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2:55 PM ET, September 23, 2012

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Elizabeth Flock / US News:
Mitt Romney Calls U.S.A. a ‘Foreign Country’ in His Tax Returns  —  Maybe Mitt Romney thinks he lives in Switzerland?  —  When the former Massachusetts governor released his official 2011 tax return Friday, he (or whoever actually filled out the form) appeared to have mistakenly referred to the United States as a foreign country.
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John Podhoretz / New York Post:   Romney the giver  —  The big news from tax returns
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Graham: Election about economy, not Romney's tax returns
Discussion: CNN
Mike Allen / Politico:
State Department: CNN ‘indefensible’ on late ambassador Christopher Stevens's diary  —  The State Department - in a harsh, detailed statement - is accusing CNN of an “indefensible” invasion of the privacy of Christopher Stevens, the late U.S. ambassador to Libya, after finding his seven-page journal in the consulate where he was killed.
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Associated Press:
US State Dept. blasts CNN report on Christopher Stevens' diary  —  April 11, 2011: U.S. envoy Chris Stevens, center, speaks to Council member for Misrata Dr. Suleiman Fortia, right, at the Tibesty Hotel where an African Union delegation was meeting with opposition leaders in Benghazi, Libya.AP
Discussion: protein wisdom and Althouse
Carlo Munoz / The Hill:
GOP pushes Romney to break from White House's Afghan strategy  —  Some Republican defense hawks are urging Mitt Romney to separate himself from President Obama on Afghanistan and back an extended presence for U.S. troops in the country.  —  The advice comes as the White House hits …
Robert Gibbs / CNN:
Gibbs: Romney has advantage in debates  —  (CNN) - A senior Obama campaign adviser said Mitt Romney has a leg up on President Barack Obama in the upcoming presidential debates.  —  “Mitt Romney I think has an advantage, because he's been through 20 of these debates in the primaries over the last year,” Gibbs said Sunday on Fox News.
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
Elizabeth Drew / New York Review of Books:
Voting Wrongs  —  Voters make their choices at voting booths set up on the stage of the auditorium at East High School, in Cleveland, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004.  —  The Republicans' plan is that if they can't buy the 2012 election they will steal it.  —  The plan, long in the making …
Discussion: Corrente and Connecting.the.Dots
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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:   ‘The Worst Thing That Has Happened to Our Democratic Election System’
Amie Parnes / Ballot Box:
RNC chair: ‘Not the best week’ for Romney  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus acknowledged Sunday that it was “probably not the best week” for the Romney campaign.  —  “It wasn't the best said moment in the campaign and probably not the best week in the campaign,” …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
James Glanz / New York Times:
The Cloud Factories: Data Centers Waste Vast Amounts of Energy, Belying Industry Image  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jeff Rothschild's machines at Facebook had a problem he knew he had to solve immediately.  They were about to melt.  —  The company had been packing a 40-by-60-foot rental space …
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and Gizmodo
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan Tells Florida Seniors That Obamacare Includes Death Panels  —  Paul Ryan likened a mechanism to control health care spending to “death panels,” during a town hall at the University of Central Florida in Orlando on Saturday.  —  After listening to Ryan repeatedly call for the repeal …
Discussion: Bluestem Prairie and The Mahablog
New York Post:
Shalom & welcome to NYC, A'jad!  —  Feel the love, Mahmoud — and taste the gefilte fish.  —  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived last night at the Warwick Hotel in Midtown in advance of his annual hate-spewing address to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday — and The Post tried to deliver him a gift fit for a despot.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Daily Mail:
More Americans now commit suicide than die in car crashes as miserable economy takes its toll  —  Suicide is a bigger killer than car crashes, according to an alarming new study.  —  The number of people dying from suicide has drastically increased, while car accident deaths haven lessened …
Discussion: Babalú Blog
New York Times:
Egypt's New Leader Spells Out Terms for U.S.-Arab Ties  —  CAIRO — On the eve of his first trip to the United States as Egypt's new Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi said the United States needed to fundamentally change its approach to the Arab world, showing greater respect for its values …
 
 
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Jo Becker / New York Times:
Ralph Reed Hopes to Nudge Mitt Romney to a Victory
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Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Bill Clinton has ‘no earthly idea’ whether Hillary will run in 2016
Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
As NBC News reports, if you count early voting and absentee voting …
Discussion: americanthinker.com and Hot Air
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Exploiting the Prophet  —  “PISS CHRIST,” a famous photograph …
ABCNEWS:
First Lady: Voting Rights Is ‘Movement of Our Era’
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Paul Krugman:
Mitt Romney Says, “I Am The Confidence Fairy!”
Discussion: Althouse and Balloon Juice