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9:15 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 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.
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 …
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Romney: Obama's 47% of the electorate is dependent on government  —  Via Mother Jones and Ace, watch this now if you haven't seen it elsewhere because political media will be having 20 heart attacks about it tomorrow and you'll want to be up to speed.  This was recorded awhile back at a fundraiser …
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 …
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:
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Mitt Romney's darkest hour  —  In politics when it rains, it pours.  —  The release of a recording of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney at a private fundraiser in May telling donors that “there are 47 percent of the people...who are dependent on government, who believe that they are the victims …
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.”
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 …
cbpp.org:
Misconceptions and Realities About Who Pays Taxes  —  Executive Summary  —  Close to half of U.S. households currently do not owe federal income tax.  The Urban Institute-Brookings Tax Policy Center estimates that 46 percent of households will owe no federal income tax for 2011.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Leaked videos show Romney dismissing Obama supporters as feeling entitled to handouts  —  LOS ANGELES — Mitt Romney was dealt a new distraction when a video surfaced Monday that shows him dismissing President Obama's supporters as people who take no responsibility for their livelihoods …
Mayhill Fowler / The Huffington Post:
Obama: No Surprise That Hard-Pressed Pennsylvanians Turn Bitter  —  LISTEN TO THE FULL OBAMA April 6.  FUNDRAISER SPEECH HERE Some highlights - Obama responds to Krugman toward the end of the audio (46:20); Obama discloses his trip to Pakistan (40:17); Obama discusses fundraising successes …
Discussion: Althouse and American Prospect
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney adviser: ‘47 percent’ video a ‘bump in the road’
Discussion: CNN
The Caucus:
Romney Calls 47% of Voters Dependent in Leaked Video
Michael Walsh / National Review:
Mitt's Gettysburg Moment
Discussion: Instapundit
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
The Right Is Wrong to Pin Obama's Edge on Welfare State
Discussion: Spectator
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Where Are the 47% of Americans Who Pay No Income Taxes?
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rep. Allen West: Romney ‘a little clumsy’ with ‘47 percent’ comment
Discussion: CNN
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney campaign faces distractions
Discussion: Master Feed and ABCNEWS
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 …
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CBS DC:
Obama's Security Breach In Libya Is Ignored By American Media
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: Outside the Beltway
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Scalia was ‘furious’ at Roberts vote on healthcare law, says Toobin book  —  Jeffrey Toobin's latest book portrays Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as increasingly cranky and partisan — and infuriated with Chief Justice John Roberts over the court's recent decisions on healthcare and immigration.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
White House media ignores Obama's Muslim outreach meltdown  —  The press corps asked no questions during Monday's White House press conference about the meltdown of President Barack Obama's high-profile Muslim outreach policy.  —  Instead, they spent time asking low-impact questions …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Allegra Stratton / BBC:
Government eyes end to benefits and inflation link
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Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
Elizabeth Warren slightly ahead of Scott Brown in yet another new Senate poll
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Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Obama's lead over Romney narrows to 5 points: Reuters/Ipsos poll
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Martin Robinson / Daily Mail:
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ThinkProgress:
Five SCOTUS Cases That Could Be Overruled In A Romney Court, And Five That Could Be Overruled Under Obama
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