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8:20 AM ET, September 13, 2012


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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 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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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 …
Discussion: US Politics
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
Ahmed Al-Haj / Associated Press:
Protesters storm US Embassy in Yemen
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Who's to blame for the original Cairo apology?
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Libya violence irrupts into 2012 race
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Roger Simon / Politico:
Mitt Romney won't stop attacking  —  Mitt Romney must have ignored his fortune cookie: “When reaching for shiny object, make sure you are not standing on cliff.”  —  Recently, the Romney campaign dismissed foreign policy as a “shiny object,” a trifle, a mere bagatelle.
Discussion: CNN
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.”
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.
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”.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
White House: anti-Islam film ‘truly abhorrent’
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Jihad Watch
Foreign Policy Hands Voice Disbelief At Romney Cairo Statement
FIRST ON CNN: Romney camp tries to manage fallout from Libya response
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 …
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
‘It Makes Me Sick’: Actress in Muhammed Movie Says She Was Deceived, Had No Idea It Was About Islam  —  The story of the Muhammed movie which sparked deadly protests in Libya and Egypt gets weirder.  The actors who appeared in it had no idea they were starring in anti-Islam propaganda …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Report: U.S. consulate in Benghazi had no Marine protection
Discussion: Foreign Policy and American Power
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Obama's Libya moment
Discussion: Associated Press
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Muhammad-Film Consultant: ‘Sam Bacile’ Is Not Israeli, and Not a Real Name
Following Libya killings, Obama tones down political rhetoric
Discussion: Politico
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: American Thinker and Israel Matzav
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
After ‘Today’ Criticism, NBC News Chief Apologies to Affiliates  —  As it promised, NBC did not apologize on the air Wednesday for its decision not to observe a moment of silence during the “Today” show on Sept. 11.  —  But Steve Capus, the president of NBC News, did send out a message …
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.
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 …
15 Photos Of Libyans Apologizing To Americans  —  A peaceful demonstration from Benghazi, the Libyan city where a U.S. ambassador was killed in a consulate attack Tuesday.  “Chris Stevens was a friend to all Libyans.”  (via  —  Jessica Testa  —  a half hour ago  —  49 responses
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Sam Fellman / Navy Times:
DNC apology for backdrop of Russian ships
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Probe: HHS's Sebelius illegally campaigned for Obama on the job
Discussion: CNN and American Spectator

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David Shepardson / Reuters:
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