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2:55 AM ET, September 16, 2012


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Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
WHY BARACK OBAMA SHOULD RESIGN.  Just for the record, this is what it looked like for a man who made a film that made the Obama Administration uncomfortable:  —  Here's the key bit: “Just after midnight Saturday morning, authorities descended on the Cerritos home of the man believed …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Obama Cracks Down On Free Speech: the Quickmeme  —  In order to spare themselves the sort of critical scrutiny to which they are unaccustomed, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have fallen in with the absurd claim that violence has broken out in eleven Muslim countries, and terrorists armed with RPGs and …
LIVE BLOG  —  Egypt's Prime Minister Hesham Kandil told CNN that some people involved in the recent protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo were paid to protest.  He also said that some were there on their own accord, though.  —  For more on his comments, click here.
Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
California man linked to anti-Islam film taken in for questioning
Kimi Yoshino / L.A. NOW:
Alleged ‘Innocence of Muslims’ filmmaker taken in for interview
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 …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:   Israeli PM Netanyahu says Iran's leaders guided by ‘unbelievable fanaticism’
New York Times:
U.S. Is Preparing for a Long Siege of Arab Unrest
Associated Press:
Discussion: L.A. NOW
Rick Santorum: Conservatives Will Never Have “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
Liam Ford / Chicago Tribune:
Feds: U.S. teen held in ‘jihad’ terrorist bomb attempt at Chicago bar  —  Adel Daoud, 18, of Hillside, was arrested Friday night when he tried to blow up what he thought was a car bomb in front of a downtown bar (Posted Sep 15, 2012)  —  Adel Daoud, 18, of Hillside, was arrested Friday night …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Associated Press:
Teen charged with trying to blow up Chicago bar  —  CHICAGO - Undercover FBI agents arrested an 18-year-old American man who tried to detonate what he believed was a car bomb outside a downtown Chicago bar, federal prosecutors said Saturday.  —  Adel Daoud, a U.S. citizen from the Chicago suburb …
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
He Said, She Said, and the Truth  —  IN journalism, as in life, balance sounds like an unassailably good thing.  —  But while balance may be necessary to mediating a dispute between teenage siblings, a different kind of balance — some call it “false equivalency” — has come under increasing fire.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Pressing Issues
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
US closes embassy amid reports Sudan rejected request to send Marines  —  The State Department is shutting down its embassy in Khartoum amid reports that the Sudanese government may have rejected the Obama administration's request to send Marines to protect the compound from rioters.
Discussion: Riehl World News
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 …
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: Washington Post and The Raw Story
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.
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 …
Michael Patrick Leahy / BREITBART.COM:
Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
Diplomatic, western posts targeted repeatedly in Benghazi in run-up to deadly assault
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
California Tries to Guide the Way on Health Law  —  SACRAMENTO — The meeting came to order, the five members of the California Health Benefit Exchange seated onstage with dozens of consumer advocates and others looking on.  On the agenda: what to name the online marketplace where millions …
Tim Graham / blogs:
Propaganda Update: TV Networks Will Be Asked to Boost ObamaCare In Plots of Their Top Shows
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Romney: Libya deaths a ‘tragic reminder’ of need for US leadership
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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Rep. Ryan: New Fed policy a ‘bailout’ for Obama economy
Discussion: The Raw Story and CNN
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
House Republicans Plan Two Month Vacation, Leaving Key Bills Awaiting Action
 Earlier Items: 
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Don't Say “Desperate”  —  Muslim unrest has created a challenge …
Discussion: The Mahablog and The Impolitic
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In CNN interview, Eastwood stands by RNC speech
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Hill