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10:55 AM ET, September 20, 2012


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Romney: ‘This is a campaign about the 100 percent’  —  Updated at 8:02 a.m. ET: MIAMI — Mitt Romney said his campaign is about “100 percent” of Americans as his campaign continued to work to contain the fallout from controversial comments he made at a private fundraiser in May.
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.
Washington Examiner:
The Obama you don't know  —  Few if any of his predecessors took the oath of office with higher public hopes for his success than President Obama on Jan. 20, 2009.  —  Millions of Americans hailed his election as an end to partisanship, a renewal of the spirit of compromise and a reinvigoration …
Jeff Dunetz / “The Lid”:
Report Blows HUGE Hole In Obama's Fake Biography  —  The Washington Examiner has investigated the narrative given to us by Barack Obama and the Democratic party and found it filled with lies.  The truth is the president had a privileged up-bringing, went to the best schools throughout his life.
Discussion: The Other McCain and The Rightnewz
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 …
CNN:   Pawlenty takes post at Financial Services Roundtable
Joe Battenfeld / Boston Herald:
UMass/Herald poll: Scott Brown in slight lead vs. Warren  —  U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has moved into a narrow lead over rival Elizabeth Warren while his standing among Massachusetts voters has improved despite a year-long Democratic assault, a new UMass Lowell/Boston Herald poll shows.
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 …
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.
Wynton Hall / BREITBART.COM:
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 …
Ed Payne / CNN:
Source: Slain ambassador Stevens said he was on al Qaeda list  —  (CNN) — In the months leading up to his death, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, worried about what he called the never-ending security threats in Benghazi and mentioned his name was on an al Qaeda hit list, a source familiar with his thinking told CNN.
Jennifer Martinez / The Hill:
Napolitano: Executive order on cybersecurity is ‘close to completion’  —  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Wednesday said the cybersecurity executive order that the White House is drafting is “close to completion.”  —  At a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing …
Jana Winter / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Probe of Secret Service prostitution scandal may cite White House advance staff involvement
Discussion: Hot Air
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Obama's Lead Looks Stronger in Polls That Include Cellphones  —  As I observed on Tuesday, and as The New Republic's Nate Cohn also found, Barack Obama seems to have received a much clearer bounce in some types of polls than others.  —  Although there are exceptions on either side …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Tax penalty to hit nearly 6M uninsured people  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 6 million Americans — significantly more than first estimated— will face a tax penalty under President Barack Obama's health overhaul for not getting insurance, congressional analysts said Wednesday.  Most would be in the middle class.
Romney rescue plan: More Mitt  —  BOSTON - More Mitt.  —  After taking a beating for comments he privately wishes he never made and from conservative critics he wishes he could muzzle, Mitt Romney and his campaign are settling on a rescue plan to show more of him - in ads, speeches and campaign appearances.
Charles C. Johnson / The Daily Caller:
The Professor  —  A course description for “Current Issues in Racism and the Law,” a class Barack Obama taught at the University of Chicago Law School 12 times between 1992 and 2004, categorized race relations in the United States as “institutional racism in American society.”
James Taylor / Forbes:
Antarctic Sea Ice Sets Another Record  —  Antarctic Iceberg (Photo credit: NOAA's National Ocean Service)  —  Antarctic sea ice set another record this past week, with the most amount of ice ever recorded on day 256 of the calendar year (September 12 of this leap year).
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP: Reid's Mitt-bashing broke rules  —  Republicans say Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) flouted the spirit of ethical prohibitions against political activity on federal property Wednesday after he ripped Mitt Romney on the Senate floor.  —  They say Reid, who in July accused Romney …
Discussion: Hot Air, Weasel Zippers and ABCNEWS
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
No One Left to Race Bait  —  Dave Weigel points out the difference between the covert racism of a young cagey Pat Buchanan in the days of the Southern strategy, and overt racism of the pariah Pat Buchanan banished to Fox News (emphasis added): … Calling the first black president a …
Discussion: Brad DeLong
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and Business Insider
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.
Discussion: Moe Lane and Jammie Wearing Fools
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Discussion: EconLog
August Existing-Home Sales and Prices Rise
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Is the Fed Really Buying Three-Quarters of All Treasury Debt?
Jennifer Steinhauer / The Caucus:
Veterans' Jobs Bill Blocked in the Senate
Discussion: Mother Jones and Washington Post
Michelle Jamrisko / Bloomberg:
More Americans Than Forecast Filed Jobless Claims
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Clinton to battle Tea Party over foreign aid to Egypt and Libya
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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Sponsor Of Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Defends Romney, Says ‘Lazy’ People Also Shouldn't Vote
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Netanyahu ad to debut in Florida