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3:30 PM ET, September 11, 2013


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Denver Post:
COLORADO SENATE PRESIDENT JOHN MORSE, STATE SEN. ANGELA GIRON OUSTED  —  An epic national debate over gun rights in Colorado on Tuesday saw two Democratic state senators ousted for their support for stricter laws, a “ready, aim, fired” message intended to stop other politicians for pushing for firearms restrictions.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Reflecting on the Colorado recalls  —  We did a poll last weekend in Colorado Senate District 3 and found that voters intended to recall Angela Giron by a 12 point margin, 54/42.  In a district that Barack Obama won by almost 20 points I figured there was no way that could be right and made a rare decision not to release the poll.
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Colorado Lawmakers Ousted in Recall Vote Over Gun Law  —  COLORADO SPRINGS — Two Colorado Democrats who provided crucial support for a package of state gun laws were voted out of office on Tuesday in special elections seen as a test of whether swing-state voters would accept gun restrictions …
Sean Sullivan / The Fix:
The Colorado recalls dealt a serious blow to gun-control advocates. Here's why.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Week
Joseph Weber / Fox News:
Colorado state senators recalled over gun control support
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
WSJ op-ed writer Elizabeth O'Bagy fired for resume lie  —  The Syria researcher whose Wall Street Journal op-piece was cited by Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain during congressional hearings about the use of force has been fired from the Institute for the Study of War for lying …
Susannah George / BuzzFeed:
Controversial Syria Researcher Fired Over Doctorate Claim  —  Elizabeth O'Bagy's ties to the Syrian opposition had become an issue.  —  A young researcher whose opinions on Syria were cited by both Senator McCain and Secretary of State John Kerry in congressional testimony last week …
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
McCain Calls Russia's Syria Plan a Stall Tactic
Discussion: Washington Wire and Israpundit
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Who Do You Trust?  —  WASHINGTON — Vladimir Putin, who keeps Edward Snowden on a leash and lets members of a riotous girl band rot in jail, has thrown President Obama a lifeline.  —  The Russian president had coldly brushed back Obama on Snowden and Syria, and only last week called John Kerry a liar.
Discussion: Right Turn, Hot Air, Power Line and Mediaite
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
A new error in U.S. foreign policy.
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Obama's speech may not have sounded novel, but the president may have helped his cause in unexpected ways.
Reza Kahlili / The Daily Caller:
Iran threatens widespread retaliation against U.S. and allies
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Mara Gay / NY Daily News:
Sydney Leathers, former sexting partner of Anthony Weiner, attempts to crash his election night party  —  The 23-year-old, clad in a tight red dress and platform heels, said that she wanted to finally meet the man who ‘manipulated’ her into a months-long relationship.
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
The Scariest Question For Anthony Weiner: What's Next?
NY Daily News:
Anthony Weiner concedes in Democratic mayoral primary race
New York Times:
De Blasio First in Mayoral Primary; Unclear if He Avoids a Runoff  —  Bill de Blasio, whose campaign for mayor of New York tapped into a city's deepening unease with income inequality and aggressive police practices, captured far more votes than any of his rivals in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, according to exit poll results.
Kate Taylor / New York Times:
Stringer Defeats Spitzer in Comptroller Primary
Dave Jamieson / The Huffington Post:
Trader Joe's To Drop Health Coverage For Part-Time Workers Under Obamacare: Memo  —  After extending health care coverage to many of its part-time employees for years, Trader Joe's has told workers who log fewer than 30 hours a week that they will need to find insurance on the Obamacare exchanges next year …
Tom Junod / Esquire:
THE FALLING MAN  —  Do you remember this photograph?  In the United States, people have taken pains to banish it from the record of September 11, 2001.  The story behind it, though, and the search for the man pictured in it, are our most intimate connection to the horror of that day.  —  SPECIAL OFFER
Annie Lowrey / Economix:
The Rich Get Richer Through the Recovery  —  An updated study by the prominent economists Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty shows that the top 1 percent of earners took more than one-fifth of the country's total income in 2012, one of the highest levels recorded in the century that the government has collected the relevant data.
Matt Krantz / USA Today:
Top 1% take biggest income slice on record
Discussion: Opinionator and Hullabaloo
NSA shares raw intelligence with Israel  —  • Secret deal places no legal limits on use of data by Israelis  —  • Only official US government communications protected  —  • Agency insists it complies with rules governing privacy  —  • Read the NSA and Israel's ‘memorandum of understanding’
Rich Lowry / National Review:
NR v. Booker  —  Newark mayor Cory Booker has a very active imagination.  Eliana Johnson demonstrated that with her report on Booker's moving, highly detailed accounts of his involvement with “T-Bone,” a hard-luck drug dealer who Booker admitted to a friend is a fiction.
Peter Lauria / BuzzFeed:
Exclusive: IAC And Daily Beast Editor Tina Brown To Part Ways  —  A source with direct knowledge of the situation says IAC does not plan to renew Tina Brown's contract when it expires in January.  A decision has not yet been made on the future of The Daily Beast.  —  Jason Kempin / FilmMagic
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Instant Poll: Did Obama move the needle on Syria?  —  Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans who watched President Barack Obama's prime time address to the nation on Tuesday said they favor the approach to Syria that the president spelled out in his speech, according to an instant poll.
David Kusnet / CNN:
Obama's speech a model of persuasion
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air and alicublog
David DesRosiers / Washington Times:
BOOK REVIEW: ‘America 3.0’  —  AMERICA 3.0: REBOOTING AMERICAN PROSPERITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY — WHY AMERICA'S GREATEST DAYS ARE YET TO COME  —  As we return to reality from the lazy, hazy days of summer, we find our nation war-weary, broke and politically fractured.  We are a subprime-mortgaged house divided.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP bill blocks food stamp users from buying junk food  —  Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday proposed legislation that would require people using federal food stamps to buy only healthy food.  —  The Healthy Food Choices Act, H.R. 3073, reflects a long-standing criticism …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Florida Police Chief: Either George Zimmerman Or His Lawyer Is Not Telling The Truth  —  George Zimmerman on Monday, shortly before being handcuffed  —  The Florida police chief that is actively investigating a confrontation between George Zimmerman, his wife and his father in law says someone is lying …
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
This Was a Samantha Power Speech  —  America still doesn't quite grasp the novelty of what Obama is doing in Syria.  This is an intervention driven primarily by humanitarian concerns.  There is no chance we'd have reached this point without those chemical attacks.
Discussion: Reuters, Washington Wire and Power Line
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:   Threaten to Threaten  —  If you're an average American …
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New York Times:
Homeland Confusion  —  NO single event in the last half-century …
Max Fisher / WorldViews:
To sell Syria, Obama chose political science over scare tactics. That's a big deal.
Wall Street Journal:
Volcker Rule to Curb Bank Trading Proves Hard to Write
Peggy Noonan's Blog:
The Speech
Discussion: Hit & Run and
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
One year later, Benghazi's lingering issues
Discussion: NewsBusters and The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Samira Said / CNN:
Blast hits Benghazi one year later
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Obama's Semi-Moot “War Speech”
Nile Gardiner /
Barack Obama's Syria speech was an incoherent mess …