LiveBlog for Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Reggie Love, former personal assistant to President Obama, calls in at 9:40am ET / 6:40am PT to talk about why we should re-elect President Obama

Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark (Cassandra Peterson) joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 10am ET / 7am PT for two hours of political Halloween fun

• Actor Mark Hamill (“Star Wars”) calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk politics and tell us what he thinks of Disney buying LucasFilm

• Millions of people across the Northeast stricken by massive storm Sandy will attempt to resume normal lives on Wednesday as companies, markets and airports reopen, despite grim projections of power and mass transit outages lasting several more days.

• President Obama, locked in a fierce re-election bid, is emphasizing his incumbent’s role for a third straight day, skipping battleground states to visit victims of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, a state he’s confident of winning.

Mitt Romney’s “storm relief event” held at an Ohio athletic complex still had some of the trappings of a regular campaign rally, from the biographical Romney video to the woman in the crowd who wore a shirt that read, “Obama, You’re Fired.”

LiveBlog for Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the political implications of Hurricane Sandy

• As Superstorm Sandy marched slowly inland, millions along the East Coast awoke Tuesday without power or mass transit, with huge swaths of New York City unusually vacant and dark. President Obama declared a major disaster in the city and Long Island.

A levee broke in northern New Jersey on Tuesday, flooding the towns of Moonachie, Little Ferry and Carlstadt with 4 to 5 feet of water in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, officials told Reuters.

President Barack Obama urged Americans to heed local officials’ warnings about Hurricane Sandy on Monday as his re-election said it would determine the president’s campaign schedule on a “day-to-day basis.”

Gasoline prices jumped as much as 11 cents a gallon on commodities markets as traders feared that power outages and flooding could leave refiners struggling to restore operations after Hurricane Sandy hit the United States.

• Former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden campaigned in Youngstown, Ohio, Monday in place of President Obama, who cancelled his campaign events to handle the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

LiveBlog for Monday, October 29, 2012

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the GOP’s rape comments, Mitt Romney and racism, and the candidates’ foreign policy

Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to co-host Right Wing World

Cliff Chenfeld, co-CEO of Razor & Tie and Kidz Bop and founder of “The Message”, calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to preview The Message’s new video, “Mitt Romney Tells NYC to ‘Occupy This’”

An impending hurricane injected a new degree of uncertainty into the 2012 presidential campaign, impacting candidates’ schedules and early voting opportunities just nine days before Election Day.

Ohio’s GOP governor said Sunday that private polls show Mitt Romney beating President Obama in the battleground state of Ohio just as auto industry politics assume a dominant role in the closing days of the campaign.

• From Washington to Boston, big cities and small towns were buttoned up Monday against the onslaught of a superstorm that threatened 50 million people in the most heavily populated corridor in the nation, with forecasters warning that the New York area could get the worst of it — an 11-foot wall of water.

LiveBlog for Friday, October 26, 2012

• Actress and comedian Julie Brown joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 10am ET / 7am PT for two hours of fun and politics

• The legendary James Taylor calls in at 10:20am ET / 7:20am PT to tell us about a rally with the President and thousands of supporters in Nashua, NH at which he will play

Ms. Valerie Jarrett, a close friend of the President and First Lady, calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to discuss the President’s re-election campaign about the choice facing women

Mitt Romney now has 50 percent support among likely voters vs. 47 percent for Barack Obama – Romney’s highest vote-preference result of the contest to date, according to a new ABC/Washington Post poll. The difference between the two is still within the margin of error.

• Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said he was the candidate of “big change” at the outset of three-event bus tour of battleground Ohio on Thursday.

• President Obama’s frenetic battleground-state blitz came to a close last night with a rally on a small airport tarmac in Cleveland, OH overlooking Lake Erie.

• Hurricane Sandy pounded the Bahamas with battering winds and rain on Friday after killing 21 people across the Caribbean, and is now posing a menacing threat to the U.S. East Coast.

LiveBlog for Thursday, October 25, 2012

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang joins us from the NYC Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT for Fridays With Fugelsang

• Actor turned White House Staffer Kal Penn calls in at 9:20am ET / 6:20am PT to talk about why he’s campaigning for Obama

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Bain and Romney from the swing state of Ohio

• Comedian Carlos Alazraqui joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 10am ET / 7am PT for two hours of Coffee With Carlos!

Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to co-host Right Wing World

• Political Strategist Dave “Mudcat” Saunders calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to update us on the Cantor/Powell race in Virginia

President Obama weighed in on controversial comments about rape made by GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock of Indiana, calling it an example of why women should vote for him on Nov. 6 but stopping short of explicitly tying Mitt Romney to the same views.

• The FBI and U.S. Postal Service agents are investigating bogus official-looking letters sent to voters in at least 28 Florida counties questioning their citizenship and their eligibility to vote.

LiveBlog for Wednesday, October 24, 2012

• Actress Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, 30 Rock) calls in from the campaign trail at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT where she is making sure Obama beats Romney

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about a new settlement that insures proper care for seniors and people with chronic conditions

Mass. State Rep. Hank Naughton (D) a veteran of the Iraq War and a Captain in the United States Army Reserve calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT with his thoughts on the foreign policy debate

• Comedian Rick Overton joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about his upcoming event “Laughing Liberally” a fundraiser for the Rape Crisis Center that is in response to the recent statements by Todd Akin and Paul Ryan

• Taking his campaign into car country, President Obama touted his from-the-start support of the auto industry bailout, contrasting it with what he said was Mitt Romney’s shifting position on the issue.

Mitt Romney fired up supporters in Henderson, NV yesterday, telling them the presidential debates have “supercharged” his campaign, and saying that Obama doesn’t have an agenda for a second term.

Donald Trump and Gloria Allred have teased major revelations about each presidential candidate. Announcements are expected shortly.

LiveBlog for Tuesday, October 23, 2012

• Comedian Kathleen Madigan joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT for all three hours

Rep. Tim Ryan from the battleground state of Ohio and member of the Armed Services Committee calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the foreign policy debate

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about last night’s foreign policy debate

• Former & Future Congressman Alan Grayson calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT with an update on his campaign in Florida and his thoughts on the President’s debate in Florida

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT with her post-debate reaction

President Obama portrayed rival Mitt Romney as “all over the map” and inexperienced on key national security issues in the third and final debate of the presidential election Monday night in Boca Raton, Fla.

• Vice President Joe Biden said in Ohio yesterday that the country might at last be witnessing the reconstruction of the Romney platform that his campaign hinted at last spring with the infamous Etch-A-Sketch admission.

LiveBlog for Monday, October 12, 2012

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about tonight’s final debate in the rudest way possible

Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to co-host Right Wing World

• Humorist Mo Rocca calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about his new documentary film, ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION, an irreverent but non-partisan look at voting in America

Melissa Fitzgerald from The West Wing joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for the full hour to talk about her new web series Chasing The Hill and the news of the day

Rep Greg Meeks (D-NY) of the House Foreign Affairs Committee where he is Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about what is at stake for the President in the Foreign Policy Debate

The final presidential debate of the 2012 presidential campaign, tonight at 9pm ET, will focus on foreign policy. For Mitt Romney, it’s an opportunity to portray President Obama as a weak leader on the world stage and for Mr. Obama, it’s a chance to portray his rival as a naive foreign policy neophyte.

• Former Sen. George McGovern, presidential candidate and outspoken Liberal, died early yesterday. He was 90.

LiveBlog for Friday, October 19, 2012

Jim Graves, who is challenging Michelle Bachman for her seat in congress calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the narrowing gap in their race

Shannon O’Brien, the Dem candidate who ran against Romney in the 2002 governor’s race in Massachusetts, calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about his Binders Full of Women

Ruth Conniff, Political Editor for The Progressive, calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about Tammy Baldwin’s campaign to be elected to the US Senate

• Actor, director, and activist Rob Reiner calls in at 11:30 am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about his new ad for the Obama Campaign on Women’s Issues

President Obama and Mitt Romney took a break from their often rancorous campaigns to poke fun at each other and themselves at the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner in New York, last night.

• New NBC News/WSJ/Marist polls show President Obama maintaining his lead over Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the battleground states of Iowa and Wisconsin.

More than 1,200 formerly secret Boy Scouts’ files detailing accusations of child sex abuse from 1965 to 1985 were published online Thursday by lawyers, one who said the documents revealed a “de facto cover-up of abuse.”

LiveBlog for Thursday, October 18, 2012

Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to co-host Right Wing World

Nate Silver the statistical genius behind FiveThirtyEight.com, calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to give her his predictions for 2012 and talk about his new book “THE SIGNAL AND THE NOISE: Why So Many Predictions Fail—but Some Don’t”

Rep Adam Schiff (D-CA) joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau for the 10am ET / 7am PT hour to talk about what the election means for LGBT rights, national security, and the economy and jobs

• Political strategist Dave “Mudcat” Saunders calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to handicap the debates, and to update us on the Cantor/Powell race in Virginia

• One day after their contentious debate, President Obama and Mitt Romney vied aggressively for the support of women voters Wednesday, as they and their running mates charged across nearly a half-dozen battleground states in the close race for the White House with 20 days to run.

A suspected terrorist parked a van packed with what he thought was a bomb next to the Federal Reserve building in NYC and tried to detonate it Wednesday morning before he was arrested in a terror sting operation.

Lance Armstrong lost three major sponsorship contracts Wednesday and stepped down as the chairman of the Livestrong charity as the fallout from doping allegations continued to plague him.

LiveBlog for Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk the debate and comment on insuring social security benefits for seniors and the disabled

• David Bender, Political Director of ProgressiveVoices.com. joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau in the 11am ET / 8am PT hour to talk about last night’s big debate

Jim Messina, Obama/Biden 2012 Campaign Manager, calls in at 11:20am ET / 8:20am PT for a post-debate interview. This would actually be his first national radio interview of the 2012 campaign

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about last night’s presidential debate

A much more aggressive President Barack Obama showed up to the second presidential debate Tuesday, which at times devolved into angry crosstalk with Republican rival Mitt Romney.

• A CBS News instant poll taken after last night’s debate shows that President Obama won with 37%, Romney received 30% of the vote, and 33% said it was a tie. A PPP snap poll of Colorado voters say Obama won 48% to Romney’s 44%.

“They brought me binders full of women,” said Mitt Romney during Tuesday night’s debate. The sound bite was a comedic gift to those on Twitter and Tumblr, who immediately went to work creating memes.

LiveBlog for Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Gov. Jennifer Granholm of Current TV’s “The War Room” calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT with her take on tonight’s presidential debate

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about tonight’s debate, and to talk about Tommy Thompson’s birther son

• Actor, author, and comedian Richard Belzer (Law & Order: SVU) joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the news of the day

President Obama is under heavy pressure in his debate rematch with Mitt Romney tonight to turn in a more forceful performance that restores his momentum and draws sharper policy differences with his GOP challenger.

• Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CNN in an interview Monday that she—not the White House—takes responsibility for the security situation in Benghazi, Libya, ahead of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack there that claimed the lives of four Americans, including the ambassador.

• The Obama campaign yesterday blasted the latest battleground state polling that finds Mitt Romney with a five point lead among likely voters, saying the Gallup/USA Today poll has “deep flaws” with its sampling and biased questions.

LiveBlog for Monday, October 15, 2012

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Joe Biden’s stellar debate performance, and to preview tomorrow’s presidential debate

Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to co-host Right Wing World

Tina Dupuy, Editor in Chief of TheContributor.com, calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the 2012 Campaign

Likely voters in a new Washington Post / ABC News poll split 49 percent for Obama to 46 percent for Romney, basically unmoved from the poll two weeks ago, just before the two candidates met in Denver for their first debate.

President Obama heralded the domestic auto industry’s recovery in his weekly address broadcast Saturday. Obama didn’t mention Mitt Romney by name in the radio address, but he had the GOP nominee in mind when defending his administration’s bailout of the two major U.S. automakers.

• Denver police are reviewing video footage from city surveillance cameras after a shot was fired through the window of President Barack Obama’s campaign office.

• Arlen Specter, a moderate who spent three decades in the U.S. Senate but was spurned by Pennsylvania voters after switching in 2009 from Republican to Democrat, died on Sunday of cancer, his family said. He was 82.

LiveBlog for Friday, October 12, 2012

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang of Current TV’s “So That Happened” joins us from the NYC Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT for an hour of Fridays With Fugelsang

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to give us his reaction to last night’s VP debate

National Education Association (NEA) President Dennis Van Roekel calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to discuss reaction to education issues discussed in the recent debate and the overall election

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about his experiences in playing Paul Ryan for Joe Biden’s debate prep

• Markos Moulitsas, founder of The Daily Kos, calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT with his take on last night’s big VP Debate

Vice President Joe Biden came out swinging against his GOP opponent, Paul Ryan, in Thursday’s lone vice presidential debate with a readily evident determination to avoid repeating President Obama’s laconic performance in last week’s presidential debate.

ABC’s Martha Raddatz took a forceful approach to moderating the vice presidential debate on Thursday, winning many positive reviews from instant pundits on social media but some complaints from Republicans.

LiveBlog for Thursday, October 11, 2012

Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to co-host Right Wing World

• Political Strategist Dave “Mudcat” Saunders calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to fill us in on the race between Eric Cantor and Wayne Powell in VA, and to talk about the tightening poll numbers in the presidential race

• With the GOP grabbing the momentum in a shifting White House race, Vice President Joe Biden will look to recover some ground and ease Dem worries tonight in a high-stakes debate against Republican challenger Paul Ryan.

President Obama on Wednesday said that he plans to more aggressively confront GOP nominee Mitt Romney in their second debate next week, trying to allay concerns among supporters that a lackluster first debate performance may have cost him the race.

• On the heels of last week’s presidential debate, Mitt Romney has emerged with a one-point edge over President Obama in Colorado and has cut the president’s lead in half in Wisconsin, according to a new Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll.

• Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) admitted yesterday that he and other House Republicans voted against providing more security for the US Consolate in Libya where Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed along with three other Americans in a terrorist attack.

LiveBlog for Wednesday, October 10, 2012

• Actor and Obama surrogate Jason Alexander calls in at 9:45am ET / 6:45am PT to tell us about his efforts to get out the vote in Florida

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), member of the House Intelligence Committee & House Appropriations Committee calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about Romney’s foreign policy speech

• Comedy legend Carol Burnett calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about her career and the release of The Carol Burnett Show on DVD

• President Barack Obama charged on Tuesday that Mitt Romney favors a foreign policy that “gets us into wars with no plan to end them” and that if the Republican had his way American combat forces would still be in Iraq.

• President Barack Obama encouraged supporters on Monday to be “obsessive” about working for his re-election in the final weeks of the campaign, declaring himself confident that he would win on November 6.

Mitt Romney said on Tuesday that he has no plans for abortion legislation if elected president, a statement that is more moderate than ones he’s made on the issue in the past.

• The Obama campaign said yesterday it was weighing a request from the Sesame Workshop to stop using Big Bird in its attacks on Mitt Romney.

LiveBlog for Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Dan Restrepo, Former White House Dir. of Western Hemisphere Affairs in the National Security Council and the former Chief Latin America Advisor on the 08’ campaign calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT with the campaign’s response to Romney’s speech on Foreign Policy

David Shuster of Current TV and WeActRadio calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to break down Mitt Romney’s big speech on foreign policy

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to break down the new polls after the presidential debate last week

• In the first national poll to be conducted entirely after the opening presidential debate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney now leads President Barack Obama by 4 points in the latest Pew Poll.

Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama of leading a rudderless foreign policy, saying Monday that the threat of conflict in the Middle East is greater than it was four years ago.

• The White House defended President Obama’s handling of world affairs from a scathing attack by Republican challenger Mitt Romney, arguing that the former Massachusetts governor is fond of “chest-pounding” and “saber-rattling.”

LiveBlog for Monday, October 8, 2012

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the presidential debates, the perversions of Allen West, and the ridiculousness of Paul Ryan

Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to co-host Right Wing World

• Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the battle for marriage equality in Minnesota and across the nation

• Actress Melissa Fitzgerald (“The West Wing”) joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about her new web series Chasing The Hill and the news of the day

President Barack Obama opened a two-day fundraising swing through California on Sunday with a “30 Days to Victory Concert.” He also seemed to poke fun at his own listless debate performance last week against Mitt Romney.

Mitt Romney plans to deliver a foreign policy speech today in which he will try to reverse some of his perceived missteps, as the GOP candidate looks to bolster his foreign affair credentials in the weeks remaining before the election.

• President Barack Obama says a new report showing that the unemployment rate has dropped below 8 percent is a sign the still-sluggish economy is moving forward. But Obama says more needs to be done.

LiveBlog for Friday, October 5, 2012

• Teamsters President James Hoffa joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the presidential campaign and how it affects working people

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the GOP attempts to drive America off a fiscal cliff

• Actress Olivia Munn of HBO’s “The Newsroom” calls in from Ohio at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the message she’s delivering to win the battleground state for Obama

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to tell us about tonight’s debut of his new Current TV show, “John Fugelsang: So That Happened”

• Mitt Romney, trying to distance himself from perhaps his most damaging campaign moment, said Thursday that his infamous “47 percent” remarks were “completely wrong” and that he will “be about helping the 100 percent.”

• An animated President Obama told a crowd in Wisconsin yesterday: “When I got onto the stage, I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney. But it couldn’t have been Mitt Romney, because the real Mitt Romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy.”

The government today issues its September jobs report, expected to show an uptick in the U.S. unemployment rate after employers added only a modest number of jobs.

LiveBlog for Thursday, October 4, 2012

Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to do post-debate cleanup and to co-host Right Wing World

Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about last night’s debate in Denver and the importance of Colorado to the presidential race

• Political Strategist Dave “Mudcat” Saunders calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to update us on the Powell/Cantor race in Virginia, and to handicap last night’s debate

• Jane Wilson, AKA “Janeane From Des Moines”, the star of the Mockumentary by the same name that caught all of the GOP candidates off guard joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11:20am ET / 8:20am PT

Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood calls in at 11:45am ET / 8:45am PT with her reaction to last night’s debate in Denver

Policy largely trumped “zingers” in the first debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney as the two sparred on issues as varied as taxes and spending, entitlements, education and more.

• Amid the widespread judgment by the news media that Mitt Romney beat President Obama in their first debate, top Obama aides argued that Romney came off as unlikable and failed to offer the policy specifics Americans want.

LiveBlog for Wednesday, October 3, 2012

• Sexy Liberal Hal Sparks joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT for all three hours of Humpdays With Hal

• Actress and Obama surrogate Kerry Washington (ABC’s “Scandal”) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about her new show and tells us about the Obama campaign

• Just 34 days out from the November election, there’s little argument that tonight’s presidential debate – in which President Obama and Mitt Romney will go head-to-head for the first time in this campaign – is a high-stakes affair for both men. The debate in Denver starts at 9pm ET / 6pm PT on Current TV.

• On the eve of the first presidential debate, Ann Romney said Tuesday that the debate will highlight the “contrast” between her husband and President Barack Obama. “We are excited about that,” she said of the debate.

• On the eve of the first presidential debate, the Far Right website The Daily Caller again circulated a previously reported video of a five-year-old speech in which then-Sen. Barack Obama praised his controversial former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and suggested the federal government discriminated against the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Vice President Joe Biden told a campaign rally on Tuesday that the middle class has been buried for the past four years, just longer than President Barack Obama’s time in the White House.

LiveBlog for Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to preview tomorrow night’s first presidential debate and review last night’s Brown/Warren debate in Massachusetts.

Jen Psaki, Obama for America Traveling Press Secretary, calls in from Nevada at 11am ET / 8am PT where she is with the President while he preps for tomorrow night’s debate

• Two days before his first face-off with President Obama, Mitt Romney said on Monday that the presidential debate won’t be about “winning or losing” but instead it will be a chance for the candidates to describe the “pathway” on which they’d like to take the country.

• Some political momentum could be on the line when a judge rules today on whether to keep intact Pennsylvania’s tough new law requiring voters to show photo identification in next month’s presidential election.

• President Barack Obama, holed up at a swank Las Vegas-area resort to get ready for his first debate with Mitt Romney, jokingly told a volunteer on Monday that debate prep can be “a drag.”

• Democrat Elizabeth Warren’s claim of Native American heritage was once again in the spotlight as she sparred with GOP rival Scott Brown on Monday in the second debate of the pair’s contest for the U.S. Senate seat from traditionally Dem Massachusetts.

LiveBlog for Monday, October 1, 2012

Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to co-host Right Wing World

The Rude Pundit calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to tell us how Republicans think, the uselessness of Romney’s campaign, and the whininess of the GOP

President Obama and Mitt Romney were hunkered down this weekend, cramming for Wednesday’s debate showdown. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, is playing Romney in practice sessions with the president. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) is playing Obama in debate prep with Romney.

• New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, never one to be shy when it comes to speaking his mind, yesterday predicted that Mitt Romney would turn the presidential race around in the upcoming debate with President Obama.

• Paul Ryan said on “Fox News Sunday” that their tax plan–a 20 percent across-the-board income tax cut–would focus on deductions and closing tax loopholes for the rich, but declined to offer specifics, saying it would “take me too long to go through all the math”.

The Supreme Court is starting a new term today that is shaping up to be as important as the last one, with the prospect of major rulings about affirmative action, gay marriage and voting rights.