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Obama: Let's make a deal

Obama’s campaign manager is offering: “[I]f the Governor will release five years of returns, I commit in turn that we will not criticize him for not releasing more--neither in ads nor in other public communications or commentary for the rest of the campaign."

Obama’s out with his first Medicare ad. Here’s the script: "Now Mitt Romney is attacking the President on Medicare? The non-partisan AARP says Obamacare 'cracks down on Medicare fraud, waste, and abuse' and 'strengthens guaranteed benefits'. And the Ryan plan? AARP says it would undermine ... Medicare and could lead to higher costs for seniors....  And experts say Ryan's voucher plan could raise future retirees' costs more than six thousand dollars. Get the facts."

The Obama campaign created its own Medicare white board.

Blurring the lines… Politico: “Bill Clinton made a pitch for the pro-President Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action at a private home in Manhattan last night, with a crowd that included White House senior adviser David Plouffe and Democratic donors. … Plouffe also gave a presentation.”

“With 82 days until the election, the poor economy still glowers over President Barack Obama’s re-election bid,” the New York Daily News writes. “Only 36 percent of Americans surveyed approve of the president’s handling of the economy, compared with 60 percent of those surveyed who give the commander in chief high marks for his battling terrorism, according to a Gallup Poll released Thursday.”

Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen will be the stand-in for Paul Ryan in VP debate prep.

“The power of incumbency: New projects in key political states. The Obama administration [yesterday] announced creation of a National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Youngstown, Ohio, devoted to promoting 3-D printing technology,” USA Today writes, adding, “The institute will be financed by $30 million in federal funding, matched by $40 million from a private industry consortium. It is designed to serve a three-state area: Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.”

The new Swiftboat? “A group of former special operations and intelligence members is sounding off against President Barack Obama in a documentary released Wednesday that accuses him of taking credit for the death of Osama bin Laden,” the New York Daily News writes. “The group, calling itself the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund, is also upset about alleged security leaks under the Obama administration — saying the lapses are putting overseas military members at risk. ‘Mr. President, you did not kill Osama bin Laden, America did,’ Ben Smith, identified as a Navy SEAL, says in the online documentary, ‘Dishonorable Disclosures.’ ‘The work that the American military has done killed Osama bin Laden. You did not.’”