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The Read: Political chatter from elsewhere

Each Saturday on the Politics Now blog, you'll find a list of stories that caught the eyes of The News' political reporters. Here's a sampling of what they were reading the last week:

This week's debate between U.S. Senate candidates Kirsten Gillibrand, the Democratic incumbent, and Wendy Long, endorsed by Conservatives and Republicans, was one of the most high-profile events in an otherwise lightly covered contest. The Times-Union's Jimmy Vielkind reports the debate revealed "clear splits" between the candidates on abortion and hydraulic fracturing, while The Atlantic's David Graham weighs in on the incorporation of "50 Shades of Grey" into a debate question.

Nick Confessore at The New York Times profiles the man who has given more than $20 million in political donations in Missouri since 2008, when the state eliminated contribution limits.

Presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney set aside their apparent contempt for each other during a light-hearted night at the Al Smith dinner in Manhattan, writes the Times' Richard A. Oppel Jr.  

A voter registration organizer who has worked on behalf of Republicans has been arrested and charged with fraud, accused of throwing out voter registration forms, reports Michael Isikoff of NBC. 

Obama is battling to maintain support from women, which is considered crucial to his chances for re-election, reports Liz Halloran at NPR. 

Meanwhile, a SuperPAC supporting Romney has seen a surge in donations, according to a USA Today story from Fredreka Schouten and Christopher Schnaars.

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About Politics Now

Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri is an Amherst native and has covered politics and government in upstate New York since 2003. She joined The Buffalo News in 2012 and covers City Hall.

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

@JerryZremski | [email protected]

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