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10:10 AM ET, September 23, 2012

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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 …
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Politico:
Obama to address Muslim unrest
Discussion: Pirate's Cove and Power Line
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  —  We learned yesterday that last year Mitt Romney paid $1.9 million in taxes on an income of $14 million — and gave $4 million to charity.  —  The year before, he made $21.6 million, paid $3 million in taxes and gave $3 million to charity.
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 …
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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
‘The Worst Thing That Has Happened to Our Democratic Election System’  —  Andrew Cohen has been doing a formidable job of covering what is otherwise a substantially under-covered theme in this election year: the efforts to disenfranchise large numbers of voters, especially in swing states.
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
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 …
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
Daily Mail:
Scroll down to watch video from Wednesday' show  —  New revelations: On Wednesday, Anderson Cooper, left, told Senator John McCain, right, that a ‘source familiar with Ambassador Stevens’ thinking' said the envoy was worried about security  —  Mystery source: Cooper admitted two days later …
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
CNN Reveals Finding Ambassador Christopher Stevens' Journal And Discloses Reporting With It
Paul Krugman:
Mitt Romney Says, “I Am The Confidence Fairy!”  —  I've coined a few successful turns of phrase over the years, but none, I think, as successful as the confidence fairy — a term I used to refer to the belief that things like austerity in the face of depression would actually be expansionary, because of ... CONFIDENCE.
Discussion: Althouse and Balloon Juice
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Messina: Forget The Tied National Polls, We're Winning  —  Says swing state dynamics favor Obama.  —  Image by Charles Dharapak / AP  —  Obama campaign manager Jim Messina told reporters on Saturday that despite national tracking polls showing the president and Romney tied, Obama is still winning.
Discussion: Macsmind and Moe Lane
ABCNEWS:
First Lady: Voting Rights Is ‘Movement of Our Era’  —  Michelle Obama says protecting the right to vote has become the nation's most important civil rights issue.  —  The first lady tells a gathering of black lawmakers and leaders that they owe it to those who fought and died for equal rights …
Discussion: CNN
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Chris Matthews Says ‘Unemployment Was Well Past 10%’ When Obama Took Office - It Was Only 7.8%  —  “When your guy left town, Dubya - who nobody asked him to come back by the way at the Republican convention - unemployment was well past ten percent and skyrocketing.”
 
 
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North Miami / NMB:
FBI checks envelopes used in probe of Rep. David Rivera
Discussion: Firedoglake
Amie Parnes / Ballot Box:
Biden mocks Republicans on Medicare plan
Discussion: Politico, Liberal Values and Newsy
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama campaign prefers Hank Aaron to Scott Walker
 Earlier Items: 
Mortimer B. Zuckerman / US News:
Romney Can Still Overcome Obama's Dishonest, Divisive Campaign
New York Times:
Medicare Billing Rises at Hospitals With Electronic Records
Discussion: Power Line and Via Meadia
BuzzFeed:
How Romney Packed The Univision Forum