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3:50 PM ET, September 13, 2010

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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Too Close to Call in Delaware  —  It looks like there's a real possibility of a major upset in the Delaware Senate primary on Tuesday night, with insurgent conservative Christine O'Donnell leading longtime Congressman and Governor Mike Castle 47-44.  That 3 point lead is well within the poll's margin of error.
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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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Paul Mirengoff over at Powerline
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Conservative group didn't think O'Donnell could win in Del.
Discussion: ABCNEWS, CNN and The Note
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
2 Insurgents Could Hurt G.O.P. Chances for Senate Takeover
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Ayotte holding on  —  Kelly Ayotte's had a quite a dramatic fall …
Discussion: The Note, ABCNEWS and Ballot Box
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Forbes Embraces Birtherism Lite.  —  Sometimes it's best to think of racism as intellectual laziness.  That is, it reflects a failure to evaluate people for who they actually are, because its easier to slip them into a familiar, predetermined category that doesn't upset other related conclusions a person might have come to as a result.
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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 …
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Pelosi has pocketed nearly twice as much lobbyist cash as Boehner  —  If you read this weekend's New York Times' hit job on would-be Speaker John Boehner and his “lobbyist friends,” you might think, as the reporter clearly thinks, that John Boehner is cozier with lobbyists than most powerful politicians are.
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Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Democrats challenge Nancy Pelosi on taxes  —  Red-district Democrats are pressuring Speaker Nancy Pelosi to extend Bush-era income tax rates for all brackets, revealing a high-stakes rift between the party's vulnerable moderates and its safe liberals as the issue increasingly dominates the national debate.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
McConnell Spox: No Pledge From GOP Members To Filibuster Tax Cut Bill
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Lieberman Favors Extension of Bush-Era Tax Rates
Discussion: Economist's View
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 …
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Tea party outreach courts Jews  —  Tea partiers have downplayed the lack of diversity in their ranks, but on Monday one of the movement's leading organizers announced a new initiative to reach out to racial, ethnic and religious minorities - and their first target this High Holiday season are Jews.
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Chris Smith / New York Magazine:
America Is a Joke  —  The worst of times for politics and media has been the best of times for The Daily Show's host—and unfortunately things are getting even funnier.  —  I  —  t's hard to top a kick in the nuts.  —  Especially when the kicker is Linda McMahon, the Connecticut Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate.
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 …
Alyssa McDonald / New Statesman:
The NS Interview: Noam Chomsky  —  “President Obama is involved in war crimes right now”  —  Do you consider yourself to be primarily a scientist or a political activist?  —  If the world would go away, I would be happy to keep to the science, which is much more interesting and challenging.
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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Noam Chomsky: ‘President Obama Is Involved In War Crimes Right Now’
msnbc.com:
The Exit Interviews: Sen. Bob Bennett  —  Q: What things do you think are most misunderstood by the public about being a senator or how Congress works?  —  A: They have no understanding of what we do.  They expect that we spend most of our time on the Senate floor debating.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
China, Japan, America  —  Last week Japan's minister of finance declared that he and his colleagues wanted a discussion with China about the latter's purchases of Japanese bonds, to “examine its intention” — diplomat-speak for “Stop it right now.”  The news made me want to bang my head against the wall in frustration.
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
Mike / The Investigative Project on Terrorism:
Ground Zero Mosque Group Includes 9/11 Denier  —  In his interview with CNN's Soledad O'Brien on Wednesday, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf defended his plans to build a mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero, saying “You cannot heal a trauma by walking away from it.  We have to sit down.
Ezra Klein:
Welcome back, Congress  —  Congress is back in session today, and it's got a lot on its agenda.  A food safety bill, for instance.  The Bush tax cuts.  An infrastructure bank.  Ratification of the START treaty.  But as Brookings' Thomas Mann says in this preview, they're not likely to actually do any of it.
Discussion: Brookings Institute and TalkLeft
Lawrence Wright / New Yorker:
INTOLERANCE  —  When a dozen cartoons satirizing the Prophet Mohammed appeared in the conservative Danish daily Jyllands-Posten, in September, 2005, there was only a muted outcry from the small Danish Muslim community, and little reaction in the rest of the Muslim world.
 
 
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