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5:05 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 …
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: Politico, Spectator, Slate and Mother Jones
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
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
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  —  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 …
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Video: Barack Obama Voters ‘Dependent On Government’
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 …
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Romney Campaign to ‘Reinforce More Specifics’
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and GOP 12
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.
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
U.S. to File W.T.O. Case Against China Over Cars  —  The Obama administration plans to file a broad trade case at the World Trade Organization in Geneva on Monday accusing China of unfairly subsidizing its exports of autos and auto parts, a senior administration official said late Sunday …
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama: I ‘walk the walk’ in US trade battles against the Chinese
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Politico, CNN and Hot Air
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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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 …
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
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 and Gawker
Fox News:
No demonstration before attack on US Consulate, source says … An intelligence source on the ground in Libya told Fox News that there was no demonstration outside the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi prior to last week's attack — challenging the Obama administration's claims that the assault grew out of a …
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:
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:
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
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 …
 
 
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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
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Panel Decides Obama Will Stay On Kansas Ballot Despite Birther Objections
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
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
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Wright / The Atlantic Online:
Hidden Causes of the Muslim Protests
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