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1:00 PM ET, September 13, 2012

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Wall Street Journal:
Romney Offends the Pundits  —  Doesn't he know he's not supposed to debate foreign policy?  —  Tuesday's assaults on the U.S. Embassies in Benghazi and Cairo have injected foreign policy into the Presidential campaign, but suddenly the parsons of the press corps are offended by the debate.
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New York Times:
Turmoil Spreads to U.S. Embassy in Yemen  —  SANA, Yemen — Turmoil in the Arab world linked to a contentious video denigrating the Prophet Muhammad spread on Thursday to Yemen, where hundreds of protesters stormed the United States Embassy, two days after assailants killed the American ambassador …
New York Post:
The media lash out  —  The murders of US diplomats in Libya and the attempted storming of the US Embassy in Cairo took place 56 days before the election of America's next president.  —  Apparently, it is the view of much of the mainstream media and foreign-policy establishment that discussing …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Mitt's Major Meltdown  —  Mitt Romney broke our deal.  —  Perhaps he didn't know he'd made it, although, really, I thought it was pretty clear.  —  He could do anything he wanted during this campaign as long as he sent out signals that once he got in the White House he was not likely to be truly crazy.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The American Media Beclowned Themselves Yesterday  —  Yesterday, as the American consulate in Libya was smoking and the rioters were returning in Egypt, the President of the United States flew off to Las Vegas for a fundraiser while his spokesman was telling the American press corps that yesterday wasn't really a normal political day.
Glenn Thrush / Reuters:
Benjamin Netanyahu vs. Barack Obama  —  President Barack Obama's national security team had every reason to believe they'd be spared a Bibi eruption before Election Day.  —  Earlier this year, U.S. and Israeli officials had informally agreed to stop airing their well-documented disagreements …
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Inside the public relations disaster at the Cairo embassy  —  One staffer at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo was responsible for the statement and tweets Tuesday that have become grist for the presidential campaign, and that staffer ignored explicit State Department instructions not to issue the statement …
New York Times:
A Challenger's Criticism Is Furiously Returned  —  WASHINGTON — The deadly attack on an American diplomatic post in Libya propelled foreign policy into the forefront of an otherwise inward-looking presidential campaign on Wednesday and presented an unexpected test not only to the incumbent …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
How the media turned Obama's foreign policy bungle into a Romney gaffe … We're still learning more details about the events leading up to and surrounding the attacks by Islamic radicals on the U.S. consulate in Libya and embassy in Egypt, but the media has already agreed on one thing: Mitt Romney is the political loser.
Ahmed Al-Haj / Associated Press:
Protesters storm US Embassy in Yemen  —  Associated Press/Hussein Tallal - A vehicle burns during clashes outside the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, early Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, as part of widespread anger across the Muslim world about a film ridiculing ...more
Roger Simon / Politico:
Mitt Romney won't stop attacking  —  Mitt Romney must have ignored his fortune cookie: “When reaching for shiny object, make sure you are not standing on cliff.”  —  Recently, the Romney campaign dismissed foreign policy as a “shiny object,” a trifle, a mere bagatelle.
CNN:
Foreign policy dominates campaign for second day
Politico:
Ambassador Stevens killed at site with no Marines
Nancy Pelosi / CNN:
Pelosi ‘welcomes’ Ryan back to the House
Discussion: Politico
Washington Examiner:   The second 9/11 illustrates futility of groveling for peace
Pema Levy / Talking Points Memo:
Portman Comes To Romney's Defense On Libya But Concedes Lack Of Awareness Of Sequence Of Events
Discussion: Daily Kos
Liz Cheney / Wall Street Journal:
Cairo, Benghazi and Obama Foreign Policy
Discussion: Hot Air
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
White House: anti-Islam film ‘truly abhorrent’
Chicago Tribune:
Hope spreads from bargaining table to teacher picket line  —  As talk of progress spread from the bargaining table to the picket line, striking Chicago teachers said this morning they hope their actions will be a good lesson not just for their students, but for other unions across the country.
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Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
In Chicago, Rahm Emanuel is in a showdown against teachers
Discussion: Hot Air and EAGnews.org
Anthea Butler / USA Today:
Opposing view: Why Sam Bacile deserves arrest  —  Words have consequences.  I know that because one of my tweets asking “when Sam Bacile would be arrested” drew wide attention on Wednesday.  —  My initial tweet about Bacile, the person said to be responsible for the film mocking the prophet Mohammed …
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Gillian Flaccus / Associated Press:
California man confirms role in anti-Islam film
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 12: Polls Since Conventions Point to Decline in ‘Enthusiasm Gap’  —  Why did President Obama get a bounce in the polls following the Democratic convention?  —  Part of it may simply be one of the functions that conventions have long served: to motivate voters who are generally loyal to the party …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Flashback: Major-party nominee uses war deaths to score political points  —  Remember that time when a major-party presidential nominee went on television immediately after the deaths of several Americans abroad to attack the policies of the current administration and his opponent?
Discussion: Althouse
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BuzzFeed:
Barack Obama Used Troop Deaths To Ding Bush, McCain Support For Iraq In 2008
Roger Alford / The Republic:
APNewsBreak: US Sen. Mitch McConnell hires tea party strategist to lead re-election campaign  —  FRANKFORT, Ky. — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell reached into the upper echelons of the tea party movement for a campaign manager to head his bid for re-election to a sixth term.
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First Thoughts: A tricky situation
Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg:
Jobless Claims in U.S. Rose More Than Forecast Last Week  —  The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits rose more than projected last week, showing scant improvement on the outlook for jobs.  —  Jobless claims increased 15,000 in the week ended Sept. 8 …
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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in August suggests that economic activity has continued to expand at a moderate pace in recent months.  Growth in employment has been slow, and the unemployment rate remains elevated.
Discussion: New York Times and The Big Picture
New York Post:
Lewinsky booked  —  Monica Lewinsky is shopping a top-secret book project, Page Six has exclusively learned.  We're told Lewinsky has been making the rounds with major publishers, who were all asked to sign nondisclosure agreements to take the meetings.  It's unclear who the front-runners are …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Health Board Approves Ban on Large Sugary Drinks  —  Seeking to combat rising obesity rates, the New York City Board of Health approved on Thursday a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, street carts and movie theaters, enacting the first restriction of its kind in the country.
 
 
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Donald Rumsfeld / The Daily Dolt:
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