena Dunham, creator of the TV show “Girls,” in which she speaks about her “first time” voting, using innuendo to compare it to a girl losing her virginity.
Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
OBAMA CAMPAIGN TO GIRLS: HAVE SEX WITH VOTE FOR O  —  This afternoon, the Obama campaign released its latest ad from a celebrity.  This one was from Lena Dunham, 26-year-old creator of HBO's raunchy series Girls.  It's an astoundingly tasteless ad comparing voting for the first time to losing your virginity.
Lou Cannon / Washington Post:   Reagan campaigns like a man who's won
Romney Campaign Exaggerates Size Of Nevada Event With Altered Image  —  At best, the official Romney Instagram account posted a really bad panorama.  —  Zeke Miller  —  a half hour ago  —  61 responses
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Petraeus Throws Obama Under the Bus  —  Breaking news on Benghazi: the CIA spokesman, presumably at the direction of CIA director David Petraeus, has put out this statement: “No one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. ”
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama 50%-Romney 46% in Ohio  —  (CNN) - With a week and a half to go until Election Day, a new poll indicates the race for arguably the most important battleground state remains very close.  —  According to a CNN/ORC International survey released Friday, President Barack Obama holds …
Jim Acosta / CNN:
Romney economic speech at company that received stimulus funds
Discussion: Politico and The Maddow Blog
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Obama's Ground Game Advantage May Not Be As Big As It Looks  —  The chart below has been making the rounds over the past couple of days.  It shows how many field offices each campaign has in the top ten swing states, and it's pretty stunning.  Obama has twice as many offices as Romney in Virginia.
Discussion: Wonkblog and Prairie Weather
Josh Hicks / Washington Post:
Obama's ‘Tonight Show’ remark: Planned Parenthood provides mammograms  —  “You've got issues like Planned Parenthood, where that organization provides millions of women cervical-cancer screenings, mammograms, all kinds of basic health care.”  —  President Obama appeared on “The Tonight Show” …
Jilian Fama / ABCNEWS:
Man Gets Romney ‘R’ Tattooed On His Face For $15,000  —  Some say that campaign ads are getting just ridiculous.  But now it's taken a turn to the truly bizarre.  An Indiana man has auctioned off space on the side of his head, where he tattooed Mitt Romney's presidential campaign “R” logo in a 5-by-2-inch spot for a bid of $15, 000.
Discussion: Gawker, Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
2012 U.S. Electorate Looks Like 2008  —  Composition of electorate by race, age, gender essentially the same  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The composition of the electorate for the 2012 presidential election is looking quite similar to what it was in 2008 as well as 2004, according to an analysis …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Dem's amendment would give 29 more electoral votes to popular vote winner  —  The head of the House Democratic campaign arm this week proposed a Constitutional amendment that would give the winner of the popular vote in the presidential race an additional 29 electoral votes.
Rasmussen Reports:
A Commentary By Scott Rasmussen
Christopher Collins- / Examiner:
Clinton asked for more security in Benghazi, Obama said no  —  Last night, it was revealed that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had ordered more security at the U.S. mission in Benghazi before it was attacked where four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens were murdered …
Scott Travis / The Huffington Post:
College Tuition Should Vary By Degree, Florida State Task Force Says … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Rick Scott, University Of Florida, College Tuition, Florida State, Florida Education, Florida Higher Education, Florida University System, Rick Scott Tuition, Stem, Tuition By Degree, Miami News
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama tells MTV music can ‘set the world on fire’  —  President Obama advocated more political music on Friday in an interview with MTV.  —  “I'd like to see a more explicit discussion of the issues that are out there right now, because music's such a powerful mechanism,” he said …
Discussion: Politico
James Richardson / Georgia Tipsheet:
Despite predictions of disenfranchisement, black voter participation in GA above 2008 levels  —  More than a quarter million African American voters in Georgia have already cast ballots for the November elections, the highest participation rate ever recorded by the secretary of state's office.
Discussion: Politico and The PJ Tatler
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama offers to walk dog, wash car to get a deal with Congress  —  President Obama said he'll do whatever it takes to work with Congress to get a bipartisan deficit and debt reduction deal done in a possible second Obama term.  —  “I'll wash John Boehner's car, I'll walk Mitch McConnell's dog …
Discussion: Mediaite and Jammie Wearing Fools
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Michelangelo Signorile / The Huffington Post:
Romney: 'Some Gays Are Actually Having Children. It's Not Right on Paper. It's Not Right in Fact.'
Julie Bykowicz / Bloomberg:
Ohio Sees Enough Campaign Ads to Air Nonstop for 80 Days
Discussion: and First Read
South Florida:
Sun Sentinel endorses Mitt Romney for president
Discussion: Hot Air and Wake up America
Robert Costa / National Review:
McCain: Powell ‘Got Us Into Iraq’
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
Panetta: Critics ‘Monday Morning Quarterbacking’ White House Handling Of Libya Attack
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Rush Limbaugh
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Remote U.S. base at core of secret operations
 Earlier Items: 
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney's Closing Argument
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Transcript of 1944 Bretton Woods Conference Found at Treasury
Jon Cohen / The Fix:
Post-ABC tracking poll: Romney 49, Obama 48 — the power of campaign contacts
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Obama's fanciful claim that Congress ‘proposed’ the sequester
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
David Brooks / New York Times:
What Moderation Means  —  Over the past month, Mitt Romney …