Obama outraises Romney. Matheson agrees to four debates. 56 days to the election.
It's Tuesday, Sept. 11. It's been 11 years since the series of terrorist attacks hit the Twin Towers and Pentagon and impacted the lives of Americans in unthinkable ways. For the first time, the only speakers at the New York remembrance ceremony will be those who lost loved ones. [NYDailyNews]
-> Pay Bagley offers his take on 9-11's legacy. [Trib]
Topping the news: The LDS Church has reiterated its neutrality in the presidential campaign after a purported church official sends an email encouraging a voter registration drive with the contact person a Mitt Romney supporter. [Trib]
-> Time magazine looks at Romney's two campaign fronts: One as the Mr. Fix It Guy and the other as the one throwing fire-up-the-base rhetoric around. [Time]
-> Rep. Jim Matheson has agreed to debate Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love four times but Love's campaign says that's not enough. [Trib]
Happy Birthday: to Dama Barbour, Taylorsville City Council member.
In other news: Illegal immigrants account for approximately 6 percent of the Utah prison population, but no correlation was found linking rise immigrants to a rise in violent crimes. [Trib]
-> Rep. Jim Matheson criticized challenger Mia Love's plan to cut federal college aid, something Love once took advantage of as a young student. [DNews]
-> The down-ticket problem for Democrats of having Romney leading the ballot in Utah could be tempered, says Frank Pignanelli, who notes that Democrats Ben McAdams and Jim Matheson are doing so.
-> The U.'s Kirk Jowers says if only temporarily, the conventions offering voters a break from the brutal campaign trail norm. [KSL]
-> Romney's pollster dismissed the president's post-convention bump as a "sugar high," assuring voters that "Romney will win this race." [NYTimes]
-> The teacher strike in Chicago could be bad news for Obama. [WaPost]
-> At a campaign stop in Mansfield, Ohio, Romney commits himself to protecting both the military and God's place in politics. [WSJ]
-> Bill Clinton officially ousted Obama as a better defender of he president's first term, according to a Pew Research Center study. [WaPost]
-> Obama and Romney will come together for a common cause at Bill Clinton's eighth annual philanthropic summit beginning Sept. 25. [Reuters]
-> Republicans as white evangelicals and Democrats as minorities without traditional religion are two overblown stereotypes rooted in some truth. [WaPost]
-> Two University of Colorado professors developed an election prediction model that points to a significant Romney win. [DailyCaller]
-> A Gallup poll says that 43 percent of Americans who watched the Democratic National Convention said it made them more likely to vote for Obama, while 40 percent who watched the GOP convention said it made them more likely to vote for Romney. [Gallup]
-> In the past year and a half, Obama attended approximately 38 percent of his daily intelligence meetings -- meetings that his predecessor, George W. Bush, rarely missed. [WaPost]
-> And finally, Nicki Minaj says she is not voting for Romney. [MTV]
Where are they?
-- Thomas Burr and Betsy Blanchard
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