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10:25 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.
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  —  Sen. John McCain is accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of corruption, repression and self-serving rule in an opinion piece for Pravda that answers the Russian leader's broadside published last week in an American newspaper.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, CNN and The Reaction
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Truthfully, John McCain in wrong Pravda
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Caitlin Huey-Burns / Real Clear Politics:
House Republicans Hit Cruz for “White Flag” on Health Law
Lisa Baertlein / Reuters:
Starbucks asks U.S. customers to leave guns at home
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Daily Pundit
Navy Yard gunman's mother says she is heartbroken and sorry for families
Discussion: Jihad Watch, The Week and U.S. News
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Boehner asks why Obama will negotiate with Putin, but not Republicans  —  The Speaker contrasts the White House's policy on Syria with its stance on debt-limit negotiations.  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) released a Web video on Thursday seeking to contrast the White House's willingness …
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
The Obama M.O.  —  Barack Obama's modus operandi is: I think, therefore you do.
Discussion: Hot Air
Stan Collender / Stan Collender's Capital Gains …:
cliffgate Update: Is A Shutdown Boehner's Only Way Out?
Discussion: Paul Krugman and The Dish
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.
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
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
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.”
Maureen Farrell /
Dow, S&P hit record after Fed holds off on taper  —  The Federal Reserve is not going to slow down the pace of its bond purchases yet.  And that was just what investors wanted to hear.  —  The S&P 500 immediately jumped to a new record high, and the Dow quickly followed.
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
In Surprise, Fed Decides to Maintain Pace of Stimulus
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since …
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.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Through Diplomacy, Obama Finds a Pen Pal in Iran
Discussion: Al Jazeera English
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.
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.
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.
Ben Leubsdorf / Concord Monitor:
GOP's Jim Rubens announces run for U.S. Senate, slams incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen  —  Republican Jim Rubens jumped into the race for the U.S. Senate yesterday and took some hard swings at the Democratic incumbent, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.  —  “Our nation faces challenges more serious …
Discussion: Ballot Box and BuzzFeed
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Wendy Davis to possibly announce run for Texas governor  —  Democratic Texas state Senator Wendy Davis speaks at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington.  (Olivier Douliery / MCT / August 5, 2013)  —  State Sen. Wendy Davis of Texas, who became an overnight celebrity with her one-woman stand …
Phillip Swarts / Washington Times:
Lawmakers have not tightened travel belts, fly in the face of budget rhetoric  —  Washington is once again hurtling toward a budget crisis, but you couldn't tell from the travel itineraries of members of Congress.  —  Take, for instance, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota Democrat …
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Yahoo! News:
Snipers haunt Syrian Christian town of Maalula
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Peter Oborne / Telegraph:
Ed Miliband is proving himself to be a brave and adroit leader
Discussion: Spectator and Guardian
New York Times:
Mental Health Again an Issue in Gun Debate
Discussion: JustOneMinute and WJLA-TV
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
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Kovalik / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Death of an adjunct  —  Margaret Mary Vojtko, an adjunct professor …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and
Victoria Woollaston / Daily Mail:
Facebook users are committing ‘virtual identity suicide’ …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Vox Popoli
David Cay Johnston / American Prospect:
We Shall Overwhelm  —  Four years ago, the modern Tea Party seemed …
Discussion: FOX News Radio