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9:25 AM ET, September 11, 2012


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Kurt Eichenwald / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: The Bush White House Was Deaf to 9/11 Warnings  —  IT was perhaps the most famous presidential briefing in history.  —  On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a classified review of the threats posed by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al Qaeda.
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Both campaigns eschew politics on 9/11 anniversary  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Tuesday could be the only day before Nov. 6 without explicit partisan rancor.  —  Both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney plan to take down their negative ads in honor of the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Niall Ferguson / The Daily Beast:
Niall Ferguson: Why Obama Is Winning
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Why is Obama skipping more than half of his daily intelligence meetings?
Washington Post:
Among likely voters, Obama-Romney close  —  Last week's Democratic National Convention helped President Obama improve his standing against Republican Mitt Romney, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, but did little to reduce voter concern about his handling of the economy.
Gregory J. Krieg / ABCNEWS:
Poll: Americans Pick President Obama Over Mitt Romney for Dinner Date  —  Image credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo  —  The American public may be divided on “Obamacare,” but when faced with choosing a candidate to care for them if illness struck, President Obama is their man.
CNN Poll: Obama up six points over Romney  —  (CNN) - A new survey indicates President Barack Obama moved up four points following the Democratic National Convention last week, and now has a six point advantage over his Republican challenger Mitt Romney.  —  According to a CNN/ORC International Poll …
Race Tightens As Obama Advantage Narrows To 2 Points … President Obama's lead over Governor Romney shrinks from 7 points in August to 2 points in September, according to the latest Investor's Business Daily/Christian Science Monitor/TIPP Poll.  Romney gains support from men, southern, rural, and Hispanic voters this month.
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools and GOP 12
THE RACE IS ON; Obama's Lead Increases, Warren and Brown in Dead Heat  —  In the days following the Democratic Convention President Obama has extended his lead over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney to 16 points (56 percent to 40 percent with 9% undecided) according …
Discussion: Ballot Box and The Fix
On the Trail: September 11, 2012  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
ABCNEWS:   President Marks 11th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks
Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Parents of SEAL Team Six member say unit endangered by Obama administration statements  —  Identifying the Special Operations Force behind the Usama bin Laden raid amounted to placing a target on the back of the team members as well as their families, according to the parents of Aaron Vaughn …
Discussion: The Right Scoop
CBS News:
SEAL's first-hand account of bin Laden killing
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
With GOP jittery, Romney faces test of resolve  —  Mitt Romney and his top aides are running an essentially faith-based campaign.  Whatever the polls say at the moment, whatever the pundits say, whatever some nervous Republicans say, Team Romney simply does not believe President Obama can win re-election in today's terrible economy.
Chicago Tribune:
Chicago teachers strike updates: 'It's a national embarrassment'  —  Continual coverage of the Chicago teachers strike.  —  3:10 p.m. 'It's a national embarrassment'  —  About a dozen religious leaders on the South and West sides urged CPS and teachers to come up with a contract by the end of the day.
Dylan Matthews / Washington Post:
How teacher strikes hurt student achievement
Investor's Business Daily:
Obama's Hayes Of History  —  History: As President Obama fumbled with an iPhone, the blogosphere recalled he had earlier falsely bad-mouthed President Rutherford B. Hayes as a technological troglodyte.  It's not his error that annoys but his arrogance.  —  For a man who would have Americans believe …
Discussion: National Review
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Fear of a Black President  —  As a candidate, Barack Obama said we needed to reckon with race and with America's original sin, slavery.  But as our first black president, he has avoided mention of race almost entirely.  In having to be “twice as good” and “half as black,” …
The Most Anti-Gay Piece Of Political Mail This Year  —  There is still time, but a mailer first reported by Politico and prepared in the name of “The Committee To Save The Erie County Republican Party” in New York was never sent — but has set a mighty low bar.
Discussion: Joe. My. God., Gawker and The Impolitic
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Anti-gay marriage attack piece in New York race
Kevin Cirilli / Reuters:
Scott Van Duzer, the Obama hugger: Shop facing boycott  —  The owner of a Florida pizza shop says people are boycotting his business because he bear-hugged President Barack Obama on Sunday.  —  “People are saying a lot of bad things and boycotting my restaurant,” Scott Van Duzer, 46, told POLITICO.
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
The Ghost of George W. Bush  —  Why Dubya will decide the winner this fall.  —  The conventions are over, but the individual who will determine the 2012 election didn't attend either of them.  His name is George W. Bush.  —  LM Otero / AP  —  Conventional wisdom holds that elections are about the future.
Obama's suds-'n'-sports regular-guy tour
Nick R. Martin / Talking Points Memo:
Arizona's Birtherpalooza Canceled Over Low Ticket Sales  —  Not even the promise of crooner Pat Boone singing oldies from a spinning stage could save what was intended to be the premier birther event of the year later this month in Arizona.  —  Organizers of the gala, which would have …
Manu Raju / Politico:
Todd Akin: 'I'm not getting out'  —  GOP Rep. Todd Akin doesn't sound like someone who's about to end his Senate bid.  —  With a dropout deadline just two weeks away, the Missouri congressman said he's “totally in” the race and will not drop his bid despite calls from top Republicans and conservative pundits that he immediately do so.
Discussion: The Right Scoop
CNN:   Akin, returning to Capitol, says he's ‘totally in’ Missouri race
Ian Johnson / New York Times:
Communist Leader's Absence Sets Off Rumor Mills in China  —  BEIJING — The strange disappearance from public view of China's presumptive new leader is turning a year that was supposed to showcase the Communist Party's stability into something of an annus horribilis.
Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
Bloomberg, Cuomo Announce Deal Over Ground Zero Museum  —  After nearly a year of discord and delay, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo reached an agreement on Monday to resume construction of the Sept. 11 museum at ground zero in Manhattan.
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Robert Mankoff / From the Desk of Bob Mankoff:
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Associated Press:
Al-Qaida's No. 2 in Yemen killed in airstrike
Sim Chi Yin / Lens:
A Panoramic View of China's Cultural Revolution
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
‘Everything people think they know about the stimulus is wrong’
Geoffrey Manne / Truth on the Market:
Josh Wright to be nominated to be next FTC Commissioner
Yucatan / The Yucatan Times:
Hezbollah Suspected Terrorist Arrested in Merida
Randy Kreider / ABCNEWS:
Taliban Threatens to Kill Prince Harry
 Earlier Items: 
Russ Fischer / /Film:
First Footage From Steven Spielberg's ‘Lincoln’ Features a Bit of the President's Most Famous Speech
Discussion: Gawker and Hot Air
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Liberal group targets Ann Romney in new ads
New York Times:
Video of Police Encounter May Play Lead Role in Lawsuit
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Manu Raju / Politico:
Reid mocks Ryan over marathon time misstatement [Updated]
Dominic Di-Natale / Associated Press:
EXCLUSIVE: Jailed doc who helped nail Bin Laden warns Pakistan sees U.S. as ‘worst enemy’
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Maryland Democrat quits congressional race amid vote fraud allegations