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12:15 PM ET, September 17, 2012

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Politico:
Inside the campaign: How Mitt Romney stumbled  —  Stuart Stevens, Mitt Romney's top strategist, knew his candidate's convention speech needed a memorable mix of loft and grace if he was going to bound out of Tampa with an authentic chance to win the presidency.
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BuzzFeed:
Romney's New Strategy Turns Right  —  “This is going to be a base election.”  More God, less economy.  —  Image by Geoff Burke / Getty Images  —  VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Mitt Romney's campaign has concluded that the 2012 election will not be decided by elusive, much-targeted undecided voters …
Politico:
Mitt Romney abruptly shifts strategy  —  Mitt Romney, sensing an opening in the Middle East mess and catching flak from conservatives for giving too little detail about his policy plans, is rolling out a new and broader strategy to make the election a referendum on “status quo versus change …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
If The Election Were Held Today Barack Obama Would Win  —  Contra Dick Morris, Mitt Romney is not winning this election.  At least Mitt Romney is not winning the election right now.  Conservatives are obsessing over every poll, the turn out models used, and the media bias that is on ful display.
Politico:
Inside the campaign: How Mitt Romney stumbled  —  A Romney official explained: “Mitt is a sticker — he stays with you.  He had a reputation at Bain for sticking with people.  They made a bad investment, he hung with them. ...  None of this is going to be fixed.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Times:
Amid Discord, Romney Seeks to Sharpen Message  —  With time dwindling for him to gain an edge in the presidential race and with an outbreak of finger-pointing signaling trouble in his campaign, Mitt Romney plans to begin an offensive this week, his aides said, seeking to give voters …
Discussion: GOP 12, USA Today, First Read and The Caucus
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Boston molasses
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Washington Post:
Romney, Obama turn campaign focus back to economy
Discussion: Hot Air and Booman Tribune
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Joe Scarborough On The Entire Muslim World: ‘They Hate Us Because Of Their Religion’  —  This morning on MSNBC, Joe Scarborough accused every single person in Muslim and Arab world of hating the United States.  According to Scarborough, “if you scratch the surface, and if you gave every street vendor …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and GILL REPORT
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Reuters:
Protests erupt in Afghanistan as film anger simmers  —  Thousands of protesters take to the streets of Kabul, setting cars on fire and shouting “death to America.”  —  KABUL - Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the Afghan capital on Monday, setting fire to cars and shouting …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Yeganeh Torbati / Reuters:
Iranian foundation ups price on Rushdie's head
Discussion: Guardian and The Daily Caller
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Cultural Clash Fuels Muslims Raging at Film
Discussion: Media Decoder
Robert Wright / The Atlantic Online:
Hidden Causes of the Muslim Protests
Discussion: Mondoweiss
Jennifer Levitz / Washington Wire:
Massachusetts GOP Ties Warren to Occupy Movement … As the Occupy movement marks its one-year anniversary, the Massachusetts Republican Party launched a new web video Monday titled “Happy Birthday.”  —  The video, posted on Monday, is no tribute to Occupy.
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Meghan Barr / Associated Press:
1 year on, Occupy is in disarray; spirit lives on
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
David Brody / The Brody File:
Paul Ryan Exclusive: Explains Why Romney Campaign Won't Reveal Tax Loopholes  —  Below is part of The Brody File exclusive interview with vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan.  The interview was done Friday at the Values Voter Summit in Washington DC.  —  Mandatory Courtesy: CBN News/The Brody File
Rana Tanveer / The Express Tribune:
Ultimatum to US: ‘Criminalise blasphemy or lose consulate’  —  LAHORE:  —  Several Muslim parties and a Christian group held rallies on Sunday to protest against a movie released in America.  —  Around 10,000 people participated in the main rally organised on The Mall by the Tehreek Hurmat-i-Rasool (THR).
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: How the Media Misrepresents the Race  —  The gap between the way the media characterizes the presidential race and what is actually happening is growing larger by the day.  In particular, we see a systematic emphasis on news items that favor the president and a discounting of evidence that disfavor him.
Nate Cohn / The New Republic:
Daily Breakdown: The Bounce Persists Into A Critical Week  —  During convention season, the polls temporarily provide a less accurate picture of the race as voters sway back and forth on either side of their eventual preference.  But this week, the polls are becoming more and more predictive …
presstv.ir:
Obama can be sued over insulting film: Iran official  —  A senior Iranian official says US President Barack Obama could face legal action in connection with the production of an anti-Islam movie by an American Jew.  —  “A complaint could be filed with US courts against Obama for his violation …
Wall Street Journal:
Investor Bankrolls Big Romney Campaign  —  A billionaire investor whose family owns the Chicago Cubs is pressing ahead with a multimillion-dollar pro-Republican political campaign, bucking a political furor that emerged when the effort first become public.  —  Joe Ricketts, the founder …
Associated Press:
AP: Black Pastors Say ‘Stay Home’ Election Day  —  More ways to share...  Mixx  —  Stumbled  —  LinkedIn  —  Vine  —  Buzzflash  —  Newstrust  —  Technocrati  —  Forward Article  —  Some black clergy see no good presidential choice between a Mormon candidate and one who supports gay marriage …
BREITBART.COM:
BREAKING: VIDEO PURPORTS TO SHOW US AMBASSADOR DRAGGED FROM BENGHAZI CONSULATE  —  YouTube user “Abdalgadar Fadi” has uploaded a video on the arabic language version of the video sharing site purporting to show US Ambassador Christopher Stevens dragged from the consulate in Benghazi.
Colin Moynihan / City Room:
Dozens of Arrests Near Stock Exchange on Occupy Wall St. Anniversary  —  Dozens of arrests were reported on Monday, the first anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, as protesters converged near the New York Stock Exchange and tried to block access to the exchange.
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Romney goes positive, negative in new TV ads  —  Mitt Romney's campaign is going up with two, new TV ads today.  —  One retraces familiar territory and attacks Barack Obama over the debt and falling household income.  —  But the other goes entirely positive, a rarity in this campaign from either the Romney or Obama sides.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Hill
Los Angeles Times:
Files: Boy Scouts shielded molesters  —  LOS ANGELES - Over two decades, the Boy Scouts of America failed to report hundreds of alleged child molesters to police and often hid the allegations from parents and the public - including cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Hullabaloo
 
 
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Stephanie Saul / New York Times:
Conservative Groups Focus on Registration in Swing States
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Cameron ‘claimed Britain is united against Mitt Romney’
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Pakistanis Try to Storm U.S. Outpost; One Is Killed
Reuters:
Japan brandname firms shut China plants after protest violence
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Niall Stanage / Ballot Box:
With voting under way, Romney camp faces test from Obama's ground game
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Citizens United Obama film to air on TV
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Obama up 5 in Virginia  —  PPP's newest Virginia poll finds …
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