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FROM THE BLOGS:

Having solved all other problems, Rahm Emanuel begins crusade for healthier vending machines

Despite the pressing crime issues that currently plague Chicago, Doug Powers on Michelle Malkin’s blog reports that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has started a campaign against unhealthy vending machines.

Republicans after 'gifts' comment: Get off the stage, Mitt
According to Benjy Sarlin and Evan McMorris-Santoro of Talking Points Memo, Republicans have come together to silence Mitt Romney after his “gifts” comment.

Unlike conservative, MSM reporter applauded for WH outburst
In contrast to the conservative White House reporter who was chastised in June for speaking out of turn, Keith Koffler of White House Dossier reports that a MSM reporter was applauded for his interruption.

The ultimate guide to McCain’s smear campaign against Susan Rice

On Think Progress, Ben Armbruster argues that Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) assault on Susan Rice is unwarranted.


OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

BP, US reach $4.5B settlement for Gulf spill
The Hill’s Ben Geman reports that BP and the U.S. government have reached a $4.5 billion settlement to resolve criminal and securities claims over the 2010 well blowout.

Clinton to testify on Benghazi attack
According to Julian Pecquet of The Hill, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify about the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya, to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.