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11:00 AM ET, September 19, 2013

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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
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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
Caitlin Huey-Burns / Real Clear Politics:
House Republicans Hit Cruz for “White Flag” on Health Law  —  Some House Republicans have a bone to pick with their Senate colleague Ted Cruz, whom they say prematurely conceded Wednesday night in the fight to defund the Affordable Care Act.  —  Cruz praised Speaker John Boehner's plan …
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
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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 …
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Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
The Obama M.O.  —  Barack Obama's modus operandi is: I think, therefore you do.
Discussion: Hot Air
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
If we get a debt ceiling crisis, it's because Republican voters want one
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: Politico, Hot Air and Moe Lane
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Auditors of Benghazi attack say their report was not a cover-up
Discussion: Politico
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: msnbc.com, The Week and Wonkblog
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Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
In Surprise, Fed Decides to Maintain Pace of Stimulus
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
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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.
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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
Discussion: Al Jazeera English
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.”
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 …
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
 
 
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Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
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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
ABC News:
Obama Convening Export Panel at White House
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Lisa Baertlein / Reuters:
Starbucks asks U.S. customers to leave guns at home
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Telegraph:
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:
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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