Opening Act: Let the Schwartz Be With You

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Sept. 13 2012 8:17 AM

Opening Act: Let the Schwartz Be With You

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An Egyptian protester throws back a tear gas canister towards the riot police during clashes near the US embassy in Cairo on September 13, 2012. Police used tear gas as they clashed with a crowd protesting outside the US embassy in Cairo against a film mocking Islam. AFP PHOTO/KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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Editorial boards have unleashed hell on Mitt Romney for his embassy statements. More hell than was required, if you ask me. But I'd guess the Cleveland Plain-Dealer tsk-tsk matters more to him than the usual New York Times belly-aching. Romney's got the conservative base behind him -- they have rarely trusted the media less -- but at some point doesn't he need to convince the rest of the country?

Josh Rogin identifies the Egyptian embassy staffer who sent out the original CYA statement; John Tabin wants him fired.

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Joe Sixpack (really!) maps the craft beer/Democratic support linkage.

The now-impossibly labrythine Brett Kimberlin saga gets more legal and more pathetic.

And Esquire comes to praise Romneycare.

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