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On cue, Rasmussen has a poll out this morning that shows President Obama with a one point lead in a hypothetical matchup with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in a nationwide sample. Ras surveyed 1,000 likely voters on Wednesday and Thursday.

Scott Rasmussen, owner/president of the firm, dropped his own analysis with the poll: “As Rick Perry has recently demonstrated, it’s easier being on the outside with people begging you to run than it is to actually run a campaign,” he said. “Running for president is a unique role in America, and there’s no way of knowing how a candidate will perform unless they actually try it.”

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) is criticizing President Barack Obama for “assasinating” American-born al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, CNN reports.

“If the American people accept this blindly and casually, that we now have an accepted practice of the president assassinating people who he thinks are bad guys, I think it’s sad,” Paul said.

It could easily force the United States back into recession and become the issue on which the 2012 elections turn. But the national political press has all but ignored it, and none of the GOP's Presidential hopefuls have been asked about it in any of their endless series of debates.

The European monetary union is on the verge of collapse. In the wake of 2008's global financial crisis, several countries on the Euro have amassed crushing debt burdens and seen their economies stall or buckle. And now the severity of their problems, combined with political paralysis in the union's more stable countries, threatens to bring the whole system down.

If that happens -- and many analysts say its a question of when, not if -- it will plunge all of Europe into financial crisis. But that will have far reaching consequences around the globe, including in the United States, and it hasn't widely sunk in that it could break our meager recovery and weigh heavily on Presidential politics next year.

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Michael Kinsley abandons all pretenses in his Bloomberg column Friday and chooses to directly address the one question about Christie that others have been somewhat reluctant to tackle.

“Look, I’m sorry, but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie cannot be president: He is just too fat,” Kinsley writes. “Maybe, if he runs for president and we get to know him, we will overlook this awkward issue because we are so impressed with the way he stands up to teachers’ unions. But we shouldn’t overlook it — unless he goes on a diet and shows he can stick to it.”

A poll from Rasmussen has the Virginia Senate race between top contenders in a statistical dead heat, with Democrat and former VA Gov. Tim Kaine with the slimest of leads over former Republican Sen. George Allen, 46 – 45. The snap poll used 500 automated interviews with likely voters on Wednesday, Sept. 28th.

“The men are equally matched in terms of favorability as far as Virginia voters are concerned. Forty-seven percent (47%) have a favorable opinion of each of them. That includes 21% with a Very Favorable opinion of Kaine and 20% with a Very Favorable view of Allen,” Rasmussen wrote.

CNN has confirmed that Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) raised over $5 million in third quarter fundraising. That number is up from the $4.5 million that Paul raised in the last quarter. The bump bodes well for Paul’s campaign; fundraising numbers can be just as important as polls as a gauge of a candidate’s popularity.

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