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11:25 AM 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 / Ballot Box:
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
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’  —  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
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 …
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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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 …
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.
Discussion: Gothamist
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.
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
Politico:
Obama to address Muslim unrest  —  National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor previews the president's speech to the UN General Assembly next week:  —  “UNGA always provides an opportunity for the President to put the international situation in context, and to put forward a vision of US leadership.
Discussion: Right Wing News and Power Line
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Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
As NBC News reports, if you count early voting and absentee voting …
Discussion: americanthinker.com and Hot Air
ABCNEWS:
First Lady: Voting Rights Is ‘Movement of Our Era’
Discussion: CNN
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Mortimer B. Zuckerman / US News:
Romney Can Still Overcome Obama's Dishonest, Divisive Campaign