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10:35 AM ET, September 19, 2012


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Michael Barbaro / The Caucus:
A Mood of Gloom Afflicts the Romney Campaign  —  SALT LAKE CITY - Mitt Romney's traveling press secretary walked to the back of the candidate's plane midflight on Tuesday and teasingly asked a pair of journalists in an exit row if they were “willing and able to assist in case of an emergency.”
James Taranto / Peggy Noonan's Blog:
Time for an Intervention  —  What should Mitt Romney do now?  He should peer deep into the abyss.  He should look straight into the heart of darkness where lies a Republican defeat in a year the Republican presidential candidate almost couldn't lose.  He should imagine what it will mean for the country …
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Romney Tapes Give Way To The Not-So-Calm After The Storm (The Note)  —  NOTABLES:  — ROMNEY TAPES GET THE SUPER PAC TREATMENT: That didn't take long.  The pro-Obama super PAC, Priorities USA Action, is quick out of the starting gate this morning with a new television ad featuring footage …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: In 2-point presidential race, Romney trips over 47%  —  The good news for Republican challenger Mitt Romney: After three rocky weeks, he remains within striking distance of President Obama in the battleground states that matter most.  The bad news: His latest misstep could upend that.
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:   AP: Obama 47% Romney 46%
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama 48%, Romney 46% in Swing States
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Critical audio gap in “complete” Romney tape released by Mother Jones (Update - Corn responds, 1-2 minutes missing)  —  David Corn of Mother Jones released the “complete” audio and video of the secretly recorded Mitt Romney speech at a private fundraiser.  —  Yet the complete audio and video is not complete.
David Corn / MoJo Articles:
WATCH: Full Secret Video of Private Romney Fundraiser  —  Mitt Romney wanted the full tape.  Here it is.  —  On Monday and Tuesday Mother Jones published exclusive video that captured Mitt Romney speaking to donors at a May 17 fundraiser, which was held at the home of private equity mogul Mark Leder.
Benny Johnson /
Mitt Romney / USA Today:
I'll deliver recovery, not dependency  —  Since our founding, America has promoted personal responsibility, the dignity of work and the value of education.  Those values made our nation the hope of the earth and our economy the envy of the world.  —  Efforts that promote hard work …
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
MEMORANDUM  —  Location  —  To: Interested Parties  —  Re: Two Visions for America  —  48 days remain until Election Day.  As the choice voters face comes into greater focus, the different visions that Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have for America are becoming more sharply defined.
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Romney's missteps could cost party the Senate, strategists say  —  Republicans believe Mitt Romney's mistakes could prevent them from winning back the Senate.  —  Romney's failure to close the gap with President Obama less than 50 days before the election, as well as a variety of high-profile gaffes …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Romney woes jangle GOP nerves
Discussion: Politico and
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Sen. Brown denounces Romney comments
France to close embassies in fear of cartoon backlash  —  France announced Wednesday it will close 20 embassies across the Muslim world on Friday after French weekly Charlie Hebdo published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed naked, amid growing unrest over an anti-Islamic film that has left dozens dead.
Nicholas Vinocur / Reuters:
French weekly fuels Mohammad row with cartoons
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and emptywheel
Nicola Clark / New York Times:
French Magazine Runs Cartoons That Mock Muhammad
Associated Press:
AP-GfK poll reveals demographic divides driving close contest for the presidency  —  The presidential race remains a tight contest, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, but beyond that near-even split on the vote lie shifting public views of the nation's outlook and an electorate beginning …
Discussion: Hot Air
Associated Press:
Discussion: First Read and The Fix
Chicago Tribune:
Chicago teachers anxious as union meets on contract offer  —  As delegates head for 2nd vote on strike, high expectations have made it hard to reach consensus  —  Chicago teachers were anxious this morning as they walked the picket line for the seventh day, worried whether union officials …
Rosalind Rossi / Chicago Sun Times:
Chicago Public Schools teachers' strike over
New York Times:
Chicago Teachers' Union Votes to End Strike
Discussion: Via Meadia and New York Magazine
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Mitt Romney's ‘Severe Conservatism’  —  “I was a severely conservative Republican governor,” Mitt Romney told the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February 2012.  —  Severely conservative?  —  Conservatives snickered.  “I may be a little giddy here,” Rush Limbaugh said.
Ann Romney: Mitt Doesn't Disdain The Poor  —  The saddest rapid response... The Romney campaign just uploaded a video with the title “Ann Romney to FOX31: Mitt Doesn't Disdain the Poor.”  UPDATE: Apparently the campaign has removed the video from their official account.  —  Zeke Miller  —  an hour ago
Investor's Business Daily:
Romney's Right—Palestinians Have Rejected Peace  —  Mideast: Maybe you heard the kerfuffle over Mitt Romney's comments about those who don't pay taxes.  But you likely didn't hear his other remarks — that Palestinians don't really want peace.  He was right about that, too.
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
Arctic Resources, Exposed by Warming, Set Off Competition  —  NUUK, Greenland — With Arctic ice melting at record pace, the world's superpowers are increasingly jockeying for political influence and economic position in outposts like this one, previously regarded as barren wastelands.
Emmanuel Touhey / Healthcare:
The IRS and healthcare: A heavy lift  —  Now that the Supreme Court has issued its ruling on the Affordable Care Act, many are taking a closer look at how the law will be implemented, including at the new enforcement duties given to the IRS.  The Government Accountability Office has said the IRS faces “a massive undertaking.”
Discussion: Blog
The Daily Caller:
Romney must own ‘47 percent’ argument 100 percent of the time  —  We ran into two well-known political reporters in the lobby of a building in downtown Washington yesterday.  It was late in the afternoon, but both radiated energy and good cheer.  Before rushing off to their cable news appearances …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
CRS report: number of able-bodied adults on food stamps doubled after Obama suspended work requirement … Obama administration officials have insisted that their decision to grant states waivers to redefine work requirements for welfare recipients would not “gut” the landmark 1996 welfare reform law.
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
Beyoncé & Jay-Z host NY Bam ba$h  —  WASHINGTON — Nix the flags and the podium.  Cue the opulent 18-foot tower of gold-bottled French champagne.  —  When President Obama addresses an elite roster of hipsters and multimillionaires, including hosts Beyoncé and Jay-Z …
Pro-Romney super PAC launches ad offensive in Wisconsin and Michigan  —  Washington (CNN) - As both presidential campaigns signal Wisconsin is becoming a battleground state, the major Super PAC backing Mitt Romney is investing heavily there.  —  Restore Our Future confirmed …
Discussion: Election 2012
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama to Romney: ‘You have to work for everyone’ as president  —  President Obama on Tuesday lectured Mitt Romney for “writing off a big chunk of the country” in his first remarks about the GOP presidential nominee's controversial statements at a closed-door fundraiser.
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Katie Pavlich /
CNBC Poll: 75% Agree With Romney's 47% Comments  —  UPDATE: The number of people who have taken the CNBC poll has doubled, bringing those who agree with Romney's comments to 76 percent.  —  As the faux outrage over Mitt Romney's “47%” comments continue to barrel through the airwaves of the old media …
Discussion: Hit & Run and UrbanGrounds
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Mark McKinnon / The Daily Beast:
Mark McKinnon on Why Time Is Running Out for Mitt Romney
Josh Peterson / The Daily Caller:
Occupy Wall Street chief organizer unravels, ponders calling it quits
Robert Costa / National Review:
Romney Campaign Borrowed $20 Million
Kimi Yoshino / L.A. NOW:
L.A. chef told police he slow-cooked his wife's body for days
Discussion: The Informer and Gawker
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 18: Obama's Bounce Erodes in Two Tracking Polls
Discussion: ABCNEWS
New York Times:
Obama Holds Edge Over Romney In Wisconsin, Poll Shows
Christopher Keating / Hartford Courant:
UConn/Hartford Courant Poll Shows McMahon, Murphy In Dead Heat
Will Englund / Washington Post:
Vladi­mir Putin says of Mitt Romney: At least he's direct
Discussion: Riehl World News
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Boesveld / National Post:
Canada rises to Top Five in world economic freedom ranking as U.S. plummets to 18th
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Hit & Run
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Obama's first term is like FDR's dismal second
Discussion: Betsy's Page
James Kirkup / Telegraph:
Inheritance tax could be scrapped in exchange for resurrection of mansion tax
Discussion: Guardian and Spectator
Fred Thys / WBUR:
WBUR Senate Poll: Warren Leads Brown By 5
David Lev / Arutz Sheva:
Abbas Proposes Canceling Oslo Accords
Talking Points Memo:
Mary Matalin: Thanks To Romney, We Can Single Out ‘Parasites’
Discussion: Power Line and Nice Deb
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner / Energy & Environment:
EPA's four-gallon minimum mandate
Discussion: Mother Jones and National Review