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1:45 PM 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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BuzzFeed:
Romney's New Strategy Turns Right  —  “This is going to be a base election.”  More God, less economy.  —  Image by Geoff Burke / Getty Images  —  VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Mitt Romney's campaign has concluded that the 2012 election will not be decided by elusive, much-targeted undecided voters …
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 …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
If The Election Were Held Today Barack Obama Would Win  —  Contra Dick Morris, Mitt Romney is not winning this election.  At least Mitt Romney is not winning the election right now.  Conservatives are obsessing over every poll, the turn out models used, and the media bias that is on ful display.
CNN:
Will rift report distract from new economic message?
Discussion: Washington Post and The Fix
CNN:
Romney campaign re-tools message for final stretch
Discussion: Weekly Standard and AEIdeas
Politico:
Inside the campaign: How Mitt Romney stumbled
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Boston molasses
Discussion: Washington Monthly
David Brody / The Brody File:
Paul Ryan Exclusive: Explains Why Romney Campaign Won't Reveal Tax Loopholes  —  Below is part of The Brody File exclusive interview with vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.  The interview was done Friday at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.  —  Mandatory Courtesy: CBN News/The Brody File
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.
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Jennifer Levitz / Washington Wire:   Massachusetts GOP Ties Warren to Occupy Movement
Meghan Barr / Associated Press:
1 year on, Occupy is in disarray; spirit lives on
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Joe Scarborough On The Entire Muslim World: ‘They Hate Us Because Of Their Religion’  —  This morning on MSNBC, Joe Scarborough accused every single person in Muslim and Arab world of hating the United States.  According to Scarborough, “if you scratch the surface, and if you gave every street vendor …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and GILL REPORT
Robert Wright / The Atlantic Online:
Hidden Causes of the Muslim Protests  —  What are the sources of simmering hostility toward America that helped fuel these demonstrations?  —  Protesters gather outside the U.S. embassy in London.  (Reuters)  —  As the Muslim protests subside, more and more people have come to realize …
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Cultural Clash Fuels Muslims Raging at Film
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.
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).
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama: Romney can't stand up to China  —  President Obama on Monday will seek to undercut Mitt Romney's argument that the president is soft on China, saying “you can talk a good game, or you can play one.”  —  Obama, speaking at a campaign event for grassroots supporters in Ohio …
Discussion: Politico
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Majority in U.S. Still Say Government Doing Too Much  —  But fewer Americans now say government has too much power  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A majority of Americans (54%) continue to believe the government is trying to do too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: How the Media Misrepresents the Race  —  The gap between the way the media characterizes the presidential race and what is actually happening is growing larger by the day.  In particular, we see a systematic emphasis on news items that favor the president and a discounting of evidence that disfavor him.
Nate Cohn / The New Republic:
Daily Breakdown: The Bounce Persists Into A Critical Week  —  During convention season, the polls temporarily provide a less accurate picture of the race as voters sway back and forth on either side of their eventual preference.  But this week, the polls are becoming more and more predictive …
NBC / World News:
Iran increases price on ‘Satanic Verses’ author Salman Rushdie's head by $500K  —  Author Salman Rushdie lived in hiding for a decade in the wake of a fatwa issued in 1989 over his novel “The Satanic Verses.”  His Japanese translator was stabbed to death in 1991 and his Italian translator was injured in a stabbing that same year.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:
Investor Bankrolls Big Romney Campaign  —  A billionaire investor whose family owns the Chicago Cubs is pressing ahead with a multimillion-dollar pro-Republican political campaign, bucking a political furor that emerged when the effort first become public.  —  Joe Ricketts, the founder …
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 …
Latino Decisions:
The Latino gender gap: Latina voters prefer Obama by 53 point margin  —  With seven weeks until the election Republican candidate Mitt Romney's potential gender gap with women faces a new hurdle in the Latino community, as reported today by Pilar Marrero.  According to the fourth week …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog, CNN and Politico
 
 
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Michael Knox Beran / National Review:
How Republics Fall  —  The weird ecstasy of the media-political complex …
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David Frum / CNN:
Don't blame the video; defend free speech
Discussion: ABCNEWS
David Carr / New York Times:
The Puppetry of Quotation Approval
Colin Moynihan / City Room:
Arrests Near Stock Exchange Top 100 on Occupy Wall St. Anniversary
Stephanie Saul / New York Times:
Conservative Groups Focus on Registration in Swing States
Rowena Mason / Telegraph:
Cameron ‘claimed Britain is united against Mitt Romney’
Niall Stanage / Ballot Box:
With voting under way, Romney camp faces test from Obama's ground game
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Citizens United Obama film to air on TV
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