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7:40 PM ET, September 15, 2012


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Rick Santorum: Conservatives Will “Never Have The Elite, Smart People On Our Side”  —  Santorum tells values voters to be wary of the media elite.  —  Image by Jason Reed / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON, DC — Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum attacked the media and “smart people” …
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Bachmann: Obama “most dangerous president” ever on foreign policy
ANTI-ISLAM FILMMAKER DONATED MILLION DOLLARS TO OBAMA CAMPAIGN  —  Blame the movie.  —  Blame the movie.  —  Blame the movie.  —  Even though “the movie” was on YouTube for months prior to the collective indignation of thousands of Middle Eastern Islamists all coming together …
Lee Smith / Weekly Standard:
The Video Didn't Do It  —  It was bad enough, two years ago, that Defense Secretary Robert Gates called fringe Florida pastor Terry Jones to ask him not to burn copies of the Koran, or last week, that chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey took his turn to call Jones to ask …
New York Times:
U.S. Is Preparing for a Long Siege of Arab Unrest
Discussion: Belmont Club and Riehl World News
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
White House says ‘no intelligence’ could have been acted on to prevent attacks
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 …
Discussion: CNN and The Gateway Pundit
Michael Patrick Leahy / BREITBART.COM:
Discussion: neo-neocon
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
State Department: Stop asking us about the Benghazi attack
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP lawmakers say Romney campaign needs to change course  —  Republican lawmakers are grumbling about the direction of Mitt Romney's campaign and say he needs to change course.  —  The complaints come as polls show that Romney lost ground on President Obama following the party's respective conventions …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Obama campaign takes on the ‘are you better off’ question  —  The Obama campaign is launching a new ad in the seven key swing states that directly takes on Mitt Romney's “are you better off” question:  —  It's a minute-long spot, which suggests this represents a major effort by the campaign …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Obama swing-state ad says voters better off than four years ago
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Kimi Yoshino / L.A. NOW:
Alleged ‘Innocence of Muslims’ filmmaker taken in for interview  —  Just after midnight Saturday morning, 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 Muslim world.
Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
California man linked to anti-Islam film taken in for questioning
Mike Allen / Politico:
52 days to Nov. 6; 19 days to Debate 1 — TOOBIN BOOK: Roberts switched!  — BOSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM: In NYT-CBS, 53% say Romney would favor rich; 8% say middle class  —  JEFFREY TOOBIN, staff writer for The New Yorker and senior legal analyst for CNN, in “The Oath: The Obama White House …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Pat Dollard
Tim Graham / blogs:
Propaganda Update: TV Networks Will Be Asked to Boost ObamaCare In Plots of Their Top Shows  —  Abby Goodnough of The New York Times is reporting as the California state government is setting up its ObamaCare exchange, the exchange has hired a PR firm (with federal government money).
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Weasel Zippers
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
California Tries to Guide the Way on Health Law
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Don't Say “Desperate”  —  Muslim unrest has created a challenge for Obama and the nation—and a different kind of crisis for the Romney campaign.  —  One day this spring, over lunch in Chicago, David Axelrod offered up a concise summary of Team Obama's prevailing view about the race ahead against Mitt Romney.
Discussion: The Mahablog and The Impolitic
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Why Obama Is Still Ahead  —  The economy alone won't win the election for Romney.  —  President Obama is outside the ideological mainstream, viewed as very liberal by an electorate that's moderate or somewhat conservative.  His domestic policies are unpopular, notably his health care law, economic stimulus, and spending plans.
Poll: Obama widens lead in Pennsylvania  —  President Obama, already ahead in Pennsylvania, received a small bump from the Democratic National Convention and now leads Mitt Romney in the state by 11 points, according to the Inquirer Pennsylvania Poll.  —  But with eight weeks left …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Romney: Libya deaths a ‘tragic reminder’ of need for US leadership  —  GOP nominee Mitt Romney said Saturday that the deaths of four American diplomats in Libya was a “tragic reminder” that the world needed “strong leadership” from Washington and focused on the Obama administration's relations …
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Rep. Ryan: New Fed policy a ‘bailout’ for Obama economy  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the Federal Reserve's latest policy shift amounts to a “bailout” of the economy under President Obama.  —  Speaking at a campaign event in Oldsmar, Fla., Mitt Romney's vice presidential candidate lambasted …
Discussion: CNN
Financial Times:
Fed risks political fallout from QE3
Discussion: DealBook and Guardian
Richard D. Kahlenberg / The New Republic:
Can the Chicago Teachers' Strike Fix Democratic Education Reform?  —  In 1960, when Albert Shanker and other members of New York City's teachers union sought collective bargaining rights, they set a strike date for Monday November 7, the day prior to the presidential election between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon.
Eric Zorn / Change of Subject:
Why teachers have test anxiety, too
Discussion: Diane Ravitch's blog
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