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Democrats Attempt to Capitalize on Mourdock

By buying ad time.
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Republican Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock’s comment implying God intended women to get pregnant from rape is dominating the election discussion, much to Republican chagrin. Democrats have already spent $1.1 million on an ad in Indiana that attempts to implicate Romney, who says he disagrees with the comment, but will continue to support Mourdock for Senate.

Obama Casts Early Ballot

Says he won’t reveal whom he voted for.
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When times are tough, it’s good to know you can always count on yourself for support. The president took a moment out from his busy touring schedule Thursday to cast an early vote in the 2012 election. “I can’t tell you who I’m voting for,” he told a crowd in Tampa.

John McCain Slams Colin Powell

Shocked by his second Obama endorsement.

Colin Powell has endorsed President Obama for second term and John McCain, for one, is pissed. Almost as pissed as he was the first time the former secretary of state endorsed Obama over McCain—a fellow Republican—in 2008. "General Powell, you disappoint us and you have harmed your legacy even further by defending what is clearly the most feckless foreign policy in my lifetime," McCain, a longtime Romney supporter, said on the Kilmeade and Friends radio show Thursday.

Washington Post Backs Obama

Endorses the Pres. for another term.
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The Washington Post is standing by its man. In an editorial published on Thursday, the paper endorsed President Obama for a second term, arguing that the achievements of his first term outweigh “the disappointments.” And they certainly don’t go easy on Mitt Romney.

Obama Sweeps Early Ohio Vote

Holds a 2-1 lead in ballots already cast.

Vote early, vote often, right? President Obama leads by 5 points in the pivotal battleground state of Ohio, according to a Time poll released Thursday. The poll counts Buckeye State residents who say they will vote on Nov. 6 and those who plan on voting early, finding that Obama has a 49 percent to 44 percent lead, with a margin of error of 3 points.

Obama Hints Mitt's a ‘Bulls—ter'

In “Rolling Stone” interview.
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In an interview to be published in Rolling Stone this month, President Obama doesn't censor himself in assessing his opponent. When the magazine's executive editor tells Obama that his six-year-old daughter is rooting for the president, Obama grins and responds,“You know, kids have good instincts.

Detroit News Begrudgingly Backs Romney

Despite 'wrongheadedness' on auto bailout.

The editors of the Detroit News gave Mitt Romney somewhat of a backhanded endorsement Thursday, putting their faith in the Republican presidential nominee's' 5-point economic plan "despite his wrong-headedness on the auto bailout.

Obama on Leno: 'Rape Is Rape'

Says there will be "candy for everyone" on Halloween.
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President Obama joked to Jay Leno on Wednesday night that there would be “candy for everyone” at the White House this Halloween, despite Michelle giving out fruit last year. On a more serious note, Obama criticized Richard Mourdock’s comments about rape, saying “rape is rape” and that “this is exactly why you don’t want a bunch of politicians, mostly male, making decisions about women’s health-care decisions.

Mourdock: Dems ‘Twisted’ My Words

While McCain says Indiana Republican has to apologize.
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Guess Richard Mourdock has learned one lesson from Todd Akin: don’t back down. The Indiana Republican Senate candidate insisted Wednesday that he would not apologize for his controversial comments that pregnancy from rape can sometimes be “something God intended to happen.

Braver Than Obama & Mitt

Officer Arthur Lopez, who was killed with an illegal weapon, helped provide security at the second debate between Obama and Romney, both of whom avoid talking about gun control. The slain cop showed more courage than either presidential candidate, says Michael Daly.
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As a member of the Nassau County Police Department’s Emergency Service Unit, Officer Arthur Lopez was among those who provided security for the second debate between President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney.A 29-year-old cop known to shovel snow from his elderly neighbor’s walk and welcome new neighbors with apple pie, Lopez had been decorated twice for saving lives.

Inside Romney’s Ground Game

Romney’s political director says his team is more focused on getting people less inclined to vote to send in absentee ballots or go to the polls—and is successfully cutting the president’s lead among early voters.
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Rich Beeson, political director of the Romney campaign, is not moved by reports of a huge “ground game” advantage on the part of the Obama campaign. “The only metric anyone has seen is the number of offices and the number of staff on the ground,” Beeson said.

Romney’s Surge

The election is a dead heat, but Mitt has the momentum, say Douglas E. Schoen and Jessica Tarlov.
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With just two weeks to go until Election Day, the popular vote is, as everyone knows, effectively a dead heat. The Real Clear Politics average has Romney enjoying a 0.9-point advantage. And while the latest Rasmussen numbers give Romney a 4-point edge and he is ahead 5 in Gallup, there are other polls that have Obama leading.

Obama’s Risky Gamble

The Obama campaign appears to be banking on making up its loss of white voters by drawing more Hispanics, but betting something as big as reelection on increased diversity could backfire, says John Avlon.
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Demographics are destiny, but Team Obama may be taking that a bit too literally.Play-to-the-base campaigns are particularly risky for Democrats given that only 21 percent of Americans identify as liberal, but the Obama campaign has staked its reelection on an even more elusive target—the evolution of the American electorate.

Obama Riffs on Leno

The president pressed on with his broadcast barnstorm, telling ‘The Tonight Show’ audience his stances on the economy, the war in Afghanistan, the economy, and rape—and confessing he’s not good helping Malia with math.
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It’s late night in America, so President Obama must be appearing on another television talk show. Actually it could be any time of day. As Jay Leno joked in his monologue about Obama’s appearance on Wednesday’s installment of  The Tonight Show: “It’s a real treat.

The Clown Campaign

Ann Coulter calls Obama a ‘retard.’ Then there’s Gloria Allred, TMZ, and a divorce. They and others are turning the race into a circus. Howard Kurtz on the nuttiness factor.
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It’s the last two weeks of a presidential campaign: a time for suspense, for intrigue, for plot twists and…well, a whole lot of silliness.We’re not just talking horses and bayonets here.Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Donald Trump is back.

Stewart: Florida Does It Again!

On 'The Daily Show's first post-election episode, Jon Stewart questioned the Sunshine State's relevance. Sorry, Florida, we elected a president without you.

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