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2:05 PM ET, September 22, 2011

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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.
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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.
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Romney beating Perry in Arizona poll
Discussion: CNN
Ed Kilgore / The New Republic:   Florida Will Decide the GOP Nominee. Who Has the Upper Hand There?
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Debate Preview: Six Things to Watch
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.
Discussion: Confederate Yankee and Hullabaloo
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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 …
Kim Severson / New York Times:
Davis Is Executed in Georgia
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.
Andrew Taylor / Business Week:
House disaster vote sets up showdown with Senate
Discussion: The Reaction
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
House GOP flubs vote, inches closer to shutdown
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Obama Stumps for Jobs Bill in GOP Leaders' Turf
Discussion: The Politico and msnbc.com
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: Hit & Run and CNN
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
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 …
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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 …
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Tiffany Gabbay / TheBlaze.com:
ELIZABETH WARREN ON CLASS WARFARE: ‘THERE IS NOBODY IN THIS COUNTRY WHO GOT RICH ON HIS OWN’
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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
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.
Discussion: Don Surber
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) …
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.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Whitman Expected to Get HP CEO Nod After Markets Close (and Not for the Interim Either)  —  Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman is poised to be named the new CEO of Hewlett-Packard later today after the markets are closed, said multiple sources close to the situation.
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Census: Recession taking toll on young adults  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the recession's lost generation.  —  In record-setting numbers, young adults struggling to find work are shunning long-distance moves to live with Mom and Dad, delaying marriage and buying fewer homes, often raising kids out of wedlock.
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.
 
 
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Julian Pecquet / Healthwatch:
Internal email says controversial CLASS health office to close
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Ian / CBS Los Angeles:
KNX 1070 EXCLUSIVE: Feds Probe Possible Arabic-Type Markings On Southwest Jets
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Chris Bertram / Crooked Timber:
Contradictory beliefs  —  It isn't a good thing to have contradictory beliefs.
Discussion: The Other McCain and Unfogged
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Clinton, context, and coverage — a case study
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Conservatives Stop New Boehner CR That Permitted Funding for Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, Palestinian Authority
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Look Out Below, Post FOMC Version
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
 Earlier Items: 
Fox News:
Fox News-Google Debate Draws Nearly 20,000 Viewer Questions
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Public Said to Be Misled on Use of the Patriot Act
Washington Examiner:
Soros turns up in Obama's LightSquared imbroglio
Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
Rangel's portrait to be unveiled on Capitol Hill