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11:30 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 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 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:
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.
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 …
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.
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: Reuters, CNN, Swampland and Booman Tribune
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.
Liz Cheney / Wall Street Journal:
Cairo, Benghazi and Obama Foreign Policy  —  In too many parts of the world, America is no longer viewed as a reliable ally or an enemy to be feared.  —  It has certainly been a terrible 48 hours.  In Libya, violent extremists killed American diplomats.  In Cairo, mobs breached the walls …
Discussion: Hot Air
Washington Examiner:   The second 9/11 illustrates futility of groveling for peace
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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Adrian Chen / Gawker:
‘It Makes Me Sick’: Actress in Muhammed Movie Says She Was Deceived, Had No Idea It Was About Islam
Patrick Goodenough / CNSNews:
Obama Administration Still Not Ready to Call Benghazi a Terror Attack  —  (CNSNews.com) - 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 …
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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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First Read:
First Thoughts: A tricky situation
Discussion: The Fix and Talking Points Memo
Manu Raju / Politico:
McConnell hires campaign aide to Ron and Rand Paul
Discussion: CNN and Hit & Run
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 …
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Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Time's Joe Klein: Netanyahu's Comments On White House Are ‘Outrageous And Disgusting’
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
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BuzzFeed:
Barack Obama Used Troop Deaths To Ding Bush, McCain Support For Iraq In 2008
Discussion: GILL REPORT
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
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 …
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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
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:
 
 
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