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5:55 PM ET, September 22, 2011

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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Obama and Perry, geese and ganders  —  The New York Times has an item this morning about tonight's Republican debate, and it featured this Getty Images photograph, taken before the start of last week's debate.  —  It wouldn't be especially interesting, except I also remember seeing this photograph several hundred times four years ago.
Discussion: The Caucus and Joe. My. God.
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David Shepardson / Detroit News:
McCotter drops out of race for GOP presidential nomination  —  Washington— Livonia Rep. Thaddeus McCotter told The Detroit News this afternoon that he is leaving the race for the Republican presidential nomination after he failed to win access to the Republican presidential debates.
Gallup:
More Voters Considering Romney Than Obama, Perry  —  Sixty-two percent would definitely vote for Romney or consider doing so  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More registered voters say they would definitely vote for Mitt Romney or might consider doing so (62%) than say the same about his two main rivals …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Handicapping the GOP Debate  —  The candidate with the best economic platform likely will prevail.  —  As Republicans gather in Florida for Thursday's Fox News-Google presidential debate in Orlando, the contest remains very fluid, raising the stakes (and hopes) for all nine candidates.
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Romney beating Perry in Arizona poll
Discussion: CNN
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Bill Clinton Weighs In On Troy Davis Execution … Bill Clinton , Capital Punishment , Death Penalty , Video , Clinton Global Initiative , Troy Davis Case , Bill Clinton Capital Punishment , Bill Clinton Death Penalty , Bill Clinton Troy Davis , Troy Davis , Troy Davis Execution , Troy Davis Execution Date , Politics News
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John Hawkins / The Huffington Post:
Why Do Liberals Have Such a Soft Spot for Cop Killers Like Troy Davis?  —  Mumia Abu-Jamal killed Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.  Leonard Peltier murdered FBI agents Jack Coler and Ronald Williams.  Liberals enthusiastically supported both of them.
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
The Night They Killed Troy Davis
Discussion: Colorlines
Ann Coulter / Official:
COP-KILLER IS MEDIA'S LATEST BABY SEAL
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Great $16 Muffin Myth  —  I've been reading all day about the $16 muffins the Department of Justice served at one of its conferences, and I finally got curious about this.  Is it really true?  So I went to the DOJ Inspector General's website, got the report, and searched for “muffin.”
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Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Sen. Grassley Says Heads Should ‘Roll’ Over Non-Existent $16 Muffin Scandal
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and Hit & Run
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner chastises conservatives: You voted to spend more money  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) delivered a tough message to conservatives who rejected his government funding bill on Wednesday: You voted to spend more money.  —  Four dozen House Republicans broke ranks and opposed …
Discussion: The Politico, TPMDC, Daily Kos and Guardian
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NationalJournal.com:
House Republicans Regrouping on CR, Pondering Two Options  —  House Republicans will meet on Thursday afternoon to discuss their options to move forward on a short-term bill to fund the federal government that their party failed to pass a day earlier.  —  House GOP leadership aides …
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Conservatives Stop New Boehner CR That Permitted Funding for Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, Palestinian Authority
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Steve Jones / Telegraph:
CERN scientists ‘break the speed of light’  —  Scientists said on Thursday they recorded particles travelling faster than light - a finding that could overturn one of Einstein's fundamental laws of the universe.  —  Antonio Ereditato, spokesman for the international group of researchers …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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Frank Jordans / Associated Press:
CERN claims faster-than-light particle measured … GENEVA (AP) — Scientists at the world's largest physics lab say they have clocked subatomic particles traveling faster than light, a feat that - if true - would break a fundamental pillar of science.  —  The readings have so astounded researchers …
Larry Flynt / TMZ.com:
Gunning for Rick Perry  —  Hustler Magazine publisher Larry Flynt is putting GOP Presidential candidate Rick Perry in his crosshairs ... he'll be offering up to $1 million for anyone who can prove Perry has had an illicit sexual liaison ... TMZ has learned.  —  The ad — which Flynt …
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Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
Explosive Email Shows Anti-Palin Author McGinniss, Random House Likely Published Literary Hoax  —  The awful launch week for the over-hyped, expected bestseller The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, by controversial author Joe McGinniss, just got worse.  Much worse.
Publications:
Who Benefited from Job Growth In Texas?  —  A Look at Employment Gains for Immigrants and the Native-Born, 2007 to 2011  —  Steven A. Camarota is the Director of Research and Ashley Monique Webster a demographerat the Center for Immigration Studies.  —  Governor Rick Perry (R-Texas) …
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David Frum / FrumForum:
The Texas Non-Miracle  —  About all those new jobs created under Gov. Rick Perry...
Discussion: National Review
Anne Bayefsky / Weekly Standard:
Palestine Logo Suggests Elimination of Israel  —  The logo of “the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations” - on their website and on top of their official statements at the U.N. - shows the Palestinian Authority's claim to a Palestine that stretches throughout …
Scott McPherson / Advocate:
MAP: Which Countries Enlist Gay Soldiers?  —  The United States is now one of 26 countries worldwide that welcome gays and lesbians in the military, according to the Palm Center.  —  The United States is now one of 26 countries worldwide that welcome gays and lesbians in the military, according to the Palm Center.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
Voting to Hire a Chief Without Meeting Him  —  The mystery isn't why Hewlett-Packard is likely to part ways with its chief executive, Léo Apotheker, after just a year in the job.  It's why he was hired in the first place.  —  The answer, say many involved in the process, lies squarely with the troubled Hewlett-Packard board.
David Lat / Above the Law:
Judicial Diva Gone Wild?  Chief Judge Jones Tells Judge Dennis to ‘Shut Up’  —  Chief Judge Edith Jones: Underneath her robe beats a judicial diva's heart.  —  Can you enforce civility by being... uncivil?  That's the question being raised, over and over again, by federal judges from Texas these days.
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Republicans demand Buffett's tax returns  —  The GOP is making a concerted effort to pressure billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett to release his tax returns to the public.  —  Republicans say Buffett — the public face of Obama's proposed “Buffett Rule” to increase taxes on the wealthy …
Discussion: Politics, TPMDC and Mother Jones
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Is Irish Austerity Paying Dividends?  —  Last year, the failure of Irish austerity was on the lips of every left-wing wonk in America.  Paul Krugman, the leader of this school of thought, has compared austerity to bloodletting and other such primitive medical quackery (a comparison he repeated a couple of days ago).
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Five Million Dollar Man  —  How government unions rip off the taxpayer.  —  In his Labor Day speech in Detroit, Barack Obama issued a ringing endorsement of government employee unions: … From the president's hometown comes an example of what he is actually supporting.
Spectator:
The great euro swindle  —  Finally, the Eurosceptics have been vindicated.  But will their dishonest opponents ever be held to account?  —  Very rarely in political history has any faction or movement enjoyed such a complete and crushing victory as the Conservative Eurosceptics.  The field is theirs.
Discussion: National Review
Matt Bai / The 6th Floor:
Obama's Tax Déjà Vu  —  After several dispiriting months of watching their president try and fail to find consensus with Republicans, liberals are once again feeling buoyant this week.  That's because President Obama has at last adopted a defiantly populist tone …
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
At hearing, supercommittee members display eagerness to tackle tax reform  —  The members of the new deficit-reduction supercommittee were hopeful Thursday that they could step up to the plate and tackle tax reform, saying it could be key to driving job growth.
Discussion: The Politico
Ed Kilgore / The New Republic:
Florida Will Decide the GOP Nominee.  Who Has the Upper Hand There?  —  When Rick Perry lays down his head on Saturday night, he's going to be one tired Texan.  By then, the consensus GOP front-runner will have endured a 48-hour gauntlet of events in Orlando, Florida, including …
Chris Bertram / Crooked Timber:
Contradictory beliefs  —  It isn't a good thing to have contradictory beliefs.  Since I've notice what appear to be such beliefs in myself recently, I thought I'd share, both because I guess that there are others out there who also have them, and in the hope that Crooked Timber's community …
Discussion: Unfogged and The Other McCain
Chapman University:
Dr. John C. Eastman  —  Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service and Founding Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, former Dean  —  Dr. John C. Eastman is the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service at Chapman University School of Law …
 
 
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Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
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Rob Moritz / Arkansas News:
Missing moon rock found among Clinton's papers
Discussion: Politics, The Politico and Reuters
Yahoo! News:
AP IMPACT: NYPD eyed US citizens in intel effort
Discussion: Truthdig and emptywheel
Paul Krugman:
What Profit Hath A Man Of All His Labor?
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Dennis G. Jacobs: Case study in judicial pathology
Discussion: LAW.com and Mother Jones
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
By ‘sheer coincidence,’ Obama targets Boehner, McConnell
Discussion: The Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Joe Walsh: Media Will Protect Obama In 2012 Because He Is Black
Discussion: CNSNews and Raw Replay
Tim Mak / The Politico:
U.S., allies walk out on Iran leader
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
If we want to help tech companies, let's help tech companies
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
A Huge Thank-You To IVP And RRE For Giving Us A Boatload Of Money
New York Times:
Mullen: Pakistan's Spy Agency Supported U.S. Embassy Attack
Discussion: New York Magazine
Ian / CBS Los Angeles:
KNX 1070 EXCLUSIVE: Feds Probe Possible Arabic-Type Markings On Southwest Jets
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Paul Krugman:
Millionaires, The Middle Class, and Taxes — Actual Numbers