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5:50 PM ET, September 9, 2010

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David Weigel / Weigel:
Palin Endorses O'Donnell in Delaware  —  She called into Sean Hannity's radio show to make official what was hinted at in a late Tuesday night retweet: She backs Christine O'Donnell over Mike Castle in Delaware.  As Hannity describes, also on Twitter:
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Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Christine O'Donnell, running for U.S. Senate in Delaware …
Nicole Allan / The Atlantic Online:
Sarah Palin Endorses Christine O'Donnell
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Elise Viebeck / Ballot Box:
Palin backs Tea Party candidate in Delaware Senate race
Discussion: CNN
Aharding / CNN:   TRENDING: Palin, Beck team up on 9/11 event
David Zurawik / Z on TV:
Fox News says it will not cover burning of Quran  —  In a bold move that is likely to be much discussed in coming days, Fox News said today that it will not cover the burning of the Quran on Saturday if Pastor Terry Jones follows through on his plan to burn copies of Islam's sacred book.
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Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
'The AP will not distribute images or audio that specifically …
Discussion: The Hill and TPMMuckraker
Mike Thomas / Orlando Sentinel:
What if media had ignored Terry Jones?
Discussion: CNN, NewsBusters.org, ABCNEWS and Hot Air
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
President Obama to Pastor Jones: ‘Stunt’ Endangers Troops - Full Transcript of Exclusive Interview  —  I covered a lot of ground with the president in Cleveland yesterday: His decision to make John Boehner the midterm punching bag.  Will he veto a sanction of Bush tax cuts for the wealthy?
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
What Speaker Boehner would do first — Matt Bai thinks Obama may have missed his Mt. Rushmore moment - Kinsley and Scarborough to write columns for POLITICO — Ceci Connolly to McKinsey  —  “THE PRESIDENT TAKES ON THE PASTOR” — PRESIDENT OBAMA on “Good Morning America,” …
Discussion: The Foundry
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
More House Dems balking at ending Bush tax cuts for rich  —  Even as President Obama is mounting a strong stand in favor of letting the Bush tax cuts for the rich expire, and even as he's signaling that it will be a major campaign issue, more and more vulnerable House Dems are bolting in the other direction.
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The Hill:
Momentum builds for extending all of President Bush's tax cuts  —  Momentum built Thursday for extending all of the Bush-era tax cuts after President Obama avoided a veto threat and a key Senate Democrat voiced support for the extension.  —  Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.), a centrist who has been a key vote …
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Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Colin Powell Says Ground Zero Mosque Should Go Forward  —  said Thursday that the Islamic community center and mosque planned near Ground Zero in New York City should go forward.  Powell made his comments during an appearance on ABC's “The View.”  —  “The terrorists win if we become terrified and …
Kenric Ward / sunshinestatenews.com:
Marco Rubio Holds Double-Digit Lead in Senate Race  —  GOP candidate even beats Crist among independent voters, poll finds  —  Republican Marco Rubio, garnering surprising strength among independent voters, holds a double-digit lead over his two chief rivals in Florida's U.S. Senate race, a new Sunshine State News Poll reports.
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Obama's MIA Volunteers: Organizing for America Shrinks  —  What happened to Barack Obama's once vaunted political machine?  The outfit that put upwards of 8 million volunteers on the street in 2008 — known as Organizing for America — is a ghost of its former self.
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
Health Outlays Still Seen Rising  —  The health-care overhaul enacted last spring won't significantly change national health spending over the next decade compared with projections before the law was passed, according to government figures set to be released Thursday.
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Republicans Dominate Medicare Discussions On White House Fiscal Commission
John Stanton / Roll Call:
Murkowski Likely to Lose Leadership Spot if Campaign Continues  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) will likely be forced out of her party leadership position should she decide to launch a write-in or third-party candidacy, a Senate Republican said Wednesday.  —  Murkowski, who conceded …
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Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Shake up: The Tea Partiers are coming to the staid Senate
Discussion: MyDD and Hot Air
Ezra Klein:
Forum: Andy Stern's plan to create 12 million new jobs  —  Late last week, I spoke with former SEIU president and current Georgetown fellow/fiscal commission member Andy Stern about hosting a series of pieces laying out different ideas to kick-start job creation.
Discussion: National Review and Gateway Pundit
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Untamed Prince  —  Marc Ambinder reports on the dictatorial powers held by many in government and upheld yesterday by a judiciary that gives unaccountable power - even the power to torture and kill - a drop-shadow, not a check.  Marc has been following this state secrets issue for a long time …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama wins the right to invoke “State Secrets” to protect Bush crimes
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Fired Up  —  This may win the prize for the worst stump speech ever.  Oh my.  —  Here's the video via Oliver Willis:
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
No Refills  —  In 2009, only 25 new drugs were approved—less than half the number in the mid-'90s.  Why are new pharmaceuticals so hard to bring to market?  Overcautious regulators and profit-hungry conglomerates make easy scapegoats, but they're only partly to blame.
Discussion: The Politico
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Biden: Bush deserves ‘a lot of credit’  —  Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday night said that former President George W. Bush deserves ‘a lot of credit’ for his handling of the initial Iraq war drawdown.  —  Speaking to Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, who conducted a rare …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CRISIS ON THE COURTS.... Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy recently noted the problems with the Senate's inability to confirm judicial nominees.  “It's important for the public to understand that the excellence of the federal judiciary is at risk,” Kennedy said.
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Ground Zero Mosque Imam: If You Don't Build It, They Will Attack  —  Everything we thought about Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf was true.  Tonight, on CNN's Larry King Show, he confirmed it.  —  While the left continues to be romanced by his calm, even and soothing tones, he personally raises …
CNN:
Emanuel cancels Chicago trip  —  White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has canceled a planned trip to Chicago.  —  (CNN) - White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has canceled a planned trip to Chicago this weekend, a move that is further fueling buzz the top Obama aide is considering a Chicago mayoral bid.
Bloomberg:
Super PACs Flourish to Influence U.S. Vote After Companies Freed to Give  —  At least 25 “super PACS,” including one linked to Karl Rove, are fueling a surge in money for this year's elections following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down limits on corporate campaign spending.
David Weigel / Weigel:
Meg Whitman Attacks Jerry Brown With the Ghost of Bill Clinton*  —  Meg Whitman's Republican campaign for governor of California, clearly not done with the decades of video tape they have on Jerry Brown, bring us back to the good old days of the 1992 presidential campaign.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Bryan Fischer / RenewAmerica:
Handle Muslims just like we handle the neo-Nazis  —  Germany is giving us a template on how we handle Muslims: just like we handle neo-Nazis.  —  According to Bloomberg, German police carried out 30 predawn raids against the nation's largest neo-Nazi group two days ago.  —  Why?
 
 
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Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
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