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2:55 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.”
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 …
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 …
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 …
Rush Limbaugh:
A Golden Opportunity for Mitt Romney
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Rich Lowry / National Review:   Romney's Comment
Bloomberg:
Today, Mitt Romney Lost the Election
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
The Long Strange Leak Of Mitt Romney's 47% Video
First Read:
First Thoughts: Romney's brutal last three weeks
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney adviser: ‘47 percent’ video a ‘bump in the road’
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Mitt: Palestinians Are the 47 Percent
NBC's Michael Isikoff / First Read:
How the Romney video leaked: For Carters, it was personal
Discussion: Election 2012
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney versus the 47 percent
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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Phil Vinter / Daily Mail:
Pakistani man dies after inhaling fumes from burning American flags at anti-Islam film rally
Washington Post:
Post Poll: Obama up 8 points over Romney in Virginia  —  President Obama continues to hold a clear lead over Mitt Romney in Virginia, a new Washington Post poll shows, buoyed by enthusiastic support rivaling what he marshaled in 2008 to snap the Democrats' four-decade losing streak in the state.
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 …
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
Michael Barbaro / The Caucus:
How the Romney Campaign Scrambled to Respond to Secret Video  —  COSTA MESA, Calif. — Around 4 p.m. here on Monday, an aide to Mitt Romney, Garrett Jackson, showed the candidate a grainy video that had been circulating online all afternoon.  —  It was not pleasant viewing.
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Alex Byers / Politico:
Ben Stein: Hillary Clinton should resign  —  Washington has debated and compared the responses of President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to last week's attacks in Libya, but Ben Stein has his eye on a different politician.  —  It's Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who has to answer …
Discussion: Wiley and Mediaite
 
 
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Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
We Are All Welfare Queens Now  —  Thinking some more on Mitt …
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Howell says Hatch too old and may die in office
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Jonathan Martin / Politico:
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
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