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12:10 PM ET, September 13, 2012


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Wall Street Journal:
Romney Offends the Pundits  —  Doesn't he know he's not supposed to debate foreign policy?  —  Tuesday's assaults on the U.S. Embassies in Benghazi and Cairo have injected foreign policy into the Presidential campaign, but suddenly the parsons of the press corps are offended by the debate.
New York Times:
Turmoil Spreads to U.S. Embassy in Yemen  —  SANA, Yemen — Turmoil in the Arab world linked to a contentious video denigrating the Prophet Muhammad spread on Thursday to Yemen, where hundreds of protesters stormed the United States Embassy, two days after assailants killed the American ambassador …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Mitt's Major Meltdown  —  Mitt Romney broke our deal.  —  Perhaps he didn't know he'd made it, although, really, I thought it was pretty clear.  —  He could do anything he wanted during this campaign as long as he sent out signals that once he got in the White House he was not likely to be truly crazy.
New York Post:
The media lash out  —  The murders of US diplomats in Libya and the attempted storming of the US Embassy in Cairo took place 56 days before the election of America's next president.  —  Apparently, it is the view of much of the mainstream media and foreign-policy establishment that discussing …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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 …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The American Media Beclowned Themselves Yesterday  —  Yesterday, as the American consulate in Libya was smoking and the rioters were returning in Egypt, the President of the United States flew off to Las Vegas for a fundraiser while his spokesman was telling the American press corps that yesterday wasn't really a normal political day.
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 …
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.
Roger Simon / Politico:
Mitt Romney won't stop attacking
Discussion: Reuters, Swampland, CNN and Booman Tribune
First Read:
First Thoughts: A tricky situation
Discussion: The Fix and Talking Points Memo
Liz Cheney / Wall Street Journal:
Cairo, Benghazi and Obama Foreign Policy
Discussion: Hot Air
Washington Examiner:   The second 9/11 illustrates futility of groveling for peace
Andy Soltis / New York Post:
Riots spread into Tunisia
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
Glenn Thrush / Reuters:
Benjamin Netanyahu vs. Barack Obama  —  President Barack Obama's national security team had every reason to believe they'd be spared a Bibi eruption before Election Day.  —  Earlier this year, U.S. and Israeli officials had informally agreed to stop airing their well-documented disagreements …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
White House: anti-Islam film ‘truly abhorrent’
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Time's Joe Klein: Netanyahu's Comments On White House Are ‘Outrageous And Disgusting’
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Sen. Inhofe: Embassy attacks a result of Obama's ‘policy of appeasement’
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Anthea Butler / USA Today:
Opposing view: Why Sam Bacile deserves arrest  —  Words have consequences.  I know that because one of my tweets asking “when Sam Bacile would be arrested” drew wide attention on Wednesday.  —  My initial tweet about Bacile, the person said to be responsible for the film mocking the prophet Mohammed …
Gillian Flaccus / Associated Press:
California man confirms role in anti-Islam film
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
‘It Makes Me Sick’: Actress in Muhammed Movie Says She Was Deceived, Had No Idea It Was About Islam
Chicago Tribune:
Hope spreads from bargaining table to teacher picket line  —  As talk of progress spread from the bargaining table to the picket line, striking Chicago teachers said this morning they hope their actions will be a good lesson not just for their students, but for other unions across the country.
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
In Chicago, Rahm Emanuel is in a showdown against teachers
Discussion: Hot Air and
Christian Schneider / City Journal:
Beware of Backfire  —  If Wisconsin governor Scott Walker …
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Flashback: Major-party nominee uses war deaths to score political points  —  Remember that time when a major-party presidential nominee went on television immediately after the deaths of several Americans abroad to attack the policies of the current administration and his opponent?
Discussion: Althouse
Barack Obama Used Troop Deaths To Ding Bush, McCain Support For Iraq In 2008
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
The Times Denies State Department Request to Remove Photo From Web Site  —  The State Department asked The New York Times on Wednesday afternoon to remove a photograph of the dying ambassador to Libya from a gallery on the newspaper's Web site.  The ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 12: Polls Since Conventions Point to Decline in ‘Enthusiasm Gap’  —  Why did President Obama get a bounce in the polls following the Democratic convention?  —  Part of it may simply be one of the functions that conventions have long served: to motivate voters who are generally loyal to the party …
Patrick Goodenough / CNSNews:
Obama Administration Still Not Ready to Call Benghazi a Terror Attack  —  ( - Asked directly on Wednesday evening if Tuesday's deadly violence in Libya was “linked to a terror attack” - possibly al-Qaeda - a State Department official demurred:  —  “Frankly, we are not in a position …
New York Post:
Lewinsky booked  —  Monica Lewinsky is shopping a top-secret book project, Page Six has exclusively learned.  We're told Lewinsky has been making the rounds with major publishers, who were all asked to sign nondisclosure agreements to take the meetings.  It's unclear who the front-runners are …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
NYTimes Columnist Sent Article Draft to White House's Valerie Jarrett for Comments Before Publishing  —  The latest Bob Woodward books reveals that Peter Orszag, at the time a columnist for the New York Times, sent a draft of an article to White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett for review and comments before publishing.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Rand Paul Compares U.S. Government To ‘Nazi Germany’  —  In an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity this week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) compared the federal government's decision to reclaim some of its own property to Nazi Germany's confiscations of Jewish-owned art.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Wonkette
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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Donald Rumsfeld / The Daily Dolt:
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