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10:20 AM 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.
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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 …
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
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:
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 …
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 …
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, Swampland, Reuters and Booman Tribune
Ahmed Al-Haj / Associated Press:
Protesters storm US Embassy in Yemen  —  Associated Press/Hussein Tallal - A vehicle burns during clashes outside the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, early Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, as part of widespread anger across the Muslim world about a film ridiculing ...more
Washington Examiner:
The second 9/11 illustrates futility of groveling for peace  —  Forgive President Obama if he seemed a bit shell-shocked during his brief statement Wednesday on the murderous attack against an American consulate in Libya.  In June 2009, he had grand plans for harmony between East and West.
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.
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 and Rush Limbaugh
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Sen. Inhofe: Embassy attacks a result of Obama's ‘policy of appeasement’
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Donald Rumsfeld / The Daily Dolt:
Donald Rumsfeld Asserts Embassy Attacks Due To “Perceived American Weakness”; Simple Google …
Liz Cheney / Wall Street Journal:   Cairo, Benghazi and Obama Foreign Policy
Andy Soltis / New York Post:
Riots spread into Tunisia
Discussion: Hot Air
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Who's to blame for the original Cairo apology?
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 …
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Adrian Chen / Gawker:
‘It Makes Me Sick’: Actress in Muhammed Movie Says She Was Deceived, Had No Idea It Was About Islam
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Report: U.S. consulate in Benghazi had no Marine protection
BuzzFeed:
Inflammatory Anti-Muslim “Movie” May Not Be A Real Movie
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Obama's Libya moment
Discussion: CNN and Associated Press
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 …
Discussion: National Review
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Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Time's Joe Klein: Netanyahu's Comments On White House Are ‘Outrageous And Disgusting’
Discussion: Israel Matzav and CNN
Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Israel: You're On Your Own
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
White House: anti-Islam film ‘truly abhorrent’  —  A top White House official has blasted as “truly abhorrent” the anti-Islam film which appears to have triggered an outpouring of violence against U.S. diplomatic posts in Egypt and Libya.  —  Speaking to an international religious freedom conference …
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Roger Alford / The Republic:
APNewsBreak: US Sen. Mitch McConnell hires tea party strategist to lead re-election campaign  —  FRANKFORT, Ky. — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell reached into the upper echelons of the tea party movement for a campaign manager to head his bid for re-election to a sixth term.
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Manu Raju / Politico:
McConnell hires campaign aide to Ron and Rand Paul
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.”
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The Right Scoop:
EXCLUSIVE: Open mic captures press coordinating questions for Romney “no matter who he calls on we're covered”
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.
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.
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Washington Post:
Mr. Romney's rhetoric on embassy attacks is a discredit to his campaign
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Census Bureau Sees Household Income Gap Widening  —  WASHINGTON — The income gap between the wealthiest 20 percent of American households and the rest of the country grew sharply in 2011, the Census Bureau reported, as an overwhelming majority of Americans saw no gains from a weak economic recovery in its second full year.
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James Politi / Financial Times:
US median income lowest since 1995
 
 
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