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4:10 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
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Strange Fragging of Stu Stevens
Discussion: Politico, Spectator, Slate and Mother Jones
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Middle East Turmoil Closely Followed; Romney's Comments Viewed Negatively  —  OVERVIEW  —  About four-in-ten Americans (43%) have followed news about the attacks on U.S. embassies in the Middle East and the killing of an American ambassador very closely, making it by far the most closely followed foreign news story of the year.
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
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.
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Balks at GM Plan
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:
Discussion: Mother Jones
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.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney to get more specific  —  Mitt Romney's campaign …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, CNN and First Read
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 …
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.
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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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
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama: I ‘walk the walk’ in US trade battles against the Chinese  —  President Obama on Monday sought to undercut Mitt Romney's argument that the president is soft on China, saying “you can talk a good game, or you can play one.”  —  Obama is adding a new talking point to his campaign stump speech …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
U.S. Files Trade Case Against China Over Cars
Discussion: Firedoglake
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
BREITBART.COM:
CNN RELEASES PHOTO, PERSONAL INFO OF FILMMAKER  —  This morning on CNN, the identity and past of scapegoated filmmaker Nikoula Nikoula was revealed to American audiences despite the private citizen's extraordinary attempts to conceal his identity.  —  During his late night frog march …
Discussion: Telegraph, Pat Dollard and Ed Driscoll
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Fighter jets in Democratic convention's military montage were Turkish, not American  —  The Democratic Party's national convention in Charlotte, N.C. may have doubled down on insulting the U.S. military community.  —  The Democratic National Committee has already apologized for using a photo …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Instapundit
ABCNEWS:
Viral Video Splices Obama 'You Didn't Build That' With M.C. Hammer  —  A new well-produced, mash-up Internet video marries President Obama's controversial “You didn't build that” statement with M.C. Hammer's “U Can't Touch This.”  —  The result, “U Didn't Build That by MC 'Bama,” …
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Max Read / Gawker:
13 Powerful Images of Muslim Rage  —  “MUSLIM RAGE,” screams Newsweek's new cover story about last week's violent anti-American protests.  Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the well-known anti-Islam activist, is here to tell “us” (The_West) how to “end it.”  And it's true, isn't it?  All Muslims are constantly raging about everything.
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Panel Decides Obama Will Stay On Kansas Ballot Despite Birther Objections  —  A board of three elected Republican officials decided to allow President Barack Obama to remain on the Kansas ballot during a brief meeting on Monday, despite the protest of California lawyer/dentist Orly Taitz, arguably the nation's most infamous “birther.”
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
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 …
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).
Rep. Michael McCaul / Foreign Policy:
Take bold action to protect American diplomats  —  “He was one of us.”  That's how Malik Sahad, a Libyan musician who lives near the American consulate in Benghazi, described our slain ambassador, Christopher Stevens.  So we mourn an esteemed, effective diplomat who gave his life in the service of our great nation.
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Video Shows Libyans Retrieving Envoy's Body
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross / The Atlantic Online:
Time for the GOP to Get Serious About Climate Change, the New National Security Issue
Michael Knox Beran / National Review:
How Republics Fall  —  The weird ecstasy of the media-political complex …
Discussion: Riehl World News
David Frum / CNN:
Don't blame the video; defend free speech
Discussion: Wizbang and ABCNEWS
David Carr / New York Times:
The Puppetry of Quotation Approval
 Earlier Items: 
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Majority in U.S. Still Say Government Doing Too Much
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
Robert Wright / The Atlantic Online:
Hidden Causes of the Muslim Protests
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: How the Media Misrepresents the Race
Rowena Mason / Telegraph:
Cameron ‘claimed Britain is united against Mitt Romney’