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10:50 PM ET, September 13, 2010

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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Echoing Clinton's famous line, Obama tries to connect with voters  —  President Obama told a small crowd in Fairfax, Va., on Monday that he would stand in the hot sun with them and “feel their pain.”  —  He was meeting with a Fairfax family for a backyard discussion on the economy in an effort …
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Timothy R. Homan / Bloomberg:
Rich Americans Save Tax Cuts Instead of Spending, Moody's Says  —  Hand the wealthiest Americans a tax cut and history suggests they will save the money rather than spend it.  —  Tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 under President George W. Bush were followed by increases in the saving rate among the rich …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Elevating John Boehner (and will it work)  —  The White House has become very interested in House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) of late.  —  In a speech last week in Ohio, President Barack Obama mentioned Boehner a whopping eight times(!) and White House surrogates spent …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democratic Ad Casts Boehner in a Central Role  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats are again stepping up their effort to elevate Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio into a symbol of the Republican Party virtually equivalent to the elephant.  And in doing so, they are executing a strategy intended …
Discussion: The Politico
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
House Dems Will Not Force Vote On Middle Class Tax Cuts
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Cantor, Ryan distance themselves from Boehner on middle class tax cuts
Discussion: TPMDC
The Huffington Post:
Tom Ross, Delaware GOP Chair, Threatened With ‘Bullet In The Head’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The chairman of the Delaware Republican Party received a death threat last week over his support for Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del) over Tea Party challenger Christine O'Donnell in the state's upcoming Senate primary …
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Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Charles Krauthammer Slams Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint Over Delaware Endorsement  —  On Monday's edition of Fox News' “Special Report with Bret Beir,” columnist Charles Krauthammer criticized former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Sen. Jim Demint (R-SC) for endorsing Delaware Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell …
Discussion: GOP 12
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
2 Insurgents Could Hurt G.O.P. Chances for Senate Takeover  —  Tomorrow's primaries in New York and six other states - the last of the 2010 cycle, save for Saturday's primary in Hawaii and a runoff in Louisiana on Oct. 2 — originally looked as though they'd have little impact on the electoral landscape.
Aharding / CNN:
Palin robocall for Christine O'Donnell
Discussion: The Page and Ballot Box
ABCNEWS:
Delaware Senate Race: A Kamikaze Republican and the Tea Party
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Christine O'Donnell Targeting ‘Hillary Democrats’ …
The Note:
From the Campaign Notebook - Delaware: The GOP Primary and the Candidates
Discussion: Mediaite
David Catanese / The Politico:
Mike Castle: Outsiders trying to ‘take me out’
David Frum / FrumForum:
Gingrich: Obama Wants Whitey's Money  —  Newt Gingrich upped the rhetoric against the president on Friday night.  Interviewed by National Review's Robert Costa, Gingrich cited Dinesh D'Souza's cover story in Forbes. … With the Forbes story and now the Gingrich endorsement …
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Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Reid to schedule 'Don't Ask' vote next week  —  The Washington Blade has learned that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) intends to schedule a vote next week on major defense budget legislation that contains “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” repeal language, regardless of any objection from members of the U.S. Senate.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MCCONNELL BREAKS WITH BOEHNER, WILL FIGHT MIDDLE-CLASS TAX BREAKS. …
Sherry Devlin / Missoula Editor:
We didn't “sneak in” to Sarah Palin's speech  —  First: This blogpost is not about politics.  —  Second: Contrary to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's warning to the standing-room-only crowd at this afternoon's Teen Challenge fundraiser in Missoula, the media did not “sneak in” to her speech.
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Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Paranoid Palin Hunts For Media ‘Moles’ At Montana Speech
Discussion: News Hounds
Michelle Malkin:
Document drop: Breaking: DOJ Inspector General will investigate Obama voting rights record  —  Just obtained this letter from Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine to members of Congress informing them that he will open up a review of the Obama administration's selective enforcement …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and JOSHUAPUNDIT
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Halperin's Take: Brown Escalates War of Words With Bill Clinton  —  HALPERIN'S TAKE: The Whitman ad is probably the best TV spot by any campaign all cycle.  Clinton and Brown have always had a rough relationship, which probably hit rock bottom...  ... in 1992, when, in the same debate …
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Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Jerry Brown: “I Did Not Have Taxes With This State” UPDATED
Discussion: Washington Wire, The Fix, CNN and Calbuzz
Michelle Malkin:
What will — and won't — get you banned from the U.S.  —  President Obama's Department of Homeland Security and State Department are hard at work making sure that no drunk foreign teens who call the commander-in-chief names ever set foot in our country.  —  Feel safer?
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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Michiko Kakutani / New York Times:
Digging for the Roots of Conservative Rage  —  In his new book, “The Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters, and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama,” the progressive journalist Will Bunch serves up his own anatomy of the Tea Party movement, that loose agglomeration of right-wing insurgents …
Discussion: Philly.com
Martin Peretz / The New Republic:
An Apology  —  Nicholas Kristof and I do not see the world—and America's role in it—in the same way.  I have sometimes expressed my disagreements with his opinions vociferously (vociferousness is my business).  But in yesterday's The New York Times, he quotes two sentences that I recently wrote …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Liberal despair: Age of irrationality  —  A couple of influential writers broadly in sympathy with Obama today float the same notion: That we're living in a fundamentally unreasonable age, that voters basically can't be trusted, and that democracy is just barely muddling through.
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Hullabaloo and RedState
Leon H. Wolf / The New Ledger:
Meghan McCain's Dirty, Sexy Politics  —  On June 20, 2002, the United States Supreme Court decreed, in the case of Atkins v. Virginia, that the mildly mentally retarded were categorically exempt from capital punishment, reasoning that fully functional adults of diminished mental capacity …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and AmSpecBlog
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Generic Ballot Splits 48% for GOP, 43% for Dems  —  Republicans close to unanimous in supporting GOP candidates  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Forty-eight percent of registered voters favor Republican congressional candidates and 43% favor Democratic candidates in Gallup's national generic ballot for the week of Sept. 6-12.
Discussion: TPMDC, The Huffington Post and The Hill
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Signs of a Democratic Rebound?  —  Connecticut Senate - Many race watchers had pegged the Connecticut Senate race as an “upset special.”  After all, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal had committed what looked a self-inflicted wound when it was discovered that he had exaggerated his military service.
 
 
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