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3:00 PM ET, September 19, 2012

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James Taranto / Peggy Noonan's Blog:
Time for an Intervention  —  What should Mitt Romney do now?  He should peer deep into the abyss.  He should look straight into the heart of darkness where lies a Republican defeat in a year the Republican presidential candidate almost couldn't lose.  He should imagine what it will mean for the country …
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Mitt Romney / USA Today:
I'll deliver recovery, not dependency  —  Since our founding, America has promoted personal responsibility, the dignity of work and the value of education.  Those values made our nation the hope of the earth and our economy the envy of the world.  —  Efforts that promote hard work …
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Romney Tapes Give Way To The Not-So-Calm After The Storm (The Note)  —  NOTABLES:  — ROMNEY TAPES GET THE SUPER PAC TREATMENT: That didn't take long.  The pro-Obama super PAC, Priorities USA Action, is quick out of the starting gate this morning with a new television ad featuring footage …
Benny Johnson / TheBlaze.com:
IS THE SECRET VIDEO OF ROMNEY AT FUNDRAISER REALLY UNEDITED?  WE MAY HAVE PROOF OTHERWISE  —  Tuesday afternoon, the site Mother Jones released what was described as the “full,” “raw and uncut” video of Mitt Romney's comments at a private campaign fundraiser, which has drawn immense criticism from both sides.
Michael Barbaro / The Caucus:
A Mood of Gloom Afflicts the Romney Campaign  —  SALT LAKE CITY - Mitt Romney's traveling press secretary walked to the back of the candidate's plane midflight on Tuesday and teasingly asked a pair of journalists in an exit row if they were “willing and able to assist in case of an emergency.”
Scott Wong / Politico:
Heller knocks Romney over ‘47 percent’  —  Make that three Republican Senate candidates who are taking Mitt Romney to task for his “47 percent” remarks.  —  Incumbent Sen. Dean Heller, who is in a tight race with Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley, played up his blue-collar background …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Romney video missing ‘one to two minutes’  —  The videos of Mitt Romney's remarks at a May fundraiser, released in full by Mother Jones yesterday, omit “one to two minutes” of the candidates remarks, the journalist who obtained the video told POLITICO.  —  The omission comes between parts …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Naked DC and The Hill
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Critical audio gap in “complete” Romney tape released by Mother Jones (Update - Corn responds, 1-2 minutes missing)  —  David Corn of Mother Jones released the “complete” audio and video of the secretly recorded Mitt Romney speech at a private fundraiser.  —  Yet the complete audio and video is not complete.
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Romney's missteps could cost party the Senate, strategists say  —  Republicans believe Mitt Romney's mistakes could prevent them from winning back the Senate.  —  Romney's failure to close the gap with President Obama less than 50 days before the election, as well as a variety of high-profile gaffes …
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Prairie Weather
James Monteleone / Albuquerque Journal:
Gov. Martinez critical of Romney's ‘47 percent’  —  Gov. Susana Martinez today rejected Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's remarks that Republicans this fall can't woo “47 percent” of voters because they're too dependent on government services.  —  Martinez, who was asked to speak …
The Onion:
Romney Apologizes To Nation's 150 Million ‘Starving, Filthy Beggars’
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Does Paul Ryan regret his choice?
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
CNBC Poll: 75% Agree With Romney's 47% Comments
Discussion: Hit & Run
Mark McKinnon / The Daily Beast:
Mark McKinnon on Why Time Is Running Out for Mitt Romney
Dick Durbin / CNN:
Partisan field day: Reid, Durbin on Romney remarks
Discussion: Politico
FRANCE 24:
France to close embassies in fear of cartoon backlash  —  France announced Wednesday it will close 20 embassies across the Muslim world on Friday after French weekly Charlie Hebdo published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed naked, amid growing unrest over an anti-Islamic film that has left dozens dead.
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Geoff Earle / New York Post:
Beyoncé & Jay-Z host NY Bam ba$h  —  WASHINGTON — Nix the flags and the podium.  Cue the opulent 18-foot tower of gold-bottled French champagne.  —  When President Obama addresses an elite roster of hipsters and multimillionaires, including hosts Beyoncé and Jay-Z …
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Quinnipiac University:
Obama Hits 50% In Wisconsin, Virginia; Colorado Is Close, Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News Swing State Poll Finds  —  Watch Video: Assistant Director Tim Malloy discusses poll results  —  Clip Information and Download:  —  FLV File - For Website (1920x1080 / 189.1MB)
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
CRS report: number of able-bodied adults on food stamps doubled after Obama suspended work requirement … Obama administration officials have insisted that their decision to grant states waivers to redefine work requirements for welfare recipients would not “gut” the landmark 1996 welfare reform law.
Fox News:
Major report released on Fast and Furious, DOJ official resigns  —  A major report released Wednesday on the Operation Fast and Furious scandal faulted a range of federal agencies for the failed anti-gunrunning program — and has resulted in the resignation of one Justice Department official.
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Obama Ahead with Stronger Support, Better Image and Lead on Most Issues  —  Democrats Narrow Engagement Gap  —  OVERVIEW  —  At this stage in the campaign, Barack Obama is in a strong position compared with past victorious presidential candidates.  With an eight-point lead …
Associated Press:
AP-GfK poll reveals demographic divides driving close contest for the presidency  —  The presidential race remains a tight contest, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, but beyond that near-even split on the vote lie shifting public views of the nation's outlook and an electorate beginning …
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
GOP Congressional Candidate Says Mideast Turmoil Is Because Of ‘Girly Men’ In The White House  —  A Republican congressional nominee laid the blame for turmoil in the Middle East on “girly men” in the White House.  —  North Carolina State Sen. David Rouzer (R), the GOP nominee …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Obama official: Benghazi was a terrorist attack  —  The Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was in fact “a terrorist attack” and the U.S. government has indications that members of al Qaeda were directly involved, a top Obama administration official said Wednesday morning.
Esquire:
(Plus: Americans Trust Obama Over Romney in War)  —  There is a strong and pervasive sense among critics, pundits, and all-purposed commentators right now that Mitt Romney is on his way to losing this thing.  That he is taking a highly winnable situation — an incumbent president …
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Weasel Zippers
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: In 2-point presidential race, Romney trips over 47%  —  The good news for Republican challenger Mitt Romney: After three rocky weeks, he remains within striking distance of President Obama in the battleground states that matter most.  The bad news: His latest misstep could upend that.
BuzzFeed:
Ann Romney: Mitt Doesn't Disdain The Poor  —  The saddest rapid response... The Romney campaign just uploaded a video with the title “Ann Romney to FOX31: Mitt Doesn't Disdain the Poor.”  UPDATE: Apparently the campaign has removed the video from their official account.  —  Zeke Miller  —  an hour ago
the MoJo / MoJo Articles:
Full Transcript of the Mitt Romney Secret Video  —  Additional highlights include Romney mocking immigration and pondering how he'd exploit a pre-election hostage crisis.  —  Below is a complete transcript, produced by Mother Jones, of the entire unedited Romney videos that we published on Tuesday.
 
 
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Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Priorities USA Uses Mitt Romney Secret Footage In Ad
Discussion: New York Magazine
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Congress Nears End of Low-Output Session
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Carney lambasts Romney for ‘desperate efforts’ on Obama video
Discussion: Politico
Lydia Warren / Daily Mail:
Monica's revenge: Lewinsky 'to publish secret love letters to Clinton revealing his insatiable desire …
Barbra Streisand / The Huffington Post:
Obama vs. Romney: A Clear Choice
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Bloomberg:
Ryan's Proposal Would Shrink Medicare's Doctor Pool
Hal Dardick / Chicago Tribune:
Moreno relents, will allow Chick-fil-A
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David Kravets / Wired:
Feds Charge Activist with 13 Felonies for Rogue Downloading of Academic Articles
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Look in Your Mirror  —  On Monday, David D. Kirkpatrick …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Pat Buchanan: President Obama a ‘drug dealer of welfare’
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 18: Obama's Bounce Erodes in Two Tracking Polls
Discussion: The New Republic and ABCNEWS
Christopher Keating / Hartford Courant:
UConn/Hartford Courant Poll Shows McMahon, Murphy In Dead Heat
Fred Thys / WBUR:
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