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2:00 PM ET, September 22, 2012


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10 Questions Romney Should 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 …
Megan McArdle / The Daily Beast:
Romney Drops His Tax Returns  —  Mitt Romney has released his 2011 tax returns, and a summary of prior year payments from his accountant.  The result is surprisingly unsurprising.  —  In a classic late Friday afternoon “garbage dump”, the Romney campaign has dropped his 2011 tax returns.
Ginger Gibson / Reuters:
Mitt Romney releases 2011 tax returns
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Romney 2011 taxes: Mitt gives more to charity than President Obama, Joe Biden
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Weasel Zippers
How Romney Packed The Univision Forum  —  Tense moments as the campaign demands to bus in supporters and to retape an introduction.  “A little bit of disrespect,” complains Univision's Salinas.  —  Romney at Univision and Facebook's “Meet the Candidates” forum, moderated by Maria Elena Salinas and Jorge Ramos.
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Romney's Fundraising Comes Down to Earth  —  The GOP nominee lags Obama in small donors and dollars under his direct control.  They're related and could be crucial.  —  Mitt Romney at a campaign fundraising event, the first which has allowed cameras in, at The Grand America in Salt Lake City, Utah, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012.
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Bowing to the Mob  —  I see the Obama campaign has redesigned the American flag, and very attractive it is too.  Replacing the 50 stars of a federal republic is the single “O” logo symbolizing the great gaping maw of spendaholic centralization.  And where the stripes used to be are a handful of red daubs …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Washington Archbishop Claims ‘Human Society Would Be Harmed Beyond Repair’ By Marriage Equality  —  Using religious language to determine what should determine state law, Sartain stokes fears that society will fall apart completely if same-sex couples are allowed to marry:
David Glasner / Uneasy Money:
So Many QE-Bashers, So Little Time  —  Both the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal have been full of articles and blog posts warning of the ill-effects of QE3.  In my previous post, I discussed the most substantial of the recent anti-QE discussions.
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Economist's View
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: TBogg, The Right Scoop and CANNONFIRE
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 …
Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Paul Ryan Booed At AARP (VIDEO) … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, AARP, Elections 2012, Paul Ryan, Video, Aarp Convention, Paul Ryan Aarp, Paul Ryan Booed, Paul Ryan Booed At Aarp, Ryan, Ryan Aarp, Ryan Booed, Ryan Booed At Aarp, Politics News  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) …
Paul Ryan / CNN:
Paul Ryan Obamacare criticisms booed at AARP
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Medicare Billing Rises at Hospitals With Electronic Records  —  By REED ABELSON, JULIE CRESWELL and GRIFFIN J. PALMER  —  When the federal government began providing billions of dollars in incentives to push hospitals and physicians to use electronic medical and billing records …
Discussion: Via Meadia
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.
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: Hullabaloo and Joe. My. God.
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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Associated Press:
Military-like tactics in Libya siege
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Obama Knew About Benghazi Terror Attacks 90 Minutes After They Began... Went to Bed (Video)
Maureen Tkacik / The Great Debate:
The radical right-wing roots of Occupy Wall Street
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Ed Driscoll
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Discussion: ABCNEWS, First Read, Althouse and Politico
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
An ideology without promise