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10:55 PM ET, September 14, 2012


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John Hudson / The Atlantic Wire:
A Map of Muslim Protests Around the World  —  If you can't keep track of all the Muslim protests erupting across the globe, you're not alone.  The uproar over a 14-minute anti-Islam YouTube video has sparked furious protests from Somalia to Egypt to Sudan to Tunisia to Libya to Bangladesh to Indonesia to Pakistan.
Juan / Informed Comment:
Obama Plays Hardball and Egypt's Morsi Folds  —  The attack on the US consulate in Benghazi happened because the Libyan government is still weak, rebuilding after its revolution against Muammar Qaddafi.  But there was no doubt that the new government was a friend of the US ambassador who was killed …
New York Times:
Anti-American Protests Over Film Enter 4th Day
Michelle Quinn / Reuters:
Google decides to leave video on YouTube  —  Google will leave a controversial video clip about the Islamic prophet Muhammad on YouTube despite a White House request that the company review it under its own policies, the company said Friday.  —  The White House confirmed Friday that it asked Google …
Discussion: Mediaite
Gerry Shih / Reuters:
Google rejects White House request to pull Mohammad film clip  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc rejected a request by the White House on Friday to reconsider its decision to keep online a controversial YouTube movie clip that has ignited anti-American protests in the Middle East.
Byron Tau / Politico:
W.H. asks YouTube to ‘review’ film
Jason Stein / JSOnline:
Judge throws out Walker's union bargaining law  —  By Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - Gov. Scott Walker's law repealing most collective bargaining for local and school employees was struck down by a Dane County judge Friday, yet another dramatic twist in a year and a half saga …
Associated Press:
Judge strikes down Wisconsin law limiting union rights  —  A Wisconsin judge on Friday struck down the state law championed by Gov. Scott Walker that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most public workers.  —  It was not clear if the ruling means the law is immediately suspended.
Martin H. Simon / ABCNEWS:
Full Transcript: George Stephanopoulos and Mitt Romney  —  The following is a full transcript of my interview with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.  —  GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Governor, thank you for doing this.  —  MITT ROMNEY: Thank you, George.  —  STEPHANOPOULOS: Boy …
Martin H. Simon / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE - Romney on Debates: Obama Will 'Say Things That Aren't True'
Los Angeles Times:
Christian charity, ex-con linked to film on Islam  —  Joseph Nassralla Abdelmasih of Media for Christ in Duarte and Nakoula Basseley Nakoula of Cerritos emerge as forces behind ‘Innocence of Muslims,’ the film whose trailer has incited violence across the Arab world.
Nick Allen / Telegraph:
Film maker behind anti-Muslim video ‘could be sent back to jail’
Matt Blake / Daily Mail:
Black flag of Islam flies over U.S. embassy in Tunisia as America is targeted by angry mobs across the globe in day of chaos  — 10,000 Muslims stage a noisy protest in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, burning and trampling American flags while chanting anti-US slogans
Tarek Amara / Reuters:
Three dead as protesters attack U.S. embassy in Tunisia
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Al Qaeda Flag Flies Over U.S. Embassy In Tunisia
Discussion: Cleveland Leader and American Glob
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Matthews: Romney's Decision To Run For President Showed ‘Arrogance,’ ‘Disdain’ For Obama  —  MSNBC host Chris Matthews said on his program that he thought Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was displaying a suspicious level of arrogance by thinking that he could run for president against Barack Obama.
Detroit Free Press:
Granholm gets a laugh out of 1978 video of her ‘Dating Game’ appearance  —  The buzz surrounding former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm about her enthusiastic speech to the Democratic National Convention may shift this week as a long-lost copy of her 1978 appearance on “The Dating Game” surfaced on YouTube.
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
Jennifer Granholm, DNC Firebrand, ‘Cute’ on '78 ‘Dating Game’
The Numbers / ABCNEWS:
THOUSAND  —  Campaign sources say they had expected between 2,000 and 4,000 volunteers to dial into the video conference from around the country, but ended up with 6,000 .  Most of them were “team leaders” in the Obama organization, tasked with organizing volunteers and building the organization, an official said.
Discussion: Mediaite and
The GOP's foreign policy muddle  —  This week's political uproar over bloodshed in Libya and Egypt was a sharp reminder to Republicans: It's tough to be the opposition party when it comes to matters of national defense.  —  And for Republicans, the challenge is actually deeper than being out of power.
OBAMA FLASHBACK: THE DAY I'M INAUGURATED MUSLIM HOSTILITY WILL EASE  —  Then-Senator Barack Obama makes the case for an Obama Presidency on November 21, 2007 by saying he is uniquely qualified to bring stability to America's relationships in the Muslim world because he lived in an Islamic country during …
Discussion: Riehl World News and The PJ Tatler
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Bryan Fischer: Today's GOP Will Be ‘Dead’ If Romney Loses  —  A Barack Obama win in November will lead to a meltdown within the Republican Party, said Bryan Fischer, an influential official at the American Family Association.  And he isn't too optimistic about Mitt Romney's chances.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Gary Bauer: Obama's Votes Come From Welfare Checks And Voter Fraud  —  Conservative pundit Gary Bauer, the former president of the Family Research Council, which puts on the Values Voter Summit each year, told the crowd at the 2012 conference Friday that it needs to turn out in great numbers …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Monthly
Frank Gardner / BBC:
US consulate in Benghazi ‘did not have enough security’  —  The attackers used heavy weapons including rocket-propelled grenades, prompting suspicions that the strike was pre-planned  —  The US consulate in Benghazi, where the US ambassador to Libya died in an attack on Tuesday …
Tara Palmeri / New York Post:
Samuel's prez ad: Wake the f@#k up!  —  They picked the perfect actor for a political ad loaded with f-bombs.  —  Samuel L. Jackson will film a provocative spot supporting President Obama's re-election bid as early as tomorrow — telling voters to “Wake the f—k up, Vote for Obama.”
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
How A Bunch Of Republicans Accidentally Voted To End Welfare-To-Work Requirements  —  There's little Republicans love more these days than falsely attacking President Obama for stripping work requirements out of welfare.  —  But in their zeal to slash and de-federalize safety net programs …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
US Credit Rating Cut by Egan-Jones ... Again  —  Ratings firm Egan-Jones cut its credit rating on the U.S. government to “AA-” from “AA,” citing its opinion that quantitative easing from the Federal Reserve would hurt the U.S. economy and the country's credit quality.
Chicago Tribune:
Tentative deal reached with striking Chicago teachers  —  ‘If the delegates so vote, we will suspend the strike’ … Chicago Public Schools and the teachers union have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract and classes could resume for 350,000 students on Monday, according to school and union officials.
John Fund / National Review:
Gay-Marriage Backers Face Consequences in N.Y. Primaries  —  In June 2011, four New York Republican state senators broke ranks to vote for the law legalizing gay marriage in the Empire State, and three Democrats who had previously voted against the measure joined them.
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Sean Rainey / The Daily Caller:
Rep. Sherman: 12 million illegals ‘need documents’ to be able to unionize [VIDEO]
Official: 2 U.S. Marines die in ‘sustained attack’ on Afghan base
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Obama's Great Islamist Delusion has come home to roost
Discussion: American Power
Charlie Cook /
Obama's a Good Bet  —  Mitt Romney could still win …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
At Least Three Republican Electoral College Candidates May Refuse To Vote For Mitt Romney
Group At Conservative Conference Urge Women To ‘Go Home And Put Some Clothes On’
David Brooks / New York Times:
Après Rahm, Le Déluge  —  Modern nations …
 Earlier Items: 
Caroline Glick:
US-commanded MFO in Sinai under attack — dead reported in compound
Discussion: protein wisdom
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 13: After Convention Bounce, Holding Obama's Polls to a Higher Standard
Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Street Journal
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite and AEIdeas
Brian Doherty / Hit & Run:
The Badgering of Bob Dylan, Or, Tell Us You Love Obama, Bob! Please!
Discussion: Mediaite and Althouse
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Romney owes an apology