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President Obama has released a Rosh Hashanah Greeting for the upcoming Jewish holiday

For those who can't watch videos, here is the transcript:

As we look forward to the beginning of the Jewish High Holidays Sunday night, I want to extend my warmest wishes to all those celebrating the New Year.

 This is a joyful time for millions of people around the world. But Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are also opportunities for reflection. They represent a chance to take stock of our lives and look forward to the coming year with clear eyes and renewed purpose.

 In that spirit, the Jewish Tradition teaches us that one of the most important duties we have during this period is the act of reconciliation. We’re called to seek each other out and make amends for those moments when we may not have lived up to our values as well as we should.

 At a time when our public discourse can too often seem harsh; when society too often focuses on what divides us instead of what unites us; I hope that Americans of all faiths can take this opportunity to reach out to those who are less fortunate; to be tolerant of our neighbors; and to recognize ourselves in one another. And as a nation, let us be mindful of those who are suffering, and renew the unbreakable bond we share with our friends and allies – including the State of Israel.

 In that spirit, Michelle and I wish you and your families a sweet year full of health, happiness, and peace. L’Shana Tovah.

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58% of Americans think President Obama would beat Mitt Romney in a fist fight according to a Esquire/Yahoo poll.

In other polling news, there have been some new swingstate polls out today that show Obama continuing to lead Romney:

NBC/Marist Polls:

FL - Obama - Romney 44
OH - Obama 50 - Romney 43
VA - Obama 49 - Romney 44

What’s particularly striking about these polls, Miringoff observes, is how most voters in these battleground states have already made up their minds, with just 5 to 6 percent saying they’re undecided, and with more than 80 percent signaling that they strongly support their candidate.

“Those who are thinking of voting have pretty much picked sides,” he says.

PPP:
MN - Obama 51 - Romney 44

Each candidate has his party base pretty much locked up. Obama gets 94% of Democrats, while Romney takes 92% of Republicans. Obama's lead comes in large part thanks to a 48-39 advantage with independent voters. Obama has his customary large lead with women in Minnesota (54-40) while trailing Romney only 48-47 with men.

The Presidential race in Minnesota might end up closer than it was in 2008 but the state doesn't look like a toss up by any stretch of the imagination.

NH - Obama 45 - Romney 40 (WMUR Granite State Poll)

CO - Obama 49 - Romney 44 (Onsight Public Affairs)

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