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4:40 PM ET, September 19, 2012


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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 …
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.
Benny Johnson /
IS THE SECRET VIDEO OF ROMNEY AT FUNDRAISER REALLY UNEDITED?  WE MAY HAVE PROOF OTHERWISE  —  Tuesday afternoon, the site Mother Jones released what was described as the “full,” “raw and uncut” video of Mitt Romney's comments at a private campaign fundraiser, which has drawn immense criticism from both sides.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Naked DC and The Hill
James Monteleone / Albuquerque Journal:
Gov. Martinez critical of Romney's ‘47 percent’
Michael Barbaro / The Caucus:
A Mood of Gloom Afflicts the Romney Campaign
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Scott Brown Not Abandoning Romney, Campaign Says
Discussion: Politico, The Reaction and FishbowlDC
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Does Paul Ryan regret his choice?
Mark McKinnon / The Daily Beast:
Mark McKinnon on Why Time Is Running Out for Mitt Romney
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
“Complete” video of Romney missing 1-2 minutes of remarks on the 47%
Discussion: BuzzFeed, BREITBART.COM and AEIdeas
Dick Durbin / CNN:
Partisan field day: Reid, Durbin on Romney remarks
Discussion: Politico
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)
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 …
The Onion:
Romney Apologizes To Nation's 150 Million ‘Starving, Filthy Beggars’
Katie Pavlich /
CNBC Poll: 75% Agree With Romney's 47% Comments
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Hit & Run
Reid Suggests Romney Could Be Part of 47 Percent
Discussion: The Raw Story
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: CNN, Politico and Prairie Weather
Scott Wong / Politico:
Heller knocks Romney over ‘47 percent’
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.
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:
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.
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
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 …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Carney lambasts Romney for ‘desperate efforts’ on Obama video
Discussion: Politico
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
CRS report: number of able-bodied adults on food stamps doubled after Obama suspended work requirement … Obama administration officials have insisted that their decision to grant states waivers to redefine work requirements for welfare recipients would not “gut” the landmark 1996 welfare reform law.
Chicago Tribune:
It's back to school again for Chicago students  —  It was back to school — again — for hundreds of thousands of Chicago Public Schools students this morning, including Carter and McClaran Shirley who were excited to get back with their friends.  —  Carter, a sixth grader …
Discussion: Hot Air
Mary Williams Walsh / New York Times:
Strike May Be Over, but Teachers' Pension Is Still a Big Issue for Chicago
Sen. Coburn Says He Can't Face Cowardly Congress  —  Amid the gridlock and election-year partisan politics, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., declared today that he's too frustrated to even come to work anymore.  —  “On Monday mornings when I get up, I get up about 4:30 to catch a flight to come back up here.
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James Joyner / The National Interest:
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Lydia Warren / Daily Mail:
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Barbra Streisand / The Huffington Post:
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
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