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2:45 AM ET, September 22, 2012

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Brad Malt / Mitt Romney for President …:
NOTE FROM TRUSTEE BRAD MALT  —  This morning, Gov. and Mrs. Romney filed their 2011 tax return with the IRS.  At 3:00pm today, the Romney for President campaign will be posting the 2011 return online.  —  The complete 2011 tax return, with full schedules, statements, and attachments …
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ThinkProgress:
10 Questions Romney Must Answer About His Taxes  —  Our guest blogger is Seth Hanlon, Director of Fiscal Reform at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.  —  On Friday afternoon, the Romney campaign released the candidate's 2011 tax return, which showed that he paid a tax rate …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Castellanos on tax summary: Is this a joke?  —  Alex Castellanos, the former Mitt Romney strategist from 2008 who has alternately been critical and praising of the current campaign, left no doubt where he stands on the decision to release a summary of the candidate's tax rates over 20 years.
Talking Points Memo:
Harry Reid Condemns Mitt Romney's ‘Creative Accounting’  —  Harry Reid's famously unsubsantiated theory that Mitt Romney paid no taxes for a decade seems to be contradicted by Mitt Romney's latest disclosure, but he said Romney's decision to artificially inflate his tax rate in his 2011 returns …
Discussion: Mediaite and New York Magazine
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
By Romney's Own Standard, His Tax Returns Would Disqualify Him From The Presidency  —  Mitt Romney will disclose his 2011 tax on Friday, along with a summary going back 20 years.  The campaign has published the following summary: … Romney has previously defended his low tax rate …
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Mitt Romney's Real Effective Tax Rate  —  Mitt Romney's 14.1 percent effective federal tax rate in 2011 would've been lower if he'd deducted all of his charitable contributions from his nearly $13.7 million in income.  But after estimating that he paid at least 13 percent of his income …
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Why Mitt Romney's Effective Tax Rate Is So Low And Why It Probably Should Be  —  US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney licks his fingers while returning to his seat after making himself a peanut butter and honey sandwich aboard his campaign plane as he heads to Las Vegas, Nevada on September 21, 2012.
Politico:
Chris Wallace doubts Noonan's conservatism  —  In an interview with POLITICO today, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace questioned Peggy Noonan's “conservative bona fides,” following her recent editorials criticizing of Mitt Romney's campaign.  —  “Peggy Noonan has bashed George W. Bush, based Mitt Romney, wasn't crazy about McCain.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Expert: Romney may have paid less in taxes over 20 years than it appears  —  So Mitt Romney is releasing his 2011 tax returns.  The top line is that the Romneys' effective tax rate last year was 14.1 percent.  —  The Romney campaign also released new info on how much he paid from the years 1990-2009 …
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Democrats, Media Get Punk'd: Romney Releases Tax Returns
Ann Romney / CNN:
BREAKING: Ann Romney plane makes emergency landing
Discussion: Politico and The Right Scoop
Ginger Gibson / Reuters:
Mitt Romney releases 2011 tax returns
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Reid To Romney On Tax Returns: Not Good Enough
Discussion: Daily Kos
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Ryan Gets Booed At The AARP  —  On Friday afternoon, Paul Ryan addressed the AARP's National Annual Conference in New Orleans.  The GOP vice presidential candidate attacked Obamacare for taking $716 billion out of Medicare — the very same cuts he included in his budget …
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Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Paul Ryan Booed At AARP (VIDEO)
Paul Ryan / CNN:
Paul Ryan Obamacare criticisms booed at AARP
Discussion: Politico
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan Booed Throughout AARP Speech (VIDEO)
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Daily Beast
Toddstarnes / Fox News:
WH Silent Over Demands to Denounce ‘Piss Christ’ Artwork  —  Religious groups are blasting President Obama for not condemning am anti-Christian art display set to appear in New York City and one Republican lawmaker said he is “fed up with the administration's double standard and religious hypocrisy.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Blazing Cat Fur
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New York Post:
Controversial ‘Piss Christ’ art back in NY
Discussion: Politicker and Weasel Zippers
CBS News:
Romney: My campaign doesn't need a turnaround  —  (CBS News) Mitt Romney says his campaign for president doesn't need a turnaround and that he's keeping up with President Obama in the polls, despite criticism generated by a recently revealed tape of him referring to the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay taxes.
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Biden on cheerleaders: ‘The stuff they do on hard wood, it blows my mind’  —  Vice President Joe Biden may have stuck his foot in his mouth again on Friday, using an awkward off-the-cuff phrase to compliment high school cheerleaders during a campaign stop.  —  According to a pool report …
Discussion: The Right Scoop and CANNONFIRE
AJE - Al Jazeera English:
Violent protests against video rock Pakistan  —  At least 20 reported killed as demonstrators clash with police, while nation holds “Love the Prophet Day” marches.  —  Reports say at least 20 people have died as demonstrations against an anti-Islam video erupted across Pakistan …
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Obama Knew About Benghazi Terror Attacks 90 Minutes After They Began... Went to Bed (Video)  —  Barack Obama knew about the Benghazi Consulate terror attacks 90 minutes after they began on 9-11.  The attack in Benghazi took place in two waves at the consulate and lasted several hours.
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Why America Can't Have Nice Things  —  WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 07: Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), questions Attorney General Eric Holder, during a hearing at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, June 7, 2012 in Washington, DC.  —  Perhaps the least-controversial issue …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Firedoglake
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Julia Preston / New York Times:
Bill to Keep Graduates in U.S. Fails in the House
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Anti-Obama Movie Mailed To 1 Million Ohioians  —  The film claiming President Obama's true father is a Chicago Communist is being distributed for free all over the country.  —  An anti-Obama movie claiming — without evidence — that President Barack Obama's real father …
Discussion: rightwingwatch.org
New York Times:
Libyan Protesters Besiege Militant Group in Benghazi  —  BENGHAZI, Libya — Galvanized by anger over the killing of the popular American ambassador here last week, thousands of Libyans marched through this city on Friday, demanding the disarming of the militias that helped topple the dictatorship …
Discussion: CNN, World News, Hot Air and Taylor Marsh
Paul Sakuma / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Falsely Claims Fast and Furious Program “Begun Under the Previous Administration”  —  Asked about the Fast and Furious program at the Univision forum on Thursday, President Obama falsely claimed that the program began under President George W. Bush.
Mike Huckabee:
Chick fil-A Statement  —  I talked earlier today personally with Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick Fil-A about the new reports that Chick Fil-A had capitulated to demands of the supporters of same sex marriage.  This is not true.  The company continues to focus on the fair treatment of all of its customers …
 
 
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U.S. names 55 Gitmo prisoners cleared to go
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