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11:20 AM ET, September 19, 2013


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Senator John McCain: Russians deserve better than Putin  —  When 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.
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Truthfully, John McCain in wrong Pravda  —  Sen. John McCain got his wish when his op-ed against Russian President Vladimir Putin was published in Russia news outlet Pravda.  The only problem — it may have been the wrong Pravda.  —  The Arizona Republican published his anti-Putin piece …
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 …
Associated Press:
In Pravda, John McCain slams Vladimir Putin
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, CNN and The Reaction
Thomas Grove / Reuters:
Senator McCain attacks Putin in Russian website op-ed
Discussion: Business Insider, The Week and Hot Air
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 …
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 …
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
Norm Ornstein /
Congress's Fiscal Fiasco Forces Americans to Wear Badge of Shame  —  As readers of my past columns know, I was not exactly optimistic as we approached crunch time over the debt limit in 2011.  But I am far more pessimistic now.  At a dinner I attended Monday night with a host …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Boehner asks why Obama will negotiate with Putin, but not Republicans
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
If we get a debt ceiling crisis, it's because Republican voters want one
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
The Obama M.O.  —  Barack Obama's modus operandi is: I think, therefore you do.
Discussion: Hot Air
Tal Kopan / Politico:
John Boehner: President Obama deals with Vladimir Putin but not GOP?
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Hill
ABC News:
Obama Convening Export Panel at White House
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Biden Visits Patients Wounded in Navy Yard Rampage  —  The White House says Vice President Joe Biden is visiting patients injured Monday in a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.  —  Biden arrived Wednesday evening at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
New York Times:
Mental Health Again an Issue in Gun Debate
Discussion: JustOneMinute and WJLA-TV
Daily Mail:
Republicans ‘dead serious’ about bringing Hillary Clinton back to face MORE grilling as they slam State Department over Benghazi  — A Republican aide says House investigators may ‘have to climb the ladder and swear Hillary in’ since underlings aren't providing answers
Discussion: Moe Lane
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Auditors of Benghazi attack say their report was not a cover-up
Discussion: Politico
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.
Los Angeles Times:
Syria may miss first deadline in U.S.-Russia chemical arms deal  —  The ambitious agreement is challenged as indications arise that the Syrian government will not submit a toxic-stockpile inventory this weekend.  —  Rebel fighters try to avoid Syrian army fire in Aleppo on Sept. 18.
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Tracy Connor / NBCNews:
Iran's president Rouhani: We will never develop nuclear weapons
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
McAuliffe on defensive as Cuccinelli gets a boost  —  RICHMOND — Terry McAuliffe said Wednesday that he knew nothing about a failed effort by his supporters to wrest an important business endorsement from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, his Republican rival in the governor's race.
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Nicole Wallace: GOP is playing in traffic  —  Former George W. Bush adviser Nicole Wallace said Thursday it's “idiotic” for Republicans to threaten a government shutdown over defunding Obamacare, comparing it to a child running into traffic.  —  Wallace, who was a communications chief …
Alex Seitz-Wald /
Liberals Want to Save Obama—From Himself  —  Hill progressives are relishing their recent victories, but they're quick to say they're only looking out for the president's best interests.  —  Heading into this fall's fiscal fights and beyond, the White House will have to worry …
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 …
Nathaniel Popper / DealBook:
After Fed's Announcement, Confusion and Relief on Wall Street  —  Ben S. Bernanke and the markets are having a hard time understanding each other.  —  Despite a near uniform consensus on Wall Street that the Federal Reserve would start to withdraw its economic stimulus this month …
Discussion:, The Week and Wonkblog
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
In Surprise, Fed Decides to Maintain Pace of Stimulus
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.”
The White House:
Remarks by the President at the Business Roundtable  —  Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody.  (Applause.)  Well, Jim, thank you for the introduction.  Thanks to Dave and Andrew and John — all the men and women of the Business Roundtable.
Eric Scheiner / CNSNews:
WH Says GOP Has Moved ‘Away From Compromise’, Then Vows Not to Compromise
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Sonny Bunch / Washington Free Beacon:
Starbucks' CEO Doesn't Fear Guns. He Fears Liberals
Discussion: Hot Air, The Gateway Pundit and NPR
Ben Leubsdorf / Concord Monitor:
GOP's Jim Rubens announces run for U.S. Senate, slams incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen
Discussion: Ballot Box and BuzzFeed
Phillip Swarts / Washington Times:
Lawmakers have not tightened travel belts, fly in the face of budget rhetoric
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Wendy Davis to possibly announce run for Texas governor
Yahoo! News:
Snipers haunt Syrian Christian town of Maalula
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Oborne / Telegraph:
Ed Miliband is proving himself to be a brave and adroit leader
Discussion: Spectator and Guardian
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
On foreign policy, a consistently inconsistent president
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Secret ban on face veils for staff at 17 hospitals
Discussion: BBC and Guardian
Daniel Kovalik / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Death of an adjunct  —  Margaret Mary Vojtko, an adjunct professor …
Victoria Woollaston / Daily Mail:
Facebook users are committing ‘virtual identity suicide’ …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Vox Popoli