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11:30 AM ET, September 17, 2012


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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.
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 …
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.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Boston molasses  —  The problem — and there is one — in the Mitt Romney camp is not the lack of policies or the wrong policies.  In fact the campaign has accumulated sensible conservative policies on everything from Medicare reform to energy development to Israel.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Washington Post:
Romney, Obama turn campaign focus back to economy
Discussion: Hot Air
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Obama crams for debates, works on being concise
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
Protests erupt in Afghanistan as film anger simmers  —  Thousands of protesters take to the streets of Kabul, setting cars on fire and shouting “death to America.”  —  KABUL - Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the Afghan capital on Monday, setting fire to cars and shouting …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Cultural Clash Fuels Muslims Raging at Film
Chicago Tribune:
Chicago teachers strike continues, Emanuel says he will sue to force end  —  City plans to file injunction to force strike to end  —  No school Monday; contract talks continue.  —  Chicago Public Schools will remain closed until at least Wednesday, as union leaders continue to mull …
Deroy Murdock / National Review:
Why Is Obama So Quiet about the Chicago Teachers' Strike?
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).
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.
Peter Schroeder / Ballot Box:   Poll: Warren opens up 6-point lead over Brown in Mass. Senate race
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 …
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.
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 DC.  —  Mandatory Courtesy: CBN News/The Brody File
Discussion: The Daily Dolt and The Raw Story
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 …
Financial Times:
Netanyahu steps up pressure over Iran  —  By Geoff Dyer in Washington and Najmeh Bozorgmehr in Tehran  —  Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said on Sunday that Iran was only six or seven months away from having most of the fuel it needed to build a nuclear weapon …
Discussion: Via Meadia
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Israeli Leader Says Iran Is ‘20 Yards’ From Nuclear Bomb
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.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Citizens United Obama film to air on TV  —  Citizens United has struck a deal with a dozen television stations to run its hour-long film featuring voters disaffected with President Barack Obama, sending the Republican critique of the incumbent into tens of millions of homes in the lead-up to Election Day …
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Wall Street Journal:
Investor Bankrolls Big Romney Campaign
Discussion: Washington Wire and Election 2012
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: How the Media Misrepresents the Race
Stephanie Saul / New York Times:
Conservative Groups Focus on Registration in Swing States
Nate Cohn / The New Republic:
Daily Breakdown: The Bounce Persists Into A Critical Week
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
Japan brandname firms shut China plants after protest violence
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Niall Stanage / Ballot Box:
With voting under way, Romney camp faces test from Obama's ground game
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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up 5 in Virginia  —  PPP's newest Virginia poll finds …
Discussion: Politico and FiveThirtyEight