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6:10 PM ET, September 17, 2012

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David Corn / Mother Jones:
SECRET VIDEO: Romney Tells Millionaire Donors What He REALLY Thinks of Obama Voters  —  When he doesn't know a camera's rolling, the GOP candidate shows his disdain for half of America.  —  During a private fundraiser earlier this year, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told …
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Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Video: Barack Obama Voters ‘Dependent On Government’ … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Mitt Romney, Elections 2012, Video, Mitt Romney Video, Mitt Romney 2012, Mitt Romney China Factory Video, Mitt Romney Fundraiser, Mitt Romney Fundraiser Video, Romney Born In America Video …
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.
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
GOP Congressman Blows Up At CNN Host: 'I Don't Care What Fact Check Says,' Obama Apologizes For America!  —  During an appearance on CNN's Starting Point on Monday, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) could not explain when President Obama “apologized” for the United States, despite repeatedly claiming that he went on an …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Raw Story
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 …
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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 …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Strange Fragging of Stu Stevens  —  The big DC water-cooler item today is the classic Politico insider account of the “disarray” in the Romney campaign, penned by Allen and VandeHei.  It's more or less a demolition of campaign majordomo Stu Stevens, who is blamed for a serial botching …
Discussion: Slate, Spectator and Mother Jones
Politico:
Inside the campaign: How Mitt Romney stumbled
Politico:
Inside the campaign: How Mitt Romney stumbled
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Newsweek Publishes Islamophobic ‘Muslim Rage’ Cover In Response To Embassy Attacks  —  Anti-Islam rhetoric in the United States has heated up this week in the wake of the violent protests in the Middle East.  MSNBC's Joe Scarborough joined in the backlash this morning, saying …
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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Joe Scarborough On The Entire Muslim World: ‘They Hate Us Because Of Their Religion’
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and GILL REPORT
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Tina Brown's ‘Muslim Rage’ cover
Discussion: Blazing Cat Fur
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Ryan stays mum on tax-plan details, says ticket will cement details with Congress  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says the GOP ticket will wait until it can sit down with Congress before fleshing out more details of its tax plans.  —  In an interview with The Christian Broadcasting Network released late Sunday …
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
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 …
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Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Twentysomething Embarrasses Fox & Friends, Himself [Updated]
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.
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CBS DC:   Obama's Security Breach In Libya Is Ignored By American Media
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.
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 and First Read
Office of the United States Trade Representative:
Obama Administration Challenges China's Export Subsidies To Auto and Auto Parts Manufacturers in China  —  Washington, DC -United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced today that the United States has requested dispute settlement consultations with the Government of China …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Mediaite and emptywheel
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama: I ‘walk the walk’ in US trade battles against the Chinese
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Politico, Hot Air and CNN
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 …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Campaign Accuses Romney of Profiting from Slave Labor  —  President Obama's campaign made a serious charge against Mitt Romney today when spokesman Ben LaBolt suggested on national television that the Republican presidential candidate had previously profited off slave labor in China:
Us Weekly:
Exclusive: First Lady Michelle Obama: 5 Things You Don't Know About Me  —  Fried Twinkies?  Kiss-Cam love?  Bo's sleeping arrangements?  —  First Lady Michelle Obama — wife to President Barack Obama, 51, and mom to Sasha, 11, and Malia, 14 — recently shared little-known facts about herself exclusively to Us Weekly.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Biden Quotes Chinese Communist Propaganda Machine to Hit Romney  —  Vice President Joe Biden quoted the official propaganda outlet of the Chinese Communist regime to knock Mitt Romney at a campaign event today:  —  “I seldom ever quote the official Chinese government news agency,” said Biden.
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: Gawker and Mediaite
 
 
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Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
AFDI/SIOA Exclusive: Statement from Joseph Nassralla Gives Inside Story of Making of “Innocence of Muslims” film
Discussion: L.A. NOW
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Video Shows Libyans Retrieving Envoy's Body
BREITBART.COM:
CNN RELEASES PHOTO, PERSONAL INFO OF FILMMAKER
Discussion: Telegraph, Pat Dollard and Ed Driscoll
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross / The Atlantic Online:
Time for the GOP to Get Serious About Climate Change, the New National Security Issue
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Panel Decides Obama Will Stay On Kansas Ballot Despite Birther Objections
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Michael Knox Beran / National Review:
How Republics Fall  —  The weird ecstasy of the media-political complex …
Discussion: Riehl World News
 Earlier Items: 
NBC / World News:
Iran increases price on ‘Satanic Verses’ author Salman Rushdie's head by $500K
Discussion: Hit & Run and Hot Air
Robert Wright / The Atlantic Online:
Hidden Causes of the Muslim Protests
Wall Street Journal:
Investor Bankrolls Big Romney Campaign
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: How the Media Misrepresents the Race
Nate Cohn / The New Republic:
Daily Breakdown: The Bounce Persists Into A Critical Week