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3:30 AM ET, September 18, 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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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Romney: Obama's 47% of the electorate is dependent on government  —  Via Mother Jones and Ace, watch this now if you haven't seen it elsewhere because political media will be having 20 heart attacks about it tomorrow and you'll want to be up to speed.  This was recorded awhile back at a fundraiser …
Bloomberg:
Today, Mitt Romney Lost the Election  —  You can mark my prediction now: A secret recording from a closed-door Mitt Romney fundraiser, released today by David Corn at Mother Jones, has killed Mitt Romney's campaign for president.  —  On the tape, Romney explains that his electoral strategy …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Thurston Howell Romney  —  In 1980, about 30 percent of Americans received some form of government benefits.  Today, as Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute has pointed out, about 49 percent do.  —  In 1960, government transfers to individuals totaled $24 billion.
Mayhill Fowler / The Huffington Post:
Obama: No Surprise That Hard-Pressed Pennsylvanians Turn Bitter  —  LISTEN TO THE FULL OBAMA April 6.  FUNDRAISER SPEECH HERE Some highlights - Obama responds to Krugman toward the end of the audio (46:20); Obama discloses his trip to Pakistan (40:17); Obama discusses fundraising successes …
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 …
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.
Philip Rucker / Election 2012:
Romney stands by his remarks in leaked video  —  Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney did not back down from comments published Monday in Mother Jones magazine, in which he dismissed supporters of President Obama as a “victims” who take no responsibility for their livelihoods …
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Where Are the 47% of Americans Who Pay No Income Taxes?  —  Mitt Romney says citizens who don't pay income tax will never vote for him.  But eight of the top 10 states with the highest number of nonpayers are red states.  —  The political world is in a tizzy over hidden-camera footage of Mitt Romney at a fundraising event.
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney versus the 47 percent  —  Over the past few years, Republicans have developed a habit of railing against the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay any federal income taxes.  It's a fairly misleading talking point, but it keeps resurfacing.  And now Mitt Romney has picked up on it:
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.
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Romney Reacts to 47 Percent Video, Stands By Remarks
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 …
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Romney's ‘New’ Campaign Strategy Isn't Actually New
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
White House media ignores Obama's Muslim outreach meltdown  —  The press corps asked no questions during Monday's White House press conference about the meltdown of President Barack Obama's high-profile Muslim outreach policy.  —  Instead, they spent time asking low-impact questions …
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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
Times of India:
Egypt cleric issues fatwa against ‘Innocence of Muslims’ cast, crew  —  Read More:  —  WASHINGTON: A Salafist cleric in Egypt is calling for the deaths of all those involved in the making of an anti-Muslim film that has outraged the Islamic world, SITE Intelligence Group said on Monday.
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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
Kim Sengupta / The Independent:
Libya: We gave US three-day warning of Benghazi attack  —  NOTE: WE DO NOT STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS(ES) BUT YOUR IP ADDRESS WILL BE LOGGED TO PREVENT ABUSE OF THIS FEATURE.  PLEASE READ OUR LEGAL TERMS & POLICIES  —  American diplomats were warned of possible violent unrest in Benghazi three days …
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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.
David Martin / CBS News:
U.S. military suspends joint patrols with Afghans  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) The strategy for getting U.S. forces out of Afghanistan depends on training Afghan soldiers and police to protect the country themselves, but on Monday the U.S. military suspended most joint field operations …
ThinkProgress:
Five SCOTUS Cases That Could Be Overruled In A Romney Court, And Five That Could Be Overruled Under Obama  —  On Monday, the Center for American Progress Action Fund released a report outlining many of the Supreme Court cases that could be overruled if President Obama appoints just one progressive …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
The CIA's Secret Weapons  —  In an unauthorized account of the raid on Osama bin Laden, a Navy SEAL revealed that the intelligence analyst who led his team was a woman—and there are plenty more like her in the ranks.  Eli Lake reveals the world of the superstar female agents of the CIA.
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Beast
 
 
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