Mitch Perry Report 9.12.12 -Middle East politics to play a part in the general election?

The campaigns of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama exchanged sharp exchanges last night after the news of the United States ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, was killed along with three of his staff members in an attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi. The violence ensued over reports of a 14-minute trailer for the video, called “Innocence of Muslims.

That came on the same day that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was criticizing President Obama regarding confronting Iran about their nuclear ambitions, leading to a one hour phone conversation between the two leaders. Obama said yesterday that he wouldn't have time to meet Netanyahu later this month when the two are both in New York for the U.N. General Assembly.

Nobody knows what this will all mean down the road in terms of world security. But what about the presidential election? Impossible to say at this point, but just remember that the news of the financial crises in America hit home on September 15, 2008. Does Israel want Obama to commit to going to war before the election?

Middle East politics played out on Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa yesterday, with critics of the Muslim civil rights group CAIR held a combative press conference outside the Hillsborough County School district offices - and were met with by a larger number of progressive activists.

Although local political writers were looking forward to the Bob Henriquez/Ronda Storms race for Hillsborough County Property Appraiser, there hasn't been a whole of news to report on that race. But with a technological breakdown at the appraiser's office in the past week, Henriquez decided to make some news.

And there's a campaign to oust three "activist" (re:liberal) judges on the Florida Supreme Court. But there's an organized group fighting for their survival which includes a former conservative state Supreme Court justice.

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