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11:40 AM ET, October 26, 2012

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James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
Weak GDP report shows no end in sight for the Long Recession  —  The third-quarter GDP report was a nasty October surprise for a nation desperately in need of more jobs and higher take-home pay.  The U.S. economy grew just 2.0% from July through September.  At the current pace …
Richard Pollock / Washington Examiner:
Spending on White House dinners soars under Obama
Discussion: Betsy's Page and The Right Scoop
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Father of Slain SEAL: Who Made the Decision Not to Save My Son?
Discussion: CNSNews, protein wisdom and ABCNEWS
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Who decided not to save Tyrone Woods?
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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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.
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:
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
What America will we pick?  —  This election is only tangentially a fight over policy.  It is also a fight about meaning and identity — and that's one reason voters are so polarized.  It's about who we are and who we aspire to be.  —  President Obama enters the final days of the campaign …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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.
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Poll shows widening racial gap in presidential contest
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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The Right Scoop:
DISGUSTING: New Obama ad asks who would you rather do it with, Obama or Romney?
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin and Doug Ross
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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Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg:
Economy in U.S. Grows at 2%Rate, More Than Forecast
Discussion: Weekly Standard, Hot Air and msnbc.com
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Grew at 2% Rate in 3rd Quarter
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 …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Newt Gingrich: 300 electoral votes for Mitt Romney  —  Newt Gingrich is predicting that this election will be a near-landslide victory for Mitt Romney.  —  “I believe the minimum result will be 53-47 Romney, over 300 electoral votes, and the Republicans will pick up the Senate,” …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Daily Kos
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Philip Rucker / Election 2012:
Meat Loaf endorses Romney in Ohio
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.
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 …
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
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
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Conservative Scholars Bullish That A Romney Supreme Court Could Reverse Longstanding Liberal Jurisprudence  —  A potential Mitt Romney presidency carries huge implications for the Supreme Court that have conservatives excited and progressives fearful about the future.
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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