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5:00 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”.
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 …
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.
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 …
U.S. ambassador to Libya killed in Benghazi attack  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other embassy staff were killed in a rocket attack on their car, a Libyan official said, as they were rushed from a consular building stormed by militants denouncing a U.S.-made film insulting the 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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
When You Learn They're Not Ready  —  Some moments show you when a candidate is ready or not to become President of the United States.  I suspect last night will become one of those moments for Mitt Romney.  The verdict will not be positive.  —  As I noted last night …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Romney Is Right  —  One can question the timing and tone of Mitt Romney's statement last night.  One can note he wasn't as fluent and clear as he might have been at his press conference this morning.  Still, the fact remains that the events of September 11, 2012, represent a big moment for the country.
Noonan: Romney not helping himself  —  The Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan is criticizing Mitt Romney's response to the death of a U.S. diplomat in Libya, telling Fox News today she doesn't feel that the Republican presidential nominee “has been doing himself any favors” in the past few hours.
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Romney and Foreign Policy  —  Unless the Romney campaign has gamed this crisis out in some manner completely invisible to the Gang of 500, his doubling down on criticism of the President for the statement coming out of Cairo is likely to be seen as one of the most craven and ill-advised tactical moves in this entire campaign.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Conservatives rally on embassy attacks  —  Conservative foreign policy hawks, outraged at the media's circle-the-wagons reaction to the attacks on two embassies, are speaking out in defense of Mitt Romney.  —  Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton tells Right Turn …
Daniel Foster / National Review:
Romney's Awkward Spot  —  The sanctity of ambassadors and other diplomats is in the proverbial article one, section one of international law, and your ability to do it is as good a proxy as there is for whether you are a real country or a barbarian rabble.  The murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens …
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.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Congressman: Embassy attack in Libya was coordinated
Discussion: Washington Times
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Romney's Assault Draws Fire
Discussion: Salon and
Rush Limbaugh:
Media and Democrats Try to Make Obama's Foreign Policy Disaster About Mitt Romney
Discussion: Daily Kos and PoliticusUSA
Scott Wong / Politico:
Hill GOP leaves Romney out on limb on Libya
Discussion: Reuters
Mark Finkelstein / blogs:
Mike Barnicle Suggests Prosecuting Pastor Terry Jones In American Ambassador's Death
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   His True Colors  —  As noted, we have two simultaneous crises washing …
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:   Marines Head to Libya After Mob Kills Ambassador
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.
UPenn professor Anthea Butler calls for imprisonment of filmmaker Sam Bacile; Update: Butler locks her Twitter account
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Sarah Palin to Mitt Romney: Make attacks ‘personal’  —  Sarah Palin says Mitt Romney's presidential campaign should be “severely aggressive” in attacking President Barack Obama as “incompetent” and a “socialist.”  —  Fox News's Bill O'Reilly asked the former Alaska governor on Tuesday …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Rebecca Schoenkopf / Wonkette:   Sarah Palin Wishes Barack Obama Had A Bigger Penis
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.
Census Bureau:
Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage: 2011
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