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11:05 AM ET, September 18, 2012

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David Corn / MoJo Articles:
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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David Corn / MoJo Articles:
SECRET VIDEO: On Israel, Romney Trashes Two-State Solution  —  At a private fundraiser, the GOP candidate calls Middle East peace “almost unthinkable” and says he would “kick the ball down the field.”  —  At the private fundraiser held May 17 where Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney candidly spoke …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Thurston Howell Romney  —  In 1980, about 30 percent of Americans received some form of government benefits.  Today, as Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute has pointed out, about 49 percent do.  —  In 1960, government transfers to individuals totaled $24 billion.
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
How Jimmy Carter's Grandson Helped Leak the Secret Romney Fund-raiser Video  —  The damning video of Mitt Romney telling a room of wealthy donors how he really feels about the free-loading 47 percent of Americans “who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing …
Bloomberg:
Today, Mitt Romney Lost the Election  —  You can mark my prediction now: A secret recording from a closed-door Mitt Romney fundraiser, released today by David Corn at Mother Jones, has killed Mitt Romney's campaign for president.  —  On the tape, Romney explains that his electoral strategy …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Romney's theory of the “taker class,” and why it matters  —  “My job is not to worry about those people,” Mitt Romney said of the 47 percent of Americans who are likely to vote for Barack Obama.  “I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
Michael Walsh / National Review:
Mitt's Gettysburg Moment  —  Mitt Romney found himself in an unexpected place last night — in the public eye.  He ought to make the most of it.  —  Milk-Carton Mitt's surprise turn upon the stage — did you know he was running for president? — came courtesy of the currently unemployed …
Discussion: Instapundit
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Romney “47 Percent” Fundraiser Host: Hedge Fund Manager Who Likes Sex Parties  —  When Mitt Romney at a private fundraiser dismissed all Barack Obama voters as moochers and victims—showing disdain for nearly half of the American electorate—he was speaking at the home of controversial private …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
A Note on Romney's Arrogant and Stupid Remarks  —  So we have in 2012 two presidential candidates who—when they thought they were speaking privately to their fellow 1 percenters—have shown contempt for fellow Americans.  —  Here's Barack Obama, on April 6, 2008, in San Francisco:
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney versus the 47 percent  —  Over the past few years, Republicans have developed a habit of railing against the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay any federal income taxes.  It's a fairly misleading talking point, but it keeps resurfacing.  And now Mitt Romney has picked up on it:
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney adviser: ‘47 percent’ video a ‘bump in the road’  —  A senior adviser to Mitt Romney's campaign said Tuesday that a video that shows Mitt Romney speaking candidly at a behind-closed-doors fundraiser represented a “bump in the road,” but the governor did not intend to “bash” …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Secret Romney Tape Means We Can Finally Stop Talking About Obama's Failed Foreign & Domestic Policy!  —  Let's not mince words: President Barack Obama is one lucky bastard.  —  Last week, he got a near-total pass from the press regarding foreign policy due to what was at worst a case of bad timing by GOP challenger Mitt Romney.
Discussion: Instapundit and Washington Times
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
The Right Is Wrong to Pin Obama's Edge on Welfare State
Discussion: Spectator
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Real Romney Captured on Tape Turns Out to Be a Sneering Plutocrat
Discussion: emptywheel and Talking Points Memo
Mayhill Fowler / The Huffington Post:
Obama: No Surprise That Hard-Pressed Pennsylvanians Turn Bitter
Discussion: Althouse and American Prospect
Daniel Foster / National Review:
What Romney Said on the ‘47 Percent’ and What He Should Have Said
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Wake Me Up When September Ends (The Note)
Discussion: Yahoo! News
The Caucus:
Romney Calls 47% of Voters Dependent in Leaked Video
The New / New York Times:
Romney Responds to Release of Secret Video
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
cbpp.org:
Misconceptions and Realities About Who Pays Taxes
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Paul Krugman
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rep. Allen West: Romney ‘a little clumsy’ with ‘47 percent’ comment
Discussion: CNN and ABCNEWS
Mark Thoma / Economist's View:
Nontaxpayers are Overwhelmingly the Eldery and Students
Annie Lowrey / Economix:
Behind the ‘People Who Pay No Income Tax’
Discussion: Politico and Hullabaloo
Michael Barbaro / The Caucus:   How the Romney Campaign Scrambled to Respond to Secret Video
Iain Martin / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
The spectacular implosion of Mitt Romney means a no-choice US election
Discussion: The Other McCain
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney campaign faces distractions
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Emails reveal Justice Dept. regularly enlists Media Matters to spin press  —  Internal Department of Justice emails obtained by The Daily Caller show Attorney General Eric Holder's communications staff has collaborated with the left-wing advocacy group Media Matters for America in an attempt …
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Why Barack Obama is winning  —  Unemployment is over 8 percent.  Nearly 60 percent of Americans, according to a new poll, believe the country is on the wrong track.  The number of people on food stamps is at a historic high and the median net worth of American families is at a 20-year low.
Kim Sengupta / The Independent:
Libya: We gave US three-day warning of Benghazi attack  —  NOTE: WE DO NOT STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS(ES) BUT YOUR IP ADDRESS WILL BE LOGGED TO PREVENT ABUSE OF THIS FEATURE.  PLEASE READ OUR LEGAL TERMS & POLICIES  —  American diplomats were warned of possible violent unrest in Benghazi three days …
agi.it:
Seven US-resident Egyptians charged over ‘Innocence’ movie  —  (AGI) - Cairo, 18 Sep - Egyptian prosecutors have opened proceedings against Coptic Egyptian citizens involved in the making of the Innocence of Muslims.  Charges of “insulting the Islamic religion and its Prophet” and of …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Coalition Sharply Reduces Joint Operations With Afghan Troops  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — After years of tightly intertwining its forces with Afghan troops, the American-led military coalition has sharply curtailed ground-level operations with the Afghan Army and police forces …
Discussion: Reuters, Taylor Marsh and emptywheel
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The Christian / Christian Science Monitor:
Iran says saboteurs cut power to nuclear site (+video)
Discussion: U.S. and blogs.telegraph.co.uk
Muhammad Lila / ABCNEWS:
Afghan Militants Cite Female Suicide Bomber in Deadly Blast
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Kevin Brennan / Hotline On Call:
Baldwin Holds Slight Lead Over Thompson in Internal
Discussion: The Fix and LGBTQ Nation
Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
Elizabeth Warren slightly ahead of Scott Brown in yet another new Senate poll
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Obama's lead over Romney narrows to 5 points: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: Ballot Box
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Scalia was ‘furious’ at Roberts vote on healthcare law, says Toobin book
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Sarah Palin / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE - SARAH PALIN: DID JOE MCGINNISS CONDEMN AN INNOCENT MAN?
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ThinkProgress:
Five SCOTUS Cases That Could Be Overruled In A Romney Court, And Five That Could Be Overruled Under Obama
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Noah Smith / The Atlantic Online:
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Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
The CIA's Secret Weapons
Erica Ritz / TheBlaze.com:
SOURCE: STATE DEPARTMENT IN TALKS TO TRANSFER ‘BLIND SHEIKH’ TO EGYPT; DOJ DENIES
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
GOP Congressman Blows Up At CNN Host: 'I Don't Care What Fact Check Says,' Obama Apologizes For America!
Discussion: Examiner