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10:10 AM ET, September 19, 2012


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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.”
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 …
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.
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Romney Tapes Give Way To The Not-So-Calm After The Storm (The Note)  —  NOTABLES:  — ROMNEY TAPES GET THE SUPER PAC TREATMENT: That didn't take long.  The pro-Obama super PAC, Priorities USA Action, is quick out of the starting gate this morning with a new television ad featuring footage …
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.
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Sen. Brown denounces Romney comments
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: In 2-point presidential race, Romney trips over 47%  —  The good news for Republican challenger Mitt Romney: After three rocky weeks, he remains within striking distance of President Obama in the battleground states that matter most.  The bad news: His latest misstep could upend that.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama 48%, Romney 46% in Swing States
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:   AP: Obama 47% Romney 46%
France to close embassies in fear of cartoon backlash  —  France announced Wednesday it will close 20 embassies across the Muslim world on Friday after French weekly Charlie Hebdo published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed naked, amid growing unrest over an anti-Islamic film that has left dozens dead.
Nicola Clark / New York Times:
French Magazine Runs Cartoons That Mock Muhammad
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Romney's missteps could cost party the Senate, strategists say  —  Republicans believe Mitt Romney's mistakes could prevent them from winning back the Senate.  —  Romney's failure to close the gap with President Obama less than 50 days before the election, as well as a variety of high-profile gaffes …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Romney woes jangle GOP nerves  —  If political campaigns have nine lives, nervous Republicans feel Mitt Romney has used up at least eight.  —  While insisting the party is still short of full-fledged panic, the video of Romney disparaging Americans who don't pay income taxes …
Discussion: Politico and
New York Times:
Obama Holds Edge Over Romney In Wisconsin, Poll Shows  —  RACINE, Wis. — To Mitt Romney, the 10 electoral votes in Wisconsin may be more essential than extra, a critical backup plan if a first-tier battleground state falls out of reach.  —  Seven weeks until the election …
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Chicago Teachers' Union Votes to End Strike
Discussion: Via Meadia and New York Magazine
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Mitt Romney's ‘Severe Conservatism’  —  “I was a severely conservative Republican governor,” Mitt Romney told the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February 2012.  —  Severely conservative?  —  Conservatives snickered.  “I may be a little giddy here,” Rush Limbaugh said.
Ann Romney: Mitt Doesn't Disdain The Poor  —  The saddest rapid response... The Romney campaign just uploaded a video with the title “Ann Romney to FOX31: Mitt Doesn't Disdain the Poor.”  UPDATE: Apparently the campaign has removed the video from their official account.  —  Zeke Miller  —  an hour ago
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama to Romney: ‘You have to work for everyone’ as president  —  President Obama on Tuesday lectured Mitt Romney for “writing off a big chunk of the country” in his first remarks about the GOP presidential nominee's controversial statements at a closed-door fundraiser.
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama: 'There's More Than Enough Blame to Spread Around'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
Beyoncé & Jay-Z host NY Bam ba$h  —  WASHINGTON — Nix the flags and the podium.  Cue the opulent 18-foot tower of gold-bottled French champagne.  —  When President Obama addresses an elite roster of hipsters and multimillionaires, including hosts Beyoncé and Jay-Z …
Investor's Business Daily:
Romney's Right—Palestinians Have Rejected Peace  —  Mideast: Maybe you heard the kerfuffle over Mitt Romney's comments about those who don't pay taxes.  But you likely didn't hear his other remarks — that Palestinians don't really want peace.  He was right about that, too.
Will Englund / Washington Post:
Vladi­mir Putin says of Mitt Romney: At least he's direct  —  View Photo Gallery — Vladi­mir Putin has been watching the U.S. election campaign and says Romney sounds like an open and sincere man.  Click here to see photographs of Vladi­mir Putin.
Discussion: Riehl World News
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Russia Demands U.S. End Support of Democracy Groups
Discussion: Via Meadia
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
Arctic Resources, Exposed by Warming, Set Off Competition  —  NUUK, Greenland — With Arctic ice melting at record pace, the world's superpowers are increasingly jockeying for political influence and economic position in outposts like this one, previously regarded as barren wastelands.
Fred Thys / WBUR:
WBUR Senate Poll: Warren Leads Brown By 5  —  BOSTON — A WBUR poll of 507 likely Massachusetts voters (PDFs — topline, crosstabs) finds Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren leading Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, 45 percent to 40 percent.  The survey has a 4.4 percent margin of error.
Pro-Romney super PAC launches ad offensive in Wisconsin and Michigan  —  Washington (CNN) - As both presidential campaigns signal Wisconsin is becoming a battleground state, the major Super PAC backing Mitt Romney is investing heavily there.  —  Restore Our Future confirmed …
Discussion: Election 2012
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Associated Press:
AP-GfK poll reveals demographic divides driving close contest for the presidency
Discussion: Hot Air
Robert Costa / National Review:
Romney Campaign Borrowed $20 Million
Kimi Yoshino / L.A. NOW:
L.A. chef told police he slow-cooked his wife's body for days
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Informer and Gawker
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 18: Obama's Bounce Erodes in Two Tracking Polls
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Christopher Keating / Hartford Courant:
UConn/Hartford Courant Poll Shows McMahon, Murphy In Dead Heat
Sarah Boesveld / National Post:
Canada rises to Top Five in world economic freedom ranking as U.S. plummets to 18th
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Hit & Run
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Obama's first term is like FDR's dismal second
Discussion: Betsy's Page
James Kirkup / Telegraph:
Inheritance tax could be scrapped in exchange for resurrection of mansion tax
Discussion: Guardian and Spectator
 Earlier Items: 
David Lev / Arutz Sheva:
Abbas Proposes Canceling Oslo Accords
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Reporters haven't asked about Sebelius breaking law in W.H. briefings
Olivier Knox / Reuters:
White House: Libya attack may have been planned
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Talking Points Memo:
Mary Matalin: Thanks To Romney, We Can Single Out ‘Parasites’
Discussion: Power Line and Nice Deb
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner / Energy & Environment:
EPA's four-gallon minimum mandate
Discussion: Mother Jones and National Review
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
FiveThirtyEight Forecast: G.O.P. Senate Hopes Slipping