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12:40 AM ET, September 18, 2012

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David Corn / Mother Jones:
SECRET VIDEO: Romney Tells Millionaire Donors What He REALLY Thinks of Obama Voters  —  When he doesn't know a camera's rolling, the GOP candidate shows his disdain for half of America.  —  During a private fundraiser earlier this year, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Romney: Obama's 47% of the electorate is dependent on government  —  Via Mother Jones and Ace, watch this now if you haven't seen it elsewhere because political media will be having 20 heart attacks about it tomorrow and you'll want to be up to speed.  This was recorded awhile back at a fundraiser …
Bloomberg:
Today, Mitt Romney Lost the Election  —  You can mark my prediction now: A secret recording from a closed-door Mitt Romney fundraiser, released today by David Corn at Mother Jones, has killed Mitt Romney's campaign for president.  —  On the tape, Romney explains that his electoral strategy …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Romney: I'll never convince Obama voters to take responsibility for their lives  —  The Huffington Post and Mother Jones both post audio of what may be a blockbuster moment: Mitt Romney telling a private fundraiser that 47 percent of the American people — the voters who can be counted on to vote for Obama …
cbpp.org:
Misconceptions and Realities About Who Pays Taxes  —  Executive Summary  —  Close to half of U.S. households currently do not owe federal income tax.  The Urban Institute-Brookings Tax Policy Center estimates that 46 percent of households will owe no federal income tax for 2011.
Mayhill Fowler / The Huffington Post:
Obama: No Surprise That Hard-Pressed Pennsylvanians Turn Bitter  —  LISTEN TO THE FULL OBAMA April 6.  FUNDRAISER SPEECH HERE Some highlights - Obama responds to Krugman toward the end of the audio (46:20); Obama discloses his trip to Pakistan (40:17); Obama discusses fundraising successes …
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Where Are the 47% of Americans Who Pay No Income Taxes?  —  Mitt Romney says citizens who don't pay income tax will never vote for him.  But eight of the top 10 states with the highest number of nonpayers are red states.  —  The political world is in a tizzy over hidden-camera footage of Mitt Romney at a fundraising event.
Philip Rucker / Election 2012:
Romney stands by his remarks in leaked video  —  Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney did not back down from comments published Monday in Mother Jones magazine, in which he dismissed supporters of President Obama as a “victims” who take no responsibility for their livelihoods …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Campaign Responds To Hidden Video: ‘Mitt Romney wants to help all Americans’  —  Mitt Romney's campaign responded to the hidden camera footage of Romney at fundraiser claimg that Obama's voters are “are dependent upon government” and “believe that they are victims” posted online in a statement Monday evening.
The Caucus:
Romney Calls 47% of Voters Dependent in Leaked Video
Discussion: KDVR.com, The Week and Economist's View
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Claims Obama Voters All Depend On Government Checks In Unearthed Video
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney versus the 47 percent
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Middle East Turmoil Closely Followed; Romney's Comments Viewed Negatively  —  OVERVIEW  —  About four-in-ten Americans (43%) have followed news about the attacks on U.S. embassies in the Middle East and the killing of an American ambassador very closely, making it by far the most closely followed foreign news story of the year.
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
GOP Congressman Blows Up At CNN Host: 'I Don't Care What Fact Check Says,' Obama Apologizes For America!  —  During an appearance on CNN's Starting Point on Monday, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) could not explain when President Obama “apologized” for the United States, despite repeatedly claiming that he went on an …
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Romney's ‘New’ Campaign Strategy Isn't Actually New
Max Read / Gawker:
13 Powerful Images of Muslim Rage  —  “MUSLIM RAGE,” screams Newsweek's new cover story about last week's violent anti-American protests.  Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the well-known anti-Islam activist, is here to tell “us” (The_West) how to “end it.”  And it's true, isn't it?  All Muslims are constantly raging about everything.
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Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
White House media ignores Obama's Muslim outreach meltdown  —  The press corps asked no questions during Monday's White House press conference about the meltdown of President Barack Obama's high-profile Muslim outreach policy.  —  Instead, they spent time asking low-impact questions …
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Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Twentysomething Embarrasses Fox & Friends, Himself [Updated]  —  Many a bong circle has come up with the brilliant idea of tricking Fox News into hosting a loudmouth liberal under false pretenses.  That will show 'em!  The reality was far more painful to watch this morning on Fox & Friends …
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Eric Kleefeld / Talking Points Memo:
Todd Akin's Wife Compares GOP Abandonment to Rape, Tyranny  —  Rep. Todd Akin's wife, Lulli Akin, says the Republican Party's attempts to push her husband out of the Missouri Senate race — over his false assertion that women who are raped rarely get pregnant — are like rape itself.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Thurston Howell Romney  —  In 1980, about 30 percent of Americans received some form of government benefits.  Today, as Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute has pointed out, about 49 percent do.  —  In 1960, government transfers to individuals totaled $24 billion.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Pictures That Change Elections?  —  Remember this infamous photo of the Elian Gonzalez raid in April 2000?  It may well have cost Al Gore the election because of its effect on Cuban voters in Florida:  —  Well, this equally infamous photo ought to cost Obama this election:
Discussion: Mother Jones, Ed Driscoll and alicublog
David Martin / CBS News:
U.S. military suspends joint patrols with Afghans  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) The strategy for getting U.S. forces out of Afghanistan depends on training Afghan soldiers and police to protect the country themselves, but on Monday the U.S. military suspended most joint field operations …
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
The CIA's Secret Weapons  —  In an unauthorized account of the raid on Osama bin Laden, a Navy SEAL revealed that the intelligence analyst who led his team was a woman—and there are plenty more like her in the ranks.  Eli Lake reveals the world of the superstar female agents of the CIA.
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Beast
Times of India:
Egypt cleric issues fatwa against ‘Innocence of Muslims’ cast, crew  —  Read More:  —  WASHINGTON: A Salafist cleric in Egypt is calling for the deaths of all those involved in the making of an anti-Muslim film that has outraged the Islamic world, SITE Intelligence Group said on Monday.
ABCNEWS:
Viral Video Splices Obama 'You Didn't Build That' With M.C. Hammer  —  A new well-produced, mash-up Internet video marries President Obama's controversial “You didn't build that” statement with M.C. Hammer's “U Can't Touch This.”  —  The result, “U Didn't Build That by MC 'Bama,” …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Appeals court unblocks indefinite detention law  —  A single federal appeals court judge put a temporary hold Monday night on a district court judge's ruling blocking enforcement of indefinite detention provisions in a defense bill passed by Congress and signed into law last year by President Barack Obama.
Discussion: emptywheel
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Obama: If GOP Wants Me 'To Walk the Dog or Wash Their Car, I'm Happy to Do It'  —  (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama, on the stump in the swing state of Ohio on Monday, said that in working with Republicans to reduce the deficit, he was willing to show “more love” and even “wash their car” to get the job done.
 
 
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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
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Angela Delli Santi / Associated Press:
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Noah Smith / The Atlantic Online:
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Dylan Matthews / Washington Post:
Rush Limbaugh says welfare recipients turn out to vote in force. They really don't.
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Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
AFDI/SIOA Exclusive: Statement from Joseph Nassralla Gives Inside Story of Making of “Innocence of Muslims” film
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Campaign Accuses Romney of Profiting from Slave Labor
Us Weekly:
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Michael Knox Beran / National Review:
How Republics Fall  —  The weird ecstasy of the media-political complex …
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