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8:30 PM ET, September 18, 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.
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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:
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 …
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.
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 …
CNN:
Eastwood: If they were ‘dumb enough to ask me...’  —  (CNN) - Clint Eastwood isn't taking much time to reflect on his unique endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at last month's Republican National Convention, after all he says if they're “dumb enough” to ask him, they'll take what they get.
Discussion: ExtraTV.com, Politico, The Hill and ABCNEWS
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.”
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.
CNN:
Romney sticks by his ‘47%’ remarks, hits back
David Frum / The Daily Beast:
The Sinister Message Behind Romney's “Gaffe”
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
The Right Is Wrong to Pin Obama's Edge on Welfare State
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Romney struggles to steady campaign after secret videos
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
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
OMG, you guys, it's all over! … I can see why Democrats are so offended.
Discussion: Guardian and UrbanGrounds
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Romney's theory of the “taker class,” and why it matters
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
How Jimmy Carter's Grandson Helped Leak the Secret Romney Fund-raiser 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 …
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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.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Massachusetts Miscellany  —PPP's newest Massachusetts poll …
Discussion: Politico and Weekly Standard
Mark Murray / First Read:
NBC/WSJ poll: Obama's approval on foreign policy drops
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Gallup poll: Obama's convention bump gone, lead down to 1 point  —  President Obama's small bounce in the polls following the Democratic National Convention has all but vanished in Tuesday's Gallup daily tracking poll.  —  Obama takes 47 percent support among registered voters over Romney's 46, according to the poll.
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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.
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.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Puts Voter ID Law In Jeopardy  —  Last month, a Pennsylvania trial judge upheld that state's Voter ID law, in an opinion that relied at least in part on Nineteenth Century precedent which claimed that vote suppressing laws may be permissible to protect against 'rogues …
Discussion: emptywheel and Firedoglake
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Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Casts Doubt On Voter ID Law
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Romney's Comment  —  There are many problems with it starting with the fact, as has already been pointed out in here, that he jumbled together three different groups (the almost half of the country that's going to support Obama no matter what; the roughly half of households that get government benefits …
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 ...’”
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 …
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