Saturday, September 29, 2012

Outrageous, Dirty Lobbyist Sheinkopf A Character Witness for Convicted Lipsky

The Vito Lopez Sun Always Has Risen Until Now?
In this 1899 cartoon from Puck, all of New York City politics revolves around boss Richard Croker. Vito Lopez has always been the sun for the non profit Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council which he created decades ago to me his political machine Growth of a New-Age Political Machine - New York Times(1993)
Lopez di$penser(NYP)Eyes on Vito-funded charity empire. Rivals of embattled Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez — who is enmeshed in a sex-harassment scandal and is on the ropes politically — are now taking aim at the $120 million social-services empire that has served as his power base. Rep. Nydia Velazquez told The Post that it’s time for a “comprehensive investigation” of operations at the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, founded by Lopez in 1973 and funded by government grants he and his allies have helped secure ever since.

Rep Velazquez Pushing Ridgwood Bushwich into A Fire Sale
Ridgewood Bushwick is one of the city’s largest social-service agencies, with programs from home care to senior centers to job training. After the Department of Investigation reported in 2010 that its board was a rubber stamp with little idea what it was doing, city officials forced a reorganization at the top. Executive director Christiana Fisher, who also served as Lopez’s campaign treasurer, was out. But Lopez’s girlfriend, Angela Battaglia, continues to work as head of the housing unit. IRS filings show she was paid $253,043 last year. Four months ago, before the harassment charges against Lopez were made public, three Brooklyn City Council members close to him allocated $873,589 of their “member item” funds to the group. Leading the pack was Erik Dilan, who challenged Velasquez with Lopez’s backing. Last year, the state delivered $845,806 in three discretionary grants.

Update  In Brooklyn, Lopez’s Ties To a Bishop Seem Frayed(NYT)

Why Does The Media Ignores the Reasons Why Small Business Close in the City and How That Contributes to the Very High Unemployment in NYC
“It’s not about protecting the consumer or the food. This is a money racket for the city,” said Declan Morrison, owner of Blackwater Inn in Forest Hills, Queens.
City fattens coffers with ‘frivonlous’ slaps at local businesses(NYP)  It’s a fine mess. The city continues to blitz merchants with ridiculous fines — raking in cash for scuffed cutting boards, too-short napkins and failure to recognize the medicinal properties of ChapStick. Fines against small businesses are skyrocketing. The cash-strapped city sucked in $820 million last year — compared to $741 million in 2007 and $485 million a decade ago.

Liu Does A Mulligan on Trump
Liu reexamines Trump course construction(NYDN)

Another Brooklyn Shooting

A 27-year-old man was shot and killed in Brooklyn early Sunday morning, police said.  

City Officials Propose Redesign for Central Park Drives(DNAInfo)

Times Square Sex Shop Opens Section for 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Fans(DNA Info)

A Character Witness Himself Under Criminal Investigation
Writing A Character Letter From A Man with No Character

To the Media Morality and Honesty Gets In the Way Of the Spin
NY1 Reporter Grace Rauh listed corrupt lobbyist Hank Sheinkopf as one of the 50 relatives, pals, colleagues and clients who wrote character letters on his Lipsky's defense successful to avoid a long prison sentence The NY1 reporter failed to mention the absurdity of a Sheinkropf send a letter of character to a judge.  Rauh should have told her views that Sheinkropf took the 5th 56 times when the NYS questioned him about the AEG bidding process.  Sheinkopf took the 5th when asked questions by the NY former state Inspector General Joseph Fisch about the AEG scandal which is still being investigated by the feds as part of the AEG investigation.  The Feds are also investigating a Board Of Election (the cesspool of political corruption) contract for new machines that Sheinkopf was a lobbyist for. Feds investigate switch by Board of Elections ... - New York Post  

Only Barrett Understands the How Sheinkropf Controls Government and the Press by Deceit

"Sheinkopf copped a memo, (Barrett, Village Voice, 2010) too, obtaining it from an aide to the top Senate staffer, Angelo Aponte, who Sheinkopf personally installed in the key spot. He had the power to do that because the skillful Sheinkopf doubles as a lobbyist and as a political consultant, and had advised Senate Democrats in the elections that led to the 2008 majority, helping to make Malcolm Smith majority leader. Sheinkopf collected $356,741 in consulting fees from the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee at the same time that he was representing AEG and its precursor with Senate Democrats. Having worked for Bill Thompson and Mike Bloomberg most recently, Sheinkopf makes kings so he can then make deals with the kings he’s made." 

A King's Pension Deal For Sheinkopf Partner
While Sheinkopf Worked for Thompson His Partner Norman Levy Did Well With the Pension Funds
"Norman Levy “received a half-million dollars” in 2006 payments from Bill Howell, a major pension fund placement agent, and “appeared sometimes to be Howell’s partner” in controversial deals with the fund, according to a source familiar with the transactions. Investigators concluded that they were splitting fees, and not disclosing it. The payments to Levy - whose conviction for running a parking-ticket-fixing-scam decades ago was also overturned on appeal - were allegedly tied to his introduction of Howell to a principal of Global Strategies, a consulting firm whose client, Intermedia, was seeking millions in city and state pension fund investments. Howell made the placements and shared the fees with Levy, who appeared to be listed as an employee of one Howell entity. Sheinkopf received payments from Levy shortly after Levy was paid by Howell." (Voice)

Okay, Which New York Pols are Going Down?
Kruger Lobbyist Rats
Sending Tremors Through City Hall and the Albany Statehouse
Cooperation Is Cited as Lobbyist in Bribery Case Is Sentenced to 3 Months(NYT)Richard J. LipskyLobbyist Gets Prison in Bribery Scandal(WSJ) * NYC Lobbyist To Serve Three Months In Bribery Case(NY1) * Lobbyist wrist slap(NYP)

Lipsky's Lawyer Spin: Kruger Corrupted Lipsky
But Nobody Has Explained How Lipsky Got All the Money to Pay Kruger and Others? Of what Lipsky Did for Bruce Ratner? Lipsky Lawyer says His Client Wants to Get Back to Helping People?
In 2007 their relationship changed: Mr. Kruger started sending clients to Mr. Lipsky, for which the state senator demanded a 50% kickback. Mr. Lipsky agreed and eventually was referred six clients from Mr. Kruger, the lawyer said. Mr. Lipsky sent the payments to the consulting firm run by a man that Mr. Kruger introduced as his stepson, whom prosecutors say was actually an "intimate associate."

Mr. Lipsky's attorney, Gerald Lefcourt Spins Him As Community Activists  . . . What Next His Client Vito Lopez Was Neutered and Could Not Be A Sexual Harasser
The attorney said that though Mr. Lipsky is a "lobbyist" who opened his own firm, Lipsky Associates, in 1981, "he was something more of a '60s person who really could be called a community activist." Mr. Lipsky worked for bodegas, independent grocery stores and small unions, Mr. Lefcourt said. Lefcourt says Lipsky one day Lipsky hopes to get back to helping the small guys.

Judge You Need A Rat to Get A Political Crook 
“Lipsky provided substantial assistance in the investigation and prosecution of numerous other persons.” judge, Jed S. Rakoff 
“In some ways, official corruption has to be ranked among the most evil of all crimes,” Judge Rakoff said, adding that by its nature, such a crime was “not easily exposed.” “Cooperation is often critical,” he added, “to pointing the government toward the existence of insidious situations that undermine our democratic principles.” But before sentencing Mr. Lipsky, the judge said, "I think it still has to be the case that to engage in a form of public corruption you must understand that you go to jail."

You Think Castsimatidis Hired Lipsky to FU His Competition 
Another Client of Lipsky John Catsimatidis owner of Red Apple Group and Gristedes Foods sent a character letters on his lobbyist behalf to Judge Rakoff. In court Lipsky lawyer said his client met Mr. Kruger in 1999 when they both fought a proposed ShopRite on Flatlands Avenue in Brooklyn. The men found they shared "common ground," the lawyer said. Castsimatidis hired another Svengali political operative the Queens GOP Vice President Vincent Tabone

One letter writer, Baruch College public-affairs professor Doug Muzzio, even praised Lipsky as the quintessential Manhattanite — a “New York, ‘no b.s.’ kind of guy.”

Bloomberg Who Said It Was Up to the Residence of the Bronx to Not Reelect DA Johnson
1. Changed Term Limits Against the Public Will So He Could Run for 3rd Term
2. Gave 1$ Million to the GOP to Keep the State Senate Republican
3.$$$ to Independent and GOP Party Leaders to Buy Their Ballot Lines for Themselves
Mike: It’s the voters’ job to oust Bronx DA (NYP) You can vote him out.  Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday that Bronx DA Robert Johnson is “dead wrong” in his handling of trespassing busts — and that voters can have the final say on the matter. * Johnson’s folly (NYDN Ed)
Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson waded recklessly into the public debate over NYPD tactics with an unsupported accusation that cops are making widespread phony arrests for trespassing. * DN editorial: Bronx DA Johnson lobs reckless charges at the NYPD

UFT: Power Over Honesty and Morality
Keeping the help happy(NYP) Case in point: The $12,000 campaign-fund sweetener that the New York State United Teachers dropped in Queens state Sen. Shirley Huntley’s bucket this month — two weeks after she was indicted by Schneiderman, the state attorney general. 

Campaign 2012 Staten Island state Sen. Diane Savino, challenger Lisa Grey(SI Advance) * Charles Barron making calls about running for Public Advocate(NYO) Barron: "White media" & "hysterical Jewish community" House race opposition encouraged him to run for another office * . letter to : "I urge you to bring this bill forward at once for a vote." "In this moment of profound income inequality, will provide a measure of economic security"  

Shift by Cuomo on Gas Drilling Prompts Both Anger and Praise(NYP)

NYT Gives Us A Look Inside the New West Chelsea Home of Speaker Quinn  . . . For the Next Few Days True News Will Be Inviting Guests to Her New Home

Christine Quinn’s Newlywed Nest(NYT)

  • What is the NY Times thinking by publishing yet another puff piece? Quinn has stripped NYC of any modicum of democracy and has squandered tens of millions of dollars in (tax dollar) discretionary funds to make deals to advance her career. And, instead of reporting on these real issues, the NY Times writes yet another puff piece about her - while consistently marginalizing the other 2013 Mayoral candidates? How much power does Bloomberg have over the NY Times?

Long hard road to opening of Barclays Center(NYP) * For Brooklyn’s New Arena, Day 1 Brings Hip-Hop Fans and Protests * Jay-Z Debuts Barclays Center With Concert(NY1) * Barclays Center Officially Opens, But Not Everyone’s Happy(WCBS) * Under Barclays Center oculus, groups challenging Atlantic Yards call for reform, joined by Occupy and two who "drank Ratner's Kool-Aid" but changed their minds(Atlantic Yards Report) * Barclays Center Protesters Got Creative With Jay-Z (NY Mag)Lyrics

Lasers on top of Barclays Center target war monument(NYP)A multicolored laser beaming from atop the Barclays Center is outraging patriotic Brooklynites, recoiling at the crass light striking the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument — the largest Revolutionary War burial site in the nation. “There are civilian and military dead buried there,” said Ruth Goldstein, founding chairwoman of the Fort Greene Park Conservancy. The Prison Ship Martyrs' Monument in Fort Greene Park, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, is a memorial to the more than 11,500 American prisoners of war who died in captivity aboard eleven British prison ships during the American Revolutionary War.[1] The remains of a small fraction of those who died on the ships are interned in a crypt beneath its base.

Shocking Split
Former Governor, Wife Split(Huff Post) * Former Governor David Paterson and wife split(WABC) * Ex-NY Gov. Paterson and wife split(Fox 5)

In Film and Union’s Ads, Dueling Views of Teachers(NYT)  The United Federation of Teachers is spending $1 million for commercials in New York City as a new film called “Won’t Back Down,” which is about the education system, is released.* Educrats dropped the ball at PS 94 (NYDN Ed) 1st-graders deserved better than weeks of movies in the auditorium * Overhaul Special Education for Preschool (NYT Ed) New York State lawmakers need to restructure a costly, fraud-riddled program. *Mayor Defends Program That Gives Birth Control Pill To Students(NY1) * Students Say Pricey Test Prep Gives Admissions Advantage(NY1) * Crowded PS 94 moves kids stuck in auditorium watching (NYDN) *Cheating disorder rages on A recent grade-changing scandal at Baruch College has done nothing to deter student entrepreneurs from peddling test answers, The Post has learned.

Judge Approves New Entrance Exam for City Firefighters(NYT) * FDNY Hiring Set(WSJ)* Judge Approves FDNY's Entrance Exam(NY1) * Judge OKs boosting FDNY ranks (NYDN)

Turns out Charles Hayward, the recently fired CEO of NYRA, which runs the state’s three thoroughbred racetracks, commissioned a $250,000 mural at Belmont depicting . . . himself. Meanwhile, NYRA has been $30 million in the red over the last two years — a lasting testament to Hayward’s tenure. * Down & dirty track recordHorse Deaths Spark Review(WSJ) * Albany Task Force Calls For Stricter Rules At NY Race Tracks(NY1)

Reliving Bx. bus horror(NYP) * 2 Who Rode Casino Bus Tell of Crash(NYT) * Bronx Bus Crash Victims Display Injuries In Driver's Trial(NY1)* Survivor of Bronx bus crash testifies that she felt the(NYDN)

New Mexico Offers Look at Future Elections(NYT)

MTA: Subway ads can’t diss us, but calling Muslims 'savages' is OK(NYP)

Alan Chartock once thought the fix was in on hydrofracking, now he’s not so sure.

Parks Dept. hires workers despite major criminal rap sheets, advocates charge(NYP)

Doc’s Crazy Good OT(NYP Ed) As The Post’s David Seifman reported last week, a Kings County Hospital shrink on the city’s payroll raked in a mind-blowing $1.6 million in just the past three years. Nor was Dr. Quazi Rahman the hospital’s only psychiatrist to rack up perverse OT pay: Some 18 doctors there bloated their paychecks to more than $300,000 each last year by tacking on extra hours. It’s enough to trigger massive depression.

Junk-food galore at Brooklyn private hospitals; just three(NYDN)

New DNA technique could give hope of identifying more remains(NYP)

Catholic Leader Is Turned Away at Exhibit He Deemed Offensive(NYT)




Brooklyn Botanic Garden Heats Up For Chile Pepper FiestaBrooklyn Botanic Garden Heats Up For Chile Pepper Fiesta

Brooklyn Botanic Garden hosted the 20th annual Chile Pepper Fiesta Saturday.

Senator Sees Rail Urgency(WSJ)

State anticipates missing hydrofracking deadline 

NYC Ferris wheel project has big backers(WSJ)The primary financial backers include World Trade Center developer Lloyd Goldman, Jordache apparel co-founder Joseph Nakash and the Feil Organization, a real estate powerhouse. * NYC Ferris wheel project has big backers (Fox 5)

 The Making of A President 2012

Transaction Man (New Yorker) The Mind of Mitt Romney

 Poll Averages Have No History of Bias(NYT) * Romney Shifted Right on Energy as Candidacy Beckoned(NYT)More Suspicious Voter Forms Found in Fla(NYT) * New Mexico Offers Look at Future Elections(NYT) * Thugs slash Bronx woman’s throat outside city housing d (NYDN) * DMR poll: Obama 49, Romney 45(Politico)Supreme Court cases that could stir the 2012 race (Politico) * Obama within reach of electoral votes for 2nd term; Romney could still win but path narrower:
Americans Struggling to Advance - Ronald Brownstein, National Journal
Obamanomics: A Counterhistory - David Leonhardt, New York Times
The Tea Party Movement's Biggest Test - Glenn Reynolds, DC Examiner
Ideas for Reviving America's Entrepreneurial Epirit - The Economist

If Obama Wins, What Next? - Eleanor Clift, The Daily Beast
Media Deception Is Threatening America's Future - Pat Caddell, FOX News
Debate Questions for the Candidates - George Will, Washington Post
Obama Understands Complex World We Live In - Thomas Friedman, NYT
Hundreds of Thousands Flee Democrat-Run California - Tony Lee, Big Gov
Rolls-Royce Romney - Dana Milbank, Washington Post
Why Debates Don't Always Make a Difference - Donna Brazile, CNN
Bogus Polls and Declining Dem Registration - John Hinderaker, PowerLine
Racism Could Sway the Election - Colbert King, Washington Post
Media Now Doctoring Videos to Take Down Romney - Bryan Preston, PJM

Obama's Blend of Cool, Reserve Dragging Down 'SNL' - Kera Bolonik, Salon
Living in Obama's Unpromising Present - Mark Steyn, OC Register
Voters Aren't Buying Mitt Romney - Joan Walsh, Salon
Election 2012: DM Register: Obama 49, Romney 45 | RCP Electoral Map
President Not Responsible for High Unemployment - New York Times
ObamaCare's Onerous Tax Hikes - New Hampshire Union Leader
Todd Akin's Insulting Mouth - Kansas City Star
Elizabeth Warren's Ironic Legal Past - Wall Street Journal
Mitt Romney's Real Agenda(Rolling Stone) If you want to understand Romney's game plan, just look at what Republicans have been doing in Congress
Obama's and Romney's Pre-Debate Expectations Dance(Atlantic)
Jim Webb on 'Givers' and 'Takers'(Atlantic) The impassioned appeal from an atypical Democrat that could tilt a key state 
As campaigns cross Ohio, Romney stops to talk(Columbia Journalism)
Obama Leads in Rand Poll(Daily Beast)
Joe Biden Takes Your Order(New Yorker)
Obama on Free Speech: Was He Being Utopian?(New Yorker)
A Tale of Two Romneys(New Yorker)
Washington Post: “For Romney, Wealth Means Both Freedom and a Trap”
Wall Street Journal: “Political Perceptions: Can the Polls Be Trusted?”
Associated Press: “High Debate Stakes: Romney Looks to Gain Momentum”
The Hill: “Santorum Plants Seed for Possible 2016 White House Candidacy”

Ryan, Biden exchange words over entitlements (CNN)
on CNN won't play expectations game, says both Obama&Romney R excellent debaters&debates aren't game changers
Christie on ability for Romney to reset campaign: General public "just beginning to tune in to this race" 
Obama’s Way (Vanity Fair) For six months, Michael Lewis had unprecedented access to Barack Obama. The man he got to know was far different from the POTUS he knew from the news—a fierce player in war rooms and on the basketball court.
America’s Lofty Self-Regard: Why It’s Misplaced, and Why It May Lead Us to Ruin(Vanity Fair)
How Romney's Mormon Faith is Critical to Any Comeback(Time)
Christ Christie on impact of debates: "Come Thursday morning, the entire narrative of this race is gonna change" 
The Battle for Congress(Nation)
If Obama Wins, What Changes for His Second Term?(Daily Beast)
 The DemocratsRonald Reagan Andrew Sullivan, Newsweek  
Plouffe does NOT say Libya was an "intelligence failure."
Rasmussen tracking holds at Obama 48% to Romney 46%. So trend towards Obama may have flattened out. In 1992, Gallup’s final poll had Clinton winning by 12; he won by 5.6. In late October 1992, Pew had Clinton up 10. -

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads(Huff Post)
Ryan: 'I'm not counting on a gaffe' from Biden (CNN)
National Journal: Obama "Defying Gravity"  The U.S. economy has been recovering, agonizingly slowly, for three years. Voters want desperately to see faster growth, but they’re adjusting to the slow lane, and they increasingly believe that Washington can’t help. This is the simple reality of life after the Great Recession. But Mitt Romney hasn’t adapted to it, and that’s why President Obama appears on track to become the first president in 70 years to win reelection with unemployment over 8 percent.* Great article about famous debate gaffes 
Among the swing states on that list (NV+CO+FL+IA+PA+NC): Dems +238,652 voter regs since 7/1; GOP +154,724; indies +281,825.
Debates Can Shift a Race’s Outcome, but It’s Not Easy(NYT)
Team Obama: Don't expect debate 'zingers' from president 
Commentary from prominent Jewish Dems about Obama on Israel has been a bit mixed of late 
Paul Ryan’s Vague Tax Plan Answers Frustrate Chris Wallace: ‘You Haven’t Given Me The Math’
Candy Crowley Grills Senior Obama Adviser: How Will Second Term Be Different? 
NBC’s David Gregory Challenges Obama Adviser On White House Response To Libya Attack

Shifts on Libya Attack Could Cost Obama Politically(NYT) * O commits major foreign policy flub as Mitt battles on(NYP) * $450 Million in Aid for Egypt Meets Resistance(NYT) * U.S. Calls Libya Attack 'Organized'(WSJ) The deadly attack earlier this month at a U.S. consulate in Libya was "deliberate and organized," the top U.S. spy's office said, a revised assessment that contrasts with some earlier administration statements on the siege. * House Republican Says She Will Block Egypt Aid(WSJ) * Rebel Offensive Intensifies in Syria(WSJ) * The Liberal Media Is Ignoring Romney's Strength With Independents(US News) * Mike Huckabee Suggests Obama’s Libya ‘Lies’ Worse Than Nixon: ‘Nobody Died In Watergate’ (VIDEO) * Leading POLITICO this am: 2012 map could be deja vu for Obama -- reports: * Mitt Romney isn’t just running against President Obama, he’s campaigning against Bill Clinton, too (The Hill)
Our Long Road Back to Economic Health - Jeremy Warner, Daily Telegraph
Mitt Romney's Dark Night - Charles Blow, New York Times
Living in Obama's Unpromising Present - Mark Steyn, Investor's Biz Daily
Voters Aren't Buying the Product Mitt's Selling - Joan Walsh, Salon
Shifting Reports on Libya Killings May Cost Obama - Mark Landler, NYT
Mitt Must Go on Offense on Media, Mideast - Pat Caddell, Big Journalism
Bibi's Botched History Lesson - Peter Beinart, The Daily Beast
How to Buy an Election: Ask the Dems - Matthew Continetti, Free Beacon
Why GOP Billionaires Aren't Winning - Jonathan Alter, Bloomberg
"Morning Joe" Misrepresents, Mocks Romney - McKay Coppins, BuzzFeed
Akin Calls GOP's Bluff, But Can He Win? - Scott Conroy, RealClearPolitics
Euthanasia for Obamacare - Jeffrey Anderson, The Weekly Standard
Obama's Health Law & the "Redistribution" Debate - Eduardo Porter, NYT
Election Won't Prevent Pension Crash - Amity Shlaes, OC Register
Five Myths About Presidential Debates - Gwen Ifill, Washington Post
Hope at the Movies: "Won't Back Down" - Michael Graham, National Review
The Hugo Chavez Cult Is Over - Francisco Toro, The Guardian

The Obama Wall Street Bailout Continues - Washington Examiner
The Right Is Waging a War on Voting - The Nation
On Mideast, Obama Strikes a Balance - Tampa Bay Times
Obama's One-Term Proposition - Wall Street Journal  

How Democrats are making the “47 percent” the grand unifying theme of their attack on Romney’s candidacy (TMP)
Presidential debates don't change outcomes much(Daily Beast)
Washington Post — “Along Virginia’s Route 15, the South’s Cultural Border Displays A Political Divide”
Associated Press — “Obama Calls on Congress to Approve Refinance Plan” 
The Hill — “Democrats Lay Out Wish List for Second Term”
Does the “skewed polls” crowd have a point? Not really.(Wash Post)
RT : DeMint, Coburn, Inhofe and Lindsey Graham (!) hosting Akin fundraiser
Peggy Noonan on how Mitt wins the debate In the Wall Street Journal.(WSJ)
Jim Lehrer: The master of moderation  (Politico)
Pennsylvania Redefines 'Disenfranchisement' in Voter ID Trial | The Nation
Paul Ryan tells New Hampshire Romney would let state 'live free and prosper'(NYP)
Ann Romney: Biggest Concern For Mitt In White House Would Be His ‘Mental Well-Being’
GOP Senators Decide Todd Akin Isn't So Bad After All(NY Mag)
Bill Maher Takes On Rasmussen Polling: Distinguishes Itself By 'Taking A Side'
Mitt Romney Has His Debate Zingers All Ready To Go(NY Mag)
Biden Blames Bush Administration for Deficit(ABC)
Harry Reid defends Susan Rice, White House on Libya:(Politico)
Obamanomics: A Counterhistory - David Leonhardt, New York Times
The Myriad Broken Promises of Obamanomics - David Asman, Fox Business
Voters' Economic Woes Give Romney an Opening - Julie Davis, Bloomberg
Biden Blames Bush Administration for Deficit - Arlette Saenz, ABC News
Ohio Voter Registration Down, Especially for Dems - Doug McKelway, FOX
Romney Faces Formidable Gender Gap - Ron Brownstein, National Journal
Two Very Different Paths for U.S. Energy Production - Neela Banerjee, LAT
We Need to Start Rationing Health Care - Steven Rattner, New York Times
Bailing Out ObamaCare: Palin Was Right - Steven Hayward, PowerLine
Racism Could Sway the Election - Colbert King, Washington Post
Media Now Doctoring Videos to Take Down Romney - Bryan Preston, PJM
Obama's Blend of Cool, Reserve Dragging Down 'SNL' - Kera Bolonik, Salon
Election 2012: DM Register: Obama 49, Romney 45 | RCP Electoral Map

Before First Debate, Tough Crowds at the Practice Sessions(NYT) Mitt Romney’s team hopes to create moments in the debate on Wednesday, while President Obama is aiming for a workmanlike performance, aides said. * Romney Team Tries Hanging a Carter Label on Obama(NYT) * The Economy and the Blame(NYT Ed) Growth is weak and unemployment is high, but Mitt Romney is having a hard time convincing voters that President Obama is responsible.* Muslims Burn Temples in Bangladesh(Daily Beast) * Journalistic firebombs in the Middle East(Columbia Journalism Review)Is our job to inform or inflame? * How Many Civilians Might Die in an Attack on Iran's Nuclear Sites?(Time)

Man Are Dying in War That Is Not Even A Topic In the Campaign . . .  US military deaths in Afghanistan hit 2,000: U.S. military deaths in the Afghan war have reached 2,000

20% of American Dead Now Caused By Insider Killings
Afghan inside attack puts US troop deaths at 2,000(NYP) American among two dead in Afghan insider attack, official says. American among two dead in Afghan insider attack, official says. * Another Wave of Bombings Across Iraq(NYTUS military deaths in 

Arthur O. Sulzberger 1926-2012
Arthur O. Sulzberger, Publisher Who Changed The Times, Dies at 86(NYT)Sulzberger Jr. on his father: "We and future generations of Times Company men & women will always be grateful" for his belief in journalism. * .: Thanks 2 Sulzberger " has remained a cultural touchstone & a dynamic global enterprise for decades." * Media leaders, others react to death of former New York Times publisher Sulzberger: (Politico) * Former New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Dies(NY1) * Video: Remembering Arthur Ochs Sulzberger * Times patriarch dies at 86(NYP) * Punch Sulzberger’s Legacy(Daily Beast)

Opinion or News
The Washington Post's own public editor calls the paper out for excluding conservative voices in its coverage. * WaPo ombudsman asks: Will The Post be about news or opinion? (Wash Post)

The Sheriff of Wall Street Never Give Up
Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Ex-Gov. Spitzer(NYT)  They Still Don't Get It  (Spitzer, Slate) Some people on Wall Street, and at the Wall Street Journal, speak asif the financial crisis never happened. * US investors pulled $300B out of equity markets in last two years

October Term, 2012(NYT Ed) The Supreme Court opens up a new term with important cases that deal with affirmative action, criminal justice and more

Law and Order 
Brother of executed cop says don't parole his 4 killers (NYDN) * EXCLUSIVE: Keys available on eBay could give terrorist access to NYC skyscrapers, subway and street lamps

Lawyer acquitted of assault in champagne flute gashing at SoHo bar(NYP) * 2 Plead Guilty as Kingpins in Drug Gang(NYT) * Elderly woman attacked, slashed in throat in Bronx push-in (NYDN) * Cops ID suspect in Bronx needle-wielding robberies(NYP) * Police hunt gunman in shooting on Staten Island(SI Advance) * Pre-Sentencing Hearing for LES Girlfriend Killer(NBC) * Police Searching For Two Suspects After 75-Year-Old Is Slashed In The Bronx  * Teen delivering pizza rapes woman in Manhattan apartment: police(NYP) * Teen robbed in Bronx stickup — with syringe(NYP) * Man Who Police Say Drove Car Into SI House Pleads Not Guilty (NY1) * Police Look For Driver Whom They Say Struck, Killed Pedestrian(NY1) * Teen Arrested for Manhattan Sexual Assault(NBC) * Hit-&-run slaying(NYP) * Man Stabbed In Back In Smartphone Theft
 Pizza delivery boy accused of rape: cops(NYDN)