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1:20 PM ET, September 17, 2013


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Ben Brumfield / CNN:
Navy Yard shooting: AR-15, back in the news — briefly  —  Mass shooting at D.C. Navy Yard  —  (CNN) — It has been called the most popular rifle in America, and it briefly returned to the spotlight after Monday's shooting at the Navy Yard: the AR-15.  —  A U.S. law enforcement official …
Washington Post:
Navy Yard massacre should move Americans to more than sorrow  —  FOR ALL the unknowns about Monday's mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, there was a nauseating familiarity to the unfolding events: the witness accounts of chaos and fear; the plea from officials for the public's help …
Mike Lupica / NY Daily News:
AR-15 is the rifle for the ‘sport’ of hunting humans  —  They call semiautomatics like this sport rifles.  You bet.  Mostly for the sport of killing innocent people, and killing them fast.  —  Before Aaron Alexis took an AR-15 rifle into the Washington Navy Yard on Monday and shot 12 dead before turning the gun on himself ...
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
Carney: Obama Implementing Executive Actions Following Navy Yard Shooting  —  WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday wearily lamented “yet another mass shooting,” this time in the nation's capital where the debate that raged earlier this year over tightening firearms laws …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
NY Daily News Slams ‘Made For Murder’ AR-15 After Navy Yard Shooting (PHOTO)  —  The New York Daily News responded to the massacre at the Washington Navy Yard with a front page Tuesday that decried one of the weapons suspected gunman Aaron Alexis reportedly had in his possession.
Discussion: Politico
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
After shooting, talk turns to gun control  —  President Barack Obama on Monday stepped onto a podium and lamented the deaths of a senseless mass shooting — just as he did after Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn.  —  This time, his remarks came as office workers scrambled for cover …
Jonah Spangenthal-Lee / SPD Blotter:
Suspect In Navy Yard Attack Previously Arrested In Seattle For “Anger-Fueled” Shooting
Jenn Taylor / Twitchy:   ‘AR-15 shotgun’: Did CNN let noted gun expert Piers Morgan write its chyron text?
Alleged Washington shooter served as Navy reservist, may have recently lost job
Associated Press:
Washington Navy Yard shooting: Aaron Alexis was treated for “serious mental illness”
Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
D.C. Navy Yard gun attack kills 12, wounds 14; alleged shooter dead, ID'd as Aaron Alexis
Reuters:   Authorities question vetting of Washington gunman who killed 12
MJ Lee / Politico:
Steny Hoyer expects renewed debate on gun control
Discussion: Yahoo! News and ABC News
Wall Street Journal:
If House Republicans can't hold together, they have no leverage at all.  —  Perhaps the only war strategizing more inept than President Obama's on Syria are GOP plans for the budget hostilities this autumn.  Republicans are fracturing over tactics, and even over the nature of political reality …
Robert Costa / National Review:
The Movement Strikes Back  —  As the deadline to fund the federal government nears, Republican leaders are struggling mightily to come up with legislation that can pass the House.  Over the weekend, leadership staffers fired off anxious e-mails and uneasy veteran House members exchanged calls.
Discussion: The Plum Line and The New Republic
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
House Aide to Cruz Staffer: 'You're Not Dealing in Reality'
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Powerful Senate Conservatives Fund Expands To Focus On House Races
U.S. Census Bureau News:
Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012  —  The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that in 2012, real median household income and the poverty rate were not statistically different from the previous year, while the percentage of people without health insurance coverage decreased.
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Exclusive: Bill Daley drops bid for Illinois governor  —  In this raw Sept. 16, 2013 interview, Bill Daley explains to Chicago Tribune reporter Rick Pearson why he is dropping out of the Illniois governor's race.  (WGN-TV)  —  Bill Daley abruptly ended his bid for the Democratic nomination …
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Obama waives ban on arming terrorists to allow aid to Syrian opposition  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA SYRIA TERRORISM ISLAMIC JIHAD AL QAEDA BOB CORKER BASHAR ASSAD  —  President Obama waived a provision of federal law designed to prevent the supply of arms to terrorist groups …
New York Times:
Push for Yellen to Lead at Fed Gathers Steam  —  WASHINGTON — Janet L. Yellen told friends in recent weeks that she did not expect to be nominated as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.  Although she had been the Fed's vice chairman since 2010 and would make history as the first woman to hold the job …
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Obama's style on Syria needs refashioning
Associated Press:
Costa Concordia pulled completely upright off Italy  —  Uprighted Costa Concordia is seen in waters just off Italy on Sept. 17, 2013 / CBS  —  The crippled Costa Concordia cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side …
Discussion: The Week and Gawker
CBO's Publications:
The 2013 Long-Term Budget Outlook  —  Between 2009 and 2012, the federal government recorded the largest budget deficits relative to the size of the economy since 1946, causing federal debt to soar.  Federal debt held by the public is now about 73 percent of the economy's annual output, or gross domestic product (GDP).
Discussion: Paul Krugman, NPR, AEIdeas and
Paul Krugman:
They Have Made A Desert, And Called It Reform  —  It was, I suppose, predictable that Europe's austerians would claim vindication at the first hint of an upturn.  Still, Wolfgang Schäuble's piece in the FT, in which he claims complete vindication because Europe has had one, count it …
Discussion: Financial Times and Brad DeLong
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Benghazi, as seen from the grassy knoll  —  Why do people claim that the Benghazi scandal is “phony”?  —  To answer that, let's check in with the people fanning the controversy.  They assembled Monday morning at the Heritage Foundation, convened by a conservative group to listen to Rep. Frank Wolf …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Biden will do fundraiser for Iowa Democrat Jim Mowrer  —  A fundraiser for the Iowa Democrat who is trying to oust Republican Congressman Steve King will have a top-name guest: Vice President Joe Biden.  —  Biden will raise money for Jim Mowrer at an event on Sept. 24 at the Washington …
Discussion: The Hill and Talking Points Memo
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
‘Israel wanted Assad gone since start of Syria civil war’  —  “Tehran-Damascus-Beirut arc is the greatest danger,” says outgoing Israeli envoy to US Michael Oren.  —  “Bad guys” backed by Iran are worse for Israel than “bad guys” who are not supported by the Islamic Republic …
Discussion: Power Line, Hot Air and The Agonist
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Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah Lt. Gov. Greg Bell to step down, return to private sector
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Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
EU policy on climate change is right even if science was wrong, says commissioner
Discussion: Power Line
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