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8:40 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.
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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New York Times:
Teachers Union in Chicago to Extend Strike Into 2nd Week  —  CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers Union extended its strike into a second week on Sunday, after significant divisions emerged among union delegates over a deal that only a day before had been described by the union's leader as “a good contract.”
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Caucus
Chicago Tribune:
Chicago teachers strike continues, Emanuel says he will sue to force end
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Report: Teachers union to continue strike
Discussion: Associated Press
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Rice contradicts Libyan account, says attack was not premeditated
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.
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Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Benjamin Netanyahu To NBC: Those Who Believe Iran Should Have Nukes ‘Set A New Standard For Human Stupidity’  —  During his tour of several Sunday morning American talk shows, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told NBC's Meet the Press that Iran is guided by fanaticism with no rationality …
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Pema Levy / Talking Points Memo:
Netanyahu: People Are ‘Drawing Me Into The American Election’
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Islamists step up pressure for U.S. media curbs, Obama equivocates
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pat Dollard
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.
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Obama crams for debates, works on being concise  —  (Reuters) - On long flights to swing states in the West and late nights at the White House after his children have gone to bed, President Barack Obama is cramming like a student for a test that could determine his political future.  —  The subject?
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Hill
Peter Schroeder / Ballot Box:
Poll: Warren opens up 6-point lead over Brown in Mass. Senate race  —  Elizabeth Warren has opened up a 6-point lead against Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) in their hotly contested senatorial race, according to a new poll.  —  The poll, from the Western New England University Polling Institute …
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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).
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
E.J. Dionne Jr.  —  The American election's global reach  —  The Obama-Clinton alliance, formalized with Bill Clinton's blockbuster speech at the Democratic National Convention, confirms what has often been played down: President Obama has chosen to build on Clinton's legacy rather than abandon it.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
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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Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Libyan president: ‘No doubt’ attack ‘preplanned’
 
 
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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David Firestone / New York Times:
Don't Tell Anyone, but the Stimulus Worked
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Can Rick Santorum And Ron Paul Really Get Along?
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New York Post:
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's children moved away from father's Lower East Side district …
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Freedom Fighters Meet on 9/11
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Deja Vu, 1988: Protesters Throw Bombs Over Religious Film
Brian McLaren / CNN:
My Take: It's time for Islamophobic evangelicals to choose
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