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11:25 PM ET, September 16, 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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Nancy Pelosi / CNN:
TRENDING: Pelosi says Ryan pick makes it easier for Dems to take House
Discussion: Politico and Booman Tribune
ABCNEWS:
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.
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Donald Douglas / American Power:   Libya's Mohamed Yousef el-Magariaf: Attack On U.S. Embassy Was ‘Planned — Definitely, It Was Planned by Foreigners...’
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Libyan president: ‘No doubt’ attack ‘preplanned’
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.
Discussion: Swampland, Mother Jones and Gawker
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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
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Neocons Slither Back  —  PAUL RYAN has not sautéed …
The Future of Capitalism:
Maureen Dowd on Neoconservatives
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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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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
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’  —  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” …
BREITBART.COM:
BREAKING: VIDEO PURPORTS TO SHOW US AMBASSADOR DRAGGED FROM BENGHAZI CONSULATE  —  YouTube user “Abdalgadar Fadi” has uploaded a video on the arabic language version of the video sharing site purporting to show US Ambassador Christopher Stevens dragged from the consulate in Benghazi.
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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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
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 …
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: Taegan Goddard's …
 
 
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David Firestone / New York Times:
Don't Tell Anyone, but the Stimulus Worked
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
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
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
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
 Earlier Items: 
Haaretz:
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
BBC:
Afghanistan: Nato air strike ‘kills eight women’ in Laghman
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
John Nolte / BREITBART.COM:
WHITE HOUSE MUST STOP SONY FROM RELEASING ‘KILLING BIN LADEN’ FILM