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10:05 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 …
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Dolt
Erick Erickson / RedState:
If The Election Were Held Today Barack Obama Would Win
Washington Post:
Romney, Obama turn campaign focus back to economy
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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BBC:
Libya ‘arrests’ over Benghazi US consulate deaths
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and The Daily Beast
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Libyan president: ‘No doubt’ attack ‘preplanned’
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 …
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Associated Press:
WEIGHING OFFER, CHICAGO TEACHERS REMAIN ON STRIKE
New York Times:
Teachers Union in Chicago to Extend Strike Into 2nd Week
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Caucus
Deroy Murdock / National Review:
Why Is Obama So Quiet about the Chicago Teachers' Strike?
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Report: Teachers union to continue strike
Discussion: Associated Press
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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Peter Schroeder / Ballot Box:   Poll: Warren opens up 6-point lead over Brown in Mass. Senate race
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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Stephen Koff / Plain Dealer:
White House to go to WTO Monday, says China undercutting auto-part makers  —  WASHINGTON - The White House Monday will demand through a world trade panel that China stop subsidizing auto parts made for export, arguing the practice undercuts manufacturers in Ohio and elsewhere by reducing …
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Pema Levy / Talking Points Memo:
Netanyahu: People Are ‘Drawing Me Into The American Election’
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
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: Pirate's Cove and Weasel Zippers
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?
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 …
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 …
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
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
With 50 days until the election, Obama holds edge over Romney  —  With 50 days until the 2012 election, President Obama has a small, but clear lead over Mitt Romney.  —  Obama is ahead of Romney by a narrow margin in most national polls, and has a slightly wider lead in most swing states, giving Romney almost no room for error.
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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Niall Stanage / Ballot Box:
With voting under way, Romney camp faces test from Obama's ground game
Associated Press:
AP: Black Pastors Say ‘Stay Home’ Election Day
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Hating on Ben Bernanke
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Islamists step up pressure for U.S. media curbs, Obama equivocates
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pat Dollard
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Can Rick Santorum And Ron Paul Really Get Along?
Discussion: ThinkProgress