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9:45 AM ET, October 26, 2012

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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Sununu cites race as factor for Powell's Obama endorsement  —  (CNN) - John Sununu, a top surrogate for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, said Thursday that Colin Powell's repeat endorsement of President Barack Obama could be explained partly by the two men's shared race.
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Talking Points Memo:
Romney Surrogate: Colin Powell Endorsed Obama Because He's Black  —  Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, a Romney surrogate, said on Thursday night that the reason former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed President Obama today was due to the color of his skin.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Romney Campaign Chair: Colin Powell Endorsed Obama Because He Is Black  —  In an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan this evening, Romney Campaign Co-Chair and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R-NH) offered a surprising theory on why General Colin Powell endorsed President Obama for reelection today — because both men are black:
Quin Hillyer / American Spectator:
The Dishonorable Colin Powell
Discussion: CBS News, Intercepts, Hot Air and Ballot Box
Washington Post:
Washington Post endorsement: Four more years for President Obama
Joshua Keating / FP Passport:
Is the Obama campaign taking commercial ideas from Vladimir Putin?  —  I see the Obama campaign has a new YouTube ad featuring Girls star (and fellow Oberlin alum!)  Lena Dunham:  —  “Your first time shouldn't be with just anybody.  You want to do it with a great guy,” she says, referring to casting your first ballot for Obama.
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Jason Howerton / TheBlaze.com:
JOE BIDEN TO FATHER OF FORMER NAVY SEAL KILLED IN BENGHAZI: ‘DID YOUR SON ALWAYS HAVE BALLS THE SIZE OF CUE BALLS?’ … The father of one of the former Navy SEALs killed in the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya says President Barack Obama wouldn't even look him in the eye …
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Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Who decided not to save Tyrone Woods?
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’
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David Barboza / New York Times:
Family of Wen Jiabao Holds a Hidden Fortune in China  —  BEIJING — The mother of China's prime minister was a schoolteacher in northern China.  His father was ordered to tend pigs in one of Mao's political campaigns.  And during childhood, “my family was extremely poor,” the prime minister, Wen Jiabao, said in a speech last year.
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Gore's struggling Current TV on the block  —  Current TV, the ratings-challenged cable network started by former Vice President Al Gore, has put itself up for sale, The Post has learned.  —  “Current has been approached many times by media companies interested in acquiring our company,” CEO Joel Hyatt told The Post.
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Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Keith Olbermann Casts A Wide Net In Job Search
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Pointing Toward Prosperity?  —  Mitt Romney has been barnstorming the country, telling voters that he has a five-point plan to restore prosperity.  And some voters, alas, seem to believe what he's saying.  So President Obama has now responded with his own plan, a little blue booklet containing 27 policy proposals.
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Daily Kos
Philip Giraldi / The American Conservative:
How to Bomb Iran  —  An Israeli attack is risky—and it might not even eliminate Iran's nuclear facilities.  —  Israel Defense Forces / Flickr  —  During the Napoleonic Wars, when it was reported that the French were preparing to invade England, Admiral John Jervis said …
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Rick Barrett / JSOnline:
Oshkosh Corp. to lay off 450 workers  —  People make their way through a chicane on their way to initial interviews during an Oshkosh Corp. job fair in February of 2011 at the Oshkosh Convention Center.  Oshkosh Corp. said Thursday it will lay off 450 workers in January.  —  By Rick Barrett of the Journal Sentinel
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U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts  —  Gross Domestic Product: Third Quarter 2012 (advance estimate)  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — increased at an annual rate of 2.0 percent in the third quarter of 2012 …
Washington Post:
Poll shows widening racial gap in presidential contest  —  The erosion of support Obama has experienced since his muted performance in the first presidential debate has been particularly acute among white men, whites without college degrees and white independents, the new tracking poll found.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Power Line
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
As Veep Chances Rise in Polls, Ryan Still Spends Millions to Keep Congressional Seat  —  Paul Ryan is spending millions on ads in Wisconsin, but it's not to help get the GOP ticket to the White House, it's to keep his congressional seat ... of course, it can't hurt.
Discussion: GOP 12
Jordan Zakarin / Hollywood Reporter:
Tina Fey Blasts GOP, Richard Mourdock, Todd Akin on Rape Comments (Video)  —  The “30 Rock” creator had harsh words for anti-choice politicians, cracking, “What is happening?  Am I a secretary on ‘Mad Men?’”  —  Tina Fey doesn't need Saturday Night Live to take cracks at politicians.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
DCCC outraises NRCC for election cycle  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has topped the National Republican Congressional Committee in fundraising for the first two weeks of October, and outpaced its GOP rival for the election cycle, a rarity for the minority party especially …
Discussion: CNN
Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: When Americans Saw the Real Obama  —  Why the Denver debate changed everything.  —  We all say Ohio, Ohio, Ohio.  But it's all still Denver, Denver, and the mystery that maybe isn't a mystery at all.  —  If Cincinnati and Lake County go for Mitt Romney on Nov. 6 it will be because of what happened in Denver on Oct. 3.
Jon Cohen / The Fix:
Post-ABC tracking poll: Romney 50 percent, Obama 47  —  Republican Mitt Romney has edged ahead of President Obama in the new Washington Post-ABC News national tracking poll, with the challenger winning 50 percent of likely voters for the first time in the campaign.
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
8,803,335: Another New Record for Disability—Up 975 Per Day Under Obama  —  (CNSNews.com) - The number of American workers collecting federal disability insurance benefits hit yet another record high in October, according to the Social Security Administration.
WZMX Hot 93.7:
The Naked Cowboy Announces Support For Romney  —  While Barack Obama has cornered the market on support from rappers and the hip-hop community, Mitt Romney has nabbed an endorsement of one of New York's iconic figures.  The Naked Cowboy, the most recognized of all Times Square street performers …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 
 
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Jo Craven McGinty / New York Times:
Obama and Romney Raise $1 Billion Each
Discussion: First Read
Callum Borchers / Boston Globe:
Mitt Romney vouched for low price on Staples stock that traded 10 times higher a year later
Discussion: First Read
BBC:
Afghan mosque blast kills dozens
Discussion: Newsy
Thomas Joscelyn / The Long War Journal:
Al Qaeda-linked jihadists helped incite 9/11 Cairo protest
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Anne Sorock / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Obama supporters rally around anti-Mormonism
Discussion: alicublog
John Carucci / Associated Press:
CAST DEFENDS TIMING OF BIN LADEN RAID MOVIE
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Domenico Montanaro / First Read:
Polls: Obama, Romney tied in Co., incumbent has narrow Nev. edge
Barry M. Horstman / USA Today:
Absentee ballots could hang up Ohio's results
 Earlier Items: 
CBS News:
Haley Barbour: Mourdock's rape remark “kinda crazy”
Discussion: The Raw Story and Guardian
Talking Points Memo:
Ryan: Contraception Coverage Rule A ‘Threat’ To Poor
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Apple's ‘Disappointing’ (but Still Pretty Amazing) Quarter in 3 Graphs
Discussion: New York Magazine
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Former Joe Biden aide writes angry tell-all
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Coulter, In Radio Interview, Doubles Down On Use Of “R” Word
Discussion: Mediaite
BuzzFeed:
Obama Says Ayn Rand Is For Teens
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