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3:20 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.
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USA Today:
Romney discusses Perry, Palin and the polls  —  Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney was interviewed by phone Wednesday by USA TODAY's Susan Page.  Questions and answers have been edited for space and clarity.  —  Q: Does Gov. Perry's position on Social Security …
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.
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 …
Ed Kilgore / The New Republic:   Florida Will Decide the GOP Nominee. Who Has the Upper Hand There?
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Romney beating Perry in Arizona poll
Discussion: CNN
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Debate Preview: Six Things to Watch
The Politico:
Vote shows Boehner's lack of control  —  House Republicans tried a fresh strategy Wednesday night: Go it alone on a spending bill.  —  The result was an embarrassing setback.  —  Wednesday night's rank-and-file rebuke of GOP leadership — with 48 Republicans bolting on a temporary spending bill …
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Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
GOP House leaders rebuked on spending  —  The surprise defeat in the House Wednesday of a special funding measure to keep the federal government functioning past Sept. 30 was a sharp rebuke of the GOP leadership that controls the chamber and a testament to the fragility of the majority itself.
NationalJournal.com:
House Republicans Regrouping on CR, Pondering Two Options
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner chastises conservatives: You voted to spend more money
Discussion: The Politico and Guardian
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Conservatives Stop New Boehner CR That Permitted Funding for Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, Palestinian Authority
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Andrew Taylor / Business Week:
House disaster vote sets up showdown with Senate
Discussion: The Reaction
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.
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Ann Coulter / Official:
COP-KILLER IS MEDIA'S LATEST BABY SEAL  —  For decades, liberals tried persuading Americans to abolish the death penalty, using their usual argument: hysterical sobbing.  —  Only when the media began lying about innocent people being executed did support for the death penalty begin to waver …
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
The Night They Killed Troy Davis
Discussion: Colorlines
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: CNN and Hit & Run
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Grassley: Fire the $16-muffin buyer
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
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Steve Clemons / The Atlantic Online:
Obama Tells Palestinians to Stay in Back of Bus
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...
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.
Tim Mak / Reuters:
Bill Clinton: Rick Perry's like Israeli ‘militants’  —  Former president Bill Clinton suggested Thursday that Texas Gov. Rick Perry was ideologically in line with “militant subgroups in Israel” and was too willing to let the Jewish state do whatever it wants.
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Rick Perry Rewrites His Own History Again, Claims He Never Considered Secession
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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
Washington Post:
Solyndra employees: Company suffered from mismanagement, heavy spending  —  Former employees of Solyndra, the shuttered solar company that exhausted half a billion dollars of taxpayer money, said they saw questionable spending by management almost as soon as a federal agency approved …
Paul Krugman:
Millionaires, The Middle Class, and Taxes — Actual Numbers  —  Further to this post about whether the Obama/Boo-Fay — sorry, Obama/ Buffett with two t's - claim is true: the Tax Policy Center has new numbers about the distribution of average tax rates by income class.
Paul Krugman:
Meh — And I Mean That  —  OK, the Fed moved.  It was a bit stronger than expected — and BB and company stood up to the GOP.  —  But seriously, they're trying to use a water pistol to stop a charging rhino.  —  Conventional monetary policy operates by changing the supply of monetary base, which is a unique, uniquely liquid asset.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Class warfare, Elizabeth Warren style  —  This must-watch clip of Elizabeth Warren aggressively rebutting the GOP's “class warfare” charge is burning up the internet, and once you watch it, you'll understand why:  —  Warren's camp tells me the event took place in Andover, Massachusetts last month …
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
 
 
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