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7:40 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.
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: and Israel Matzav
Louis Charbonneau / Reuters:
In New York, defiant Ahmadinejad says Israel will be “eliminated”
Susan B. Glasser / Foreign Policy:
Breakfast with Ahmadinejad  —  Iran's president meets the press.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Newsy
Piers Morgan sits down with Iranian President Ahmadinejad
Discussion: Politico
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Report: Ahmadinejad to Meet with Occupy Wall Street
Jay Solomon / Washington Wire:
Ahmadinejad Asks: Where Is Salman Rushdie Now?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
BuzzFeed:   Occupy Wall Street Is Not Meeting With Ahmadinejad
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: Power Line and Weasel Zippers
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.
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 …
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
Jared A. Favole / Washington Wire:   On ‘The View,’ Obama Discusses Mideast Unrest
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama: ‘No doubt’ attack on US Consulate in Libya was terrorism
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’
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
MEMORANDUM  —  Location  —  From: Ed Gillespie, Senior Adviser  —  To: Interested Parties  —  Re: We can't afford four more years like the last four years.  We need a real recovery.  —  Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will continue talking …
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.
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.
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 …
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Obama campaign had twice the staff as Romney last month at same cost  —  (Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images / September 22, 2012)  —  This post has been updated, as indicated below.  —  WASHINGTON — One of the big challenges Mitt Romney faced after effectively clinching the GOP presidential nomination …
Discussion: and Hullabaloo
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Adam Gabbatt / Guardian:
Citizens United accounts for 78% of 2012 election spending, study shows
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
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
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Willie Geist to Co-Host Third Hour of ‘Today’
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Facebook Confirms No Private Messages Appearing On Timeline. They're Old Wall Posts.