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4:25 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 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.
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.
Rush Limbaugh:
A Golden Opportunity for Mitt Romney  —  RUSH: I tell you, I really hope that Mother Jones pulls down that Romney video pretty fast.  Well, what he said about the Palestinians not wanting peace, that's got the media as riled up as anything.  The Palestinians are sacred to some people …
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Conservatives Agree: Romney's Wrong  —  Plenty of conservatives are pushing back against the worldview espoused by Mitt Romney in his “arrogant and stupid' remarks at a private fundraiser earlier this year.  —  The conservative case against Romney's analysis is multi-pronged.
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 …
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.
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 …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Romney's Comment
Discussion: American Prospect
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Romney's theory of the “taker class,” and why it matters
CNN:
Eastwood: If they were ‘dumb enough to ask me...’
Discussion: Politico, ExtraTV.com and The Hill
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Real Romney Captured on Tape Turns Out to Be a Sneering Plutocrat
Michael Barbaro / The Caucus:
How the Romney Campaign Scrambled to Respond to Secret Video
David Frum / The Daily Beast:
The Sinister Message Behind Romney's “Gaffe”
NBC's Michael Isikoff / First Read:
How the Romney video leaked: For Carters, it was personal
Discussion: emptywheel and Election 2012
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 …
Discussion: Guardian and Election 2012
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Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
The Long Strange Leak Of Mitt Romney's 47% Video
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Casts Doubt On Voter ID Law  —  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court cast serious doubt on the state's voter ID law on Tuesday, ordering a lower court to rethink its decision upholding the law earlier this year.  —  In a 4-2 ruling, the justices ordered the lower court …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Pa. court punts on voter ID law
Discussion: CNN
Angela Couloumbis / Philly.com:
Pa. Supreme Court orders more review on voter ID law
Discussion: ACS Blog, The Raw Story and Shakesville
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 …
Richard C. Dujardin / The Providence Journal:
Cranston bans ‘father-daughter’ dances as violation of state law  —  CRANSTON, R.I. — In a move that has taken some parents by surprise, the school department has announced that it is banning traditional “father-daughter” and “mother-son” activities, saying they violate state law.  —  Supt.
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 …
Mesfin Fekadu / Associated Press:
Randy Newman writes new satirical, political song  —  Associated Press/Matt Sayles, File - FILE - This Feb. 27, 2011 file photo shows composer Randy Newman posing backstage with the Oscar for best original song for “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3” at the ...more
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
Chris Vanocur / KTVX-TV:
Howell says Hatch too old and may die in office  —  SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Orrin Hatch's Democratic opponent says the 78 year old U.S. Senator is too old to be reelected.  —  In a blunt fundraising letter sent out Sunday, Democrat Scott Howell repeatedly attacks the senator's age.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Newsweek: Is Asking Inane Questions the Future of Journalism?  —  Was Mussolini Right?  —  “He made the trains run on time,” they said about Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, and it was more than just a cliché.  It was a statement about a government that works, a government that means what it says and does what it wants.
 
 
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