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12:50 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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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Graham: Election about economy, not Romney's tax returns  —  On Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) dismissed Democrats' focus on Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's tax returns, saying this election will be decided by the economy.  —  Speaking on CNN's “State of the Union,” …
Discussion: CNN
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.
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
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Wall Street Journal:
Family Protests CNN's Use of Slain Envoy's Journal  —  CNN obtained a personal journal that belonged to the slain American ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and broadcast reports based on its contents against the wishes of the Stevens family, according to relatives and State Department officials …
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 …
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’
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
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 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 …
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Exploiting the Prophet  —  “PISS CHRIST,” a famous photograph partly financed by taxpayers, depicted a crucifix immersed in what the artist said was his own urine.  But conservative Christians did not riot on the Washington Mall.  —  “The Book of Mormon,” a huge hit on Broadway, mocks the church's beliefs as hocus-pocus.
Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
As NBC News reports, if you count early voting and absentee voting, close to half the nation can vote starting today.  —  This is a problem for several reasons.  —  1. It doesn't work.  Researchers at the University of Wisconsin demonstrated that early voting can actually depress turnout.
Discussion: americanthinker.com and Hot Air
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.
 
 
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ABCNEWS:
First Lady: Voting Rights Is ‘Movement of Our Era’
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Chris Matthews Says ‘Unemployment Was Well Past 10%’ When Obama Took Office - It Was Only 7.8%
North Miami / NMB:
FBI checks envelopes used in probe of Rep. David Rivera
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Amie Parnes / Ballot Box:
Biden mocks Republicans on Medicare plan
Discussion: Politico, Liberal Values and Newsy
Paul Krugman:
Mitt Romney Says, “I Am The Confidence Fairy!”
Discussion: Althouse and Balloon Juice
Mortimer B. Zuckerman / US News:
Romney Can Still Overcome Obama's Dishonest, Divisive Campaign