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8:40 PM ET, September 17, 2012

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David Corn / Mother Jones:
SECRET VIDEO: Romney Tells Millionaire Donors What He REALLY Thinks of Obama Voters  —  When he doesn't know a camera's rolling, the GOP candidate shows his disdain for half of America.  —  During a private fundraiser earlier this year, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Romney: I'll never convince Obama voters to take responsibility for their lives  —  The Huffington Post and Mother Jones both post audio of what may be a blockbuster moment: Mitt Romney telling a private fundraiser that 47 percent of the American people — the voters who can be counted on to vote for Obama …
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Video: Barack Obama Voters ‘Dependent On Government’ … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Mitt Romney, Elections 2012, Video, Mitt Romney Video, Mitt Romney 2012, Mitt Romney China Factory Video, Mitt Romney Fundraiser, Mitt Romney Fundraiser Video, Romney Born In America Video …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Campaign Responds To Hidden Video: ‘Mitt Romney wants to help all Americans’  —  Mitt Romney's campaign responded to the hidden camera footage of Romney at fundraiser claimg that Obama's voters are “are dependent upon government” and “believe that they are victims” posted online in a statement Monday evening.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Claims Obama Voters All Depend On Government Checks In Unearthed Video
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Middle East Turmoil Closely Followed; Romney's Comments Viewed Negatively  —  OVERVIEW  —  About four-in-ten Americans (43%) have followed news about the attacks on U.S. embassies in the Middle East and the killing of an American ambassador very closely, making it by far the most closely followed foreign news story of the year.
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
GOP Congressman Blows Up At CNN Host: 'I Don't Care What Fact Check Says,' Obama Apologizes For America!  —  During an appearance on CNN's Starting Point on Monday, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) could not explain when President Obama “apologized” for the United States, despite repeatedly claiming that he went on an …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Raw Story
Politico:
Mitt Romney abruptly shifts strategy  —  Mitt Romney, sensing an opening in the Middle East mess and catching flak from conservatives for giving too little detail about his policy plans, is rolling out a new and broader strategy to make the election a referendum on “status quo versus change …
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Romney's ‘New’ Campaign Strategy Isn't Actually New
BuzzFeed:
Romney's New Strategy Turns Right
Mike Lillis / Ballot Box:
Hispanic Dems batter Romney as ‘extremist’ on immigration
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Max Read / Gawker:
13 Powerful Images of Muslim Rage  —  “MUSLIM RAGE,” screams Newsweek's new cover story about last week's violent anti-American protests.  Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the well-known anti-Islam activist, is here to tell “us” (The_West) how to “end it.”  And it's true, isn't it?  All Muslims are constantly raging about everything.
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Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:   Newsweek Publishes Islamophobic ‘Muslim Rage’ Cover In Response To Embassy Attacks
Ayaan Hirsi Ali / The Daily Beast:
The Last Gasp of Islamic Hate
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Tina Brown's ‘Muslim Rage’ cover
Discussion: Blazing Cat Fur
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Joe Scarborough On The Entire Muslim World: ‘They Hate Us Because Of Their Religion’
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and GILL REPORT
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama ad touts trade suit against China  —  President Obama's campaign released a new television ad Monday touting the president's move to file a new trade enforcement suit against China.  —  In a filing with the World Trade Organization monday, the Obama Administration argued …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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CBS DC:   Obama's Security Breach In Libya Is Ignored By American Media
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Gretchen Carlson Appears To Get Pranked In Interview With ‘Former Obama Supporter’  —  Fox & Friends host Gretchen Carlson had to contend with a truly awkward moment Monday morning as she attempted to get through an interview with Max Rice, a man described as a recent college grad …
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Pictures That Change Elections?  —  Remember this infamous photo of the Elian Gonzalez raid in April 2000?  It may well have cost Al Gore the election because of its effect on Cuban voters in Florida:  —  Well, this equally infamous photo ought to cost Obama this election:
Discussion: Mother Jones
Erica Ritz / TheBlaze.com:
SOURCE: STATE DEPARTMENT IN TALKS TO TRANSFER ‘BLIND SHEIKH’ TO EGYPT; DOJ DENIES  —  The U.S. State Department is currently in negotiations with the Egyptian government for the transfer of custody of Omar Abdel-Rahman, also known as “the Blind Sheikh,” for humanitarian and health reasons …
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Eric Kleefeld / Talking Points Memo:
Todd Akin's Wife Compares GOP Abandonment to Rape, Tyranny  —  Rep. Todd Akin's wife, Lulli Akin, says the Republican Party's attempts to push her husband out of the Missouri Senate race — over his false assertion that women who are raped rarely get pregnant — are like rape itself.
William Spain / MarketWatch:
General Motors pushing U.S. to sell stake: report … CHICAGO (MarketWatch) — The Treasury Department is resisting General Motors' push for the government to sell off its stake in the auto maker, The Wall Street Journal reports.  Following a $50 billion bailout in 2009, the U.S. taxpayers now own almost 27% of the company.
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Ryan stays mum on tax-plan details, says ticket will cement details with Congress
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Strange Fragging of Stu Stevens  —  The big DC water-cooler item today is the classic Politico insider account of the “disarray” in the Romney campaign, penned by Allen and VandeHei.  It's more or less a demolition of campaign majordomo Stu Stevens, who is blamed for a serial botching …
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
If The Election Were Held Today Barack Obama Would Win
Angela Delli Santi / Associated Press:
Christie's high stakes choice: Will he run for reelection?  —  He says he is not interested in taking a cabinet post.  So, what is next?  —  TRENTON - Chris Christie spurned overtures from Republican big shots to launch a presidential campaign, then told New Jersey audiences he loves …
Discussion: Politico
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Fighter jets in Democratic convention's military montage were Turkish, not American  —  The Democratic Party's national convention in Charlotte, N.C. may have doubled down on insulting the U.S. military community.  —  The Democratic National Committee has already apologized for using a photo …
ABCNEWS:
Viral Video Splices Obama 'You Didn't Build That' With M.C. Hammer  —  A new well-produced, mash-up Internet video marries President Obama's controversial “You didn't build that” statement with M.C. Hammer's “U Can't Touch This.”  —  The result, “U Didn't Build That by MC 'Bama,” …
Discussion: Mediaite, Gawker and The PJ Tatler
cbpp.org:
Misconceptions and Realities About Who Pays Taxes  —  Executive Summary  —  Close to half of U.S. households currently do not owe federal income tax.  The Urban Institute-Brookings Tax Policy Center estimates that 46 percent of households will owe no federal income tax for 2011.
 
 
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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Lugar will not campaign for Mourdock in Indiana Senate race
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Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Obama: If GOP Wants Me 'To Walk the Dog or Wash Their Car, I'm Happy to Do It'
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.S. Warns Ruling Impedes Its Detention Powers
Noah Smith / The Atlantic Online:
The End of Global Warming: How to Save the Earth in 2 Easy Steps
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Dylan Matthews / Washington Post:
Rush Limbaugh says welfare recipients turn out to vote in force. They really don't.
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Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
The CIA's Secret Weapons
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Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
AFDI/SIOA Exclusive: Statement from Joseph Nassralla Gives Inside Story of Making of “Innocence of Muslims” film
Discussion: L.A. NOW and The Other McCain
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Campaign Accuses Romney of Profiting from Slave Labor
Us Weekly:
Exclusive: First Lady Michelle Obama: 5 Things You Don't Know About Me
BREITBART.COM:
CNN RELEASES PHOTO, PERSONAL INFO OF FILMMAKER
Discussion: Telegraph, Pat Dollard and Ed Driscoll
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Camp Won't Offer Specifics On New Pledge To Provide Specifics
Michael Knox Beran / National Review:
How Republics Fall  —  The weird ecstasy of the media-political complex …
Discussion: The Other McCain