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8:20 PM ET, September 19, 2012


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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Brown's office reiterates senator's support for Romney  —  Sen. Scott Brown's (R-Mass.) office on Wednesday said the senator supports Mitt Romney's presidential bid after the lawmaker gave an indirect response to an inquiry by The Hill.  —  “He absolutely supports Romney, there's no doubt about that,” an aide to Brown said.
Mitt Romney / USA Today:
I'll deliver recovery, not dependency  —  Since our founding, America has promoted personal responsibility, the dignity of work and the value of education.  Those values made our nation the hope of the earth and our economy the envy of the world.  —  Efforts that promote hard work …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Critical audio gap in “complete” Romney tape released by Mother Jones (Update - Corn responds, 1-2 minutes missing)  —  David Corn of Mother Jones released the “complete” audio and video of the secretly recorded Mitt Romney speech at a private fundraiser.  —  Yet the complete audio and video is not complete.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Romney video missing ‘one to two minutes’  —  The videos of Mitt Romney's remarks at a May fundraiser, released in full by Mother Jones yesterday, omit “one to two minutes” of the candidates remarks, the journalist who obtained the video told POLITICO.  —  The omission comes between parts …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Maybe Romney answer was “inelegant” only because Mother Jones didn't disclose that part of tape was missing
Benny Johnson /
Leaked Romney Videos Make The Front Pages Of 41 Swing State Newspapers
Discussion: Washington Post and AEIdeas
Scott Wong / Politico:
Heller knocks Romney over ‘47 percent’
James Monteleone / Albuquerque Journal:
Gov. Martinez critical of Romney's ‘47 percent’
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Obama Ahead with Stronger Support, Better Image and Lead on Most Issues  —  Democrats Narrow Engagement Gap  —  OVERVIEW  —  At this stage in the campaign, Barack Obama is in a strong position compared with past victorious presidential candidates.  With an eight-point lead …
Quinnipiac University:
Obama Hits 50% In Wisconsin, Virginia; Colorado Is Close, Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News Swing State Poll Finds  —  Watch Video: Assistant Director Tim Malloy discusses poll results  —  Clip Information and Download:  —  FLV File - For Website (1920x1080 / 189.1MB)
Mario Trujillo / Ballot Box:
Thompson's lead dissolves in Wisconsin
Mitt Romney needs poll vault to win
Discussion: CNN, Washington Wire and Politico
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Obama official: Benghazi was a terrorist attack  —  The Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was in fact “a terrorist attack” and the U.S. government has indications that members of al Qaeda were directly involved, a top Obama administration official said Wednesday morning.
Fox News:
Al Qaeda, ex-Gitmo detainee involved in consulate attack, intelligence sources say  —  Intelligence sources tell Fox News they are convinced the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was directly tied to Al Qaeda — with a former Guantanamo detainee involved.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
GOP blocks veterans jobs bill with budget vote  —  Senate Republicans stopped the veterans jobs bill Wednesday by forcing a budget point of order vote.  —  Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (R-Ill.) requested a motion to waive the budget point of order, which was raised by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).
Discussion: Daily Kos and Liberty Street
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Senate Republicans Kill Veterans' Jobs Bill
ABCNEWS:   Sen. Coburn Says He Can't Face Cowardly Congress
Lawrence Downes / Taking Note:
G.O.P. Blocks Veteran Jobs Bill
Fox News:
Major report released on Fast and Furious, DOJ official resigns  —  A major report released Wednesday on the Operation Fast and Furious scandal faulted a range of federal agencies for the failed anti-gunrunning program — and has resulted in the resignation of one Justice Department official.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Justice report faults ATF, DOJ officials for ‘Fast and Furious’
Discussion: ABCNEWS and White House Dossier
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Obama's Campaign Manager Tweets Out Super Creepy Pic Of Himself - Update: Make Your Own Jim Messina Meme...  Would you let this man within a hundred feet of your children?  —  Update: Messina is now officially a meme.  I made this one.  You can make yours here.
Stephanie Cutter / Twitchy:
ForAll cult fail: Cutter, Natalie Portman, Leto kick off; Jim Messina's pic creeps everyone out
Toby Harnden / Daily Mail:
Speaking to the 47%: The $105,000 champagne tower featured at Obama fundraiser hosted by Jay-Z and Beyonce  —  President Barack Obama attended a fundraiser at Jay-Z's 40/40 Club in Manhattan that featured a champagne tower of 350 bottles worth $105,000 - more than twice the median household income of an American family.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Voters' Reaction to Romney's “47%” Comments Tilts Negative  —  Independent voters, by 29% to 15%, also more negative than positive  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans have a more negative than positive immediate reaction to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's comments, secretly caught on video …
CBO's Publications:
Payments of Penalties for Being Uninsured Under the Affordable Care Act  —  Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act (comprising Public Law 111-148 and the health care provisions of P.L. 111-152) requires most legal residents of the United States to either obtain health insurance or pay a penalty tax.
Paige Winfield Cunningham / Washington Times:
CBO raises estimate of those hit by Obama health care tax
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Netanyahu ad to debut in Florida  —  Bibi Netanyahu is not running a campaign in the US - it just looks that way in this new ad.  —  A spot featuring only the Israeli prime minister talking about Iran is set to hit the airwaves in select Florida markets tomorrow, a media tracking source confirms.
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Tape Leaves Senate GOP Leaders Speechless  —  Senate Republican leaders fled their weekly press conference after delivering prepared remarks Wednesday without taking a single question from reporters eagerly seeking their thoughts on their presidential nominee's newly unearthed remarks dismissing nearly half of American voters.
Hal Dardick / Chicago Tribune:
Moreno relents, will allow Chick-fil-A  —  He says he's satisfied with LGBT statement of respect … A Chicago alderman who made national headlines during the summer for opposing a Chick-fil-A in his increasingly trendy Northwest Side ward has reversed course, saying he will let the fast-food chain open a store in Logan Square.
Chick-Fil-A Promises Not To Fund “Anti-Gay Groups,” Advocates Claim
Discussion: Gawker and Outside the Beltway
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Is Barack Obama America's Most Dishonest Politician?  —  A lot of politicians are dishonest, but Barack Obama may be in a league by himself.  He appeared on the David Letterman show last night, and Letterman asked him about the national debt (somewhat surprisingly).  Obama's answer was a masterpiece of prevarication.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Mitchell: Obama video not authenticated yet  —  MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell today said that the network was not airing a potentially controversial of video of Barack Obama because neither NBC News or MSNBC had been able to verify its authenticity yet.  —  “Because we have not independently …
Louis Charbonneau / Reuters:
Exclusive: Western report - Iran ships arms, personnel to Syria via Iraq  —  (Reuters) - Iran has been using civilian aircraft to fly military personnel and large quantities of weapons across Iraqi airspace to Syria to aid President Bashar al-Assad in his attempt to crush an 18-month uprising …
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Cindy Lee Garcia sues anti-Muslim filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula  —  An actress who says she was tricked into appearing in “Innocence of Muslims” is suing the filmmaker behind the anti-Muslim movie and demanding that YouTube and Google take down the film's trailer.
Discussion: Associated Press
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Michelle Nichols / Reuters:
U.N. chief says anti-Islam filmmaker abused freedom of expression
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
What Mitt Romney Doesn't Get About Responsibility
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Michelle Obama: Barack “Has Been Struggling With Us”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: AEIdeas and Hit & Run
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Keller / Associated Press:
Report: 4 injured after explosion at kosher store
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Israel Matzav
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Priorities USA Uses Mitt Romney Secret Footage In Ad
Discussion: New York Magazine
Lydia Warren / Daily Mail:
Monica's revenge: Lewinsky 'to publish secret love letters to Clinton revealing his insatiable desire …