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1:25 PM ET, September 16, 2012


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Mario Tama / ABCNEWS:
Ambassador Susan Rice: U.S. Not ‘Impotent’ in Muslim World'  —  U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice told me this morning on “This Week” that the United States is not “impotent” in the face of violent protests sweeping the Muslim world being aimed at American interests.
Ambassador Susan Rice: Libya Attack Not Premeditated  —  U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi was not premeditated, directly contradicting top Libyan officials who say the attack was planned in advance.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
U.S. Ambassador to U.N. Doubles Down on Claim that Film Responsible for Middle East Mobs
Discussion: Fox News and Power Line
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Neocons Slither Back  —  PAUL RYAN has not sautéed in foreign policy in his years on Capitol Hill.  The 42-year-old congressman is no Middle East savant; till now, his idea of a border dispute has more likely involved Wisconsin and Illinois.  —  Yet Ryan got up at the Values Voter Summit …
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
The Foreign Relations Fumbler  —  DIPLOMACY is a minefield, and Mitt Romney spent the last week blowing up his foreign policy credentials to be president.  He raised doubts about his capacity to deal with global crises, and we were left hoping that if that 3 a.m. call ever went to him, he'd have set up call forwarding.
The Future of Capitalism:
Maureen Dowd on Neoconservatives
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 …
Discussion: Instapundit and Riehl World News
LIVE BLOG  —  Egypt's Prime Minister Hesham Kandil told CNN …
Nancy Pelosi / CNN:
TRENDING: Pelosi says Ryan pick makes it easier for Dems to take House  —  (CNN) - Mitt Romney's pick of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate will give Democrats a better shot at retaking control of the House of Representatives, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, said in an interview airing Sunday.
On ‘red lines,’ Obama and Romney appear in agreement
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Israeli PM Netanyahu: Iranian leaders guided by strong ‘fanaticism’
Discussion: CNN, Associated Press and Politico
Associated Press:
Leon Panetta: Protests likely to continue  —  Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the turmoil raging across the Muslim world is likely to continue into the days ahead, but he says the violence expected by the United States appears to be leveling off.  —  He said Sunday the Pentagon has …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
US closes embassy amid reports Sudan rejected request to send Marines
Discussion: Riehl World News
Brian McLaren / CNN:
My Take: It's time for Islamophobic evangelicals to choose  —  Editor's Note: Brian D. McLaren is author of “Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?  Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World” (Jericho Books/Hachette Book Group).  —  I was raised as an evangelical Christian …
Discussion: protein wisdom
James Fisher / delawareonline:
Tea party picking its battles  —  O'Donnell mulling '14 run as movement grows  —  MILLSBORO — Tea party faithful in the First State didn't have a lot to celebrate on primary election night, with a victory for one favored candidate, but loss after loss in other primary contests for state House and Senate seats.
WHITE HOUSE MUST STOP SONY FROM RELEASING ‘KILLING BIN LADEN’ FILM  —  Now that the White House and State Department have made clear that they believe movies compel terrorists to terrorize, it's time for them to get ahead of this problem.  And one thing the White House can do immediately …
Israeli Foreign Ministry: U.S. ignored Arab radicalization  —  Foreign Ministry official on signs of ‘radicalization’ in Arab world: ‘We knew what was happening, but the Americans preferred to find excuses.’  —  For months before the most recent attacks on U.S. embassies in North African states …
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
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Stephen Castle / New York Times:
Slovenia Encounters Debt Trouble and May Need Bailout
Discussion: Via Meadia
Robert Rizzuto / Union-News:
Poll: Elizabeth Warren opens 6-point edge on Scott Brown in Massachusetts Senate race
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Green-on-Blue Attacks in Afghanistan Continue
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Eliot A. Cohen / Washington Post:
Are you safer now than you were four years ago?
Discussion: Power Line
Afghanistan: Nato air strike ‘kills eight women’ in Laghman
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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