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6:35 PM ET, September 27, 2012


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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Brutal new Obama ad features Mitt Romney and the 47 percenters  —  The Obama campaign has not sent this ad to national reporters, but I'm told it will air in the seven key swing states.  It is a brutal shot at Mitt Romney's videotaped remarks about the freeloading 47 percent …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 26: Could 2012 Be Like 2008?  —  There's no point in putting it gently: Mitt Romney had one of his worst polling days of the year on Wednesday.  —  It began with a series of polls from The New York Times, CBS News and Quinnipiac University, released early Wednesday morning …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Mitt Romney to ‘fact check’ Obama in debate  —  Mitt Romney plans to turn himself into a one-man truth squad during the first presidential debate next week, casting President Barack Obama as someone who can't be trusted to stick to the facts or keep his promises.
First on CNN: Romney memo seeks to lower debate expectations  —  Washington (CNN) - If it wasn't already clear that Mitt Romney and his allies are trying to lower expectations heading into next Wednesday's debate against President Obama in Denver, the campaign is now making it official.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Politico
Samuel L. Jackson: ‘Wake the F*** up’ for Obama
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Washington Wire
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Obama's two-minute, direct-to-camera ad
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
From video to terrorist attack: a definitive timeline of administration statements on the Libya attack  —  “We are still doing an investigation.”  —  In any kind of confused overseas event, initial reports are often wrong.  But the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi …
Fox News:
US officials knew Libya attack was terrorism within 24 hours, sources confirm
Katie Pavlich /
Carney: We Didn't Lie About Libya, We Just Had Different Facts At the Time
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Bombshell: Obama Administration Deleted State Dept. Memo From Internet After Discovering Al-Qaeda …
Discussion: Victory Girls Blog
David Corn / Mother Jones:
NEW ROMNEY VIDEO: In 1985, He Said Bain Would “Harvest” Companies for Profits  —  This clip shows the young CEO focusing on businesses as targets for his investors, not as job creators or community stakeholders.  —  Campaigning for the presidency, Mitt Romney has pointed to his stint …
Jesse Drucker / Bloomberg:
Romney ‘I Dig It’ Trust Gives Heirs Triple Benefit  —  In January 1999, a trust set up by Mitt Romney for his children and grandchildren reaped a 1,000 percent return on the sale of shares in Internet advertising firm DoubleClick Inc.  —  If Romney had given the cash directly …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Shock Photos of Netanyahu at U.N. from AP, Reuters  —  Two shocking photos coming off the wire of Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the United Nations moments ago.  —  The first is from the Associated Press:  —  Associated PressAssociated Press  —  The second is from Reuters:  —  ReutersReuters
Bibi And Bomb  —  The Israeli Prime Minister goes viral.  A “red line” on Iran.  —  Zeke Miller  —  a half hour ago  —  8 responses
Fox News:
Netanyahu: ‘Clear red line’ needed to stop Iran's nuclear program
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Theo Spark
Jason Hancock / Midwest Democracy:
Todd Akin says Claire McCaskill is not as ‘ladylike’ as 2006  —  JEFFERSON CITY - More than a month after his comments about “legitimate rape” nearly derailed his campaign for U.S. Senate, Republican Todd Akin said Thursday that it has become clear to him that he will triumph over Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill this fall.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Todd Akin Says McCaskill Is Not ‘Ladylike’
Discussion: Ballot Box
Nicholas Confessore / The Caucus:
Soros Gives $1 Million to Democratic ‘Super PAC’  —  The billionaire George Soros is committing $1 million to Priorities USA Action, the “super PAC” supporting President Obama, two people with knowledge of the decision said Thursday, a significant donation that could help spur further contributions …
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Phoenix Mayor Attempts To Live On A Food Stamp Budget: 'I'm Tired, And It's Hard To Focus'  —  When local activist groups challenged Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton to live on a food stamp budget for a week to mark Hunger Awareness Month, he took them up on the offer and found out just how hard it was.
Washington Post:
Medicare working to boost Obama in swing states, poll finds  —  Voters in three critical swing states broadly oppose the sweeping changes to Medicare proposed by Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and, by big margins, favor President Obama over Mitt Romney on the issue …
New Justice Department Documents Show Huge Increase in Warrantless Electronic Surveillance  —  Justice Department documents released today by the ACLU reveal that federal law enforcement agencies are increasingly monitoring Americans' electronic communications, and doing so without warrants …
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Americans' Preference Shifts Toward One-Party Government  —  Change in preferences driven mostly by Democrats  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — A record-high 38% of Americans prefer that the same party control the presidency and Congress, while a record-low 23% say it would be better if the president …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
David Kirby / Cato @ Liberty:
Poll Shows Romney Winning High Water Mark for Libertarian Vote  —  In a recent article on TheBlaze, Reason's Matt Welch, FreedomWork's Matt Kibbe, and David Boaz, speculated whether Romney can win over libertarians.  As we've shown in previous studies, libertarians represent a key swing vote that decides elections.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Poll: Libertarians Are, In Fact, Voting For Romney
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
CES Preliminary Benchmark Announcement  —  In accordance with usual practice, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is announcing the preliminary estimate of the upcoming annual benchmark revision to the establishment survey employment series.  The final benchmark revision will be issued on February 1 …
Hotline On Call:
The Politics of Beer: Stay Nonpartisan, My Friends  —  Americans who most often drink Dos Equis are in the middle-of-the-road while drinkers of Heineken's flagship brand are strongly Democratic.  Samuel Adams drinkers are strongly Republican, and more likely to vote.
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
GDP collapse puts U.S. economy into recession red zone  —  GDP growth for the second quarter was revised down to 1.25%.  Here is Reuters: … U.S. economic growth is dangerously slow.  I've frequently written about research from the Fed which finds that since 1947, when two-quarter …
NY Daily News:
While Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad soaks up Manhattan high life, his underlings go on shopping spree at discount chains Payless, Costco, Walgreens and Duane Reade  —  Visiting delegation rack up on shampoo, soap and vitamins.  One visitor debated dropping $40 for kids' shoes at Fifth Ave.
Romney's Supporters Reject His Soft Line On Obama  —  A failed golfer-president, not Che Guevera Lite?  Shouts of “No!” in Toledo.  —  Image by Brian Snyder / Reuters  —  TOLEDO, Ohio — Mitt Romney covered a lot of territory Wednesday — rhetorically and geographically …
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Obama's Brutal New ‘47 Percent’ Ad  —  In a new commercial airing heavily in swing states, the entire script is Romney's leaked comments about “entitled,” government-dependent “victims.”  —  CANTON, Ohio — The Obama campaign didn't put out a press release announcing this new TV ad Thursday …
William J. Bennett / CNN:
Why you shouldn't vote for Obama  —  From the campaign trail … (CNN) — It has been said that a democratic republic such as ours is a do-it-yourself enterprise.  People change the course of this country through conversation, debate and, eventually, consensus.
Discussion: National Review
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Michael Isikoff / First Read:
RNC cuts ties with firm over voter registration allegations
Discussion: Naked Politics
Brian Winter / Reuters:
U.S.-led “war on drugs” questioned at U.N.
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Drama! Intrigue! Habeas! On October 1, the Supreme Court Returns
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Stephen Lacey / ThinkProgress:
U.S. Oil Production Is At Highest Level Since 1997; Yet Gas Prices Remain ‘Stubbornly High’
Discussion: Bloomberg
Sorourke /
Ann Coulter Causes Mass Hysteria on ‘The View,’ Whoopi Bleeped...
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
In Changing News Landscape, Even Television is Vulnerable
Matt Flegenheimer / City Room:
M.T.A. Chief Challenges Board Member to ‘Be a Man’
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Rasmussen Reports:
43% Expect Better Economy if Romney Wins; 34% Say Same of Obama
Discussion: Power Line and Rush Limbaugh
 Earlier Items: 
Dr. Miriam Adelson / The Daily Caller:
The ugly attacks on my family highlight media double standard
Discussion: Politico and
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Charlie Crist fundraising against Allen West
Discussion: Politico
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
Red states' income growing faster than blue states'
Discussion: and Hit & Run
Associated Press:
Poll: Sharp jump in Illinois support for gay marriage
Discussion: Advocate and Towleroad News #gay
Michiko Kakutani / New York Times:
Book Review: ‘The Casual Vacancy’ by J. K. Rowling
Michael Putney / WPLG-TV:
Justin Lamar Sternad's wife douses Michael Putney
Discussion: Riptide 2.0