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2:40 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: Politico and Washington Post
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 and Slate
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
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Ryan stays mum on tax-plan details, says ticket will cement details with Congress
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
Associated Press:
U.S. diplomats in Beirut burning classified material  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut have started to destroy classified material as a security precaution amid anti-American protests in Lebanon and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa.
Discussion: Power Line and Weasel Zippers
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
Eric Kleefeld / Talking Points Memo:
Todd Akin's Wife Compares GOP Abandonment to Rape, Tyranny  —  Rep. Todd Akin's wife, Lulli Akin, says the Republican Party's attempts to push her husband out of the Missouri Senate race — over his false assertion that women who are raped rarely get pregnant — are like rape itself.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Pictures That Change Elections?  —  Remember this infamous photo of the Elian Gonzalez raid in April 2000?  It may well have cost Al Gore the election because of its effect on Cuban voters in Florida:  —  Well, this equally infamous photo ought to cost Obama this election:
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).
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 …
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.
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 …
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross / The Atlantic Online:
Time for the GOP to Get Serious About Climate Change, the New National Security Issue  —  The GOP is ceding important ground by tolerating and encouraging denialism on this critical topic.  —  A badly under-watered Kansas cornfield awaits rain this past August.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Camp Won't Offer Specifics On New Pledge To Provide Specifics  —  Mitt Romney's campaign promised to unveil more specifics on Romney's campaign proposals during a conference call with reporters Monday, pushing back on bipartisan criticism that the Republican has yet to say clearly what he'd actually do in office.
Guy Taylor / Washington Times:
Egypt's Islamic TV talks with iron Salafist  —  A Muslim cleric hosting an Egyptian television show recently outlined his version of Islamic instructions for wife-beating.  In another show, a cleric claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood, now governing Egypt, one day will rule the world.
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 …
Michael Knox Beran / National Review:
How Republics Fall  —  The weird ecstasy of the media-political complex at the convention in Charlotte last month was the first sign that its attachment to President Obama, always fawning, had become morbid.  —  In spite of the anemic economy and a real unemployment rate above 11 percent …
Discussion: Riehl World News
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
 
 
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John Ingold / Denver Post:
Colorado marijuana legalization initiative leads in new poll
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hit & Run
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Panel Decides Obama Will Stay On Kansas Ballot Despite Birther Objections
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Latino Decisions:
The Latino gender gap: Latina voters prefer Obama by 53 point margin
Discussion: The Maddow Blog, CNN and Politico
David Frum / CNN:
Don't blame the video; defend free speech
Discussion: Wizbang and ABCNEWS
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama: I ‘walk the walk’ in US trade battles against the Chinese
Discussion: Politico
David Carr / New York Times:
The Puppetry of Quotation Approval
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Majority in U.S. Still Say Government Doing Too Much
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
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Conservative Groups Focus on Registration in Swing States
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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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Chicago Tribune:
Chicago teachers strike continues, Emanuel says he will sue to force end