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11:25 AM ET, September 15, 2012


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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Chaos at the State Dept?  —  I spoke with a well-placed journalist last night whose sources describe the situation at the State Department in one word: “Chaos.”  The working assumption is that several American embassies may have been penetrated, or are vulnerable to attack …
Frank Gardner / BBC:
US consulate in Benghazi ‘did not have enough security’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Riehl World News
Hillary Rodham Clinton / US Department of State:
Remarks at the Transfer of Remains Ceremony to Honor Those Lost in Attacks in Benghazi, Libya
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Kimi Yoshino / L.A. NOW:
Alleged ‘Innocence of Muslims’ filmmaker taken in for interviewing by deputies  —  Just after midnight, authorities descended on the Cerritos home of the man believed to be the filmmaker behind the anti-Muslim movie that has sparked protests and rioting in the Arab world.
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Producer Of Anti-Islam Film Was Fed Snitch  —  L.A. man began cooperating with prosecutors after 2009 fraud bust  —  In remarks stressing that the U.S. government had “absolutely nothing to do with” the anti-Islam film that has touched off violence in the Middle East, Secretary …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, Doug Ross, Wired, BBC, Newsy and Hit & Run
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 …
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Obama: Slain diplomats represented ‘very best of our country’
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Byron Tau / Politico:
W.H. asks YouTube to ‘review’ film
Is President Obama ‘Skipping’ Intelligence Briefings?  —  Conservative critics of President Obama are accusing him of “skipping” daily intelligence briefings throughout his first term and in the days leading up to this week's deadly attacks on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya.
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 …
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 …
In CNN interview, Eastwood stands by RNC speech  —  (CNN) - Actor Clint Eastwood says he does not care about the reaction to his stand up routine at the Republican convention, which drew more attention on the night Mitt Romney accepted the presidential nomination.
Discussion: The Hill and Taegan Goddard's …
New York Times:
Obama Erases Romney's Edge on Economy, Poll Finds  —  President Obama has taken away Mitt Romney's longstanding advantage as the candidate voters say is most likely to restore the economy and create jobs, according to the latest poll by The New York Times and CBS News, which found a modest sense …
Ilya Gridneff / Sydney Morning Herald:
Police gas Sydney protesters  —  Police gas Sydney protesters angered by a US film, Innocence of Muslims, portraying the prophet Muhammad as a womaniser and paedophile.  —  Eight people were arrested and six officers were injured after a protest swept through the Sydney CBD this afternoon.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Confirmed: The Director of Innocence of Muslims Is a Schlocky Softcore Porn Director Named Alan Roberts  —  The anti-Islam film that's set off a firestorm in the Middle East was directed by a 65-year-old schlock director named Alan Roberts, we've confirmed.  He's the creative vision behind …
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.
Prince at attacked Afghan base  —  Taliban video which claims to show aftermath of attack on Camp Bastion  —  Prince Harry was at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan during an assault by the Taliban which killed two US marines.  —  American officials said small arms, rockets and mortars were used …
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
Official: 2 U.S. Marines die in ‘sustained attack’ on Afghan base
Chris Francescani / Reuters:
Occupy Wall Street plans to surround NYSE to mark anniversary  —  (Reuters) - Occupy Wall Street marks its first anniversary on Monday, and, in a bid to rejuvenate a movement that has failed to sustain momentum after sparking a national conversation about economic inequality last fall …
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Obama swing-state ad says voters better off than four years ago
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
California Tries to Guide the Way on Health Law
John W. Miller / Wall Street Journal:
Ice-Cream Bank's Rocky Road
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
Financial Times:
Fed risks political fallout from QE3
Discussion: DealBook and Guardian
Agence France Presse:
Afghans burn Obama effigy at film demo
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Sean Rainey / The Daily Caller:
Rep. Sherman: 12 million illegals ‘need documents’ to be able to unionize [VIDEO]
The GOP's foreign policy muddle
 Earlier Items: 
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Obama's Great Islamist Delusion has come home to roost
Discussion: American Power
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Gary Bauer: Obama's Votes Come From Welfare Checks And Voter Fraud
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Monthly
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
How A Bunch Of Republicans Accidentally Voted To End Welfare-To-Work Requirements
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Detroit Free Press:
Granholm gets a laugh out of 1978 video of her ‘Dating Game’ appearance