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9:25 AM ET, September 25, 2012


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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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Washington Post polls: Obama lead in Ohio, edge in Fla. hamper Romney path to victory  —  President Obama has grabbed a significant lead over Mitt Romney in Ohio and holds a slender edge in Florida, according to two new polls by the Washington Post that indicate there are fresh hurdles …
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 …
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The GOP Wasted 4 Years on the Wrong Critique of Obama's Foreign Policy
Jared A. Favole / Washington Wire:   On ‘The View,’ Obama Discusses Mideast Unrest
Nancy Cordes / CBS News:
For Obama, diplomacy gets back seat to campaign  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) UNITED NATIONS HEADQUATERS, New York - President Obama arrived in New York Monday afternoon for the United Nations General Assembly.  One of the main topics of discussion at this annual meeting …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Fox News
Louis Charbonneau / Reuters:
In New York, defiant Ahmadinejad says Israel will be “eliminated”
Hilary Leila Krieger / Jerusalem Post:
White House defends position on Israel, Iran
Discussion: and Israel Matzav
Susan B. Glasser / Foreign Policy:
Breakfast with Ahmadinejad  —  Iran's president meets the press.
Piers Morgan sits down with Iranian President Ahmadinejad
Discussion: Politico
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.
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)
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 …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Christie On Romney's ‘Bad Week’: If Election Day Were Tomorrow, ‘That Would Be A Problem’
Wall Street Journal:
The 10% President  —  The annotated Obama: How 90% of the deficit becomes somebody else's fault.  —  A question raised by President Obama's immortal line on CBS's “60 Minutes” on Sunday—"I think that, you know, as President, I bear responsibility for everything, to some degree"—is what that degree really is.
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
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Conservatives Embrace Alternate Polling Reality  —  Dean Chambers, founder of, has reweighted national polling data based on Rasmussen partisan trends.  His results give Romney a wide lead.  —  Via:  —  Republicans have taken their complaints …
Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are sparring over how best to address U.S. challenges abroad in nearly back-to-back addresses at the Clinton Global Initiative's annual meeting.  —  Following deadly anti-American protests in Muslim countries over the past two weeks …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Kyle Olson /
Complaints Mount Against Michelle Obama's New Lunch Menu  —  In Wisconsin, high school athletes are complaining about not getting enough to eat each day, due to the skimpy new school lunch menu mandated by the United States Department of Agriculture and First Lady Michelle Obama.
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.
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.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Women Earn Less Than Men In 97 Percent Of Congressional Districts  —  Women are earning less than men in 97 percent of Congressional districts, the National Partnership for Women and Families has calculated.  That means that only 13 members of Congress have the privilege of representing …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Harry Reid: Mitt Romney is not the face of Mormonism  —  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he agrees with a fellow Mormon who wrote recently that Mitt Romney has “sullied” the LDS faith and that the GOP presidential candidate is “not the face of Mormonism.”
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
State Rep. Mike Horner resigns after being linked to brothel in Orange County  —  TALLAHASSEE — State Rep. Mike Horner, a Republican from Kissimmee, has abruptly resigned his seat in the Florida House following reports linking his name to a prostitution investigation in Central Florida.
Discussion: Vodkapundit
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.
Michael B. Mukasey / Wall Street Journal:
Will Obama Free the Blind Sheik?  —  The theologian of terrorism inspired the 1993 and 9/11 World Trade Center attacks.  The White House should state clearly that he will serve out his life term in the U.S.  —  Are senior Obama administration officials considering transferring to Egypt …
Discussion: Power Line and Instapundit
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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Peter Kirsanow / National Review:
Why Isn't Romney Up by Ten Points?
Discussion: Vodkapundit
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
More Mitt Romney science: He believes University of Utah ‘solved’ cold fusion
New York Times:
A Measure of Change: Arab Spring Proves a Harsh Test for Obama's Diplomatic Skill
Discussion: National Review
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Cyber Attack
Discussion: AEIdeas
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Obama campaign had twice the staff as Romney last month at same cost
Discussion: and Hullabaloo
Adam Gabbatt / Guardian:
Citizens United accounts for 78% of 2012 election spending, study shows
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Sandi Doughton / The Seattle Times:
State's first case of ‘zombie bees’ reported in Kent
Discussion: The Agonist
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
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: Newsy and Outside the Beltway
Jay Solomon / Washington Wire:
Ahmadinejad Asks: Where Is Salman Rushdie Now?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers