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Old 10-23-2012, 10:26 PM   #16
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I want to see Bill Maher's reaction to this.
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Rasmussen poll which is a poll in which only registered voters are surveyed as of today Romney is leading Obama 50% to 46%.



BOCA RATON, Fla. — Mitt Romney crossed a major threshold this week, moving above 50 percent in his favorability rating, according to the Real Clear Politics average of polls — and for the first time in the campaign he leads President Obama on that measure.
Now, with the presidential debates behind him, Mr. Romney has punctured Mr. Obama’s effort to make him unacceptable in the minds of voters, and they enter the final two-week stretch of the campaign having once again turned the election into a referendum on the president.
“The debates — especially the first one — destroyed the Obama crew’s strategy of disqualification,” said Republican pollster Mike McKenna. “Six months of work and $400 million of ad buys went up in smoke in about 10 days. With less than 340 hours to go, they are having real trouble with their footing.”
The debates’ effect can be seen in the favorability ratings. At the end of September, ahead of the debates, Mr. Romney had a 44.5 percent favorable rating. But by Monday, when he and Mr. Obama faced off for the third and final time, the Republican’s rating had leapt to 50.5 percent.


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White House told of militant claim two hours after Libya attack.






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(Reuters) - Officials at the White House and State Department were advised two hours after attackers assaulted the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11 that an Islamic militant group had claimed credit for the attack, official emails show.

The emails, obtained by Reuters from government sources not connected with U.S. spy agencies or the State Department and who requested anonymity, specifically mention that the Libyan group called Ansar al-Sharia had asserted responsibility for the attacks.

The brief emails also show how U.S. diplomats described the attack, even as it was still under way, to Washington.

U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the Benghazi assault, which President Barack Obama and other U.S. officials ultimately acknowledged was a "terrorist" attack carried out by militants with suspected links to al Qaeda affiliates or sympathizers.

Administration spokesmen, including White House spokesman Jay Carney, citing an unclassified assessment prepared by the CIA, maintained for days that the attacks likely were a spontaneous protest against an anti-Muslim film.

While officials did mention the possible involvement of "extremists," they did not lay blame on any specific militant groups or possible links to al Qaeda or its affiliates until intelligence officials publicly alleged that on September 28.

There were indications that extremists with possible al Qaeda connections were involved, but also evidence that the attacks could have erupted spontaneously, they said, adding that government experts wanted to be cautious about pointing fingers prematurely.

U.S. intelligence officials have emphasized since shortly after the attack that early intelligence reporting about the attack was mixed.

Spokesmen for the White House and State Department had no immediate response to requests for comments on the emails.

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The records obtained by Reuters consist of three emails dispatched by the State Department's Operations Center to multiple government offices, including addresses at the White House, Pentagon, intelligence community and FBI, on the afternoon of September 11.

The first email, timed at 4:05 p.m. Washington time - or 10:05 p.m. Benghazi time, 20-30 minutes after the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission allegedly began - carried the subject line "U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack" and the notation "SBU", meaning "Sensitive But Unclassified."

The text said the State Department's regional security office had reported that the diplomatic mission in Benghazi was "under attack. Embassy in Tripoli reports approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well."

The message continued: "Ambassador Stevens, who is currently in Benghazi, and four ... personnel are in the compound safe haven. The 17th of February militia is providing security support."

A second email, headed "Update 1: U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi" and timed 4:54 p.m. Washington time, said that the Embassy in Tripoli had reported that "the firing at the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi had stopped and the compound had been cleared." It said a "response team" was at the site attempting to locate missing personnel.

A third email, also marked SBU and sent at 6:07 p.m. Washington time, carried the subject line: "Update 2: Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack."

The message reported: "Embassy Tripoli reports the group claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on Embassy Tripoli."

While some information identifying recipients of this message was redacted from copies of the messages obtained by Reuters, a government source said that one of the addresses to which the message was sent was the White House Situation Room, the president's secure command post.

Other addressees included intelligence and military units as well as one used by the FBI command center, the source said.

It was not known what other messages were received by agencies in Washington from Libya that day about who might have been behind the attacks.

Intelligence experts caution that initial reports from the scene of any attack or disaster are often inaccurate.

By the morning of September 12, the day after the Benghazi attack, Reuters reported that there were indications that members of both Ansar al-Sharia, a militia based in the Benghazi area, and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the North African affiliate of al Qaeda's faltering central command, may have been involved in organizing the attacks.

One U.S. intelligence official said that during the first classified briefing about Benghazi given to members of Congress, officials "carefully laid out the full range of sparsely available information, relying on the best analysis available at the time."

The official added, however, that the initial analysis of the attack that was presented to legislators was mixed.

"Briefers said extremists were involved in attacks that appeared spontaneous, there may have been a variety of motivating factors, and possible links to groups such as (al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Ansar al-Sharia) were being looked at closely," the official said.

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Old 10-23-2012, 11:18 PM   #19
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That looks like a college dorm room too. The fact that she misspelled Kenya is just too precious. I won't even get into the state of her room. I'm going to guess she is in one of the schools like Liberty or Bob Jones.

Let alone that she used the wrong "there" (their).
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:24 PM   #20
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The death of Obama right here.
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:27 PM   #21
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The electoral votes are all that matter, Obama's got this. I would bet every penny I had if i could.
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:32 PM   #22
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The death of Obama right here.

I don't think so. With most terror attacks you have multiple groups trying to claim responsibility to look competent. I'm not surprised we didn't immediately run out saying x group is behind it, while most likely verifying behind the scenes.

One U.S. intelligence official said that during the first classified briefing about Benghazi given to members of Congress, officials "carefully laid out the full range of sparsely available information, relying on the best analysis available at the time."

The official added, however, that the initial analysis of the attack that was presented to legislators was mixed.

"Briefers said extremists were involved in attacks that appeared spontaneous, there may have been a variety of motivating factors, and possible links to groups such as (al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Ansar al-Sharia) were being looked at closely," the official said.
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I'm hearing Romney actually thinks robo calling and ads in VA with the fewer horses and bayonets is actually going to help him. Can someone explain the logic of this from the pro Romney angle?
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They build a lot of ships in VA.
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They build a lot of ships in VA.

True, but I just don't get the connect I guess unless the focus is Romney promising to have the same number of ships as we had in 1916 or greater, which would mean more than a 2 trillion dollar increase in military spending is coming.
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Romney was wrong about the number of the ships btw. We have more now than in 1916. And more now than we had under W.

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-me...7-air-force-s/
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Obama's team is saying this is the race they have always prepared for and are feeling confident about the endgame. I remember during the Republican Primaries they were saying this was going to be an extraordinarily close election and they claim to have built their organization based on this idea
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Romney was wrong about the number of the ships btw. We have more now than in 1916. And more now than we had under W.

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-me...7-air-force-s/

Thanks for this. I figured I could be off on the ships numbers, because we had pretty much be a self-centered isolationist nation during that time, but I was too lazy to look it up. We didn't have much in the way of a military imprint at that time and only really ramped up for entry into WW1 then promptly tried to go back to disinterest afterward.
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Tagg Romney apologized to Obama after the debate.

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itt Romney’s eldest son, Tagg, has apologized to President Obama for saying last week that he wanted to punch the president for aggressively challenging his father in their second debate, a Romney campaign official confirmed Tuesday.....
Tagg Romney apologized to Obama after Monday’s final presidential debate in Florida, when both candidates’ families came up on the stage. The campaign official said that Tagg Romney told he president he was “just joking” and that Obama accepted the apology
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Tagg Romney apologized to Obama after the debate.

I wish Chapelle was still doing he show so he could do a sketch of that moment.
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