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1:35 AM ET, September 12, 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.
Byron Tau / Politico:
White House disavows Cairo apology  —  The White House is disavowing a statement from its own Cairo embassy that apologized for anti-Muslim activity in the United States.  —  “The statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government …
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 …
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
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 …
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Anger Over a Film Fuels Anti-American Attacks in Libya and Egypt
Washington Post:
Protesters attack U.S. Embassy in Cairo, consulate in Libya
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
UPDATED: Mob sets fire to US consulate in Benghazi: witness
Discussion: Reuters and The Other McCain
Egyptians protest at US embassy over ‘insulting’ film
Discussion: Hit & Run
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama calls Netanyahu  —  After a day of back and forth accusations between aides over a supposed snub, President Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday.  —  “The two leaders discussed the threat posed by Iran's nuclear program, and our close cooperation on Iran and other security issues.
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
Netanyahu To Obama: ‘Wait For What?  Wait Until When?’  —  WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is making it clear that Israel will not wait to take out Iranian nuclear facilities.  —  In heated comments toward the United States, the Israeli prime minister …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
New York Times:
Israeli Leader Sharpens Call on U.S. to Set Limits on Iran
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’
Sam Fellman / Navy Times:
Russian ships displayed at DNC tribute to vets  —  On the last night of the Democratic National Convention, a retired Navy four-star took the stage to pay tribute to veterans.  Behind him, on a giant screen, the image of four hulking warships reinforced his patriotic message.
Ann Romney Declines Invitation To Value Voters Summit  —  After program confusion, the campaign confirms she declined the invitation.  Avoiding a risk of turning the popular spouse into a divisive figure.  (Updated.)  —  Image by Evan Vucci / AP  —  ABOARD THE ROMNEY PLANE …
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.
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Romney's Insensitivity To LGBT People: 'I Didn't Know You Had Families'  —  Boston Spirit magazine has dug a bit deeper into Mitt Romney's past interactions with LGBT people, particularly during his time as governor.  Many of these stories are known: his firing of two state employees ostensibly …
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:
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
How Mitt Romney Is Losing The Debate Expectations Game
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Bill Clinton's explanation tour begins  —  MIAMI - Professor Bill Clinton's explaining stuff tour began here with a sober dissertation on the 2012 election.  —  Speaking from notes but without a prepared text, Clinton delivered a 41-minute tour through President Barack Obama's track record …
Bill Clinton / CNN:
Clinton calls young people to the polls in support of Obama
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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.
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
History Repeats as Fed Is Expected to Announce Economic Stimulus  —  WASHINGTON — In September 1992, the Federal Reserve culminated a long-running effort to stimulate the sluggish economy by cutting its benchmark interest rate to 3 percent, the lowest level it had reached in almost three decades.
Discussion: Calculated Risk
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
New Obama campaign ad calls Romney ‘dangerous’ for women's health
Discussion: Politico
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
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Discussion: Politico
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner ‘not confident’ that Congress, Obama will strike debt deal
Discussion: Politico and CNN
William La Jeunesse / Fox News:
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Nate Cohn / The New Republic:
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