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6:45 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 …
New York Times:
Signs of Mental Illness Seen in Navy Gunman for Decade  —  WASHINGTON — The former Navy reservist who killed 12 people in a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday had exhibited signs of mental illness dating back more than a decade, including a recent episode in which he complained …
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 ...
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: I don't have the votes to move gun control legislation
Discussion: Politico
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
NY Daily News Slams ‘Made For Murder’ AR-15 After Navy Yard Shooting (PHOTO)
Discussion: Politico
Abby Ohlheiser / The Atlantic Wire:
Watch Dr. Janis Orlowski's Moving Plea Against Gun Violence After Navy Yard Shootings
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Durbin: Expanded background checks might have prevented Navy Yard tragedy
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Navy Yard gunman had history of mental illness, checkered military career, officials say
Discussion: NPR and Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Exclusive: Navy Yard Dropped Its Guard, Pentagon Inspector General Says
Jenn Taylor / Twitchy:   ‘AR-15 shotgun’: Did CNN let noted gun expert Piers Morgan write its chyron text?
Washington Post:
Navy Yard massacre should move Americans to more than sorrow
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 …
David Espo / ABC News:
Senate, House Ensnared in Health Care Controversy  —  Implacable Republican opposition to Obamacare has Congress once more veering closer to gridlock.  —  In the House, more than 60 conservatives support tacking a one-year delay in implementing the health care law onto a bill needed to prevent a partial government shutdown on Oct. 1.
Discussion: Reuters, Politico and Associated Press
Ben Geman / E2-Wire:   Senate leader Reid offers path forward on stalled energy bill
Robert Costa / National Review:
The Movement Strikes Back  —  As the deadline to fund …
Discussion: The Plum Line
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
House Aide to Cruz Staffer: 'You're Not Dealing in Reality'
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.
Neil Irwin / Wonkblog:
The typical American family makes less than it did in 1989  —  The Census Bureau is out with the annual report on incomes and poverty.  And while you might think that after years of stagnant incomes and elevated poverty rates, we would be inured to the depressing facts contained therein, it still somehow has the power to shock.
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
U.S. to Include Home Care Aides in Wage and Overtime Law  —  The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that it was extending minimum wage and overtime protections to the nation's nearly two million home care workers.  —  Advocates for low-wage workers have pushed for this change …
Margery Eagan / Boston Herald:
Elizabeth Warren bounces Larry Summers as stock continues to rise  —  It looks like Harvard women got the last laugh on Larry Summers.  —  When Summers was president of Harvard, he got in trouble for suggesting that women like Liz Warren might be innately deficient in science and math.
With Summers, the Left Takes a Scalp
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Cuccinelli is losing  —  The polls show it  —  The shakeup in his campaign staff confirms it.  Republican Ken Cuccinelli is losing Virginia's gubernatorial race.  —  The Virginian-Pilot reports  —  “Some senior staff members working to get Ken Cuccinelli elected governor …
Discussion: Hot Air, NewsBusters and ABC News
Lonegan Press Conference at Booker's Abandoned Crack House  —  Newark - Mayor Steve Lonegan, the Republican candidate for the United States Senate, will hold a press conference today in front of Cory Booker's abandoned property, now a crack house.  —  What: Press Conference Exposing Booker as Part of the Problem
New York Post:
Booker's abandoned home a fire trap
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Embattled Syria ‘Expert’ Elizabeth O'Bagy Says She Made ‘Many Mistakes’  —  Her research on Syria influenced key lawmakers—but ‘Dr.’ Elizabeth O'Bagy wasn't who she said she was.  For the first time, she tells Josh Rogin that she was never even in a Ph.D. program.
Fox News:
What is Obama afraid of?  —  What mania could have compelled the president to take partisan swipes and accuse Republicans of being unpatriotic while police were in the middle of a manhunt after a mass shooting at a naval base just a few miles from the White House?
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Finance:
My grovelling apology to Herr Schäuble  —  German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has been vindicated.  —  For my part, I have been wrong about everything.  German discipline policies for the eurozone have been a tremendous success.  I am ashamed for suggesting otherwise.
Discussion: Guardian
Mike Allen / Politico:
The new Fox News prime-time lineup  —  The long-awaited Fox News reshuffle, via Mike Allen:  —  Fox announces new lineup: Greta to 7, Bill at 8, Megyn at 9, Sean at 10  —  Fox News announces its prime-time lineup, starting Mon., Oct. 7: Greta Van Susteren moves to 7 p.m., Bill O'Reilly stays at 8 …
John Tierney / New York Times:
The Rational Choices of Crack Addicts  —  Long before he brought people into his laboratory at Columbia University to smoke crack cocaine, Carl Hart saw its effects firsthand.  Growing up in poverty, he watched relatives become crack addicts, living in squalor and stealing from their mothers.
Discussion: Gawker and The Raw Story
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
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Game on in West Virginia
Discussion: Politico
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Assad gives interview to former US congressman
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Mediaite and The Raw Story
Brazil's Rousseff cancels state visit to U.S. over spying -report
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Democrats Lack Advantage on Three Key U.S. Issue Areas
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Fix
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
‘Dog Whisperer’ reps pit bulls on Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Kate Tummarello / The Hill:
‘Do not track’ effort in trouble
Discussion:, Wonkblog and The Verge
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
Leonardo DiCaprio to Produce, Star in Woodrow Wilson Biopic (Exclusive)
Discussion: Guardian, Reuters, Mediaite and
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Countdown to Shutdown: “Nobody Knows How This Will End”
Discussion: The Week, The Plum Line and Hot Air
Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on CNN: Perry to tour gun facility near Washington
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Benghazi, as seen from the grassy knoll
Discussion: neo-neocon and Booman Tribune
Associated Press:
Costa Concordia pulled completely upright off Italy
Discussion: The Week and Gawker