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4:40 AM ET, September 21, 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
Obama changes ‘Change’  —  So much for the bright, bold colors of hope and change.  President Barack Obama admitted Thursday that his reelection campaign is more about gritty American realism.  —  The response from Democrats: About time you came around.  —  At a Univision presidential forum …
Discussion: Power Line
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
Mark Murray / First Read:
Polls: Obama ahead in Colorado, Iowa and Wisconsin  —  President Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney in Colorado, Iowa and Wisconsin, reaching the key 50 percent support threshold in all three battlegrounds, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls of these states.
Wall Street Journal:
Headwinds for Romney in Latest Poll Results  —  Mitt Romney's path to victory is narrowing, new polling data suggest, presenting challenges for the Republican nominee at a moment when he is trying to rebound from a week of bad headlines by refocusing on federal spending.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
O. Kay Henderson / Radio Iowa:
Ann Romney, to critics in GOP: “You want to try it?  Get in the ring.”  (AUDIO)  —  Ann Romney says fellow Republicans who've criticized her husband need to “stop it” and realize “how lucky” the party is to have Mitt Romney as its nominee.  —  Ann Romney spoke late this afternoon to about 200 people …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Warren-Brown Post-Debate Analysis (Videos added)  —  I will add to this, and embed videos when available, but here's my quick take.  (Full video here)  —  Very strong opening for Brown on fake Cherokee issue.  He didn't handle it the way I would have, but he picked an issue …
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 …
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.
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:
Casey Michel / Talking Points Memo:
Rick Perry Blames Separation Of Church And State On Satan  —  In a conference call with fellow evangelicals earlier this week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) shared his thoughts on the origins of the constitutionally mandated separation of church and state.  Rather than tracing the idea …
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.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jack Shafer:
Willard Milhous Romney  —  Be careful about writing Mitt Romney's political obituary before they fill him with formaldehyde and pour him into his mahogany condo.  Like that other frequent Republican presidential candidate, Richard Nixon, Romney has a remarkable talent for stepping into it …
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama administration airs ads in Pakistan, condemning anti-Islam film  —  The Obama administration is airing ads on Pakistani television condemning the anti-Islamic film “The Innocence of Muslims,” a State Department spokeswoman confirmed Thursday.  —  “As you know, after the video came out …
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.
Sean Trende / RealClearPolitics:
State of the Race, Part 2: Why Romney Wins  —  This is the second in a three-part series on the state of the race.  Yesterday, I laid out the reasons why Barack Obama will win the presidency.  Today, I press the case for Mitt Romney.  —  The basic argument for why Romney is being written off far too early is pretty simple.
Discussion: AEIdeas, Hot Air and GOP 12
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.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama campaign continues to raise debate expectations for Romney  —  The Obama campaign released a new memo Thursday meant to raise expectations for Mitt Romney in the upcoming presidential debates.  —  “He's quick, polished, and ready with a punchy attack against the President,” …
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
Georgette and Lyn: A tale of two sisters  —  “I don't know much about Lyn,” Barbara Walters says, adding that her friend Georgette “gives very interesting cocktail parties for friends.  Her sister usually coordinates it.”  —  Fire and ice  —  In Tampa, the Romney campaign offered …
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Unanswered questions about the attack in Libya  —  Two news reports suggest that the White House line of “the movie made them do it” is a false account of what occurred in the consulate attack and brutal murder of our diplomatic personnel in Libya.  However, national security spokesman Thomas Vietor insisted …
New York Post:
Anti-jihad ‘savage’ ads going up in subway  —  A provocative ad that equates some Muslim radicals with savages is set to go up next week in the New York City subway system, just as violent protests in the Middle East over an anti-Islamic film ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad.
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
David Weigel / Slate:
Tim Kaine Explained  —  The candidate's spox cleans up his debate remarks in a short TPM interview. … I think I see the problem.  Tim Kaine was elected twice to statewide office in Virginia, narrowly both times (Lt. Gov. in 2001, governor in 2005).  He earned the sort of pragmatism …
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 …
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.
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.
Mark Landler / The Caucus:
Obama Hits Romney Over 47 Percent Remark  —  Updated CORAL GABLES, Fla. - President Obama took aim at Mitt Romney for his closed-door observation that 47 percent of Americans are dependent on government handouts, do not pay income taxes, and will inevitably vote for Mr. Obama.
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Timothybella / CBS DC:
Study: Only 15 Percent Of Democrats Believe Economic News Is Bad
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CNN Poll: Nevada still a close contest
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Robert Costa / National Review:
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Ann Romney to appear on ‘Tonight Show’ Tuesday
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite and Politico
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Discussion: The Raw Story, Union-News and UPROXX
Amber Goodhand / RADAR:
SHOCKING AUDIO: Paris Hilton Blasts Gays Who Have Sex With Strangers: ‘Most Of Them Probably Have AIDS’
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Guess who's trashing Obama campaign signs in Austin, Texas?