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9:40 PM ET, September 16, 2012


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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.
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Rice contradicts Libyan account, says attack was not premeditated
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Benjamin Netanyahu To NBC: Those Who Believe Iran Should Have Nukes ‘Set A New Standard For Human Stupidity’  —  During his tour of several Sunday morning American talk shows, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told NBC's Meet the Press that Iran is guided by fanaticism with no rationality …
Pema Levy / Talking Points Memo:
Netanyahu: People Are ‘Drawing Me Into The American Election’  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied accusations from critics that he is trying to influence the U.S. presidential election, despite escalating his demands that the United States draw a “red 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 …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Happy New Year, Puppet Masters  —  This morning I came across a tweet from Blake Hounshell, the managing editor of Foreign Policy Magazine, that read, in its entirety: “Oy.”  This “oy” was followed by a link to today's column by Maureen Dowd, in which she claims that “neocon” …
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Maureen Dowd on Neoconservatives
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Inside the campaign: How Mitt Romney stumbled  —  Stuart Stevens, Mitt Romney's top strategist, knew his candidate's convention speech needed a memorable mix of loft and grace if he was going to bound out of Tampa with an authentic chance to win the presidency.
Nancy Pelosi / CNN:
TRENDING: Pelosi says Ryan pick makes it easier for Dems to take House
Discussion: Politico and Booman Tribune
Peter Schroeder / Ballot Box:
Poll: Warren opens up 6-point lead over Brown in Mass. Senate race  —  Elizabeth Warren has opened up a 6-point lead against Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) in their hotly contested senatorial race, according to a new poll.  —  The poll, from the Western New England University Polling Institute …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Report: Teachers union to continue strike  —  The Chicago public teachers union on Sunday decided to continue a weeklong strike as efforts to craft a settlement feel short.  —  Union leaders declined to vote on a proposed contract settlement, reported the Associated Press …
Discussion: Associated Press
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney Camp Decides: The Economy Isn't Enough  —  “It's not enough just to criticize,” says Ryan.  Agrees an aide: “We have to bring more to the table.”  —  OLDSMAR, Fla. — Mitt Romney's campaign for president appears to have quietly abandoned its guiding assumption …
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Deja Vu, 1988: Protesters Throw Bombs Over Religious Film  —  While listening to all the outraged right wing rantings about free speech and how Muslims were a separate, primitive class of religion for their outraged and violent response in Libya to the deliberately provocative work …
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.
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Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Obama crams for debates, works on being concise
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Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Libyan president: ‘No doubt’ attack ‘preplanned’
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Can Rick Santorum And Ron Paul Really Get Along?
New York Post:
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's children moved away from father's Lower East Side district …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
JanSuzanne Krasner / American Thinker:
Freedom Fighters Meet on 9/11
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Stephen Castle / New York Times:
Slovenia Encounters Debt Trouble and May Need Bailout
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 Earlier Items: 
Brian McLaren / CNN:
My Take: It's time for Islamophobic evangelicals to choose
Discussion: protein wisdom
Israeli Foreign Ministry: U.S. ignored Arab radicalization
Associated Press:
Leon Panetta: Protests likely to continue
Discussion: Politico
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: Scared Monkeys and Power Line
Afghanistan: Nato air strike ‘kills eight women’ in Laghman
Discussion: Outside the Beltway