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9:20 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
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 …
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 …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:   Israeli PM Netanyahu: Iranian leaders guided by strong ‘fanaticism’
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
Afghan women ‘die in Nato strike’  —  Civilian casualties by Nato-led forces have strained relations with the Afghan government  —  At least eight women have died in a Nato air strike in Afghanistan's eastern province of Laghman, local officials say.  —  Nato has conceded that between five …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Mark Steyn / Investor's Business Daily:
Obama's Ham-Fisted Response To The Attacks On The U.S.  —  So, on a highly symbolic date, mobs storm American diplomatic facilities and drag the corpse of a U.S. ambassador through the streets.  Then the president flies to Vegas for a fundraiser.  —  No, no, a novelist would say; that's too pat, too neat in its symbolic contrast.
Michael Patrick Leahy / BREITBART.COM:
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
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” …
On ‘This Week’: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice  —  Sunday on “This Week,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice speaks to ABC News senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper on the deadly attacks and anti-American protests sweeping across the Middle East.
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.
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Romney: Libya deaths a ‘tragic reminder’ of need for US leadership
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Why Obama Is Still Ahead
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republican lawmakers are grumbling about the direction …
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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Rep. Ryan: New Fed policy a ‘bailout’ for Obama economy
Discussion: The Raw Story and CNN
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Don't Say “Desperate”  —  Muslim unrest has created a challenge …
Discussion: The Mahablog and The Impolitic