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8:00 PM ET, September 12, 2010


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David Herszenhorn / New York Times:
House G.O.P. Leader Signals He's Open to Obama Tax Cut  —  WASHINGTON — The House Republican leader, Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, said on Sunday that he was prepared to vote in favor of legislation that would let the Bush-era tax cuts expire for the wealthiest Americans …
David S Morgan / CBS News:
Boehner: I'll Drop Tax Cut for Rich If I Have To  —  House Minority Leader Disputes Obama's Claim GOP Blocks Tax Cuts for Middle Class; Says Spending Cuts Only Way to Create Jobs  —  (CBS) The leading Republican in the House, and a vocal proponent of allowing an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts …
The Politico:
John Boehner speaks of tax compromise  —  A Senate Democratic leadership aide, meanwhile, sought to use Boehner's remarks to turn the pressure on Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, telling POLITICO, “It's encouraging to see that Boehner is where a majority of the American people are when it comes to extending Bush era tax cuts.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Boehner would vote for limited tax cuts if that's ‘the only option’
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
The Hill:
New chairman: Unemployment ‘going to stay high’ in near term
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Gateway Pundit and Raw Story
Boehner says he'd vote for Democratic tax proposal
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Gingrich predicts Republican takeover that could trump party's gains in 1994
Discussion: The Politico
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
A Harsh Thing I Should Have Said (Martin Peretz Dept)  —  Usually you regret the harsh things you say more than the harsh things you decide not to say.  At least, that's how it usually turns out for me.  —  Here's an exception.  Earlier this week I wrote an item about an incredible instance …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHEN GINGRICH LOSES HIS MIND.... Obama Derangement Syndrome can take some strange people to some strange places.  Disgraced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), in all his pseudo-intellectual glory, has become so enveloped in his own garbage, he appears to have suffered some kind of severe head trauma.
Robert Costa / National Review:
Gingrich: Obama's ‘Kenyan, anti-colonial’ worldview
Jeremy Schulman / Media Matters for America:
Gingrich: Obama is engaged in “Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior”
Discussion: driftglass and Mother Jones
Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck appear together in Anchorage  —  Former Gov. Sarah Palin and her “buddy” Glenn Beck appeared in front of thousands of fans in Anchorage on Saturday night, Palin's first big speaking appearance in Alaska since she resigned after two and a half years as governor last summer.
Discussion: Washington Wire and Wonkette
Mark Leibovich / The Caucus:
A Dream Team Addresses Alaska
Discussion: Mediaite, Gawker and GOP 12
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Palin Welcomes Murkowski to Alaskan Election Race, Calls Effort ‘Futile’
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Giuliani: Imam behind NYC mosque plan puts ‘confrontation’ first  —  Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) on Sunday strongly criticized Feisal Abdul Rauf, the imam seeking to build an Islamic community center and mosque near Ground Zero.  —  “He seems by his actions to be more interested …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Imam: Palin on mosque was ‘disingenuous’; controversy exploited  —  The imam behind a mosque project near Ground Zero said in an interview that “certain politicians” were exploiting the controversy.  —  The imam behind a mosque project near Ground Zero said in an interview aired Sunday that …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Politico
The Politico:
GOP W.H. contenders map slow start  —  For decades it has been a truism that presidential campaigns just keep starting earlier and earlier.  The 2012 Republican contest is hitting the brakes on that historic trend.  —  Even with President Barack Obama's numbers slipping …
Discussion: Guardian and GOP 12
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
When Peggy Left Barry
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Time for This Big Dog to Bite Back
Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:
Russia Uses Microsoft to Suppress Dissent  —  IRKUTSK, Russia — It was late one afternoon in January when a squad of plainclothes police officers arrived at the headquarters of a prominent environmental group here.  They brushed past the staff with barely a word and instead set upon the computers before carting them away.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Citing “Mental Anguish,” Christine O'Donnell Sought $6.9 Million in Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against Conservative Group  —  Court documents obtained Saturday by THE WEEKLY STANDARD reveal surprising new details about the gender discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit filed …
Turkey backs constitutional changes  —  Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (left) and Turkish President Abdullah Gul cast their votes  —  Turkish voters have given strong backing to a package of constitutional changes.  —  With nearly all votes in the referendum counted, about 58% had voted “Yes” to amending the constitution.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and PoliBlog
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
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Discussion: The Politico
Richard Brookhiser / Wall Street Journal:
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Rod Nordland / New York Times:
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Hoyer: Dems won't lose the House