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10:50 AM ET, September 21, 2011

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Real Time Economics:
Full Text: Republicans' Letter to Bernanke Questioning More Fed Action  —  The top four congressional Republicans sent the following letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Monday ahead of the central bank's two-day meeting that began today:  —  Dear Chairman Bernanke,
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Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
GOP Leaders Write Unprecedented Letter Urging The Federal Reserve To Keep Unemployment High  —  In a move without precedent in the modern era, Republican congressional leaders including House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell …
Stan Collender / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
GOP To Fed: Let Economy Fail
Mark Felsenthal / Reuters:
Fed looks set to ease policy as outlook dims
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Josh Boak / The Politico:
No more stimulus, Republican leaders say
Discussion: CNN, Weasel Zippers and New York Times
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Fed is expected to take new action to lift economy
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Page
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Reid warns shutdown is possible
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and Don Surber
Steven Thomma / MiamiHerald.com:
Poll finds Obama losing ground to Republicans  —  WASHINGTON — Look out President Barack Obama.  Even Sarah Palin's gaining on you.  —  A new McClatchy-Marist poll finds that Obama looks increasingly vulnerable in next year's election, with a majority of voters believing he'll lose to any Republican …
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Poll: Palin making gains but most in GOP don't want her to run  —  (CNN) - While she still hasn't made up her mind on a run for the White House, a new national poll suggests that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is making gains against President Barack Obama in a hypothetical 2012 general election matchup.
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Search Engine Expert: Rick Santorum's New Crusade …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Santorum: Google Is Discriminating Against Me Because I'm Conservative
Discussion: 365 Gay News and Prairie Weather
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Obama's Push to Stop Palestine Statehood Bid  —  Scrambling to head off a diplomatic clash, President Barack Obama will publicly push for the Palestinians to drop a statehood bid when he addresses the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday.  —  Obama will follow up his speech with separate meetings …
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New York Times:
House Republicans Discover a Growing Bond With Netanyahu
Discussion: Prairie Weather
DPA / Haaretz:
‘Palestinians need just two more Security Council votes in bid for statehood’
CNN:
American hikers freed in Iran  —  Tehran, Iran (CNN) — Two American hikers imprisoned as spies in Iran for more than two years were released on bail Wednesday, Iranian and U.S. officials said.  —  The news of their release comes a day before Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is due …
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Parisa Hafezi / Reuters:
Iran to free convicted U.S. men Wednesday: lawyer
Discussion: Reuters and New York Magazine
The Daily Beast:
Gary Johnson's Big Breakthrough  —  The former New Mexico governor has just landed a spot in the next presidential debate Thursday night.  Howard Kurtz on why that could take the heat off Perry and Romney.
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Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Fla. GOP: Don't let Johnson debate
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
U.S. assembling secret drone bases in Africa, Arabian Peninsula, officials say  —  The Obama administration is assembling a constellation of secret drone bases for counterterrorism operations in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula as part of a newly aggressive campaign …
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Marine Recruiters Visit Gay Center in Oklahoma  —  TULSA, Okla. — Master Sgt. Anthony Henry, a top Marine recruiting trainer for the southwestern United States, pulled up to Tulsa's biggest gay community center on Tuesday morning and left his Chevy where he could make a fast getaway.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Report: At least 200 murders in Mexico now linked to Fast & Furious weapons  —  A conservative estimate from this morning's conference call with Darrell Issa, via our Townhall cousin Katie Pavlich. … They're discovering more every day, you know.  But as I say, 200 is the conservative number.
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Rich Shulman / PhotoBlog:
Barack Obama joins Open Government Partnership for group photo  —  U.S. President Barack Obama waves while standing with other leaders during the Open Government Partnership event at the United Nations September 20 in New York City.  The United Nations General Assembly kicks off September 21 …
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Dan Choi re-enlisting  —  More than two years after former infantry officer Daniel Choi came out on a talk show as a gay service member - an event that led to his discharge - the Iraq war veteran says he will re-enlist in the U.S. Army following Tuesday's repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
J. David Hacker / Opinionator:
Recounting the Dead  —  Even as Civil War history has gone through several cycles of revision, one thing has remained fixed: the number of dead.  Since about 1900, historians and the general public have assumed that 618,222 men died on both sides.  That number is probably a significant undercount, however.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
Chart of the Day: ‘Buffett Rule’ Wouldn't Bring In Much Revenue  —  This week, President Obama announced a new way for the government to make more money: put a floor on the tax rates that millionaires face.  He coined the idea the “Buffett Rule,” after billionaire investor Warren Buffett …
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Yahoo! News:
FACT CHECK: Are rich taxed less than secretaries?
George Stephanopoulos / Politics:
UN Ambassador Susan Rice Fires Back at Mitt Romney and Rick Perry: Don't ‘Play Politics’ with Diplomacy  —  President Obama faces a diplomatic thicket at the UN this week, and it's drawing fire from the Republicans who want to replace him.  This morning on “GMA,” Obama's UN Ambassador fired back.
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Economic pessimism deepens, and more blame Obama  —  WASHINGTON - Americans' pessimism about the economy and its future is deepening, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, and they are increasingly willing to hold President Obama responsible for hard times.  —  Eight of 10 say the economy …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple's Next Event to Be Held on October 4, Starring Its New CEO  —  That's the day Apple is currently expected to hold its next big media event, according to sources close to the situation, where the tech giant will unveil the next iteration of its popular iPhone.
 
 
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Illinois among worst states to do business: Survey
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In Cuts to Health Programs, Experts See Difficult Task in Protecting Patients
Discussion: Healthwatch
ProPublica:
Our Sputtering Economy by the Numbers: Poverty Edition
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Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
‘Just go be Joe’: Obama lets Biden loose on the campaign trail
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Associated Press:
Court halts Texas execution of ex-Army recruiter
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