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9:55 AM ET, November 2, 2012


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Wall Street Journal:
CIA Takes Heat for Role in Libya  —  When the bodies of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya, arrived at Andrews Air Force Base after the Sept. 11 attack, they were greeted by the president, the vice president and the secretaries of state and defense.
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Sources: Key task force not convened during Benghazi consulate attack  —  CBS News has learned that during the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, the Obama Administration did not convene its top interagency counterterrorism resource: the Counterterrorism Security Group, (CSG).
Martha Raddatz / ABCNEWS:
New Detailed Account of Benghazi Attack Notes CIA's Quick Response
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
C.I.A. Played Major Role Fighting Militants in Libya Attack
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Michael R. Bloomberg / Bloomberg:
A Vote for a President to Lead on Climate Change  —  The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast — in lost lives, lost homes and lost business — brought the stakes of Tuesday's presidential election into sharp relief.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The choice  —  “Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not.”  That was Barack Obama in 2008.  And he was right.  Reagan was an ideological inflection point, ending a 50-year liberal ascendancy and beginning a 30-year conservative ascendancy.
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Employment Situation Summary  —  Transmission of material in this release is embargoed USDL-12-2164 until 8:30 a.m. (EDT) Friday, November 2, 2012  —  Technical information:  —  Household data: (202) 691-6378 * *
Jason Lange / Reuters:
Payrolls rise sharply, giving Obama some relief  —  (Reuters) - Employers stepped up hiring in October and the jobless rate ticked higher as more workers restarted job hunts, a hopeful sign for a lackluster economy that has been a drag on President Barack Obama's reelection chances.
Barack Obama / CNN:
President Barack Obama: My vision for America  —  Editor's note: Barack Obama is president of the United States.  —  (CNN) — For the past few days, all of us have been properly focused on one of the worst storms of our lifetimes.  We mourn those who were lost.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, ABCNEWS and Poynter
Mitt Romney / CNN:   My vision for America  —  TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 31 …
New York Post:
This is no way to get us up & running  —  Generators should give power to people — not marathon  —  As hundreds of thousands of Big Apple residents suffer in homes left without power by Hurricane Sandy, two massive generators are being run 24/7 in Central Park — to juice a media tent for Sunday's New York City Marathon.
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
White House race tight in 4 key states; Obama up in Virginia: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. presidential race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is very close in four of the critical battleground states expected to decide next week's election, but Obama has built a small lead in Virginia …
Discussion: Ballot Box and News Desk
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Under Attack, Nate Silver Picks the Wrong Defense  —  “Anybody that thinks that this race is anything but a tossup right now is such an ideologue, they should be kept away from typewriters, computers, laptops and microphones for the next 10 days, because they're jokes.”
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
In Shift, Romney Campaign Approaches Pennsylvania With a New Urgency  —  PHILADELPHIA — First there was quiet.  Then came the “super PACs.”  Now the candidate is on his way.  —  In a striking last-minute shift, the Romney campaign has decided to invest its most precious resource …
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Caucus
Eline Gordts / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney's Italy Comments Spark Anger … FOLLOW:  —  Italy, Video, Mitt Romney Italy, Mitt Romney Italy Comments, Mitt Romney Italy Economy, Romney Europe Economy, Romney Italy, Romney Italy Comments, Romney Italy Economy, Romney Spain, World News  —  After riling Londoners over the summer …
Discussion: Guardian and AMERICAblog
WINNING THE MEDIA CAMPAIGN 2012  —  BOTH CANDIDATES RECEIVED MORE NEGATIVE THAN POSITIVE COVERAGE IN MAINSTREAM NEWS, BUT SOCIAL MEDIA WAS EVEN HARSHER  —  From the conventions to the eve of the final presidential debate, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have both received more negative …
Kristen A. Lee / NY Daily News:
Trump takes $5M offer to President Obama off the table after deadline expires  —  The Donald promised to pay the money to a charity of the President's choosing in exchange for him releasing his college records and other paperwork.  Obama steered clear of accepting Trump's proposal.
Detroit Free Press:
Chrysler exec tweets that Donald Trump is ‘full of (expletive)’ over Jeep accusation
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
The Campaign Is Over, But The Election Isn't  —  The storm, the jobs numbers, and the last decisions.  —  Supporters of U.S. President Barack Obama wait in the stands at a campaign rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, November 1, 2012.  —  Image by Jason Reed / Reuters
Discussion: Marbury
Sarah Parnass / ABCNEWS:
Errant Email to Newt Gingrich Supporters Says ‘Obama Is Going to Win’  —  An email message mistakenly sent to Newt Gingrich's list serve this morning told subscribers that President Obama would no doubt win in 2012 and that they should be more worried about Obama's winning in 2016.
Carrie Budoff Brown / Politico:
Liberals fear grand bargain betrayal if Obama wins  —  Labor unions and liberal interest groups are going all-out for President Barack Obama's reelection — but they're just as ready to turn that firepower back on him if he betrays them with a grand bargain.
Discussion: New York Times
Matthew Vadum / Front Page Magazine:
Benghazi Investigator Slams America and ‘Islamophobes’  —  America is a seething hotbed of “Islamophobia,” filled with ignorant racist rubes who irrationally fear the benign Muslim religion, according to the Obama administration's lead investigator into the Benghazi atrocities.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Dean Baker / Salon:
Get ready for the phony debt fight
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Donnelly takes big lead over Mourdock
Discussion: CNN
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Matt Romney Goes to Russia for Business
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Agonist
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Lessons from Experience in Sex and Politics
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Donald Rumsfeld, Mark Steyn and Jake Tapper on Benghazi
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Joey Bunch / Denver Post:
Obama canvasser charged with groping Loveland woman's breasts
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
Secret Service agent commits suicide amid affair probe
Sasha Issenberg / Slate:
Our Next Long National Nightmare: A North Dakota Recount
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and Politico
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Withdrawal of a Congressional Research Report on Tax Rates Raises Questions