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1:45 AM ET, September 11, 2010

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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
NRA backs Tea Party candidate in Delaware  —  The National Rifle Association endorsed conservative commentator Christine O'Donnell Friday in Delaware's Republican Senate primary.  The Tea Party-backed O'Donnell is looking to upset Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) on Tuesday.
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Jessica Taylor / The Politico:
DeMint backs O'Donnell, Lamontagne  —  South Carolina Republican Jim DeMint is bucking his party's establishment yet again, endorsing two insurgent Senate picks just ahead of their competitive primaries Tuesday.  —  In a series of late Friday night tweets, the conservative senator announced …
Discussion: Power Line
CNN:
O'Donnell picks up another big endorsement  —  (CNN) - Add another prominent Republican to the list of conservatives and conservative organizations who have endorsed Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell.  —  South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint announced Friday night his endorsement of the Tea Party-endorsed candidate.
Reuters:
Florida pastor's daughter says “he needs help”  —  BERLIN — The estranged daughter of a U.S. pastor who has threatened to burn copies of the Koran believes he has gone mad and needs help, she said in a German media interview conducted on Friday.  —  Emma Jones, who lives in Germany …
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Howard Kurtz:
Fox draws the line on pastor
Discussion: The Wire and Z on TV
Tom Kavanagh / Politics Daily:
Rush Limbaugh, Pastor Terry Jones Were High School Classmates
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Guilt By High School Classmate
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Jones hits morning shows, but won't be flying with ABC
Discussion: First Draft, The Hill, Salon and Romenesko
The Politico:
PRESIDENT OBAMA GOES RINGLESS AT PRESSER  —  Sometimes, a White House press conference can be a chance for a president to take some weight off his shoulders ... but weight off his fingers?  —  Eagle-eyed reporters noticed that President Barack Obama wasn't sporting his wedding ring during Friday's White House press conference.
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT and Althouse
Samuel G. Freedman / New York Times:
Muslim Prayer Room Was Part of Life at Twin Towers  —  Sometime in 1999, a construction electrician received a new work assignment from his union.  The man, Sinclair Hejazi Abdus-Salaam, was told to report to 2 World Trade Center, the southern of the twin towers.
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New York Post:
One block between Ground Zero mosque and human remains  —  Tweet  —  Here's the chilling proof that Ground Zero stretches well beyond the boundaries of the World Trade Center site, and reaches close to the proposed mosque and community center.  —  A map compiled by firefighters …
Discussion: The Awl, Gawker.TV, Salon and Raw Story
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Sebelius: insurers who criticize ObamaCare may get locked out of system  —  Does ObamaCare trump the First Amendment?  HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius must think so.  Yesterday, after apparently tiring of criticism of the new law from the companies it will eventually put out of business …
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United States Department of Health and Human Services:
Sebelius calls on health insurers to stop misinformation and unjustified rate increases  —  Affordable Care Act will help lower costs and crack down on unjustified rate increases  —  WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote America's …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Mississippi Congressional Race Shows Futility of Making Benefit Cuts to Social Security  —  RJ Eskow reported yesterday on a rumored deal coming out of the deficit commission on Social Security.  It sounds like a really bad version of progressive price indexing, where benefits are cut …
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Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
Did Megan McArdle Really Graduate from a Business School?
Tanya Somanader / Think Progress:
Self-Described ‘Christian Counterpart To Osama Bin Laden’ Arrested In Plot To Bomb Abortion Clinic  —  A study released today by former leaders of the 9/11 Commission finds that “terrorism is increasingly taking on an American cast.”  Warning of “a much more diverse threat,” …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Christianist Watch: The Fire Next Time
Discussion: Eunomia
Ryan Seals / News-Record.com:
Concord man charged in plot to bomb abortion clinic
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
G.O.P. Has 2-in-3 Chance of Taking House, Model Forecasts  —  Republicans have a two-in-three chance of claiming a majority of House seats in November, the FiveThirtyEight forecasting model estimates.  And their gains could potentially rival or exceed those made in 1994, when they took a net of 54 seats from the Democrats.
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Read's Top 10 Senate takeovers  —  From NBC's Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** First Read's Top 10 Senate Takeovers: Chew on this: Right now, Republicans have a better chance of flipping West Virginia's Senate seat than Democrats have in picking up the one in Ohio.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
The whole story: How Angle asked for a debate with Reid, how Reid agreed and Angle backed out  —  UPDATE: Here is the statement I received this morning from Angle spokesman Jarrod Agen:  —  “We obviously gave you the wrong signal and I apologize for that.  We have other events planned …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
'IT'S JUST US'.... President Obama hosted an unusually-long White House press conference this morning, which I thought went extremely well for him.  And for the most part, the press corps stuck to substantive issues and avoided some of the more sensationalistic issues of the day.  —  But there were exceptions.
Discussion: Breitbart.tv, The Impolitic and The Awl
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama speaks out for Muslims
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Washington Post:
Obama awards living soldier the Medal of Honor  —  Under a bright Afghan moon, eight U.S. paratroopers trudged along a ridge in the Korengal Valley, unaware they were walking right into a trap.  Less than 20 feet away, a band of Taliban fighters executed the ambush plan perfectly …
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Gawker.TV:
Jon Stewart: MSNBC Should Take Notes From Fox News  —  Tonight, Jon Stewart noted President Obama's shift from bipartisan love machine to Republican-killing campaign shark, and—namely—the media's reaction to it.  The verdict?  MSNBC should emulate Fox News' skew-the-news-to-fit-our-narrative mantra …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
The White House:
Press Conference by President Obama  —  THE PRESIDENT: Have a seat, everybody.  Good morning.  Before I take your questions, I just want to talk a little bit about our continuing efforts to dig ourselves out of this recession and to grow our economy.  —  As I said in Cleveland on Wednesday …
Monica Potts / American Prospect:
How is Lincoln Losing?  —  Earlier this afternoon, Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Rep. John Boozman met for their first official debate in the Arkansas state Senate race.  The particulars of this race are interesting but frustrating: it's hard to see how, whatever the climate, the soft-spoken …
Discussion: Politics Daily and TalkLeft
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Not Paying as You Go  —  Cutting taxes exclusively on rich people is unpopular:  —  Normally you see “moderates” flocking to popular positions, especially when—as in this case—the popular position is also a genuine bit of difference-splitting middle ground.  But that's not the case here.
Discussion: Salon, Ezra Klein and The Plum Line
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans OK Allowing Tax Cuts for Wealthy to Expire
 
 
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