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10:00 AM ET, September 29, 2012


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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Shifting Reports on Libya Killings May Cost Obama  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration's shifting accounts of the fatal attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, have left President Obama suddenly exposed on the national security and foreign policy issues …
Bobby Cervantes / Politico:
Peter King calls for Susan Rice's resignation  —  Rep. Peter King called for the resignation Friday of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice for initially saying that the deadly Sept. 11 assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was spontaneous.
Romney, Obama speak with Netanyahu
Talking Points Memo:
Todd Akin Suggests Employers Should Be Able To Pay Women Less  —  Todd Akin appeared to endorse allowing employers to pay women less than men at a town hall on Thursday.  —  Gender discrimination in compensation has been illegal in the United States since the passage of the 1963 Equal Pay Act.
Discussion: Daily Kos, CBS News and Wonkette
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senate Candidate Akin: ‘Free Enterprise’ Means Being Allowed To Deny Equal Pay To Women  —  Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) has struggled with a well-established woman problem in his Senate campaign, ever since he claimed women could not get pregnant from “legitimate rape.”
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Akin consultant compares his fortitude to cult-leader David Koresh  —  • BY KEVIN McDERMOTT > > 314-340-8268  —  UPDATE 1:48 p.m.: Akin spokesman Ryan Hite has responded with a one-line written statement: “It was a stupid comment to make.”
“Morning Joe” Mocks Romney For Something That Didn't Happen  —  A misleading subtitle leads to a viral clip making fun of Romney.  A frustrated Scarborough defends the clip on Twitter, says he will “take note” of all those who note the mistake.  —  On Wednesday, MSNBC's Morning Joe kicked off …
Greg Hengler /
MSNBC Caught Doctoring Clip From Romney/Ryan Rally
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Jim Webb on ‘Givers’ and ‘Takers’  —  I have known, respected, and come very much to like Jim Webb over the course of more than 30 years.  We originally met because of deep disagreements about the Vietnam War.  He went to Annapolis, served with distinction and bravery as Marine officer …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Politico
Yahoo! News:
Goodbye, Columbus: Why top Ohio Republicans think Romney has lost the state  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio - There are only two plausible explanations for what is going on this week in this swing state central to virtually all Mitt Romney's victory strategies.  —  Either many top Ohio Republicans …
Henry Payne / Detroit News:
Dearborn Muslims rally against the First Amendment  —  Led by a newspaper publisher, Muslim activists will call for putting limits on American free speech at a Dearborn rally this evening.  You can't make this stuff up.  —  Nearly a decade after Dearborn's streets celebrated America …
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:   Muslims in Michigan to Rally Against First Amendment
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 27: The Impact of the ‘47 Percent’  —  After a secretly-recorded videotape was released on Sept. 17, showing Mitt Romney making unflattering comments about the “47 percent” of Americans whom he said had become dependent on government benefits, I suggested on Twitter that the political impact …
Bob Dole / Washington Post:
Bob Dole on life after losing the 1996 presidential election  —  In eulogizing Gerald Ford at his Grand Rapids, Mich., funeral in January 2007, Jimmy Carter described a New Yorker cartoon that both men had found amusing.  In it a small boy informs his mother, “When I grow up, I want to be a former president.”
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Obama talks housing market in weekly address  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama highlighted the housing crisis of 2007 and 2008 in his weekly address Saturday, calling on Congress to act and pass a mortgage refinance measure.  —  Meanwhile, Republicans introduced Vernon Parker from Arizona …
Discussion: Reuters and The Hinterland Gazette
James Hohmann / Politico:
2012 map could be deja vu for Obama  —  Some political scientists and Democratic strategists believe it's now possible that President Barack Obama could replicate his break-out Electoral College map from 2008, with the exception of Indiana, even if the popular vote is closer than four years ago.
John Kartch / Americans for Tax Reform RSS:
Top Five Worst Obamacare Taxes Coming in 2013  —  Of the twenty new or higher taxes in Obamacare, below are the five worst that will be foisted upon Americans for the first time on January 1, 2013.  —  Of the twenty new or higher taxes in Obamacare, below are the five worst …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Hot Air
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Obama and Romney are basically tied in Virginia  —  I've received plenty of emails from readers in Northern Virginia expressing skepticism about polls that have Obama leading Romney in Virginia by a significant wide margin.  And with good reason; it is difficult to believe that Obama …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Battleground Watch
Lindsey Boerma / CBS News:
Ann Romney: If elected, “mental well-being” Mitt's biggest challenge  —  Ann Romney greets supporters at Bartley Ranch Thursday Sept. 27, 2012 in Reno, Nev. / AP PHOTO/THE RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL, MARILYN NEWTON  —  (CBS News) Ann Romney's biggest concern if her husband becomes president …
Dems Pump Cash Into ME Senate Race, but for Whom?  —  The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee is buying $410,000 worth of TV advertising in the U.S. Senate race in Maine, but it's not clear for whom.  —  Executive Director Guy Cecil suggested Friday that the money will be used to fight …
Discussion: Politico
Michelle Goldberg / The Daily Beast:
With ‘Dreams From My Real Father,’ Have Obama Haters Hit Rock Bottom?  —  A pseudo-documentary that slimes Ann Dunham, the president's late mother, is being mailed to swing-state voters.  A look at the film and Dinesh D'Souza's book, Obama's America.  —  So this is what it's come to.
Fars News Agency:
Gallup Poll: Rural Whites Prefer Ahmadinejad to Obama  —  TEHRAN (FNA)- According to the results of a Gallup poll released Monday, the overwhelming majority of rural white Americans said they would rather vote for Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than US President Barack Obama.
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Associated Press:
2 more Somali journalists murdered, including 1 beheaded; 15 journalists killed in 2012
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Huckabee Suggests Obama Should Be Impeached Over Libya Incident
Discussion: The Hill and Crooks and Liars
Wall Street Journal:
France Raises Taxes in Tough Budget
Ben Grant / Portland Press-Herald:
Maine Voices: Asking Dill to step aside assumes King is lying about his true intentions
 Earlier Items: 
Andy Newman / City Room:
Sick Dolphin, Stranded in Queens, Dies on Arrival at Rescue Center
Discussion: ANIMAL and New York Magazine
Alina Selyukh / Reuters:
Billionaire Soros pledges $1.5 mln to Democratic ‘Super PACs’
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Romney's Plan to Win Virginia: Lyme Disease
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Inside The Planning Of A James O'Keefe “Sting”
Discussion: Daily Kos
Sjones / CNSNews:
Katie Couric Voted ‘The Worst Reporter in History of Man’
Miranda Leitsinger / U.S. News:
US immigration chief: Same-sex ties are family ties