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10:50 AM ET, September 14, 2012


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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney team sharpens attack on Obama's foreign policy  —  Advisers to Mitt Romney on Thursday defended his sharp criticism of President Obama and said that the deadly protests sweeping the Middle East would not have happened if the Republican nominee were president.
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:
Romney on Iran: Share Same ‘Red Line’ As Obama  —  Mitt Romney has skewered President Obama's Iran policy.  But in an exclusive interview, days after the Israeli Prime Minister criticized the U.S. for not putting “red lines before Iran,” Romney told me he would draw the same line in the sand as Obama.
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Romney owes an apology  —  To a certain extent, no one should be surprised by Mitt Romney's decision to seize on — actually, make that exploit — the attack on U.S. diplomatic outposts in Egypt and Libya as ammunition in the presidential campaign.  —  After all, the Republican presidential nominee wrote …
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney And The Art Of The Double-Down (The Note)
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Conservatives bash media for being mean to Mitt Romney
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
White House clarifies Obama's statement that Egypt is not an ‘ally’
Kim Sengupta / The Independent:
Revealed: inside story of US envoy's assassination  —  Exclusive: America ‘was warned of embassy attack but did nothing’  —  NOTE: WE DO NOT STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS(ES) BUT YOUR IP ADDRESS WILL BE LOGGED TO PREVENT ABUSE OF THIS FEATURE.  PLEASE READ OUR LEGAL TERMS & POLICIES
Mike Allen / Politico:
U.S. rebuts British report on LIbya  —  The Obama administration is flatly denying a blaring British newspaper report that the U.S. diplomats in Libya were killed as a result of a “continuing security breach,” and that “credible information” about possible attacks had been ignored.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A Non-Denial Denial From the Obama Administration  —  The Obama administration is denying the Independent's report that it had warnings of possible attacks on diplomatic installations in the Middle East, but failed to act.  Steve and I both wrote about the Independent story.
Talking Points Memo:
Kansas Goes Birther: State Board Considers Removing Obama From Ballot  —  Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an informal advisor to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said on Thursday he and his fellow members of a state board were considering removing President Barack Obama from the Kansas ballot this November.
Tim Carpenter / Topeka Capital-Journal:
Kansas panel delays ballot decision on Obama
Khalid Abdelaziz / Reuters:
Sudan protesters set fire to German embassy  —  KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese demonstrators broke into the German embassy in Khartoum on Friday, raising an Islamic flag and setting the building on fire in a protest against a film that demeaned the Prophet Mohammad, witnesses said.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Poll: Obama Holds Narrow Edge Over Romney  —  President Obama holds a narrow three-point advantage over Mitt Romney among Americans most likely to vote in November, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.  —  With their back-to-back political conventions behind …
Mark Murray / First Read:
Polls: Obama holds the edge in Florida, Ohio and Virginia  —  President Barack Obama has opened up a five-point lead in the Sunshine State and the “right track” number is now more than 40 percent.  NBC's Chuck Todd reports.  —  After two political conventions and heading into the post-Labor Day sprint …
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.”
Martin H. Simon / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE - Romney on Debates: Obama Will 'Say Things That Aren't True'  —  With the first Presidential debate less than three weeks away, Mitt Romney is spending lots of time getting ready behind closed doors.  In his first comments on that debate prep, he told me that Sen. Rob Portman …
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Married Voters Are Romney Voters  —  Marital status is strong predictor of voting behavior  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Married registered voters prefer Republican challenger Mitt Romney over Democratic President Barack Obama by 54% to 39%, according to Gallup data collected from June to August.
Discussion: Politico
Arab Spring: Tech as tinder  —  The Internet tools of the Arab Spring have become the weapons of a new Arabian nightmare playing out at American diplomatic missions across North Africa and the Middle East.  —  Platforms like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube that spread an obscure movie trailer depicting …
Discussion: CNN and ABCNEWS
Wall Street Journal:
Strassel: Mr. Romney, Trust Your Pants  —  Obama tells Americans the terrible things the Republican will do to them.  The Republican remains silent about what he would do.  —  In the classic 1968 film “Once Upon a Time in the West,” a villainous Henry Fonda shoots one of his lackeys …
Discussion: National Review and Betsy's Page
Ben Blanchard / Reuters:
China commentary slams Romney's “foolish” China-bashing  —  (Reuters) - U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's attacks on China and promise to name the country a currency manipulator if elected are foolish and hypocritical, China's official Xinhua news agency said on Friday.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Larry Gordon / Associated Press:
UC to pay settlement in Davis pepper spray case  —  UC leaders agree to pay settlement to 21 UC Davis students and alumni who sued over campus officers' use of pepper spray during a November 2011 protest.  —  A UC Davis officer pepper-sprays Occupy protesters in November.
Paul Krugman:
A Quick Note on the Fed  —  I was airborne until late, so no chance until now to weigh in on the Fed's new move.  And now I really need to get some sleep to fight off this cold!  So just a few points:  —  1. It's good to see the Fed moving, finally.  —  2. It certainly sounds as if Bernanke …
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Glenn Beck, Eliot Spitzer ‘Weigh In’ For Head-To-Head October Debate  —  Oh, how the mighty have fallen.  —  During an ostentatious, boxing-themed promotional event Thursday, the satellite television provider Dish announced that Glenn Beck and Eliot Spitzer will face off in a head-to-head debate …
Discussion: Mediaite
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The iPhone Stimulus  —  Are you, or is someone you know, a gadget freak?  If so, you doubtless know that Wednesday was iPhone 5 day, the day Apple unveiled its latest way for people to avoid actually speaking to or even looking at whoever they're with.  —  So is the new phone as insanely great as Apple says?
Discussion: Blog
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Primary Results Close for 2 G.O.P. Legislators Who Voted for Same-Sex Marriage  —  Two Republican state senators who provided pivotal votes to legalize same-sex marriage last year were fighting to preserve their political careers on Thursday as voters went to the polls for New York State's legislative primary.
This Just In:
Tear gas fired at Tunisian protesters; fire at German Embassy in Sudan  —  Editor's note: Several protests stemming at least in part from an anti-Islam film produced in the United States are unfolding outside U.S. embassies around the world.  Friday's protests follow ones Tuesday at the U.S. Embassy …
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
On The Road To Prison, Alabama's Ex-Governor Still Has A Few Things He Wants To Say  —  Former Alabama Gov. Don Sieglman is pleasant, almost cheerful, as he speaks by phone on the long drive toward the small town of Oakdale, La. It's not the tone you'd expect to hear from a once-powerful man who's …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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NBC's Garrett Haake / First Read:
Ann Romney to attend fundraiser at Bush home in Dallas
Discussion: Election 2012 and AEIdeas
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Romney to receive intelligence briefings starting next week
Discussion: Ballot Box
Washington Post:
GM's vaunted Volt is on the road to nowhere fast
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
USA Today to Introduce New Look
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Jimmy Carter Corrects Obama
Discussion: The Fix, Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Jobless figures continue to rise at an alarming rate
Discussion: Guardian and Firedoglake
New York Times:
The Energy Rush: Fossil Fuel Industry Opens Wallet to Defeat Obama
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New York Review of Books:
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Discussion: Daily Kos
David Shepardson /
Teamsters leader compares GOP to Cambodian dictator
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Limbaugh: Al-Qaida “gave up Osama”
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Ryan gets hero's welcome from House GOP upon return to DC
Discussion: Reuters, Politico, Ballot Box and The Hill
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Whoa!... Democrat Kirstin Powers UNLOADS on Obama and Media After Mideast Embassy Attacks (Video)
Discussion: American Glob and Riehl World News
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Terrifying: Increases in Real Per Capita Federal Spending Over The Past 35 Years