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Louis Charbonneau / Reuters:
In New York, defiant Ahmadinejad says Israel will be “eliminated”  —  (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday Israel has no roots in the Middle East and would be “eliminated,” ignoring a U.N. warning to avoid incendiary rhetoric ahead of the annual General Assembly session.
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Nancy Cordes / CBS News:
For Obama, diplomacy gets back seat to campaign
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Fox News
Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Denounce Libya Violence in U.N. Address
Discussion: The Reaction
Hilary Leila Krieger / Jerusalem Post:
White House defends position on Israel, Iran
Discussion: Algemeiner.com and Israel Matzav
Susan B. Glasser / Foreign Policy:
Breakfast with Ahmadinejad  —  Iran's president meets the press.
CNN:
Piers Morgan sits down with Iranian President Ahmadinejad
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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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 …
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
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.”
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, Instapundit and Althouse
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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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Christie On Romney's ‘Bad Week’: If Election Day Were Tomorrow, ‘That Would Be A Problem’
Kyle Olson / Townhall.com:
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.
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
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 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 …
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: americanthinker.com and Hullabaloo
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
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
More Mitt Romney science: He believes University of Utah ‘solved’ cold fusion  —  Captain Seamus in December 2011 (audio clip below the fold), rolling down the window on what he believes to be true about cold fusion: … Um.  I'll be gentle here.  Other than to point out this New York Times article …
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
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.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Conservative Mind  —  When I joined the staff of National Review as a lowly associate in 1984, the magazine, and the conservative movement itself, was a fusion of two different mentalities.  —  On the one side, there were the economic conservatives.  These were people that anybody …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Cyber Attack  —  The White House's looming power grab to regulate the Internet.  —  President Obama and Congress have checked out of Washington until after Election Day.  But caveat, citizen.  Their absence isn't preventing harmful policy from spawning along the Potomac.
Discussion: AEIdeas
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 …
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.
 
 
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Brett Norman / Politico:
War of words on Medicare Advantage
Discussion: Hit & Run
Peter Kirsanow / National Review:
Why Isn't Romney Up by Ten Points?
Discussion: Vodkapundit
New York Times:
A Measure of Change: Arab Spring Proves a Harsh Test for Obama's Diplomatic Skill
Discussion: National Review
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
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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
Jay Solomon / Washington Wire:
Ahmadinejad Asks: Where Is Salman Rushdie Now?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers