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11:50 AM 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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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Trainwreck A'Comin'  —  Delaware is not normally where you go for exciting politics.  It's a small state, totally dominated for most of the last three or four decades by three or four guys who keep getting reelected, except when they trade one of the state's four major offices and get elected again.
Paul / Power Line:
Are their activists smarter than our activists?  A reply to Mark Levin  —  Earlier this week, Mark Levin responded to one of my posts about the Delaware Senate primary.  In that post, I noted that, in 2006, leftist activists supported less than reliably liberal Democratic candidates …
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Paul Mirengoff over at Powerline
Discussion: Power Line and Riehl World View
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.
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
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
In Ad Wars, Democrats Shy From Ties to Own Party  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Mark Schauer of Michigan does not dwell on the legislation he has voted for during his first term in Congress, which includes the Democratic stimulus plan and health insurance overhaul.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The public hates almost everything Congress has done
Discussion: Say Anything
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress
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.
Michael Barone / Townhall.com:
Gangster Government Stifles Criticism of Obamacare  —  “There will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases.”  —  That sounds like a stern headmistress dressing down some sophomores who have been misbehaving.  But it's actually from a letter sent Thursday …
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Big party week for the Obamas  —  President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have a packed social schedule this week, with two major galas and a reception for college athletes.  —  On Monday evening, the president will welcome collegiate star athletes to the White House for a reception …
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Michael Bloomberg takes show on the road
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 …
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.
John Byrne / Raw Story:
Exclusive: Florida Governor Charlie Crist prepared to endorse broad swath of gay rights  —  MIAMI — Charlie Crist, the current governor of Florida and Independent candidate for US Senate, is prepared to issue a ringing endorsement of gay rights in a document slated to be released as early as this week …
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
MIDTERM BIEBER FEVER  —  Internet-savvy types know that teen heartthrob Justin Bieber pretty much rules the web.  Just last week, rumor spread that Bieber's fan base was so active on Twitter that the microblogging website has servers dedicated just to him.  Twitter didn't confirm, but they didn't deny it, either.
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 …
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Tea Partiers Bring Cause to Washington  —  WASHINGTON — Thousands of Tea Party supporters marched to the foot of Capitol Hill Sunday, declaring their determination to topple the Democratic majority in Congress on election day.  —  “If we do not succeed in November, all that once …
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.
Discussion: The Hill and Taegan Goddard's …
Rick Rojas / Washington Post:
As Obama's popularity drops, so do sales of his merchandise  —  Not that long ago, President Obama was more than a president wading through two wars and a bad economy.  He was Superman, clutching a basketball in mid-air and about to slam-dunk, on a sparkly T-shirt available in Union Station for $14.99.
CNN:
Impeachment trial of federal judge gets underway in U.S. Senate  —  Washington (CNN) — The U.S. Senate on Monday begins the impeachment trial of federal judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. — the first such trial since the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton in 1999.
Discussion: The BLT
 
 
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Ohio Sen. Brown: NFL should revise blackout policy in sour economy
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Gregg Zoroya / USA Today:
U.S. military report: Taliban uses youths in Afghan fight
Fox News:
Austan Goolsbee Talks Economy and Elections | Fox News Sunday
Discussion: Hot Air and The Politico
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Andy Card: Newt Gingrich is not ‘helpful’
Discussion: CNN
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
THE BIG STORY: Poll: Reid, Angle still neck and neck
Lori Preuitt / NBC Bay Area:
State Orders Inspection of All Natural Gas Lines
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Adam Entous / Wall Street Journal:
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James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
SECOND HELPINGS  —  When President Obama unveiled an array …
Discussion: CBS News
Joe Weisenthal / The Business Insider:
Left-Wing Terrorism Surges In Europe, As Governments Dismantle Social Safety Net
Discussion: Doug Ross
Jason Groves / Daily Mail:
High life of the poverty quango bosses: Officials 'living …
Discussion: Telegraph and Guardian