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9:45 AM ET, September 24, 2012

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CNN:
TRENDING: Obama: I bear ‘full responsibility for everything’  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama discussed his frustration with gridlock in Washington, saying his “biggest disappointment” in his nearly four years in office has been the failure to oversee change in the nation's political climate.
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Agence France Presse:
Obama brushes off Israeli pressure over Iran  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama likened Israeli pressure on him to draw a line in the sand over Iran's nuclear ambitions as noise he tries to ignore, according to remarks aired Sunday.  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently urged …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama and Romney Offer a Possible Preview of Their First Debate  —  WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney criticized President Obama in remarks broadcast on Sunday for refusing to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, during this week's United Nations General Assembly meeting …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, Newsy and The Caucus
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
An interview with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad  —  Interview with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Sept. 23, 2012, in New York.  The following transcript has been edited slightly for length and clarity.  —  Read: David Ignatius: An unfazed Ahmadinejad
Discussion: Israel Matzav
CNN:
Romney campaign pounces on Obama national security comments
Discussion: Politico
Julian Pecquet / Ballot Box:   Jewish Dems warn Netanyahu to stay out of US presidential election
Dovid Efune / Algemeiner.com:
Both President Obama and Ahmadinejad Liken Israeli Concerns Over Nuclear Iran to “Noise”
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama on Recent Middle East Violence: ‘Bumps in the Road’
James Hohmann / Politico:
President Obama pulls ahead of Mitt Romney  —  President Barack Obama has opened a national lead in a tight race that's been static for much of the year.  —  A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll of likely voters finds little good news for Mitt Romney but a race that remains competitive.
Discussion: Forbes and Da Tech Guy's Blog
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David Morgan / Reuters:
Analysis: For Romney, some troubling signs among older voters  —  (Reuters) - Even before his running mate was booed by a lobbying group for older Americans on Friday, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was losing support among such voters, whose backing is crucial to his hopes of winning the November 6 election.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:   Obama leads by 4 in Florida
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
CBS Doesn't Air Obama Admitting Mistakes in Campaign Ads  —  Tonight, CBS aired a 60 Minutes interview with President Obama.  But curiously enough, the news magazine show did not air a clip of Obama admitting to interviewer Steve Kroft that some of his campaign ads contain mistakes and that some even “go overboard.”
Discussion: Mediaite and HillBuzz.org
Clare Jim / Reuters:
Foxconn closes China plant after 40 injured in brawl  —  (Reuters) - Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group closed its Taiyuan plant in northern China on Monday after a personal dispute spiraled into a brawl involving 2,000 workers in a dormitory late on Sunday night, injuring 40.
Discussion: New York Times, The Verge and Mashable!
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Richard Lai / Engadget:
Riot breaks out at Foxconn's Taiyuan plant, reportedly over guards beating up a worker
New York Times:
Foxconn Factory in China Is Closed After Worker Riot
Discussion: AllThingsD
New York Post:
Speaker Silver's male staffer defended boss with online posts from ‘female’ supporter  —  Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has a strong female voice defending him against allegations he improperly funneled hush money to two of Assemblyman Vito Lopez's sex-harassment accusers.
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
MEDIA PUT 18,000 IN NOT-QUITE-FULL 5,000-SEAT ARENA FOR OBAMA IN WISCONSIN  —  President Barack Obama is having trouble drawing large crowds on the campaign trail.  At the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, his campaign was forced to move his acceptance speech from the 74,000-seat Bank …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs and Politico
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Keithbacker / Battleground Watch:
How Big Was Obama's Crowd in Wisconsin? MSM says 18,000, actual was 5,000 (photos and analysis)
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Optimism Cure  —  Mitt Romney is optimistic about optimism.  In fact, it's pretty much all he's got.  And that fact should make you very pessimistic about his chances of leading an economic recovery.  —  As many people have noticed, Mr. Romney's five-point “economic plan” is very nearly substance-free.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Beast:
President Obama: The Democrats' Ronald Reagan  —  With his first term behind him, Obama is poised to be as significant a president as Reagan—tackling the deficit, spearheading immigration reform, and jolting the GOP back to sanity.  —  As the fall has turned crisper, a second term for Barack Obama has gotten likelier.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and AEIdeas
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Obama Campaign Quietly Ditches Faux Flag  —  The Obama campaign produced a poster of an American flag, with Obama's “O” symbol replacing the field of stars, as an item of campaign merchandise, selling for $35.  The image was tasteless at best.  It is hard to imagine any other politician arrogant enough …
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Obama Campaign's Flag Poster No Longer Appears In Store
New York Times:
Deadly Attack in Libya Was Major Blow to C.I.A. Efforts  —  WASHINGTON — The attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans has dealt the Central Intelligence Agency a major setback in its intelligence-gathering efforts at a time of increasing instability in the North African nation.
Wall Street Journal:
Romney Plans Full Slate in Latest Reboot  —  Obama Hits at His Rival's ‘47%’ Remark While Republican Nominee Vows to Stress Economic Policies, Targeted Ads  —  Mitt Romney will pick up the pace of his campaigning this week and stress policy proposals that he believes would put more Americans back to work …
Discussion: Washington Wire
Paul Ryan / Cincinnati.com:
Divided state still a toss-up  —  Obama's lead over Romney is within margin of error as survey explores voters' split over fiscal, cultural issues  —  Illustration of 2012 presidential candidates President Barack Obama, Democrat, and former Gov. Mitt Romney , Republican, by Chris Morris/ The Plain Dealer.
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Elizabeth Warren's law license problem  —  The debate last Thursday night between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren covered ground mostly known to voters.  —  But there was one subject most people watching probably did not know about, Elizabeth Warren's private legal representation …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Charles C. Johnson / The Daily Caller:
Full audio of 1998 ‘redistribution’ speech: Obama saw welfare recipients as ‘majority coalition’  —  The Daily Caller has obtained a complete audio recording of the October 19, 1998 Loyola College forum on community organizing and policymaking during which a future President Barack Obama …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 
 
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Giles Tremlett / Guardian:
Spain braced for further austerity
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BBC:
Italian police arrest fake pilot who flew across Europe
CBS News:
Campaign 2012: Obama vs. Romney
Discussion: New York Magazine
George Stephanopoulos / ABCNEWS:
Ann Coulter: Democrats ‘Dropping the Blacks and Moving on to the Hispanics’
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
NEWS FLASH  —  TOP ROMNEY ADVISER: 'WE ARE A NATION …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Raw Story
Maxim Lott / Associated Press:
Private city in Honduras will have minimal taxes, government
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Joe. My. God.
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Discussion: BBC and The Raw Story
Sarah Jones / PoliticusUSA:
Ann Romney Cancels Interviews After Stop It Controversy