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5:50 PM ET, September 18, 2012

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David Corn / MoJo Articles:
SECRET VIDEO: On Israel, Romney Trashes Two-State Solution  —  At a private fundraiser, the GOP candidate calls Middle East peace “almost unthinkable” and says he would “kick the ball down the field.”  —  At the private fundraiser held May 17 where Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney candidly spoke …
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
A Note on Romney's Arrogant and Stupid Remarks  —  So we have in 2012 two presidential candidates who—when they thought they were speaking privately to their fellow 1 percenters—have shown contempt for fellow Americans.  —  Here's Barack Obama, on April 6, 2008, in San Francisco:
David Corn / MoJo Articles:
WATCH: Full Secret Video of Private Romney Fundraiser  —  Mitt Romney wanted the full tape.  Here it is.  —  On Monday and Tuesday Mother Jones published exclusive video that captured Mitt Romney speaking to donors at a May 17 fundraiser, which was held at the home of private equity mogul Mark Leder.
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.
Rush Limbaugh:
A Golden Opportunity for Mitt Romney  —  RUSH: I tell you, I really hope that Mother Jones pulls down that Romney video pretty fast.  Well, what he said about the Palestinians not wanting peace, that's got the media as riled up as anything.  The Palestinians are sacred to some people …
Discussion: Washington Monthly, CNN and Althouse
CNN:
Eastwood: If they were ‘dumb enough to ask me...’  —  (CNN) - Clint Eastwood isn't taking much time to reflect on his unique endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at last month's Republican National Convention, after all he says if they're “dumb enough” to ask him, they'll take what they get.
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Romney's Comment  —  There are many problems with it starting with the fact, as has already been pointed out in here, that he jumbled together three different groups (the almost half of the country that's going to support Obama no matter what; the roughly half of households that get government benefits …
Discussion: American Prospect
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Conservatives Agree: Romney's Wrong  —  Plenty of conservatives are pushing back against the worldview espoused by Mitt Romney in his “arrogant and stupid' remarks at a private fundraiser earlier this year.  —  The conservative case against Romney's analysis is multi-pronged.
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Sen. Brown denounces Romney comments  —  Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) came out in opposition to Mitt Romney's controversial remarks on the “47 percent.”  —  Brown, who has been distancing himself from elements of the Republican Party, joins GOP Senate candidate in Connecticut Linda McMahon in coming out against the statements.
Michael Walsh / National Review:
Mitt's Gettysburg Moment  —  Mitt Romney found himself in an unexpected place last night — in the public eye.  He ought to make the most of it.  —  Milk-Carton Mitt's surprise turn upon the stage — did you know he was running for president? — came courtesy of the currently unemployed …
David Frum / The Daily Beast:
The Sinister Message Behind Romney's “Gaffe”  —  David Brooks blames the Romney 47% comments on maladroitness: the awkward mis-expression of a man pretending to be something he's not.  —  Likely so.  —  But they also reveal that Romney has been reshaped by this campaign.
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
The Right Is Wrong to Pin Obama's Edge on Welfare State
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
How Jimmy Carter's Grandson Helped Leak the Secret Romney Fund-raiser Video
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Romney “47 Percent” Fundraiser Host: Hedge Fund Manager Who Likes Sex Parties
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Conservatives Agree: Romney's Right
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Romney's theory of the “taker class,” and why it matters
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
OMG, you guys, it's all over! … I can see why Democrats are so offended.
Discussion: Guardian
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Real Romney Captured on Tape Turns Out to Be a Sneering Plutocrat
NBC's Michael Isikoff / First Read:
How the Romney video leaked: For Carters, it was personal
Discussion: Election 2012 and Pat Dollard
ExtraTV.com:
Clint Eastwood on RNC Speech: I Wouldn't Be Afraid to Do It Again
Discussion: Gothamist and TMZ.com
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Treat the Press as Enemy Collaborators
Discussion: National Review
Tony Romm / Reuters:
Mitt Romney ‘47 percent’ recording may have been illegal  —  The secretly recorded video of Mitt Romney decrying the “47 percent” of Americans who won't vote for him might run afoul of state law that bars eavesdropping.  —  The rules in Florida — where Romney spoke at a private fundraiser …
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BuzzFeed:
Romney Defends Leaked Comments, Hits Obama For 1998 “Redistribution” Line
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
The Long Strange Leak Of Mitt Romney's 47% Video
Sarah Chayes / Los Angeles Times:
‘Innocence of Muslims’ doesn't meet free-speech test  —  U.S. 1st Amendment rights distinguish between speech that is simply offensive and speech deliberately tailored to put lives and property at immediate risk.  —  A scene from the 14-minute video trailer for the film “Innocence of Muslims …
Fox News:
Protester dies after inhaling fumes from burning American flag  —  Burning an American flag proved fatal for a Pakistani protester, who reportedly died from inhaling fumes from the ignited icon of independence.  —  Some 10,000 people rallied this week in Lahore, the capital of the Punjab province …
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Phil Vinter / Daily Mail:
Pakistani man dies after inhaling fumes from burning American flags at anti-Islam film rally
Discussion: Flopping Aces and The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Post Poll: Obama up 8 points over Romney in Virginia  —  President Obama continues to hold a clear lead over Mitt Romney in Virginia, a new Washington Post poll shows, buoyed by enthusiastic support rivaling what he marshaled in 2008 to snap the Democrats' four-decade losing streak in the state.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Podesta report: Romney would poison, kill 21,600 … Already under fire for seeming to write off tens of millions of Americans who back President Obama because they receive federal assistance, a liberal group Tuesday claimed that Mitt Romney would essentially poison and kill 21,600 if given …
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Center for American Progress Action Fund:
Permitting Poison in the Air Means More Money for the Romney-Ryan Campaign
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pat Dollard
Richard C. Dujardin / The Providence Journal:
Cranston bans ‘father-daughter’ dances as violation of state law  —  CRANSTON, R.I. — In a move that has taken some parents by surprise, the school department has announced that it is banning traditional “father-daughter” and “mother-son” activities, saying they violate state law.  —  Supt.
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Gallup poll: Obama's convention bump gone, lead down to 1 point  —  President Obama's small bounce in the polls following the Democratic National Convention has all but vanished in Tuesday's Gallup daily tracking poll.  —  Obama takes 47 percent support among registered voters over Romney's 46, according to the poll.
 
 
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