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3:15 AM ET, September 25, 2012

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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Romney Doesn't Understand Why You Can't Roll Down Windows On A Plane … On Monday, Mitt Romney offered a remedy to the problem that caused his wife's airplane to land prematurely last week: Allow passengers to roll down the airplane windows.  —  Ann Romney's plane was grounded Friday after the main cabin filled with smoke.
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Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Mitt Romney pulls in $6 million at Beverly Hills fundraiser  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives in Los Angeles during what is primarily a fundraising swing through California.  (Charles Dharapak / Associated Press / September 22, 2012)
Hilary Leila Krieger / Jerusalem Post:
White House defends position on Israel, Iran  —  Defense comes amid GOP criticism that Obama minimized Iran threat, downgraded Israel's status as close US ally in interview.  —  WASHINGTON - The White House defended itself Monday from GOP criticism that US President Barack Obama …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Algemeiner.com
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Louis Charbonneau / Reuters:
In New York, defiant Ahmadinejad says Israel will be “eliminated”
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Report: Ahmadinejad to Meet with Occupy Wall Street
CNN:
Piers Morgan sits down with Iranian President Ahmadinejad
Discussion: Politico
Susan B. Glasser / Foreign Policy:
Breakfast with Ahmadinejad  —  Iran's president meets the press.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Newsy
Jay Solomon / Washington Wire:
Ahmadinejad Asks: Where Is Salman Rushdie Now?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
BuzzFeed:   Occupy Wall Street Is Not Meeting With Ahmadinejad
Mark Felsenthal / Reuters:
Obama offers himself up as ‘eye candy’ on ‘The View’  —  * President aims to connect with women, a key voting block  —  * Obama says problems in economy won't be solved overnight  —  President Barack Obama on Monday sought to woo women voters at a taping of the daytime talk show “The View …
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Obama's ‘60 Minutes’ wipeout
Jared A. Favole / Washington Wire:   On ‘The View,’ Obama Discusses Mideast Unrest
Nancy Cordes / CBS News:
For Obama, diplomacy gets back seat to campaign
Discussion: Fox News
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama: ‘No doubt’ attack on US Consulate in Libya was terrorism
Darren Samuelsohn / Reuters:
Veterans retreating from Barack Obama  —  President Barack Obama is trying hard to win veterans, but it looks like they'd prefer a new commander in chief.  —  The Obama campaign had been hoping that veterans and their families — especially among the post-Sept. 11 generation that served …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Power Line
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Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The GOP Wasted 4 Years on the Wrong Critique of Obama's Foreign Policy  —  The president enjoys a huge lead over Mitt Romney on national-security issues, and conservatives don't even understand why.  —  Reuters  —  Speaking at the RNC, Clint Eastwood turned to invisible Barack Obama …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Ryan says under Obama, Middle East looks like ‘1979 Tehran’  —  Paul Ryan delivered a blistering speech against President Obama on foreign policy Monday, saying because of the president's policies, the Middle East looks like Tehran during the mob protests on the U.S. embassy in 1979.
Terrence Dopp / Political Capital:
Christie on Romney: If Election Were Tomorrow ‘That Would Be a Problem’  —  Photograph by Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images  —  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the 2012 Republican National Convention.  —  Republican Mitt Romney has been forced to take a more aggressive tack …
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BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton Aide Tells Reporter To “F**k Off” And “Have A Good Life”  —  As the State Department's story about what happened in Benghazi crumbles, Clinton's personal spokesperson, Philippe Reines, loses his temper.  “Have a good day.  And by good day I mean F**k Off.”  —  Clinton and Reines in China in 2010.
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Conservatives Embrace Alternate Polling Reality  —  Dean Chambers, founder of unskewedpolls.com, has reweighted national polling data based on Rasmussen partisan trends.  His results give Romney a wide lead.  —  Via: unskewedpolls.com  —  Republicans have taken their complaints …
Mark Thompson / The League of Ordinary Gentlemen:
No, Elizabeth Warren Did Not Engage in the Unauthorized Practice of Law  —  At Legal In.sur.rec.tion, Professor Jacobson contends that Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Senate candidate, liberal firebrand, and Harvard law professor, has engaged or appears to have engaged in the unauthorized practice …
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Elizabeth Warren's law license problem
Orlando Sentinel:
State Rep. Mike Horner ends campaign after being named in racketeering, prostitution case  —  State Rep. Mike Horner of Kissimmee ended his re-election campaign today after being named as a client in a racketeering and prostitution case.  —  Horner, a two-term Republican …
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MiamiHerald.com:
State Rep. Mike Horner resigns after being linked to brothel in Orange County
Discussion: Vodkapundit
Alan Jacobs / The American Conservative:
Ancient (and Modern) Ignorance  —  I suppose the thing I most enjoy about religion commentary in the New York Times is the serenity of its ignorance.  All sorts of NYT writers just say stuff about religion, without much caring whether any of it is true.  A lovely recent example is this column …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Opinionator
Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
‘Top-Two’ Election Change in California Upends Races  —  PLEASANTON, Calif. — Running against the Vietnam War, Representative Pete Stark entered Congress the year Richard M. Nixon was re-elected president.  Since then, ensconced in Democratic strongholds here in the Bay Area, Mr. Stark was easily re-elected 19 times.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Statistical State of the Presidential Race  —  With fewer than 45 days left in the presidential campaign, it's no longer a cliché to say that every week counts.  And there are a few polling-related themes we'll be watching especially closely this week.
BuzzFeed:
Paul Ryan: Cayman Islands “The Place You Hide Your Money”  —  Democrats often hit Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for having an offshore bank account in the Cayman Islands.  In 2010, during a speech to the Chamber of Commerce, his running mate Paul Ryan called the Cayman Islands …
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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Todd Akin: Constituents Who Want My Attention Should ‘Write Me A Decent Check’  —  Rep. Todd Akin's (R-MO) Senate campaign has struggled to rebound after his claim that women could not get pregnant from “legitimate rape” led to a drop in fundraising and GOP establishment support.
Josh Lehner / Oregon Office of Economic Analysis:
Checking in on Financial Crises Recoveries  —  Seeing that it has been a year since the update to Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff's great work on financial crises, I thought it would be a good idea to check in on how the U.S. is doing relative to these other historical crises.
 
 
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Sandi Doughton / The Seattle Times:
State's first case of ‘zombie bees’ reported in Kent
Discussion: The Raw Story
Patrick Poole / The PJ Tatler:
Leaders of Kansas City Muslim group petition Obama to limit free speech of American citizens
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
Kyle Olson / Townhall.com:
Complaints Mount Against Michelle Obama's New Lunch Menu
Aaron Rupar / The Blotter:
Rep. Mary Franson on homosexuality: ‘I personally do not believe it is normal behavior’ [VIDEO]
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
Kenneth T. Walsh / US News:
Gary Johnson Sues To Get Into Presidential Debates
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Newsy
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
South Carolina: Laziness Not An Excuse Under Voter ID Law
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Axelrod Admits Obama Doesn't Have a Plan to Keep Social Security from Going Bankrupt
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Al Gore to do ‘dirty weather report’
Discussion: Green, Weasel Zippers and The Raw Story
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Facebook Confirms No Private Messages Appearing On Timeline. They're Old Wall Posts.
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Mitt Romney's transition efforts intensifying
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney campaign to change message