Opening Act: The Taliban is Inside the Building

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Oct. 11 2012 8:03 AM

Opening Act: The Taliban is Inside the Building

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WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 10: Charlene R. Lamb (L), Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Programs at the U.S. Department of State, and Ambassador Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary for Management at the U.S. Department of State, testify on Capitol Hill as a map of the U.S. compound in Benghazi is displayed behind her on October 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. The hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee focused on the security situation in Benghazi leading up to the September 11 attack that resulted in the assassination of U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

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Jake Tapper writes up the Issa hearing on Libya, which was a lot of heat, a little light, and some useful details about what happened in Benghazi.

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David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

The new swing state polls have Barack Obama falling narrowly behind in Colorado (+ 1 Romney), while keeping leads in Ohio (+6), Virginia (+5), and Wisconsin (+3).

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Daniel Henninger wants Barack Obama to stop calling Mitt Romney a liar, because Hitler and whatnot.

The Obama campaign's resurrection of "liar" as a political tool is odious because it has such a repellent pedigree. It dates to the sleazy world of fascist and totalitarian propaganda in the 1930s. It was part of the milieu of stooges, show trials and dupes. These were people willing to say anything to defeat their opposition. Denouncing people as liars was at the center of it. The idea was never to elevate political debate but to debauch it.

Got that? If you're in politics, and an opponent lies, and you call him a liar, you're basically a fascist. I'd love to see this rule applied to Clinton-era WSJ columns.

Andrew Kaczynski captures some more of Buzz Bissinger's tossed-off political thoughts. Before Romney could save America, he was a racist or something.

And Blake Zeff asks if Romney has overcome the "flip-flop" label.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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