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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:
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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Sununu walks back Powell jab  —  Former White House Chief of Staff John Sununu, a co-chair of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign, said in an interview Thursday night that retired Gen. Colin Powell's decision to endorse President Barack Obama's re-election bid appeared to have been driven by race.
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Richard Pollock / Washington Examiner:
Spending on White House dinners soars under Obama
Discussion: Betsy's Page and The Right Scoop
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Who decided not to save Tyrone Woods?
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.
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Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Blocks Web Access to Times After Article  —  HONG KONG — The Chinese government swiftly blocked access Friday morning to the English-language and Chinese-language Web sites of The New York Times from computers in mainland China in response to the news organization's decision to post …
William Wan / Washington Post:
China blocks New York Times Web site after report on leader's wealth
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
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Washington Post:
Poll shows widening racial gap in presidential contest  —  The 2012 election is shaping up to be more polarized along racial lines than any presidential contest since 1988, with President Obama experiencing a steep drop  —  in support among white voters from four years ago.
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
What America will we pick?  —  This election is only tangentially a fight over policy.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
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Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Grew at 2% Rate in 3rd Quarter
Discussion: Business Insider
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.
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
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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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.
The Right Scoop:
DISGUSTING: New Obama ad asks who would you rather do it with, Obama or Romney?  —  Talk about desperation.  They've finally sunken to a new low trying to get the youth vote by comparing voting for the first time to having sex for the first time.  “You're first time shouldn't be with just anybody.
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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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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
Callum Borchers / Boston Globe:
Mitt Romney vouched for low price on Staples stock that traded 10 times higher a year later  —  CANTON, Mass. — Mitt Romney testified under oath in 1991 that the ex-wife of Staples founder Tom Stemberg got a fair deal in the couple's 1988 divorce, even though the company shares Maureen …
Discussion: First Read
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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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.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Campaigns look for bandwagon support as clock ticks down  —  We're going to win — but, without you, we might lose.  —  This is the sometimes-awkward message that both presidential campaigns are blasting out as the clock ticks down to Election Day.  —  Both sides have adopted confident tones meant …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
 
 
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