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8:55 PM ET, September 20, 2012


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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Obama: You can't change Washington from the inside (Updated)  —  A surprising comment from President Barack Obama, at the Univision forum in Florida earlier, on things he has learned after four years: “You can't change Washington from the inside.”  —  It's a tricky thing to claim outsider status …
Washington Free Beacon:
Obama: 'You Can't Change Washington from the Inside'  —  President Obama has learned something during his presidency: You can't change Washington from the inside.  —  “The most important lesson I've learned is that you can't change Washington from the inside,” he told a Univision forum Thursday.
The Right Scoop:
BOOM!  Romney tells crowd we'll give Obama a chance to change Washington from the outside in November!  —  Fantastic Romney response to Obama's claim that he can't change Washington from the inside, that it can only be changed from the outside.  Romney tells the crowd that Obama has already thrown …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Obama pressed on failures at Univision forum  —  CORAL GABLES, Fla. - President Barack Obama on Thursday faced some of the toughest questioning of his reelection campaign to date, pressed repeatedly on his failure to achieve comprehensive immigration reform and other unmet promises from his 2008 run.
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Obama: “You Can't Change Washington From The Inside”
Discussion: US Politics and Mediaite
Jonathan Martin / Politico:   Mitt says Obama threw in ‘white flag’ on changing Washington (Updated)
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney pounces on Obama's remark about changing Washington
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
Boston Globe:
Scott Brown, Harry Reid clash after Republican raises possibility of missing tonight's debate  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Scott Brown raised the possibility he might miss tonight's lead-off debate with Elizabeth Warren because of the Senate voting schedule, before Democratic leaders challenged …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Pawlenty to take over as Financial Services Roundtable CEO  —  Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will take over one of K Street's most prestigious jobs as CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable.  —  The group announced Thursday morning that the former GOP candidate for president …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama campaign continues to raise debate expectations for Romney
Discussion: CNN
New York Post:
O eyes ‘blind sheik’ release  —  The Obama administration is weighing the release of blind Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman — the spiritual adviser to the 1993 World Trade Center bombers — in a stunning goodwill gesture toward Egypt that has touched off a political firestorm, officials said yesterday.
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama administration airs ads in Pakistan, condemning anti-Islam film
Associated Press:
Pakistan: new television ads with US Embassy seal condemn anti-Islam film and feature Obama
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
What working class whites really think about dependency and redistribution  —  It's been widely observed that Mitt Romney's attacks on Obama over Medicare, welfare, dependency and “redistribution” are about driving up Romney's share of working class white support.
William D. Cohan / Business Week:
Rethinking Robert Rubin  —  Bill Clinton has a favorite Robert Rubin story.  It's 1999, and the Cabinet has gathered to discuss the business of the American people.  Except no one can focus because the impeachment crisis is raging, and even the most veteran Washington power players are, for lack of a better term, freaking out.
Sheila Bair / Fortune:
Sheila Bair and the bailout bank titans
Discussion: AEIdeas and Middle Earth Journal
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney Supporters Clash With Protesters In Florida  —  “Get a job.”  “I'm proud to be one percent.”  —  SARASOTA, Fla. — Supporters and opponents of Mitt Romney faced off outside of the Republican nominee's rally here in an at-times-violent confrontation.
Sam Wang / Princeton Election Consortium:
Republicans at risk of losing the House?  —  Conditions through August showed a 2% lead on the generic Congressional ballot for Democrats.  As of September 20th, in the wake of the Democratic convention, the lead has widened to 4.0 +/- 2.0%.  Although it has yet to be appreciated by pundits …
Dave Matthews makes (and talks) history  —  (CNN) — Dave Matthews supported Barack Obama in the presidential race of 2008, and he's supporting him again in 2012 — but not without reservations.  —  The multi-platinum Grammy winner laments, “I wish there was a third party, but right now …
Thomas Lifson /
Guess who's trashing Obama campaign signs in Austin, Texas?  —  Texas may be a red state but the capital of Austin is Obama country.  It's thus not unusual to see myriad Obama campaign signs in nice neighborhoods — displayed on one manicured front lawn after another.
Guy Benson /
Whoa: Devastating CBS News Benghazi Report Slams Obama Administration  —  There were so many critical elements of this CBS News report on Libya, I wasn't sure which one to highlight in a juicy headline.  Just watch:  —  Let's count the revelations embedded within this minute-and-a-half long clip:
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads by 7 in Wisconsin  —  PPP's newest Wisconsin poll finds Barack Obama opening back up a wide lead in the state.  He has 52% to 45% for Mitt Romney.  This is the largest lead we've found for Obama in the state since February.  Our previous two polls had shown just a single point separating the two candidates.
Amber Goodhand / RADAR:
SHOCKING AUDIO: Paris Hilton Blasts Gays Who Have Sex With Strangers: ‘Most Of Them Probably Have AIDS’  —  Paris Hilton has been caught on tape making homophobic and derogatory statements about gay men who have random sex with strangers even stating “most of them probably have AIDS.”
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Obama slammed on Fast and Furious in Spanish-language TV interview: Shouldn't you ‘fire’ Holder?  —  Interviewers on Spanish-language television network Univision grilled President Barack Obama about the Operation Fast and Furious scandal plaguing his administration in an interview on Thursday.
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Maps App Takes Reality Distortion to a Whole New Level  —  Apple may some day deliver a mobile mapping application that bests Google's, but the new Maps app in iOS 6 — the latest iteration of its mobile operating system — isn't it.  Not yet, anyway.
Fiona Govan / Telegraph:
Elderly woman who botched religious fresco demands royalties  —  The elderly Spanish woman who ruined a religious fresco with her botched restoration is now demanding royalties from her work after it became an unlikely tourist attraction.  —  Ecce Homo by 19th-century painter Elías …
Haviv Rettig Gur / The Times of Israel:
Poll shows Jewish support for Obama in Florida down 7 percentage points from 2008  —  President still leads over Romney 69 percent to 25 percent; Jewish Democratic Council head says comparing polls ‘like apples and oranges’  —  Support for President Barack Obama among Jews in the state …
Tim Devaney / Washington Times:
Chick-fil-A no longer will fund traditional-marriage groups  —  Chick-fil-A stopped funding traditional-marriage groups in an effort to open a new Chicago restaurant, but the company initially kept quiet about the decision, prompting gay rights groups to speculate that the company feared a backlash from conservative customers.
Vincent Miller / America Magazine:
Secret Ryan Transcript: Social Security and Medicare are the Target  —  This isn't from a secret video, it's from the untranscribed portion of Ryan's 2005 speech at the Atlas Society's “Celebration of Ayn Rand.”  It fits well with the Romney video because it makes clear that middle class entitlements …
Democratic Enthusiasm Swells in the Swing States, Nationally  —  Overall, 59% of swing-state voters now highly enthusiastic, up from 46% in June  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Voters in the 12 states USA Today and Gallup consider the key swing states that could decide the 2012 presidential election …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
This Too Shall Pass, but What Follows Is Crucial  —  Romney has had a bad week, but he can recover—if he tells voters more clearly what he would do as president.  —  It's over.  Gov. Mitt Romney's statements last week about the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, followed by the release …
Kingswear's Dart Princess ferry thief ‘Jack Sparrow’ jailed  —  A woman who shouted “I'm Jack Sparrow” at police as she stole a ferry was lucky she was not injured, the owners of the vessel said.  —  Alison Whelan referred to the movie pirate character as she took the Dart Princess on the River Dart in Devon.
Discussion: and BuzzFeed
Metcalfe says ‘lazy’ people don't deserve to vote  —  State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe is nothing if not blunt.  The Butler County Republican positions himself at the center of almost every controversial issue in the Capitol, be it immigration, gun control or voter ID.
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
In New Policy, The Times Forbids After-the-Fact ‘Quote Approval’  —  The New York Times is drawing “a clear line” against the practice of news sources being allowed to approve quotations in stories after the fact.  —  The practice, known as quote approval, “puts so much control over the content …
Katherine Haenschen / BOR:
Republican Lynches Empty Chair in Racist Presidential Effigy in Northwest Austin  —  Update, 10:00 a.m. Thursday: the homeowner has added an American flag to his display.  Click here for more.  —  Today, Burnt Orange Report received the photo at right, taken in front of a home in Northwest Austin.
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Timothybella / CBS DC:
Study: Only 15 Percent Of Democrats Believe Economic News Is Bad
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
CNN Poll: Nevada still a close contest
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Barack Obama Dodges Explaining Why The U.S. Consulate In Libya Wasn't Better Protected
Discussion: Mediaite
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Ann Romney to appear on ‘Tonight Show’ Tuesday
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite and Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Diane Cardwell / New York Times:
Tax Credit in Doubt, Wind Power Industry Is Withering
Discussion: Hot Air, The Daily Beast and Hit & Run
Marisa Schultz /
Fueled by women voters, Obama widens lead in Michigan
Fiona Apple — ARRESTED for Hash in Texas
Discussion: UPROXX, The Raw Story and Union-News
Washington Post:
Seven of nation's 10 most affluent counties are in Washington region
Discussion: Hit & Run and Outside the Beltway