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9:20 PM ET, September 11, 2012


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Tamim Elyan / Reuters:
Egyptians angry at film scale U.S. embassy walls  —  (Reuters) - Egyptian protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. embassy on Tuesday, tore down the American flag and burned it during a protest over what they said was a film being produced in the United States that insulted Prophet Mohammad.
U.S. Embassy Condemns Religious Incitement  —  The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims - as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.  Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11 …
Protesters storm U.S. Embassy in Cairo  —  Protesters pull down a U.S. flag during a protest in front of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday, September 11.  Islamists, angered by a film they say defames the prophet Mohammed, scaled the walls of the embassy to tear down the U.S. flag and raise …
American dies in Libya protests  —  Rallies were also held outside the US embassy in the Egyptian capital, Cairo  —  A US official has been killed and others wounded after militiamen stormed the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, security officials say.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Washington Post:
Protesters attack U.S. Embassy in Cairo, consulate in Libya
Egyptians protest at US embassy over ‘insulting’ film
Discussion: Hit & Run
Nina Shea / National Review:
U.S. Embassy Favors Religious Feelings over Free Speech, Attacked Anyway
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
How Mitt Romney Is Losing The Debate Expectations Game  —  He's practicing hard, his aides say!  Obama's camp pretends to panic.  —  Romney with Senator Rob Portman, who is playing President Barack Obama in debate prep, earlier this month.  —  Image by Brian Snyder / Reuters
Jim VandeHei / Reuters:
GOP to Mitt Romney: You're so vague  —  Leading conservatives are offering blunt advice to Mitt Romney: Quit ducking details, start engaging in a real and specific war of ideas with President Barack Obama — or lose.  —  Here's just a sampling of the past 24 hours:
Josh Glasstetter /
Ann Romney Booked for Gay-Bashing Conference?  —  Ann Romney, the person tasked with humanizing her husband Mitt, is apparently scheduled to address a conference that dehumanizes others.  I'm talking about the Values Voter Summit, which is hosted and sponsored by three Southern Poverty Law …
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Romney's Osama bin Laden problem
Vanity Fair:
MSNBC's Hot Ticket  —  By Douglas Brinkley Photograph by Mark Seliger  —  Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, photographed at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, in New York City.  —  Five years ago this month, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski began co-hosting MSNBC's savvy, caffeinated Morning Joe …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Scarborough: ‘I have no plans to run in 2016’
Dylan Matthews / Washington Post:
How much do Chicago teachers make?  —  From left, students Labaron Scott, 10, Jalen Reed, 9, and Christian Robinson, 9, show support for Chicago teachers.  (Reuters)  —  Monday, I passed along the Chicago Public Schools' estimate of the mean teacher salary, which is $74,839.
Paul Ryan on Chicago Teachers' Strike: ‘We Stand with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’
Romney Has Given Two Version Of His 9/11 Experience  —  Romney's description of his 9/11 experience in a speech today differs in one detail from his recollection in his 2002 memoir.  A Romney spokesman did not respond to a BuzzFeed request of clarification of how Romney learned of the attacks.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
New Obama campaign ad calls Romney ‘dangerous’ for women's health  —  The Obama campaign is keeping pressure on Mitt Romney over women's health issues in a new campaign ad.  —  “Mitt Romney's position on women's health, it's dangerous,” a woman says in the ad.
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Among likely voters, Obama-Romney close
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
Ten takeaways from the new Post/ABC poll
The Kerry-ization of Mitt Romney  —  Mitt Romney is getting the full John Kerry treatment on national security — and some top Republicans are alarmed by what they see as his ham-handed response to it.  —  Romney — whose convention speech didn't include a salute to the troops or a reference to Afghanistan …
Brian Bakst / Associated Press:
GOP'S RYAN TO GO UP WITH TV ADS _ FOR HOUSE SEAT  —  HUDSON, Wis. (AP) — Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan plans to begin airing ads in Wisconsin as he asks voters to elect him to an eighth House term that he hopes to never serve.  —  Contracts formalized Tuesday with at least …
Janet Hook / Washington Wire:   Ryan Asks Wisconsin to Vote for Him, Twice
Margot Roosevelt / Reuters:
Southern whites troubled by Romney's wealth, religion  —  (Reuters) - Sheryl Harris, a voluble 52-year-old with a Virginia drawl, voted twice for George W. Bush.  Raised Baptist, she is convinced — despite all evidence to the contrary — that President Barack Obama, a practicing Christian, is Muslim.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner ‘not confident’ that Congress, Obama will strike debt deal  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday said he was “not confident at all” that Congress and the White House could strike a major debt deal, hours after Moody's threatened a credit downgrade next year absent an agreement.
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Richard Cowan / Reuters:
House Speaker Boehner says not confident about fiscal cliff
Discussion: Politico and Firedoglake
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
The economy (slightly) favors Obama, not Romney  —  “It is becoming clear that if President Obama is reelected, it will be despite the economy and because of his campaign,” writes Charlie Cook.  “If Mitt Romney wins, it will be because of the economy and despite his campaign.”
Jeremy Peters / The Caucus:
A Journalist With Rare Access to Obama Had to Play by Quote Rule  —  Michael Lewis, the best-selling author of “Moneyball” and “The Big Short,” was granted extraordinary access to President Obama for his latest article in Vanity Fair.  —  But with that access came one major condition.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
U.S. Economic Confidence Surged 11 Points Last Week  —  Index rose during Democratic convention, stayed high after sobering labor report  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The U.S. Gallup Economic Confidence Index surged to -18 for the week ending Sept. 9, up 11 points from -29 the prior week.
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Colorado Secretary of State Gives Up On Voter Purge  —  Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler (R) has decided not to pursue a voter purge he initiated by sending letters asking almost 4,000 voters to prove their citizenship.  After 482 people responded with proof and almost 90 percent …
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Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Bill Clinton's explanation tour begins
Discussion: CNN
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Buchanan lawyer reports Fla. lawmaker cleared by DOJ
Discussion: Politico
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
LGBT Allies Discourage Lawmakers From Participating In Values Voters Conference
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Good As You and Advocate
New York Times:
Israeli Leader Sharpens Call on U.S. to Set Limits on Iran
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Under Obama, 11,327 Pages of Federal Regulations Added
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Record Partisan Gap in Views of Economic News
William La Jeunesse / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Long-awaited ‘Furious’ report places blame on ATF, Justice
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Economy Watch:
Moody's warns it will cut US bond rating if budget talks fail
Nate Cohn / The New Republic:
Why Romney's Money Advantage is No Game-Changer
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Biden recalls own loss while marking ‘bittersweet’ 9/11 anniversary