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11:30 AM ET, September 26, 2012


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New York Times:
Polls Show Obama Is Widening His Lead in Ohio and Florida  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — For weeks, Republicans in Ohio have been watching with worry that the state's vital 18 electoral votes were trending away from Mitt Romney.  The anxiety has been similar in Florida, where Republicans are concerned …
Quinnipiac University:
Obama Has Big Leads In Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times Swing State Poll Finds  —  Watch Video: Assistant Director Tim Malloy discusses poll results  —  Clip Information and Download:  —  FLV File - For Website (1920x1080 / 61.7MB)
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 25: Romney's Narrow Path Without Ohio  —  With President Obama consistently holding a lead in polls of Ohio, Mitt Romney may need to devise a strategy to win the Electoral College without it.  —  Mr. Romney has a few plans by which he might do so, but they are narrowly drawn …
Florida Times Union:
President Obama holds slight lead over Mitt Romney in Times-Union Florida poll
Discussion: Battleground Watch
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 24: Deep Red Polling Mystery
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Raw Story
Roger Simon / Politico:
Paul Ryan vs. The Stench  —  Paul Ryan has gone rogue.  He is unleashed, unchained, off the hook.  —  “I hate to say this, but if Ryan wants to run for national office again, he'll probably have to wash the stench of Romney off of him,” Craig Robinson, a former political director …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Report: Paul Ryan Goes Rogue and Refers to “Stench” Romney  —  Are we now witnessing the second Vice President on a Republican ticket in four years “go rogue”?  Is Paul Ryan fed up with what some see as his Romneyization by the Romney camp?  Is he following 2008 Vice Presidential nominee's advice to “go rogue”?
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, Paul Krugman and Slate
Roger Simon / Politico:
Paul Ryan vs. The Stench
Gregory J. Krieg / ABCNEWS:
Romney: Obama ‘Did Not’ Raise Taxes
Discussion: The Daily Beast and The Raw Story
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
WE KNEW IT WAS AL QAEDA  —  Sources say intelligence agencies knew within a day that al Qaeda affiliates were behind the attacks in Benghazi, Libya—they even knew where one of the attackers lived.  Eli Lake reports.  —  Within 24 hours of the 9-11 anniversary attack on the United States consulate …
Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Love Claims The Lead  —  Well, this is an interesting turn of events.  —  Mia Love's campaign released internal polling numbers that show the race for Utah's 4th District seat have taken a dramatic swing, giving her a big lead over Democrat Jim Matheson.  —  Love's polling firm …
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Are the Polls Tilted Toward Obama?  —  Republicans, by and large, are frustrated with recent polls of the presidential election because they think Democrats are being oversampled.  Many pollsters respond by saying that “weighing” the polls for partisan identification creates …
Jon Cohen / The Fix:
Most are negative about Mitt Romney's “47 percent” comments  —  A majority of Americans have unfavorable views of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's comments — caught on film at a fundraiser — regarding the “47 percent” of people who don't pay federal income taxes and simply would not vote for him …
What we learned from our interview with Mitt Romney
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
Associated Press:
Romney, Obama Descend on Battleground Ohio
Discussion: CNN
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Investor's Business Daily:
Democrat Senate Hopeful Warren Exposed As Complete Fraud  —  Politics: Democrat Elizabeth Warren has framed her race in Massachusetts against Sen. Scott Brown around integrity and intellect, as if she's a cut above other pols.  In fact, she's beneath even the sleaziest.
Eric Posner / Slate:
The World Doesn't Love the First Amendment  —  The vile anti-Muslim video shows that the U.S. overvalues free speech.  —  The universal response in the United States to the uproar over the anti-Muslim video is that the Muslim world will just have to get used to freedom of expression.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Obama's claim that ‘90 percent’ of the current deficit is due to Bush policies  —  “Over the last four years, the deficit has gone up, but 90 percent of that is as a consequence of two wars that weren't paid for, as a consequence of tax cuts that weren't paid for, a prescription drug plan …
Discussion: Hot Air and First Read
New York Post:
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Woman defaces ‘anti-jihad’ ad in Times Square station  —  Cops busted a lone protester — angry with subway ads equating enemies of Israel as “savages” — as she spray-painted over one of the controversial signs today.  —  A Post camera crew captured the bizarre conflict …
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Bloomberg:
Romney Negativity Muddies Message as Obama Leads in Poll  —  Republican Mitt Romney's negative ratings are preventing him from capitalizing on President Barack Obama's vulnerabilities in the race for the White House, according to a new poll that gives the incumbent a lead heading into the first of three presidential debates.
John Giokaris /
Presidential Polls 2012: Skewed Polling and Biased Media Coverage Give Obama False Advantage Over Romney … Editor's Note:This piece originally appeared at PolicyMic.  —  From its double standard on how the mainstream media has covered both campaigns, to the 2008-Democrat heavy polling models they use …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Eschaton
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Sheila Bair Book Says Obama Foreclosure Prevention Program ‘Cheated Borrowers’ … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Foreclosure Crisis, Video, Bull By The Horns, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, Sheila Bair, Sheila Bair Book, Fdic, Hamp, Home Affordable Modification Program, Obama Foreclosures …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Victoria McGrane / Washington Wire:
Seven Zingers in Sheila Bair's New Book
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
CNN's Acosta to Romney: ‘If You Somehow Beat Obama,’ How Would You 'Assure Blacks You'd Be Their President Also?'  —  CNN's Jim Acosta on Tuesday's Situation Room asked what many will think was a truly offensive question.  —  “If you were to somehow beat the first African-American president …
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Va. GOP orders affiliate to remove offensive Obama photos  —  RICHMOND — Virginia Republican Party officials on Tuesday ordered their Mecklenburg County affiliate to remove photos portraying President Obama as a witch doctor, a caveman and a thug from its Facebook page.
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Test for Obama as Deficit Stays Over $1 Trillion
Discussion: Washington Wire and First Read
Charlie Spiering / Washington Examiner:
Exclusive Video: Obama meeting ACORN in 2007: 'You know that you've got a friend in me'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Christi Parsons / Los Angeles Times:
Obama getting less debate practice than Romney
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Rep. Griffin: Obama running a ‘lockout’ on foreign leaders
Discussion: Political Capital
Leo Traynor / Traynor's Eye:
Meeting A Troll...
Discussion: TechCrunch and Shakesville
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Criticism of Romney's Campaign Grows; Six in 10 Rate His Efforts Negatively
Lee Bergquist / JSOnline:
News and Opinion Blogs
Discussion: First Read and Taylor Marsh
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
The Republican brain drain
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Apple had over a year left on Google Maps contract, Google scrambling to build iOS app
Rivera ran secret campaign, Sternad tells FBI
Discussion: Ballot Box and Riptide 2.0
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
Barack Obama Floating Like A Butterfly: Countdown Day 43
Jim Romenesko:
Yes, I *would* vote for Obama or Romney
Discussion: Gawker, BuzzFeed and Hit & Run
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney Says Obama Did Not Raise Taxes ‘In His First Four Years’
John Paul Stevens / New York Review of Books:
Should We Have a New Constitutional Convention?