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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Early Word: Executive Privilege

By JADA F. SMITH

Today's Times

  • President Obama harnessed the full powers of incumbency on Monday after he filed a broad new case against China with the World Trade Organization, accusing it of unfairly subsidizing exports of cars and auto parts, Mark Landler reports. With Mitt Romney's campaign arguing that Mr. Obama is not doing enough to protect American workers, the president drew an explicit link between his action on China and the economic travails of  “working men and women on the assembly lines” across the Midwest.
  • Many Latino leaders are infuriated by a White House ruling that excludes young illegal immigrants â€" who were recently told they could apply to remain in the country without fear of deportation â€" from health insurance coverage under President Obama's health care overhaul, Robert Pear reports. The administration views the immigration initiative and health coverage as separate matters.
  • Mitt Romney was caught on video giving a blunt political and cultural assessment of nearly half of American voters at a private campaign reception, Michael D. Shear reports. It offers a rare glimpse into Mr. Romney's personal views and undermines an attribute that his aides have long argued would appeal to independent voters: a sense that he is an empathetic and caring man.
  • Though Mitt Romney tried on Monday to give new direction to his campaign with more specifics about his proposed policies, his campaign continued to be hit with reports of infighting amongst his team and the video of him describing almost half of Americans as “dependent upon government,” Jim Rutenberg and Ashley Parker report.

Around the Web

  • Six cable stations and six broadcast networks have agreed to show a film by Citizens United that critiques President Obama from Tuesday until Election Day, Politico reports.

Happenings in Washington

  • The Minnesota Lynx, the 2011 W.N.B.A. champions, will be honored at the White House.  President Obama will then head to New York to tape an appearance on “Late Show With David Letterman” and attend a campaign event at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
  • Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will meet with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace laureate and Burmese democracy advocate, at the State Department.