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9:25 PM ET, September 12, 2012


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Foreign Policy Hands Voice Disbelief At Romney Cairo Statement  —  “Bungle... utter disaster...not ready for prime time... not presidential... Lehman moment.”  And that's just the Republicans.  —  Image by Jim Young / Reuters  —  Mitt Romney's sharply-worded attack on President Obama …
The Right Scoop:
EXCLUSIVE: Open mic captures press coordinating questions for Romney “no matter who he calls on we're covered”  —  Before Romney issued his statement today, an open mic capture the press coordinating questions to ask Romney, with one saying “no matter who he calls on we're covered on the one question”.
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Obama: Romney shoots first, aims later  —  (CBS News) In response to Mitt Romney's criticism of the Obama administration for its handling of recent violence in Egypt and Libya, President Obama told CBS News on Wednesday that Romney “seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later.”
FIRST ON CNN: Romney camp tries to manage fallout from Libya response  —  De Pere, Wisconsin (CNN) - Facing criticism for its aggressive and politically-charged response to Tuesday's violent attacks on the American embassies in Egypt and Libya, Mitt Romney's presidential campaign …
Katrina Trinko / National Review:
The Insane MSM Questions Romney Faced at Presser  —  So if a presidential candidate gives remarks about a foreign policy crisis, you'd be forgiven for thinking that in the q & a held immediately afterward, reporters would ask him about ... foreign policy.  But when Mitt Romney took questions today …
Noonan: Romney not helping himself
Discussion: The Raw Story
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Conservatives rally on embassy attacks
Daniel Foster / National Review:
Romney's Awkward Spot
Discussion: Politico, Reuters and BREITBART.COM
Ambassador Stevens killed at site with no Marines  —  The consulate where the American ambassador to Libya was killed on Tuesday is an “interim facility” not protected by the contingent of Marines that safeguards embassies, POLITICO has learned.  —  Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Muhammad-Film Consultant: ‘Sam Bacile’ Is Not Israeli, and Not a Real Name  —  Revelations about the alleged producer of the now-infamous trailer for “The Innocence of Muslims.”  —  Actors portray the Prophet Mohammed and other historial figures in the controversial film, Innocence of Muslims.
New York Times:
Deadly Embassy Assault May Have Been Planned, U.S. Suspects  —  WASHINGTON —The Obama administration suspects that the fiery attack in Libya that killed the American ambassador and three other diplomats may have been planned rather than a spontaneous mob getting out of control, American officials said Wednesday.
Washington Post:
Mr. Romney's rhetoric on embassy attacks is a discredit to his campaign  —  J.CHRISTOPHER STEVENS, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, was a skilled and courageous diplomat who repeatedly placed himself at risk in order to support the cause of a democratic Libya.  His death, along with those of three …
First Read:
First Thoughts: Over the top  —  Romney issues over-the-top attack on embassy attacks... And his statement looks worse and worse as new information comes out, including the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya... Romney camp stands by its attack saying embassy statement came after the u nrest began …
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
The Day The Roof Fell In  —  Sometimes trouble blows up out of a clear blue sky.  That's what happened to the White House yesterday.  —  Coming out of the Democratic Convention, despite an uninspiring speech, President Obama had a united party and a comfortable bounce.
Discussion: Power Line, Hot Air and CNSNews
Associated Press:
Filmmaker Sam Bacile in hiding after anti-Muslim film sparks violence in which American diplomat was killed  —  An Israeli filmmaker based in California went into hiding Tuesday after his movie attacking Islam's Prophet Muhammad sparked angry assaults by ultra-conservative Muslims on U.S. missions …
Inflammatory Anti-Muslim “Movie” May Not Be A Real Movie  —  The clumsy dubbing suggests that the footage comes from different films entirely.  And there's no way that it cost $5 million to make.  —  View Video ›  —  Image by  —  The anti-Muslim “movie” that served as the spark …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:   Violence in Middle East irrupts into tight 2012 race for White House
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama slams Romney, says GOP rival 'didn't have his facts right'
Discussion: Ballot Box and Politico
U.S. ambassador to Libya killed in Benghazi attack
15 Photos Of Libyans Apologizing To Americans
Discussion: New York Times and ABCNEWS
Washington Post:
U.S. ambassador to Libya, 3 other Americans killed in Benghazi
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Probe: HHS's Sebelius illegally campaigned for Obama on the job  —  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated federal law by using her Cabinet position to campaign for President Obama, federal investigators said Wednesday.  —  The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) …
Discussion: CNN and American Spectator
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Office of Special Counsel Says HHS Secretary Violated Hatch Act
Scott Wong / Politico:
Kyl: Embassy statement like blaming rape victim [Updated]  —  The No. 2 Senate Republican slammed the Obama administration for “apologizing” to protesters who were threatening the U.S. Embassy in Egypt, comparing the situation to a judge blaming a rape victim for the way she dressed.
Discussion: Truthdig and Valley Fever
Meredith Shiner / TwitLonger:
TwitLonger  —  The difference between the Jon Kyl and John McCain gaggles just now on Egypt/Libya:  —  Jon Kyl: It's like the judge telling the woman who got raped, ‘You asked for it because of the way you dressed.’ OK?  That's the same thing.  'Well America, you should be the ones to apologize …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News poll: Obama has lead over Romney in post-convention poll  —  An increase in support from women as well as independents gives Barack Obama a post-convention advantage over challenger Mitt Romney.  The president receives a five percentage-point bounce among women and a 12-point bounce …
U.S. Census Bureau News:
Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011  —  The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that in 2011, median household income declined, the poverty rate was not statistically different from the previous year and the percentage of people without health insurance coverage decreased.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:   Obamacare Is Working, Cont'd
Rebecca Schoenkopf / Wonkette:
Sarah Palin Wishes Barack Obama Had A Bigger Penis  —  There seems to have been a small amount of tsuris in the Middle East yesterday, as a large lot of Libyans decided to kill some Americans.  This makes most people show proper somberness and gravity.  But not Sarah Palin!
Kevin Robillard / Politico:   Sarah Palin to Mitt Romney: Make attacks ‘personal’
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
New Study Finds High-Income Tax Cuts Don't Stimulate Economic Growth  —  Congressional Republicans and their party's presidential nominee have both pushed plans to cut taxes on the wealthiest Americans in hopes that such a move would stimulate the economy and aid the recovery from the Great Recession.
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