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10:45 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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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.
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
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.
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Administration Tells Regulated Industry That There Will Be “Zero Tolerance” for Alleged “Misinformation” in Industry's Statements About Government Policy  —  From the Department of Health & Human Services: … The precise nature of the threat — as with so many threats — is not made entirely clear …
Discussion: TigerHawk
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DeAnn Komanecky / Savannah Morning News:
Effingham deputies call feds after arresting Russians with shovel, wire cutters outside Georgia Power plant  —  SPRINGFIELD — Effingham County sheriff deputies have reported the early Sunday morning arrest of three men to the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Tom Krisher / Associated Press:
New GM CEO's pay package worth $9 million  —  DETROIT - New General Motors Co. CEO Daniel Akerson will get the same $9 million pay package as the man he replaced, Ed Whitacre.  —  Akerson, a former telecommunications industry and private equity executive, will receive $1.7 million in annual salary …
Discussion: protein wisdom
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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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 …
Discussion: NEMS360.com and Hullabaloo
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Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
Did Megan McArdle Really Graduate from a Business School?
Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
Robert Spencer: Jesus Would Have Burned Qurans Too  —  Jihad Watch “director” Robert Spencer must be getting pumped up for the big day of rabble rousing tomorrow; usually he's more careful with his rhetoric.  He just posted a link to an article arguing that Jesus would have burned Qurans just like psycho preacher Terry Jones.
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Islam controversies cast shadow over 9/11 events  —  NEW YORK (AP) - They will read the names, of course, the names of every victim who died in the Sept. 11 attacks.  The bells will ring.  And then that moment of unity will give way to division as activists hoist signs and march …
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: Scared Monkeys and Mother Jones
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Burris to high court: Let me run  —  CHICAGO - Illinois Sen. Roland Burris is taking his fight to serve out the final weeks of his appointed Senate term to the Supreme Court.  —  A federal court ruled earlier this year that only the candidates running for a full Senate term on Nov. 2 …
Discussion: Beltway Confidential and Wonkette
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Tax Cuts May Prove Better for Politicians Than for Economy  —  With Congressional midterm elections looming, the financial debate in Washington this fall will probably be consumed by one incendiary and expensive issue: whether, and how, to extend the multitrillion-dollar Bush tax cuts.
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 …
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.
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
The White House:
Readout of the President's call with Specialist Salvatore Giunta  —  Yesterday, President Obama spoke with Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta to inform him that he will be awarded the Medal of Honor for acts of gallantry at the risk of his life that went above and beyond the call of duty.
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National Review:
The Next Hoover  —  With his inability to fix the economy …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Obama Press Conference: Terry Jones and the Democrats' Health …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Tough Road for Snowe
Discussion: Daily Kos and TPMDC
Howard Kurtz:
Fox draws the line on pastor
Discussion: Z on TV and The Wire
Marcus Stern / USA Today:
U.S. shifts approach to deporting illegal immigrants
Discussion: 24Ahead and Washington Post
Angela Tchou / Slate:
Not in the Oval Office.
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Gawker.TV:
Jon Stewart: MSNBC Should Take Notes From Fox News
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
Blackwater founder Erik Prince targets Democrats in memoir
Discussion: Raw Story, Emptywheel and TPMMuckraker
The White House:
Press Conference by President Obama
Tony Mauro / The BLT:
Kagan Recuses in Ten More Cases
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Exiting The Imperial Presidency.
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