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6:50 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 …
Bob Owens / The PJ Tatler:
AC-130U Gunship was On-Scene in Benghazi, Obama Admin Refused to Let It Fire (Updated)  —  If you don't get torches-and-pitchforks irate about this, you are not an American: … There were two AC-130Us deployed to Libya in March as part of Operation Unified Protector.
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 …
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
Panetta: Critics ‘Monday Morning Quarterbacking’ White House Handling Of Libya Attack
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
Jason Howerton /
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: 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
Las Vegas Sun News:
'He's OK'; Reid's motorcade involved in five-vehicle accident  —  A Chevrolet Suburban sits wrecked on Interstate 15, north of Sahara Avenue, Friday afternoon.  The SUV was one of five vehicles in an accident involving U.S. Sen. Harry Reid's motorcade.  It was not clear whether this was the vehicle carrying Reid.
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
Harry Reid hospitalized after car crash, in good condition
Discussion: This Just In
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.
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
Discussion: ABCNEWS, CNN and Associated Press
John H. Cushman Jr / New York Times:
Dying Satellites Could Lead to Shaky Weather Forecasts
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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
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
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
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 …
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: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney's Closing Argument  —  At speech today in Ames, Iowa, Romney will make the case for “Big Change,” because “We cannot afford four more years like the last four years.”  —  Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, John Rich (2nd L), Big Kenny (L) and Meatloaf (R) as they sing …
Josh Dorner / ThinkProgress:
Romney Makes Closing Argument At Firm That Benefited From Stimulus Funds
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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
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South Florida:
Sun Sentinel endorses Mitt Romney for president
Discussion: Hot Air
Robert Costa / National Review:
McCain: Powell ‘Got Us Into Iraq’
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama offers to walk dog, wash car to get a deal with Congress
Discussion: Mediaite and Jammie Wearing Fools
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Remote U.S. base at core of secret operations
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
President Obama's 11th-hour strategy shift
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Obama's fanciful claim that Congress ‘proposed’ the sequester
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Scott Travis / The Huffington Post:
College Tuition Should Vary By Degree, Florida State Task Force Says
David Brooks / New York Times:
What Moderation Means  —  Over the past month, Mitt Romney …
David Barboza / New York Times:
Family of Wen Jiabao Holds a Hidden Fortune in China