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10:35 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  —  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 …
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Romney, Obama turn campaign focus back to economy
Discussion: Hot Air
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Boston molasses
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Leigh Ann Caldwell / CBS News:
McCain: U.S. “is weakened” under Obama  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., was skeptical that violent attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya were not preplanned.  —  “Most people don't bring rocket-propelled grenades and heavy weapons to demonstrations.
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Financial Times:
Netanyahu steps up pressure over Iran
Discussion: Via Meadia
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Israeli Leader Says Iran Is ‘20 Yards’ From Nuclear Bomb
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Islamists step up pressure for U.S. media curbs, Obama equivocates
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pat Dollard
Pema Levy / Talking Points Memo:
Netanyahu: People Are ‘Drawing Me Into The American Election’
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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Deroy Murdock / National Review:
Why Is Obama So Quiet about the Chicago Teachers' Strike?
Discussion: americanthinker.com
New York Times:
Teachers Union in Chicago to Extend Strike Into 2nd Week
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Caucus
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
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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 …
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.
Associated Press:
AP: Black Pastors Say ‘Stay Home’ Election Day  —  More ways to share...  Mixx  —  Stumbled  —  LinkedIn  —  Vine  —  Buzzflash  —  Newstrust  —  Technocrati  —  Forward Article  —  Some black clergy see no good presidential choice between a Mormon candidate and one who supports gay marriage …
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).
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.
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
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 …
BBC:
Libya ‘arrests’ over Benghazi US consulate deaths  —  The US ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens died along with three others in the Benghazi attack  —  Libyan authorities have arrested some 50 people in connection with last week's deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, the president of Libya's interim assembly says.
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Fox News:
U.S. Ambassador Rice stands with administration in saying anti-Muslim video sparked violence
 
 
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Rowena Mason / Telegraph:
Cameron ‘claimed Britain is united against Mitt Romney’
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Earnings in United States Are Beginning to Feel a Pinch
Discussion: Hot Air and Riehl World News
Salman Masood / New York Times:
Pakistanis Try to Storm U.S. Outpost; One Is Killed
Reuters:
Japan brandname firms shut China plants after protest violence
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Stephen Koff / Plain Dealer:
White House to go to WTO Monday, says China undercutting auto-part makers
Niall Stanage / Ballot Box:
With voting under way, Romney camp faces test from Obama's ground game
 Earlier Items: 
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
With 50 days until the election, Obama holds edge over Romney
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
E.J. Dionne Jr.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Hating on Ben Bernanke
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Citizens United Obama film to air on TV
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Obama crams for debates, works on being concise