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9:05 AM ET, September 19, 2013

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New York Times:
Mental Health Again an Issue in Gun Debate
Discussion: JustOneMinute and WJLA-TV
NBCNews:
Navy Yard gunman's mother says she is heartbroken and sorry for families
Discussion: Jihad Watch, The Week and U.S. News
CNN:
House Republicans question Cruz's Obamacare-defunding fervor  —  Washington (CNN) - Republicans in the House of Representatives expressed outrage with one of their compatriots on the other side of the Capitol Wednesday, questioning whether or not Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is really all-in on defunding Obamacare …
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
World War O  —  The war against Obamacare: All the rationality of a Justin Bieber fan riot, and all the restraint of “Saw VI.”  —  On Wednesday, leaders of the House of Representatives announced their plans for a 42nd and 43rd vote to thwart the new health care reform law.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP's Self-Defeating ‘Defunding’ Strategy  —  It will only strengthen the president while alienating independents.  —  In 2010, Republicans took the House of Representatives by gaining 63 seats.  They also picked up six U.S. senators and 675 state legislators, giving them control …
English pravda.ru:
Senator John McCain: Russians deserve better than Putin  —  When Pravda.ru editor, Dmitry Sudakov, offered to publish my commentary, he referred to me as “an active anti-Russian politician for many years.”  I'm sure that isn't the first time Russians have heard me characterized as their antagonist.
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Leslie Bentz / CNN:
McCain publishes opinion piece in Pravda - but not the one he wanted  —  Washington (CNN) - Senator John McCain has a message for the Russian people: “I am pro-Russian, more pro-Russian than the regime that misrules you today.”  —  In an opinion piece titled “Russians Deserve Better Than Putin …
Discussion: Gallup
Associated Press:
In Pravda, John McCain slams Vladimir Putin
Discussion: CNN
Harry Binswanger / Forbes:
Give Back?  Yes, It's Time For The 99% To Give Back To The 1%  —  It's time to gore another collectivist sacred cow.  This time it's the popular idea that the successful are obliged to “give back to the community.”  That oft-heard claim assumes that the wealth of high-earners is taken away from “the community.”
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Chuck Todd: It's Not Media's Job To Correct GOP's Obamacare Falsehoods (VIDEO)  —  MSNBC host Chuck Todd said Wednesday that when it comes to misinformation about the new federal health care law, don't expect members of the media to correct the record.  —  During a segment on “Morning Joe …
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Bryan Koenig / CNN:
Debating O'Malley, Perry on healthcare: ‘putting more people on the Titanic’
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Politico
Eric Scheiner / CNSNews:
WH Says GOP Has Moved ‘Away From Compromise’, Then Vows Not to Compromise
Tracy Connor / NBCNews:
Iran's president Rouhani: We will never develop nuclear weapons  —  In his first interview with a U.S. news outlet since becoming president, Hassan Rouhani told NBC News' Ann Curry that he has full authority to strike a nukes deal with the west.  Watch more on Nightly News at 6:30 p.m. ET.
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Through Diplomacy, Obama Finds a Pen Pal in Iran  —  WASHINGTON — Few American presidents have held a deeper belief in the power of the written word than President Obama.  And in few ways has that belief been more tested than in his frustrating private correspondence with the leaders of Iran …
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Congressman on Obamacare Exemption: ‘Go Home and Talk to Your Wife’  —  A debate among congressional Republicans over a potential line of attack on Obamacare is pitting their pocketbooks against the chance at political gold.  —  At issue is a requirement in the law that congressional staffers purchase …
ABC News:
Obama Convening Export Panel at White House  —  President Barack Obama is convening his advisory council on international trade as the U.S. pursues an aggressive goal to double its exports.  —  Obama will meet with the President's Export Council on the White House grounds Thursday.
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
White House Press Secretary Confused By Sharknado Reference
Discussion: Mediaite
Investor's Business Daily:
Growing IRS Scandal Requires A Special Prosecutor  —  Corruption: As the layers on the IRS scandal are peeled back, it's become increasingly clear the law has been broken and the White House may have been far more deeply involved than claimed.  Time for a special prosecutor.
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
The Obama M.O.  —  Barack Obama's modus operandi is: I think, therefore you do.  —  We should admit the obvious: Barack Obama is the most anti-political president the United States has had in the post-war era.  Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter (even), Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Stan Collender / Stan Collender's Capital Gains …:
cliffgate Update: Is A Shutdown Boehner's Only Way Out?
Discussion: Paul Krugman and The Dish
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Egypt Arrests Brotherhood Figure Who Handled News Media  —  CAIRO — Security forces on Tuesday arrested Gehad el-Haddad, a senior official of the Muslim Brotherhood who handled the group's communication with the foreign news media, security officials said.  His arrest was part of a continuing roundup …
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Government To Recognize All Same-Sex Married Couples Under Private Pension Plan Law  —  Labor Department announces that same-sex couples' marriages will be recognized under ERISA, regardless of whether the couples' home states recognize their marriage.  —  Mel Evans / AP
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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David Cay Johnston / American Prospect:
We Shall Overwhelm  —  Four years ago, the modern Tea Party seemed to emerge from nowhere, leaving journalists bewildered and the public with few reference points to understand seemingly spontaneous rallies by middle-class people seeking lower tax rates.  A search for the phrase “tea party” …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Michelle Manchir / Chicago Tribune:
Hillary Clinton calls Quinn ‘luckiest politician’ after Daley drops out … Clout Street  —  Even as Hillary Clinton declared him the “luckiest politician” in the world, Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday wasn't publicly exhaling about former challenger Bill Daley dropping out of the Democratic primary.
Telegraph:
Secret ban on face veils for staff at 17 hospitals  —  At least 17 NHS hospitals have banned front line staff from wearing the veil, The Telegraph has learned, as ministers called for new guidelines to ensure all patients can have “face to face” contact with those who care for them.
Discussion: BBC and Guardian
 
 
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Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
On foreign policy, a consistently inconsistent president
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Lisa Baertlein / Reuters:
Starbucks asks U.S. customers to leave guns at home
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Daniel Kovalik / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Death of an adjunct  —  Margaret Mary Vojtko, an adjunct professor …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and susiemadrak.com
Victoria Woollaston / Daily Mail:
Facebook users are committing ‘virtual identity suicide’ …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Vox Popoli
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Graham readying use of force authorization against Iranian regime
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CNN:
A horrible way to fill the second most powerful job in America
Discussion: Real Time Economics