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Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 10/04/2012

Happy Hour Roundup

I said earlier that the question was whether the press would focus Mitt Romney's challenges to the truth, but I didn't supply examples. Don't worry; lots of them here in the Roundup:

1. Ed Kilgore on the audacity of mendacity.

2. While Steve Benen tracks possible signs of a conventional wisdom shift to talking about Romney and the truth.

3. Great takedown by Dylan Matthews of Romney’s phony numbers on small business taxes and jobs.

4. Romney’s green jobs numbers? Hooey, too. As Kevin Drum documents, “about half” works out to 9 percent.

5. The $5 trillion whopper on taxes, from Brian Beutler.

6. Yeah, the pre-existing conditions line was nonsense too, as Paul Krugman points out.

7. Working America has a long wrap-up of Mitt’s mendacity.

8. Chris Hayes recognized one of Romney’s lines about taxes and the rich and thought it sounded awfully familiar.

9. The Washington Post’s editorial board gets it: Romney’s tax plan would explode the deficit.

10. And I might as well toss in my own summary of all you need to know about Romney’s tax plan.

11. Oh, another on taxes: Andrew Kaczynski notes that Romney’s position on taxes and the rich last night is exactly the opposite of what he said during the GOP debates.

12. As for Obama…Irin Carmon on how he botched the story about his own grandmother.

13. And he forgot to talk about his jobs plan, as Matt Yglesias noticed.

14. Not to mention the point long-time Romney watcher David S. Bernstein makes: “Seriously, at this point if you're surprised at Romney dishonesty, that reveals a very serious flaw in your judgment.”

15. Away from the debate, don’t miss an Alec MacGillis expose about one Mitt Romney donor and how he supported the campaign.

16. How did the fact-checkers do? Margaret Sullivan has a good item. Key question: will the fact-checkers find a way to stay in the story now, or will their push for immediate results wind up further taking them out of the main news coverage?

17. And stepping back to the horse race: John Sides works out how much the debate may move voters.

By  |  05:35 PM ET, 10/04/2012

 
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