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6:55 AM ET, September 13, 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 …
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 …
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Inside the public relations disaster at the Cairo embassy  —  One staffer at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo was responsible for the statement and tweets Tuesday that have become grist for the presidential campaign, and that staffer ignored explicit State Department instructions not to issue the statement …
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.”
New York Times:
A Challenger's Criticism Is Furiously Returned  —  WASHINGTON — The deadly attack on an American diplomatic post in Libya propelled foreign policy into the forefront of an otherwise inward-looking presidential campaign on Wednesday and presented an unexpected test not only to the incumbent …
Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Romney Misstates Facts On Attacks  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The gunfire at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, had barely ceased when Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney seriously mischaracterized what had happened in a statement accusing President Barack Obama of …
John Aravosis / US Politics:
Romney gets capital of Libya wrong in press conf criticizing Obama on foreign policy  —  Mitt Romney got the capital of Libya wrong in his opportunistic statement this morning criticizing the President about his handling of the attacks against the US embassy in Cairo and the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Paul Krugman:
Why The Vileness Matters  —  I haven't weighed in on Romney's awesomely awful intervention on events in Egypt and Libya; with even Republicans joining in the chorus of shocked disapproval, not much I can add.  —  But maybe I can say something about why this matters for the campaign.
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
How the media turned Obama's foreign policy bungle into a Romney gaffe … We're still learning more details about the events leading up to and surrounding the attacks by Islamic radicals on the U.S. consulate in Libya and embassy in Egypt, but the media has already agreed on one thing: Mitt Romney is the political loser.
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Wall Street Journal:   Romney Offends the Pundits
Ahmed Al-Haj / Associated Press:
Protesters storm US Embassy in Yemen
Discussion: Jihad Watch and WJLA-TV
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Who's to blame for the original Cairo apology?
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Mitt's Major Meltdown
FIRST ON CNN: Romney camp tries to manage fallout from Libya response
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Report: U.S. consulate in Benghazi had no Marine protection
Discussion: Foreign Policy, Telegraph and Politico
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney repeats sharp criticism of Obama after Benghazi, Cairo attacks
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Violence in Middle East irrupts into tight 2012 race for White House
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Gillian Flaccus / Associated Press:
California man confirms role in anti-Islam film  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — The search for those behind the provocative, anti-Muslim film implicated in violent protests in Egypt and Libya led Wednesday to a California Coptic Christian convicted of financial crimes who acknowledged his role …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Muhammad-Film Consultant: ‘Sam Bacile’ Is Not Israeli, and Not a Real Name
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”.
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Time's Joe Klein: Netanyahu's Comments On White House Are ‘Outrageous And Disgusting’  —  Time's Joe Klein stopped by Morning Joe Wednesday, where he decried Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's chiding of the White House, calling his comments “brazen” as well as “disgusting.”
Discussion: Israel Matzav and CNN
Washington Free Beacon:
MSNBC host: 'Who's More Dangerous, the Supreme Leader in Tehran or Netanyahu?'
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and GILL REPORT
Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Israel: You're On Your Own
Discussion: Israel Matzav and American Thinker
Bill Carter / New York Times:
‘Saturday Night Live’ Parodies Presidential Campaign  —  “Saturday Night Live” returns this weekend to assume its prominent place in the late-night satirical commentariat leading up to another presidential election, and Lorne Michaels has been giving a great deal of thought to who will play which politician this season.
Following Libya killings, Obama tones down political rhetoric  —  Las Vegas (CNN) - Sticking to his campaign schedule Wednesday despite the recent killings of four State Department employees in Libya Tuesday night, President Barack Obama vowed to a raucous Las Vegas crowd that he intends to seek justice.
Discussion: Politico
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Obama's Libya moment
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
Scott Wong / Politico:
Kyl: Embassy statement like blaming rape victim [Updated]
Discussion: Valley Fever and The Raw Story
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
Discussion: and Washington Post
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 …
Joseph / Plunderbund:
Kasich at Romney Event: Our wives are “at home doing the laundry”  —  Governor John Kasich has been criticized many times for his anti-women decisions and statements.  Today we can add another doozy to the list.  —  Last year Kasich defended his very low number of female cabinet appointments …
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