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1:05 PM ET, October 28, 2012


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Obama slips, still has lead  —  Poll finds Romney support growing among males while the President commands a large section of central and northern Ohio.  —  ZOOM  —  The Ohio Newspaper Poll  —  The telephone poll - which used both land lines and cell phones - of 1,015 likely voters across Ohio …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Oct. 26: State Poll Averages Usually Call Election Right  —  The FiveThirtyEight forecast model has found the past several days of battleground state polling to be reasonably strong for Barack Obama, with his chances of winning the Electoral College increasing as a result.
Rich Heldenfels / Akron Beacon Journal:
Presidential race tied in Ohio newspaper poll  —  Dead heat.  This close.  And with almost no voters saying they're undecided.  —  That's how things look in the presidential race, according to the most recent Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio Newspaper Organization poll.  —  President Barack Obama, 49 percent.
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minnesota Poll: Obama leading, but Romney sees gains  —  The president's 3-point lead in state is within poll's margin of error.  —  As the presidential race tightens across the country, a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll has found that it is narrowing here as well, with President Obama holding …
Discussion: National Review, The Fix and Hot Air
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Minnesota, Now In Play  —  Over the last couple of weeks we have toyed with the idea that Minnesota could be competitive in this year's presidential election.  While certain data have been tantalizing, on balance we have concluded that it just isn't in the cards.
Joshua Davidovich / The Times of Israel:
Obama offered to reestablish full ties with Iran, Israeli paper reports  —  Israel was told about and opposed president's diplomatic incentives package, initiated soon after he took office, and Iran rebuffed it, according to Maariv  —  Soon after he took office, President Barack Obama began …
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
McCain: White House Libya response either a ‘cover-up’ or ‘incompetence’  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday questioned whether the Obama administration was engaged in a Watergate-esque “cover-up” of its handling of the September attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.
Discussion: Politico
Olivier Knox / Associated Press:
Obama did not deny requests for help in Benghazi: Aide
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Why I Am Pro-Life  —  HARD-LINE conservatives have gone to new extremes lately in opposing abortion.  Last week, Richard Mourdock, the Tea Party-backed Republican Senate candidate in Indiana, declared during a debate that he was against abortion even in the event of rape because after much thought he …
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
Third Party Nihilism: The Arguments Can Always Get Worse!  —  To its credit, the occasional inexplicable book-plugging interview aside Salon no longer promotes Camille Paglia.  Alas, it is now fairly regularly publishing Matt Stoller, who is sort of Paglia but 1)with fewer references to Madonna …
Matt Stoller / Salon:
The progressive case against Obama
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.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Romney lands key endorsement in crucial swing state - Iowa  —  (CNN) - The Des Moines Register, Iowa's largest newspaper, endorsed Mitt Romney for president Saturday, reversing its 2008 support for President Barack Obama and marking the first time the paper has endorsed a Republican in 40 years.
Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Obama's birth certificate quip
Discussion: Politico
Bernie Becker / Ballot Box:
Gov. Kasich downplays role of auto bailout in Ohio's recovery  —  Gov. John Kasich of Ohio on Sunday downplayed the role of the auto bailout in his state's economic recovery.  —  Kasich, a Republican and supporter of Mitt Romney, said that the rescue of auto companies accounted for just 400 …
Discussion: Politico and The New Republic
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
RNC chief Priebus: Voters are ‘not talking’ about Mourdock remark
Discussion: CNN
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
VA chief in Las Vegas questioned in Berkley ethics probe
Washington Post:
House elections spell a Republican story and victory
David Weigel / Slate:
The Fraud That Failed  —  How the GOP's voter suppression laws …
Discussion: Daily Download
Josh Jordan / National Review:
The Two Polls That Have Chicago Terrified
Discussion: The Daily Dish and GayPatriot
 Earlier Items: 
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Losing from Behind  —  On September 11, 2012, Rasmussen Reports …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Republican upset brewing in RI-01 (Patrick Kennedy's former seat)
Discussion: Roll Call and Blogs