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10:20 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.
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)
Leaked Romney Videos Make The Front Pages Of 41 Swing State Newspapers
Discussion: Washington Post, AEIdeas and BuzzFeed
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
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 …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Really Bad News For Mitt From Pew  —  It's hardly the kind of definitive evidence we need to conclude Mitt Romney's in the process of burying his presidential prospects, but there's just no way for anyone to spin the new national Pew Research poll as anything other than really bad news for the GOP nominee.
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 …
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Romney at Univision: I'm about the ‘100 percent of America’  —  CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Mitt Romney, recognizing the damage to his campaign, Wednesday night backed off his statement from earlier this year that he wouldn't contend for the support of the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay income taxes.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Taylor Marsh
Romney promises to ‘help the 100%’
Discussion: ABCNEWS
What Mitt Romney Doesn't Get About Responsibility
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 … Oh, no. Will they never learn?  Lying liar who lies (and Chinese propaganda fan), Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter, kicked off the creepy cultism.  All that is needed is to add #DearLeader to the #ForAll part.
The Right Scoop:
Obama campaign manager tweets out creepy photo of himself
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The PJ Tatler
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.
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Obama has edge over Romney in three battleground states  —  President Barack Obama has the edge over Republican Mitt Romney in three potentially decisive states in the presidential election.  —  Obama tops Romney by seven percentage points among likely voters in both Ohio (49-42 percent) and Virginia (50-43 percent).
Quinnipiac University:
Obama Hits 50% In Wisconsin, Virginia; Colorado Is Close, Quinnipiac University/New York Times …
Mario Trujillo / Ballot Box:
Thompson's lead dissolves in Wisconsin
Mitt Romney needs poll vault to win
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Washington Wire
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
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.).
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Senate Republicans Kill Veterans' Jobs Bill
ABCNEWS:   Sen. Coburn Says He Can't Face Cowardly Congress
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
NEWS FLASH  —  ASKED 4 TIMES, ROMNEY WON'T SAY IF HE'LL MAINTAIN OBAMA'S IMMIGRATION DIRECTIVE |  During Wednesday evening's Univision forum, Mitt Romney was asked four times if he would maintain President Obama's directive allowing young undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Lydia Warren / Daily Mail:
Monica's revenge: Lewinsky ‘to publish secret love letters to Clinton revealing his insatiable desire for threesomes and how he trashed Hillary’  — She is ‘writing book out of revenge as she has struggled with relationships and jobs after the scandal while Clinton escaped unscathed’
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.
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 …
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
The Last Supper  —  The Obama campaign is now advertising “the last Dinner with Barack.”
Discussion: Belmont Club and NO QUARTER
USA Today:
Front porches making a big comeback
Discussion: Gawker and
Michelle Nichols / Reuters:
U.N. chief says anti-Islam filmmaker abused freedom of expression
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Cindy Lee Garcia sues anti-Muslim filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula
Discussion: Associated Press
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Alex Rodriguez / World Now:
Pakistan declares Friday a day of protest against anti-Islam film
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Michelle Obama: Barack “Has Been Struggling With Us”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Greg Keller / Associated Press:
Report: 4 injured after explosion at kosher store
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Israel Matzav