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President brings his
A-game, still fails
New York Daily News, by Derek Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 10/17/2012 2:16:17 PM     Post Reply
Last night’s debate was another huge victory for Mitt Romney. Not because he landed any knock-out blows but because President Obama failed to land any solid punches. When a candidate has momentum and he doesn’t lose, then he wins. The President was more energetic than he was in the first debate, but he was still forced to deal with the reality of his failed record. (Snip) That set the tone for the night – Romney laying out a vision for the next four years and the President’s reminding voters of his failures of the past four.

Not a Game Changer
Weekly Standard, by Fred Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 10/17/2012 2:15:09 PM     Post Reply
Too bad for President Obama that he saved his aggressive performance for his second debate with Mitt Romney. If he had done as well in the first debate, the presidential race might look different today.But it doesn’t. That Obama was stronger last night doesn’t mitigate the dire effects of the first nationally televised clash with Romney on Oct. 3. It’s the first debate that matters most. It usually has the biggest audience. It sets the stage for the subsequent debates and indeed for the rest of the campaign.

Michelle Obama: 'On Nov. 7
We're Going to Party Hard'
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 10/17/2012 2:13:49 PM     Post Reply
At a fundraiser today in New York, First Lady Michelle Obama expressed confidence in her husband's chances for reelection. "On Nov. 7 we're going to party hard," she said. Election Day this year is November 6. From the pool report: "After hearing my husband talk about his values and his vision at the debate last night, I'm pretty fired up," she said. "Let me tell I am so glad last night was such an awesome, awesome event," she said.



Obama touts fair pay for women,
despite records showing women
paid less in his own White House
Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 10/17/2012 2:12:40 PM     Post Reply
At Tuesday’s Hofstra University presidential debate, President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney duked it out over pay equity for women, just as they have fought over female votes in the national polls. While Obama made the empathetic case for his single mother and his belief in equal pay — pointing out that the first bill he signed as president was the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — he did not address reports this year that demonstrated that his own White House pays women less than men.
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Can Romney Expand the Map?
Real Clear Politics, by Dick Morris    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 10/17/2012 2:08:56 PM     Post Reply
Originally, the Romney and Obama campaigns chose the swing states on which they should focus by comparing election results from previous years and figuring out which were most likely or least likely to vote for each candidate. The result was a consensus that North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Ohio, New Hampshire, Nevada and Colorado were the most likely to swing one way or the other. As a result of this analysis, the two campaigns have dumped an unbelievable amount of money into advertising in these “battleground” states and have largely ignored the rest of the country.

Interrupted by the moderator, denied
time to respond: the debate was hard
on Mitt. But he was right about Libya
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 10/17/2012 2:08:08 PM     Post Reply
The post-debate narrative is kinder to Romney than I expected. I agree with Jonah Goldberg that the Prez won on points, but he's still no Bill Clinton (Janet Daley’s right--he was aggressive where he should have been empathetic). Moreover, some polls show that Romney still enjoys a healthy lead among viewers when it comes to trust on the economic issues. And there’s a growing sense that the debate wasn’t entirely fair. Consider the questions. Many were on subjects that came from a very liberal perspective--we need gender balance in the workplace, assault weapons kill, illegal immigrants deserve
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Federal jobs filled
despite hiring freeze
Washington Times, by Jim McElhatton    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 10/17/2012 2:02:56 PM     Post Reply
The General Services Administration is advertising to fill more than a dozen jobs and has approved hiring more than 40 employees since July, when the agency’s top official announced a “targeted hiring freeze” in the wake of ongoing spending scandals. The agency disclosed the recent hires after The Washington Times raised questions this week about an online, internal chat in which a GSA official noted that there was “no hard hiring freeze” and the agency continued filling critical positions. Indeed, more than a dozen GSA jobs were posted on a federal government hiring website as of Tuesday.



Chinese residents take
to streets after
man reported killed
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 10/17/2012 1:56:11 PM     Post Reply
BEIJING - Thousands of protesters took to the streets in the city of Luzhou in southwestern China on Wednesday, after reports a truck driver was beaten to death by policemen, residents said. Pictures and video on China's popular microblogging site Sina Weibo showed an apparently dead man sprawled out on the ground next to a truck as police held back onlookers.(snip)China's Communist Party has been trying to keep a lid on protests ahead of a meeting in Beijing next month which will usher in a new generation of leaders.

U.S. violent crime up
for first time in years
CNN, by Terry Frieden    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 10/17/2012 1:55:12 PM     Post Reply
The rate of U.S. violent crime went up last year for the first time in nearly two decades due to a jump in assaults, the Justice Department said on Wednesday. Data collected by the Bureau of Justice Statistics in telephone surveys showed a 22 percent increase in assaults, pushing up the overall rate for violent crime for the first time since 1993. Crime rates have been declining steadily over the period and last year's increase compares with a record low figure for 2010. Statistics showed that the rate of assault victims increased from 19.3 per 1,000

Election 2012 Likely Voters
Trial Heat: Obama vs. Romney
Gallup, by Gallup    Original Article
Posted By: phillyred- 10/17/2012 1:38:03 PM     Post Reply
All registered voters are asked: "Suppose the presidential election were held today, and it included Barack Obama and Joe Biden as the Democratic Party's candidates and Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as the Republican Party's candidates. Who would you vote for [ROTATED: Barack Obama and Joe Biden, the Democrats (or) Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, the Republicans]?" Those who are undecided are further asked if they lean more toward Obama and Biden or Romney and Ryan and their leanings are incorporated into the results.
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Presidential debate: Libya
questioner says Obama
didn’t answer
Washington Post, by Erik Wemple    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/17/2012 1:19:52 PM     Post Reply
Kerry Ladka stood before President Obama at last night’s town hall-style debate and asked the question that would touch off an onstage verbal brawl and, later, an intense national discussion. Here’s how it went: Q: It’s Kerry, Kerry Ladka. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Great to see you here. Q: This question actually comes from a brain trust of my friends at Global Telecom Supply in Mineola yesterday. We were sitting around talking about Libya, and we were reading and became aware of reports that the State Department refused extra security for our embassy in Benghazi, Libya, prior to the attacks



The Race: Both sides get
help from musical friends
Associated Press, by Tom Raum    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/17/2012 1:06:04 PM     Post Reply
Only one campaign debate is left, just 20 days remain and the two presidential tickets are furiously fighting down to what could be a photo finish. It's time to bring in the closers and amp up the patriotic music. President Barack Obama's campaign is enlisting rocker Bruce Springsteen, 62, whose 1984 song "Born in the U.S.A." is one of his best-known and most frequently performed singles. Springsteen will make a joint appearance with former President Bill Clinton on Thursday at a Democratic rally - minus Obama - in Parma, Ohio.(Snip) Mitt Romney's GOP campaign is bringing back veteran

Moderator Candy Crowley talks
about debate on 'The View'
Entertainment Weekly, by Erin Strecker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/17/2012 12:57:32 PM     Post Reply
After handling Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama last night, the five ladies of The View were easy for CNN’s Candy Crowley. Crowley stopped by the show this morning to discuss the debate. Right away, Barbara Walters asked her about one of the discussion’s buzziest moments, when Mitt Romney was making a point about when the administration labeled the Libya attacks terror attacks, and Obama said it was the day after. Romney disputed this, and Crowley jumped in to agree with the President – you can watch the whole exchange here. Today, Crowley said she understood some people

Oil and gas leases, acres, and
permits all down under Obama
Washington Examiner, by Conn Carroll    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/17/2012 12:52:00 PM     Post Reply
During Tuesday night’s presidential debate, President Obama claimed, “Very little of what Governor Romney just said is true. We’ve opened up public lands. We’re actually drilling more on public lands than in the previous administration and the previous president was an oil man.” But here are the facts, according to the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land management. In 2008 under President Bush, there were a total of 55,085 oil and gas leases in effect on federal land. In 2011 under Obama, there were just 49,174, a decrease of 11 percent. In 2008 under Bush, there were

Ken Blackwell: Tea Party
‘Obamaphone’ ad is not racist
Washington Examiner (D.C.), by Kelsey Osterman    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 10/17/2012 12:50:53 PM     Post Reply
Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell said the accusations leveled against The Tea Party Victory Fund's new "Obamaphone" ad are "pretty sophomoric." Think Progress, The Nation and other publications have criticized the ad as being racist, but Blackwell, who heads the Tea Party group that ran the ad, told the Examiner in a phone interview that this assertion is "ridiculous on its face." "The ad draws a bright line of division between two sharply different views of the world," the former mayor of Cincinnati said. "...This ad, taken in its totality, attacks the President's policies, practices and worldview



Illiberal Liberals
Creators Syndicate, Inc., by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/17/2012 12:43:26 PM     Post Reply
Not since the days of slavery have there been so many people who feel entitled to what other people have produced as there are in the modern welfare state, whether in Western Europe or on this side of the Atlantic. Economist Edward Lazear has cut through all of Barack Obama’s claims about “creating jobs” with one plain and inescapable fact — “there hasn’t been one day during the entire Obama presidency when as many Americans were working as on the day President Bush left office.” Whatever number of jobs were created during the Obama administration, more have

Bulldozer from Eastern Iowa company
sends heavy-duty message to Obama
The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), by James Q. Lynch    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 10/17/2012 12:41:36 PM     Post Reply
Dick Steines’ employer and co-workers sent him to President Obama’s rally in Mount Vernon to deliver a message: They did build it. Steines delivered it in the form of a red, white and blue bulldozer with “Romney-Ryan 2012” painted across the blade. Mount Vernon was just the first stop for the heavy-duty message. Steines said he will be on the road for the Romney-Ryan campaign for the next three weeks displaying the bulldozer at “strategic locations.” The bulldozer from J.J. Scheckel Heavy Equipment Corporation in Bellevue quickly became the center of attention at a pro-Romney rally at Memorial Park in Mount Vernon
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1 killed, 6 wounded in overnight
shootings across Chicago
Chicago Tribune, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/17/2012 12:28:36 PM     Post Reply
A man was fatally shot as he parked his car in his garage in the Bridgeport neighborhood this morning and at least six people were wounded in overnight shootings across Chicago, police said. The man was declared dead at 3:50 a.m. at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital at 3:50 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. The man, believed to be 55 years old. was shot in the lower back at about 12:40 a.m. in an alley in the 3000 block of South Haynes Court, said Officer Hector Alfaro, a police spokesman, citing early reports.

Police: We don’t expect
election day riots
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Alexander Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/17/2012 12:21:04 PM     Post Reply
Police departments around the nation are not anticipating civil unrest on Election Day despite arguments between liberals and conservatives over whether President Obama’s defeat could spark riots. In 2008, police departments in Oakland, Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia revealed they were taking special precautions in case public reaction to the election spiraled out of control. Tensions were running high four years ago after the disputed results of the 2000 presidential election and long lines at polling places in poor urban areas in 2004. James Carville said a month before Obama’s historic victory in 2008 that

Clapping seal Michelle
disgraces ‘Presidential’ Debate
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 10/17/2012 12:08:15 PM     Post Reply
When Barack Obama lies, only his wife claps. The ‘undecideds’ in Candy’s audience wouldn’t do it, but ‘liddle’ Barry’s wife came through. If last night’s presidential debate proved anything, it is that there’s nothing remotely presidential about presidential debates other than the street theatre it provides for the current crop of unprofessional media rogues. “At the second presidential debate on Tuesday night, a camera caught first lady Michelle Obama clapping after moderator Candy Crowley told Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney that President Obama called the Benghazi attack an “act of terror” soon after the attack on the U.S. consulate.”


FLOTUS: 'Barack
doesn't have a big ego'
Politico, by Jennifer Epstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/17/2012 12:03:54 PM     Post Reply
It may seem like President Obama has a big ego, but the first lady says that isn't the case. (Snip) "You know, Barack doesn't have a big ego," Michelle Obama said in an excerpt from an interview with CNN that aired Tuesday. "You see this in, you know, how he leads the country," the first lady said, staying on message in an interview taped weeks ago to air before debate coverage. "I mean, he is very open to other people's opinions. And he's always willing to compromise and he's always, always listening. So that would kind

Reporters Preparing to Cover
Debate By Drinking Free Beer
New York Observer, by Hunter Walker    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/17/2012 11:56:19 AM     Post Reply
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Some of the reporters covering tonight’s presidential debate at Hofstra University in Long Island may be F.W.I.–filing while intoxicated. Anheuser-Busch is apparently a sponsor of tonight’s rhetorical battle and the beer company has set up a “hospitality tent” outside the media filing center where reporters are being treated to free food, brews and souvenir glasses. The beers being served at the debate are apparently Anheuser-Busch’s “small batch” brews. Bartenders inside the tent confirmed they were indeed quite “busy” this evening. Anheuser-Busch, which has apparently been the “official beer” of the the

Jeremy Epstein, First Questioner in
Debate, Says He's No
Longer Undecided
NBC [New York], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 10/17/2012 11:49:27 AM     Post Reply
The Long Island college student who asked President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney the first question in Tuesday night's debate says he is no longer an undecided voter. Jeremy Epstein, a 20-year-old student at Adelphi University, said on MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown" Wednesday that he felt both Obama and Romney were "sincere" and "both gave good answers" when he asked about concerns that he would not be able to get a job when he finishes school.

WH Lists Prisoner Re-Entry
Programs as Budget Priority--
or Black Families Only
Cybercast News Service, by Melanie Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/17/2012 11:45:34 AM     Post Reply
The White House’s fiscal year 2013 budget includes $831 million for Department of Justice prisoner re-entry programs, which are designed to help inmates who have been released from prison find a job and to reduce recidivism rate. Take a look at the Obama White House’s Office of Management and Budget, and you’ll find the program is mentioned under the fact sheet on key issues titled, “An Economy Built to Last and Security for African American Families.” owever, there is no mention of prisoner re-entry programs under any other header – not under the fact sheet on middle class families,

Obama Says "When I Was
President" At Debate
Real Clear Politics, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/17/2012 11:40:41 AM     Post Reply
President Obama spoke of being president in the past tense during last night's second presidential debate with Mitt Romney: "The way we're going to create jobs here is not just changing our tax code, but also to double our exports. And we are on pace to double our exports, one of the commitments I made when I was president. That's creating tens of thousands of jobs all across the country."

White House Insider:
Second Debate: Obama Won –
But Romney Didn’t Lose
Ulsterman Report, by Ulsterman    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 10/17/2012 11:39:45 AM     Post Reply
A brief update from a longtime D.C. political operative shows calm in the storm that is the final weeks of a presidential campaign – and regarding last night’s most recent debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, the sentiment appears to be NO WORRIES. (Snip)Obama won. Just deal with it and move on. I’d call it a toss up until the moderator stopped the governor’s momentum on Benghazi. You already did something on that yourself. That was about as blatant a moment of media bias smack in the middle of a debate that I can recall.

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