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2:00 PM ET, September 18, 2012

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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 …
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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:
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.”
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Real Romney Captured on Tape Turns Out to Be a Sneering Plutocrat  —  Presidential campaigns wallow so tediously in pseudo-events and manufactured outrage that our senses can be numbed to the appearance of something genuinely momentous.  Mitt Romney's secretly recorded comments …
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 …
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
OMG, you guys, it's all over! … I can see why Democrats are so offended.  How dare Mitt Romney say they're dependent on the government?  Only Democrats get to say they're dependent on the government!  —  Has everybody already forgotten “Julia”?  —  If you haven't seen the whole …
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 …
Jerusalem Post:
Video: Republican Mitt Romney lambastes 2-state solution  —  US Republican presidential candidate filmed at fundraising dinner saying Palestinians “have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace,” adding Iran would use nuclear capability to blackmail US.  —  US Republican presidential …
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
The Right Is Wrong to Pin Obama's Edge on Welfare State  —  A lot of conservatives are puzzled that polls show the presidential election is even close, let alone that most show Barack Obama ahead.  So convinced are they that Obama has failed that they think he ought to be out of the running.
Reihan Salam / National Review:
Makers, Takers, Taxpayers, Etc.
Discussion: Politico, AEIdeas and The Daily Beast
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney adviser: ‘47 percent’ video a ‘bump in the road’
Discussion: ABCNEWS, CNN, ABCNEWS and Washington Monthly
The New / New York Times:
Romney Responds to Release of Secret Video
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
NBC's Michael Isikoff / First Read:
How the Romney video leaked: For Carters, it was personal
Michael Barbaro / The Caucus:
How the Romney Campaign Scrambled to Respond to Secret Video
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Secret Romney Tape Means We Can Finally Stop Talking About Obama's Failed Foreign & Domestic Policy!
Discussion: Instapundit and Washington Times
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
The Long Strange Leak Of Mitt Romney's 47% Video
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Mitt: Palestinians Are the 47 Percent
Discussion: Election 2012 and The Daily Beast
First Read:
First Thoughts: Romney's brutal last three weeks
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and CNN
Daniel Foster / National Review:
What Romney Said on the ‘47 Percent’ and What He Should Have Said
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Iain Martin / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:   The spectacular implosion of Mitt Romney means a no-choice US election
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Wake Me Up When September Ends (The Note)
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Mark Thoma / Economist's View:
Nontaxpayers are Overwhelmingly the Eldery and Students
Discussion: Paul Krugman
The Caucus:
Romney Calls 47% of Voters Dependent in Leaked Video
Annie Lowrey / Economix:
Behind the ‘People Who Pay No Income Tax’
Mayhill Fowler / The Huffington Post:
Obama: No Surprise That Hard-Pressed Pennsylvanians Turn Bitter
Nate Silver / New York Times:
How to Solve the Swing-State Puzzle  —  When I first considered Barack Obama's re-election chances in this magazine, last November, he was about a 50-50 contender against the Republican field.  As I noted then, this was an unusual spot for a sitting president.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and GOP 12
Sarah Chayes / Los Angeles Times:
‘Innocence of Muslims’ doesn't meet free-speech test  —  U.S. 1st Amendment rights distinguish between speech that is simply offensive and speech deliberately tailored to put lives and property at immediate risk.  —  A scene from the 14-minute video trailer for the film “Innocence of Muslims …
 
 
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Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
We Are All Welfare Queens Now  —  Thinking some more on Mitt …
Washington Post:
Post Poll: Obama up 8 points over Romney in Virginia
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Alex Byers / Politico:
Ben Stein: Hillary Clinton should resign
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Chicago Tribune:
Chicago teachers anxious as union meets on contract offer
Chris Vanocur / KTVX-TV:
Howell says Hatch too old and may die in office
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS and Hot Air
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Our President's Priorities  —  President Obama never heard …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
‘Women For Akin’ Group Launches In Missouri
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Phil Vinter / Daily Mail:
Pakistani man dies after inhaling fumes from burning American flags at anti-Islam film rally
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Seven US-resident Egyptians charged over ‘Innocence’ movie
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Muhammad Lila / ABCNEWS:
Afghanistan Suicide Attack: Group Claims Revenge for Anti-Islamic Movie
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Why Barack Obama is winning
Discussion: The Monkey Cage
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Scalia was ‘furious’ at Roberts vote on healthcare law, says Toobin book