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9:30 PM ET, September 13, 2010

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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 …
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Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
House Dems Will Not Force Vote On Middle Class Tax Cuts
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MCCONNELL BREAKS WITH BOEHNER, WILL FIGHT MIDDLE-CLASS TAX BREAKS. …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
“The Obama tax cuts for the middle class”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TPMDC
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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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.
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Conservative group didn't think O'Donnell could win in Del.  —  A large conservative advocacy group aligned with the Tea Party movement stayed out of the Delaware Senate race over concerns about Republican Christine O'Donnell's candidacy.  —  “We stayed out of that race because we're …
ABCNEWS:
Delaware Senate Race: A Kamikaze Republican and the Tea Party
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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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.
Timothy P. Carney / Beltway Confidential:
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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Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
W.H. denies plan to avoid Warren fight
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Discussion: Wonk Room and Joe. My. God.
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Alexander Nicholson / Congress Blog:
Reid my lips: no forgiveness if no NDAA in September
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
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
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
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Reporting With the Weekly Standard  —  Hot on the heels of unearthing the Kenyan anti-colonialist roots of Barack Obama's ideology, conservative journalists are apparently scouring the progressive community for more shady African ties.  The latest began when my colleague Sara Haile-Mariam …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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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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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.
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, RedState and Hullabaloo
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.
WIS-TV:
Obit: In lieu of flowers, donate to anybody running against Obama in 2012 … ROME, GA (NBC) - About 50 people attended the funeral for Don Unsworth, a northwest Georgia businessman, father, grandfather and husband.  —  Described by family as lively, humorous and politically conservative …
Discussion: CNN, Weasel Zippers and HotAirPundit
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
63% say trade out Snowe  —  Last November, right after she supported the health care bill in committee, we found that 59% of Maine Republicans wanted to replace Olympia Snowe with someone more conservative while only 31% said they would support her again in 2012.
 
 
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Michiko Kakutani / New York Times:
Digging for the Roots of Conservative Rage
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Rangel campaigns hard ahead of Tuesday's Democratic primary
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Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Rep. Bob Etheridge Can't Just Listen to Constituents 'Til the Cows Come Home
Discussion: The Other McCain and Polifrog Blog
BBC:
Cuba to cut one million public sector jobs
Discussion: Harry's Place and Weasel Zippers
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Portrait of HAMP Failure: How HAMP Went from the Bank's Counter Offer …
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