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7:05 PM ET, October 27, 2012


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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Ten Questions for the White House  —  Friday, in response to questions regarding the events of September 11 in Benghazi, President Obama said this: “Nobody wants to find out more what happened than I do.  But we want to make sure we get it right, particularly because I have made a commitment …
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
White House considering new tax cut
Kyle Clark / KUSA-TV:
9NEWS questions President Obama on Libya attack
Rush Limbaugh:   We Don't Need Conspiracy Theories to Explain What Happened in Libya
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Spare Me  —  Karen Tumulty has a piece in tonight's Post on the non-trivial chances that we could have a split between the popular vote and the electoral college.  —  I don't want to make this about her because it's a very timely question and clearly it's already getting canvassed and frothed up by partisans.
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Romney, Obama could split popular and electoral college vote, polls suggest
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Obama, Clinton backed reforms to Electoral College after Bush v. Gore
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
State polling averages support Obama camp's view of the race  —  This presidential race remains a national dead heat, and Mitt Romney could still very well become our next president.  But right at this moment, it needs to be reiterated that the state polling averages support the Obama campaign's view …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
David Axelrod On 2012 Campaign: Trajectory Of Race Is Set
Mugsy / Crooks and Liars:
OMG!  Birther Morons Tout Hilariously Faked Video of Obama Birth as Real  —  Okay, so there this video going viral on the Right purporting to be actual footage of Barack Obama's birth taking place in a hospital in Kenya.  —  I kid you not.  —  The footage is supposedly a VHS transfer …
Paul Krugman:
Fortune Favors the Brave  —  For a few days there the Romney campaign was boasting a lot about having Big Mo — and the press corps actually fell for it, briefly.  At this point, however, the reality seems to be sinking in: if Romney has Big Mo, it looks like this:
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Colin Powell's Former Chief Of Staff: ‘My Party Is Full Of Racists’  —  Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, the former Chief of Staff to General Colin Powell, appeared on The Ed Show Friday night, where he responded to Romney surrogate John Sununu's recent remark that Powell's endorsement of the President may be based on race.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Fix
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Todd Akin draws closer to Claire McCaskill in Missouri Senate poll  —  • By Kevin McDermott 314-340-8268  —  ST. LOUIS  • Congressman Todd Akin has dramatically narrowed the lead of Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri's nationally watched Senate race, according to a new poll.
Poll: Akin, McCaskill locked in statistical dead heat
Discussion: Ballot Box and The Daily Caller
Alexander Burns / Politico:   Akin unveils harshest attack ad yet
Associated Press:
AP poll: Majority harbor prejudice against blacks  —  Associated Press/Pablo Martinez Monsivais - FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks to supporters at a campaign event at Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport, in Cleveland Ohio. ...more
New York Times:
Barack Obama for Re-Election  —  The economy is slowly recovering from the 2008 meltdown, and the country could suffer another recession if the wrong policies take hold.  The United States is embroiled in unstable regions that could easily explode into full-blown disaster.
Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Obama's birth certificate quip  —  (CNN) - It's back: President Barack Obama's birth certificate.  —  But instead of Donald Trump - a famous “birther” who posted online this week a video asking Obama to go public with his college records and passport - it was Obama himself raising the issue.
Discussion: Politico
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Romney visits Florida as early voting gets underway
Discussion: Politico
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Rubio: Obama's Ideas Are “The Ideas Of Countries People Come Here To Get Away From”  —  His family left Cuba.  The Florida Senator was introducing Romney in Florida on Saturday.  —  Source:  —  UPDATE: On Mitt Romney's campaign plane shortly after the rally, Rubio was asked what he meant by the comments.
Sara Marie Brenner / Human Events:
IS VOTER FRAUD BEING COMMITTED IN OHIO?  —  RESIZE:  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — In Ohio, a person can register to vote up to 30 days before the election, with absentee voting starting 35 days before the election.  The 5 day overlap is referred to as the “golden week” — the days during which someone …
Cynthia McFadden / ABCNEWS:
Miss. Grand Wizard Heralds Rise of New KKK, Calls for Segregation  —  In a forest grove not far from the nation's capital, several dozen men and women gather.  As the light fades, they enact a ritual over a century old but as fresh and searing as the flame they ignite.  —  A cross, on fire.
Church sign defaced with anti-Romney message  —  HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WANE) - A viewer used Report !t to send our sister station WANE pictures of the sign in front of the South Broadway Church of Christ in Huntington on Friday.  —  One side of the sign read “Christ voted Democrat” and the other read “Romney hates women”.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Scared Monkeys
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Matt Stoller / Salon:
The progressive case against Obama
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Geraldo Battles Fox & Friends Hosts: ‘Stop This Politicizing’ Of Libya
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Alan Carter / CBS Los Angeles:
Vandal Keys ‘Obama’ Into 2 Cars In Alta Loma
Discussion: Instapundit and Weasel Zippers
Los Angeles Times:
Romney spends big on firms tied to aides
Discussion: The Agonist and Seeing the Forest
Obama Gets Storm Update Before Campaigning in NH
Discussion: Politico and Reuters
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Still fighting the same old culture war
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Thomas Fitzgerald /
Poll: Obama still ahead in Pa., but Romney up
Discussion: Hotline On Call and The Greenroom
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Benghazi bungle requires act of urgent political hygiene
Discussion: Power Line, UrbanGrounds and Nice Deb