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3:35 PM ET, September 13, 2012


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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
White House clarifies Obama's statement that Egypt is not an ‘ally’  —  President Barack Obama didn't intend to signal any change in the U.S.-Egypt relationship last night when he said Egypt is not an “ally,” the White House told The Cable today.  —  In an interview with Telemundo Wednesday night …
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 …
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.
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.
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
REPORTS: No Live Ammo for Marines  —  U.S. Marines defending the American embassy in Egypt were not permitted by the State Department to carry live ammunition, limiting their ability to respond to attacks like those this week on the U.S. consulate in Cairo.  —  Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson …
President Obama Chats With Telemundo's Jose Diaz Balart  —  Telemundo's Jose Diaz Balart met with President Barack Obama yesterday.  The following is a transcript of their conversation:  —  Jose Diaz Balart - MR. President, Gracias.  —  Pres. Obama: Gracias.
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 …
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.
First Read:
First Thoughts: A tricky situation
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Fix
New York Times:
A Challenger's Criticism Is Furiously Returned
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Inside the public relations disaster at the Cairo embassy
Pema Levy / Talking Points Memo:
Portman Comes To Romney's Defense On Libya But Concedes Lack Of Awareness Of Sequence Of Events
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Media and Obama out to lunch — Romney had it right
Discussion: First Read and National Review
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in August suggests that economic activity has continued to expand at a moderate pace in recent months.  Growth in employment has been slow, and the unemployment rate remains elevated.
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Federal Reserve Finally Working Expectations Channel With Open-Ended QE
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Dylan Matthews / Washington Post:
QE3 is on! Fed to buy $85b through December, and then keep going
Discussion: Daily Kos and FT Alphaville
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Fed Announces New Round of Bond Buying to Spur Growth
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
QE3 Arrives, With Trumpets
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
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 …
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Mitt Romney tones down embassy critique in Va.
Romney's Team Turns On The Press  —  A frustrating week in Boston.  “The polls are close, and so the media starts cheering on their guy,” says one adviser.  —  DULLES, Va. — As Mitt Romney finishes his second week of dismal news coverage — with slipping polls and a combustible international crisis driving …
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.
Christian Schneider / City Journal:
Beware of Backfire  —  If Wisconsin governor Scott Walker …
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 …
Daniel Klaidman / The Daily Beast:
Mitt's Veep Tax Hypocrisy  —  MITT'S VEEP TAX HYPOCRISY  —  Romney asked at least some on his VP shortlist to submit 10 years worth of tax returns, a source says.  Daniel Klaidman reports on the disconnect with Mitt's own public disclosures.  —  Jeff Haynes / Reuters-Landov
Eli Stokols /
Poll shows Obama up five on Romney in Colorado  —  DENVER - The first poll of Colorado voters since the Democratic National Convention shows President Barack Obama with a five point lead over Republican Mitt Romney, FOX31 Denver is first to report.  —  The new survey by OnSight Public Affairs …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Morning Plum: Has Obama neutralized Romney's advantage on the economy?
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Obama alone: This president does not need intel briefers  —  How long had it been since President Obama attended his daily intelligence meeting in the lead-up to the Sept. 11 attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Egypt and Libya?  After all, our adversaries are known to use the anniversary of 9/11 to target the United States.
Exclusive: Obama Up by 4 Points Among Likely Voters (58% of Americans Say He'd Take Romney in a Fight)  —  With fifty-four days to go, voter opinions are coming into focus, and Esquire and Yahoo! News have joined forces to examine how voters view the presidential candidates and how President Obama …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Health Board Approves Ban on Large Sugary Drinks  —  Seeking to combat rising obesity rates, the New York City Board of Health approved on Thursday a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, street carts and movie theaters, enacting the first restriction of its kind in the country.
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Byron Tau / Politico:
State Dept: Egypt's still an ally
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Lindsay Young / Political Party Time:
“The most interesting man in the world” fundraiser for Obama
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Reagan, Bush Refused To Politicize Iran Crisis During 1980 Presidential Election
Ryan Avoids Congressional Republicans On DC Visit
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
GM's vaunted Volt is on the road to nowhere fast
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Nancy Pelosi / CNN:
Pelosi ‘welcomes’ Ryan back to the House
Discussion: Politico and The Caucus
 Earlier Items: 
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 12: Polls Since Conventions Point to Decline in ‘Enthusiasm Gap’
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Rand Paul Compares U.S. Government To ‘Nazi Germany’
Discussion: The Raw Story and Wonkette
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
NYTimes Columnist Sent Article Draft to White House's Valerie Jarrett for Comments Before Publishing
Discussion: Weasel Zippers