U.S. officials have confirmed the authenticity of a video showing the beheading of the American journalist.
The latest presidential polls have left voters and pundits scratching their heads. A three-day Gallup tracking poll released Monday morning showed Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama were tied. But a seven-day tracking poll that Gallup released Monday afternoon showed Obama with a 5-point lead. A Rasmussen poll showed a tie between the candidates. By late afternoon a new Pew Center poll put Romney up by 4 percent.
The New York Post’s John Podhoretz calls yesterday “the day the political polling died.” Nate Silver of the New York Times urges voters to “take the polls in stride,” including the Pew poll showing Romney with a 4-point post-debate lead over Obama.