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12:05 PM 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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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
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
Norm Ornstein / NationalJournal.com:
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 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
If we get a debt ceiling crisis, it's because Republican voters want one  —  If we are going to have a debt ceiling and default crisis — with all of the havoc it may well entail — it may well be because Republican voters want such a crisis, even if it causes serious economic harm.  —  No, really.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Boehner asks why Obama will negotiate with Putin, but not Republicans
Tal Kopan / Politico:
John Boehner: President Obama deals with Vladimir Putin but not GOP?
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Hill
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
The Obama M.O.  —  Barack Obama's modus operandi is: I think, therefore you do.
Discussion: Hot Air
ABC News:
Obama Convening Export Panel at White House
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
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Auditors of Benghazi attack say their report was not a cover-up
Discussion: Politico
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Pope Bluntly Faults Church's Focus on Gays and Abortion  —  Alessandro Di Meo/European Pressphoto Agency  —  Pope Francis, who has said the church should be a “home for all,” on Sept. 4 in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.  —  Pope Francis, in the first extensive interview of his six-month-old papacy …
Nick Gillespie / The Daily Beast:
Now Is Not the Time for New Gun Laws  —  In the wake of the D.C. shooting, some lawmakers are pushing for new regulations on firearms.  But legislation should never be passed in the heat of a crisis.  —  Monday's horrific mass shooting at the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard left 12 victims …
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Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Biden Visits Patients Wounded in Navy Yard Rampage
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
New York Times:
Mental Health Again an Issue in Gun Debate
Discussion: JustOneMinute and WJLA-TV
KHOU-TV:
Texas appeals court overturns Tom DeLay money laundering conviction  —  HOUSTON — A Texas Court of Appeals in Austin has overturned the conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, attorney Brian Wice tells KHOU 11 News.  —  DeLay, 66, was convicted in 2010 for his alleged role in a scheme to influence Texas elections.
Yahoo! News:
Creepy Obamacare ad hits college campuses and your nightmares  —  There will be girls.  There will be beer.  There will be cornhole.  And someone will be dressed in the creepiest Uncle Sam costume you've ever seen.  —  Welcome to the strange new front in the war over Obamacare.
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 …
New York Times:
Former Defense Secretaries Criticize Obama on Syria  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's first two defense secretaries publicly questioned the administration's handling of the Syrian crisis on Tuesday night and expressed skepticism about whether Russia can broker a deal to remove Syria's chemical weapons.
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Alex Seitz-Wald / NationalJournal.com:
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 …
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.
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 …
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Tracy Connor / NBCNews:
Iran's president Rouhani: We will never develop nuclear weapons
Sonny Bunch / Washington Free Beacon:
Starbucks' CEO Doesn't Fear Guns.  He Fears Liberals  —  The big brew-haha* this morning revolves around the decision of Starbucks' CEO to politely ask gunowners not to wear their six-shooters in his coffee shops.  Wrote Howard Schultz: … Schultz cites pressure from outside activist groups …
Discussion: Hot Air, The Gateway Pundit and NPR
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Lisa Baertlein / Reuters:
Starbucks asks U.S. customers to leave guns at home
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Daily Pundit
 
 
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