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4:40 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 …
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 …
First Read:
First Thoughts: A tricky situation
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Fix
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Mitt Romney tones down embassy critique in Va.  —  FAIRFAX, Va. — Mitt Romney didn't repeat his strong criticism of President Barack Obama over the response to protests at the U.S. embassies in Egypt and Libya at a campaign rally here Thursday.  —  He did note the death of four Americans …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Media and Obama out to lunch — Romney had it right
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Mitt's Major Meltdown
New York Times:
A Challenger's Criticism Is Furiously Returned
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
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
Business Insider:
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Fed Pledges Action Until Economy Shows Gains
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
QE3 Arrives, With Trumpets
Discussion: Guardian and Hullabaloo
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 …
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.
Associated Press:
NYC bans big sugary drinks at eateries, theaters
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Obama Grows More Reliant on Big-Money Contributors  —  Kirk Wagar, a Florida lawyer who has raised more than $1 million for President Obama's re-election bid, had his choice of rooms for the Democratic convention at Charlotte's Ritz-Carlton or Westin hotels and nightly access to hospitality suites off the convention floor.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Morning Plum: Has Obama neutralized Romney's advantage on the economy?
Eli Stokols /
Poll shows Obama up five on Romney in Colorado
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Sterling C. Beard / Ballot Box:
As Election Day approaches, Pa. Supreme Court considers voter-ID law  —  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday over whether or not the state's new voter-ID law should go into effect before the general election this November.  —  The six-member court, made up of three Republicans …
Discussion: Politico, Associated Press and CNN
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
New York Post:
Lewinsky booked  —  Monica Lewinsky is shopping a top-secret book project, Page Six has exclusively learned.  We're told Lewinsky has been making the rounds with major publishers, who were all asked to sign nondisclosure agreements to take the meetings.  It's unclear who the front-runners are …
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Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton tries to calm anti-U.S. sentiment as protesters storm embassy in Yemen
Martina Valverde / KFOX-TV:
4th grader's drawing assignment on 9/11 attacks raises concerns
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Jesse Ventura: The Only Difference Between Bush And Obama Is “The Color Of Their Skin”
Byron Tau / Politico:
State Dept: Egypt's still an ally
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Atlas Shrugs
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Reagan, Bush Refused To Politicize Iran Crisis During 1980 Presidential Election
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Nancy Pelosi / CNN:
Pelosi ‘welcomes’ Ryan back to the House
Discussion: Politico, The Caucus and Wonkette
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 12: Polls Since Conventions Point to Decline in ‘Enthusiasm Gap’
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
NYTimes Columnist Sent Article Draft to White House's Valerie Jarrett for Comments Before Publishing
Discussion: Weasel Zippers

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