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9:05 AM ET, September 17, 2012

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Politico:
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.
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Politico:
Mitt Romney abruptly shifts strategy
Discussion: CNN
BuzzFeed:
Romney's New Strategy Turns Right
Discussion: The Daily Dolt
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Rice contradicts Libyan account, says attack was not premeditated
Associated Press:
WEIGHING OFFER, CHICAGO TEACHERS REMAIN ON STRIKE … CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers uncomfortable with a tentative contract offer decided Sunday to remain on strike, insisting they need more time before deciding whether to end an acrimonious standoff with Mayor Rahm Emanuel …
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New York Times:
Teachers Union in Chicago to Extend Strike Into 2nd Week
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Caucus
Chicago Tribune:
Chicago teachers strike continues, Emanuel says he will sue to force end
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Report: Teachers union to continue strike
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Warren rebounds  —  Things have been going Elizabeth Warren's way in the Massachusetts Senate race over the last month.  She's gained 7 points and now leads Scott Brown 48-46 after trailing him by a 49-44 margin on our last poll.  —  Warren's gaining because Democratic voters are coming back into the fold.
Discussion: Ballot Box
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up 5 in Virginia  —  PPP's newest Virginia poll finds Barack Obama leading by 5 points, 51-46.  Obama's lead is unchanged from a month ago when we found him leading 50-45 in the state.  He may not be seeing a bump from the convention in the state at this point, but he was in a pretty good position to begin with.
Discussion: Politico and FiveThirtyEight
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 …
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Pema Levy / Talking Points Memo:
Netanyahu: People Are ‘Drawing Me Into The American Election’
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Islamists step up pressure for U.S. media curbs, Obama equivocates
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pat Dollard
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Maureen Dowd meets anti-Semitism charge  —  New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd set the Jewish political community on fire today with a column about the Republican ticket's foreign policy proposals that, according to her critics, peddled anti-Semitic imagery.
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Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Obama crams for debates, works on being concise  —  (Reuters) - On long flights to swing states in the West and late nights at the White House after his children have gone to bed, President Barack Obama is cramming like a student for a test that could determine his political future.  —  The subject?
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Hill
Rana Tanveer / The Express Tribune:
Ultimatum to US: ‘Criminalise blasphemy or lose consulate’  —  LAHORE:  —  Several Muslim parties and a Christian group held rallies on Sunday to protest against a movie released in America.  —  Around 10,000 people participated in the main rally organised on The Mall by the Tehreek Hurmat-i-Rasool (THR).
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
presstv.ir:
Obama can be sued over insulting film: Iran official  —  A senior Iranian official says US President Barack Obama could face legal action in connection with the production of an anti-Islam movie by an American Jew.  —  “A complaint could be filed with US courts against Obama for his violation …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
E.J. Dionne Jr.  —  The American election's global reach  —  The Obama-Clinton alliance, formalized with Bill Clinton's blockbuster speech at the Democratic National Convention, confirms what has often been played down: President Obama has chosen to build on Clinton's legacy rather than abandon it.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Citizens United Obama film to air on TV  —  Citizens United has struck a deal with a dozen television stations to run its hour-long film featuring voters disaffected with President Barack Obama, sending the Republican critique of the incumbent into tens of millions of homes in the lead-up to Election Day …
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Libyan president: ‘No doubt’ attack ‘preplanned’  —  Libya President Mohamed Yousef El-Magariaf said Sunday that 50 arrests have been made in connection with last week's “preplanned” attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead.
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AP: Black Pastors Say ‘Stay Home’ Election Day
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Hating on Ben Bernanke
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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Can Rick Santorum And Ron Paul Really Get Along?
Discussion: ThinkProgress
New York Post:
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's children moved away from father's Lower East Side district …
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Freedom Fighters Meet on 9/11
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs
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Deja Vu, 1988: Protesters Throw Bombs Over Religious Film
Brian McLaren / CNN:
My Take: It's time for Islamophobic evangelicals to choose
Discussion: protein wisdom