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12:25 AM ET, September 19, 2012


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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.
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Sen. Brown denounces Romney comments  —  Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) came out in opposition to Mitt Romney's controversial remarks on the “47 percent.”  —  Brown, who has been distancing himself from elements of the Republican Party, joins GOP Senate candidate in Connecticut Linda McMahon in coming out against the statements.
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:
Michael Barbaro / The Caucus:
A Mood of Gloom Afflicts the Romney Campaign  —  SALT LAKE CITY - Mitt Romney's traveling press secretary walked to the back of the candidate's plane midflight on Tuesday and teasingly asked a pair of journalists in an exit row if they were “willing and able to assist in case of an emergency.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
47 Skidoo  —  Uh-oh, Romney's lost the election again.  —  “What is 47?” asks the FAQ page at the website of the 47 Society.  Answer: “In short, 47 appears to be the quintessential random number of the universe.  In other words, when a number appears randomly, more often than not, that number is 47.”
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 …
Romney Defends Leaked Comments, Hits Obama For 1998 “Redistribution” Line  —  On Fox News Tuesday, the Republican presidential nominee hit the president for a recently uncovered clip in which he says he “actually likes redistribution.”  Romney also defended his comments about 47% of Americans who he says will vote for Obama.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Romney Has Support Among Lowest Income Voters
David Frum / The Daily Beast:
The Sinister Message Behind Romney's “Gaffe”
David Corn / MoJo Articles:
SECRET VIDEO: On Israel, Romney Trashes Two-State Solution
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Romney struggles to steady campaign after secret videos
Damian Paletta / Washington Wire:
The Data Behind Romney's 47% Comments
Discussion: JSOnline, Vodkapundit and Speakeasy
NBC's Michael Isikoff / First Read:
How the Romney video leaked: For Carters, it was personal
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
The Long Strange Leak Of Mitt Romney's 47% Video
Mark Murray / First Read:
NBC/WSJ poll: Obama leads Romney nationally by 5 points  —  Fueled by increased optimism about the economy and nation's direction, President Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney by 5 points among likely voters and now sees his job-approval rating reaching the 50 percent threshold for the first time since March …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Massachusetts Miscellany  —PPP's newest Massachusetts poll …
Discussion: Politico and Weekly Standard
James Taranto / Peggy Noonan's Blog:
Time for an Intervention  —  What should Mitt Romney do now?  He should peer deep into the abyss.  He should look straight into the heart of darkness where lies a Republican defeat in a year the Republican presidential candidate almost couldn't lose.  He should imagine what it will mean for the country …
Discussion: Politico, alicublog and Brad DeLong
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
FiveThirtyEight Forecast: G.O.P. Senate Hopes Slipping  —  Democrats are now favored to retain control of the Senate when the new Congress convenes in January, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast, breaking a summer stalemate during which control of the chamber appeared about equally likely to go either way.
Rosalind Rossi / Chicago Sun Times:
Chicago Public Schools teachers' strike over  —  The Chicago teachers' strike is over.  —  The Chicago Teachers Union's House of Delegates voted Tuesday to end its strike after seven days, meaning classes will be in session Wednesday for 350,000 Chicago Public Schools students.
Talking Points Memo:
Mary Matalin: Thanks To Romney, We Can Single Out ‘Parasites’  —  Conservative commentator Mary Matalin hailed Mitt Romney's “47 percent” line on CNN as good news for Republicans.  —  “There are makers and takers, there are producers and there are parasites,” she said.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Hullabaloo
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama: 'There's More Than Enough Blame to Spread Around'  —  In a sit down interview with late night host David Letterman that will be aired later this evening, President Barack Obama continued a trend of blaming others for the problems this country faces.  —  “There's more than enough blame …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
A Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus' Wife  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a scrap of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a phrase never seen in any piece of Scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife ...’”
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.
NEWSPAPER AD REVENUES COLLAPSE TO 1950 LEVELS  —  There are three important things to keep in mind when looking at this gorgeous graph: … Sometimes it doesn't feel like we're winning, because the corrupt media still has the power to create its own reality - to create the illusion …
Discussion: Power Line and Nice Deb
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EPA's four-gallon minimum mandate
Discussion: National Review
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Puts Voter ID Law In Jeopardy
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Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
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