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10:45 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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Donald Rumsfeld / The Daily Dolt:
Donald Rumsfeld Asserts Embassy Attacks Due To “Perceived American Weakness”; Simple Google Search Once Again Helpful In Pointing Out Hypocrisy  —  Yesterday, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tweeted that Mitt Romney was right to say the tragic attacks on U.S. embassies on Tuesday were the result of perceived American weakness:
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, Reuters, Swampland 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
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.
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.
Liz Cheney / Wall Street Journal:   Cairo, Benghazi and Obama Foreign Policy
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Sen. Inhofe: Embassy attacks a result of Obama's ‘policy of appeasement’
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Andy Soltis / New York Post:
Riots spread into Tunisia
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
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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Anthea Butler / USA Today:
Opposing view: Why Sam Bacile deserves arrest
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
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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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”
Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg:
Jobless Claims in U.S. Rose More Than Forecast Last Week  —  The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits rose more than projected last week, showing scant improvement on the outlook for jobs.  —  Jobless claims increased 15,000 in the week ended Sept. 8 …
Discussion: Riehl World News
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
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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