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12:15 PM ET, September 20, 2012

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CNN:
Source: Slain ambassador Stevens said he was on al Qaeda list  —  (CNN) — In the months leading up to his death, Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, worried about constant security threats in Benghazi and mentioned that his name was on an al Qaeda hit list, a source familiar with his thinking told CNN.
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Fox News:
Al Qaeda, ex-Gitmo detainee involved in consulate attack, intelligence sources say  —  Intelligence sources tell Fox News they are convinced the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was directly tied to Al Qaeda — with a former Guantanamo detainee involved.
Wynton Hall / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: OBAMA REVERSES POSITION ON INTEL BRIEFS, DROPS IPAD FOR LIVE MEETINGS
Pam Benson / CNN:
Intel official: Libya attack was terror act, but not planned in advance
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Washington Examiner:
The Obama you don't know  —  Few if any of his predecessors took the oath of office with higher public hopes for his success than President Obama on Jan. 20, 2009.  —  Millions of Americans hailed his election as an end to partisanship, a renewal of the spirit of compromise and a reinvigoration …
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Jeff Dunetz / “The Lid”:
Report Blows HUGE Hole In Obama's Fake Biography  —  The Washington Examiner has investigated the narrative given to us by Barack Obama and the Democratic party and found it filled with lies.  The truth is the president had a privileged up-bringing, went to the best schools throughout his life.
Discussion: The Other McCain and The Rightnewz
First Read:
Romney: ‘This is a campaign about the 100 percent’  —  Updated at 8:02 a.m. ET: MIAMI — Mitt Romney said his campaign is about “100 percent” of Americans as his campaign continued to work to contain the fallout from controversial comments he made at a private fundraiser in May.
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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Pawlenty to take over as Financial Services Roundtable CEO  —  Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will take over one of K Street's most prestigious jobs as CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable.  —  The group announced Thursday morning that the former GOP candidate for president …
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Dave Clarke / Politico:
Pawlenty to head bank lobbying group
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Reuters:
Romney rescue plan: More Mitt  —  BOSTON - More Mitt.  —  After taking a beating for comments he privately wishes he never made and from conservative critics he wishes he could muzzle, Mitt Romney and his campaign are settling on a rescue plan to show more of him - in ads, speeches and campaign appearances.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Issa: White House pursuing an ‘enemies list’ in Washington  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Cali.) said Thursday that a team at the White House is pursuing him and others on its “enemies list” in an attempt to quell dissenters in Washington.  —  “Not since Richard Nixon have we seen a president …
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
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Jana Winter / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Probe of Secret Service prostitution scandal may cite White House advance staff involvement
Discussion: Hot Air
Jennifer Martinez / The Hill:
Napolitano: Executive order on cybersecurity is ‘close to completion’
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
CAPTION THIS: Debbie Wasserman Schultz Wrote Something On Her Hand, Too.  What is this, middle school?  —  UPDATE: Meanwhile, on the just-plain-creepy side: Actress Jessica Alba asks voters to pledge allegiance to Obama.  I understand that actors are generally none-too-bright, and none-too-educated, but still. . . .
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Moe Lane
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Vincent Miller / America Magazine:
Secret Ryan Transcript: Social Security and Medicare are the Target  —  This isn't from a secret video, it's from the untranscribed portion of Ryan's 2005 speech at the Atlas Society's “Celebration of Ayn Rand.”  It fits well with the Romney video because it makes clear that middle class entitlements …
Joe Battenfeld / Boston Herald:
UMass/Herald poll: Scott Brown in slight lead vs. Warren  —  U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has moved into a narrow lead over rival Elizabeth Warren while his standing among Massachusetts voters has improved despite a year-long Democratic assault, a new UMass Lowell/Boston Herald poll shows.
Pema Levy / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Praised ‘Competition’ And ‘Innovation’ In 1998 Remarks  —  Republicans' line of attack this week is that President Obama favors wealth-redistribution policies based on a clip of Obama from 1998 in which he says he believes in “redistribution” — setting up the campaign as a choice between free enterprise and big government.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Obama's Lead Looks Stronger in Polls That Include Cellphones  —  As I observed on Tuesday, and as The New Republic's Nate Cohn also found, Barack Obama seems to have received a much clearer bounce in some types of polls than others.  —  Although there are exceptions on either side …
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Tax penalty to hit nearly 6M uninsured people  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 6 million Americans — significantly more than first estimated— will face a tax penalty under President Barack Obama's health overhaul for not getting insurance, congressional analysts said Wednesday.  Most would be in the middle class.
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
No One Left to Race Bait  —  Dave Weigel points out the difference between the covert racism of a young cagey Pat Buchanan in the days of the Southern strategy, and overt racism of the pariah Pat Buchanan banished to Fox News (emphasis added): … Calling the first black president a …
Discussion: Brad DeLong and Business Insider
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Romney's Video-Debunking Claim Is...Debunked  —  This is getting ridiculous.  —  After Mother Jones posted video of Mitt Romney sharing remarks with millionaire donors that he would never express to voters—noting that nearly half of the American electorate are moochers and that Romney …
Byron York / Twitchy:
Obama campaign now selling its version of American flag, complete with ‘O’ logo … In the wake of Mitt Romney's divisive “caught on tape” comments, the president would like you to know that he believes in one nation under Obama, and he has the flag to prove it.
Gallup:
Democratic Enthusiasm Swells in the Swing States, Nationally  —  Overall, 59% of swing-state voters now highly enthusiastic, up from 46% in June  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Voters in the 12 states USA Today and Gallup consider the key swing states that could decide the 2012 presidential election …
Charles C. Johnson / The Daily Caller:
The Professor  —  A course description for “Current Issues in Racism and the Law,” a class Barack Obama taught at the University of Chicago Law School 12 times between 1992 and 2004, categorized race relations in the United States as “institutional racism in American society.”
Thomas Sowell / Townhall.com:
The Fallacy of Redistribution  —  The recently discovered tape on which Barack Obama said back in 1998 that he believes in redistribution is not really news.  He said the same thing to Joe the Plumber four years ago.  But the surfacing of this tape may serve a useful purpose if it gets people …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP: Reid's Mitt-bashing broke rules  —  Republicans say Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) flouted the spirit of ethical prohibitions against political activity on federal property Wednesday after he ripped Mitt Romney on the Senate floor.  —  They say Reid, who in July accused Romney …
 
 
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Obama Exploits Familiar Junction of Policy and Politics
Lowkell / Blue Virginia:
Photos: Symbolic Lynching of “Nobama” at Bull Run Park This Weekend
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Jeffry Bartash / MarketWatch:
U.S. jobless claims little changed at 382,000
ABCNEWS:
President Obama, First Lady to Appear Together on ‘The View’
Discussion: New York Magazine
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Report: Never an Anti-American Protest in Benghazi, Only a Planned Attack
Neela Banerjee / Los Angeles Times:
Romney ad features miners allegedly forced to attend rally
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