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7:00 PM ET, September 14, 2010

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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
‘Now is the Time For the Idiots Who Supported My Opponent to Unite Behind Me...’  —  This evening, in the state of Delaware somebody will win the GOP primary, and declare something like, “And now, I ask for all Republicans to unite behind my candidacy.”  At that moment, across the state …
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David Catanese / The Politico:
Ex-aide: Christine O'Donnell a ‘complete fraud’  —  WILMINGTON, Del. — Christine O'Donnell's former campaign manager has recorded an Election Day robocall for the Delaware Republican Party meant to shred the tea-party-backed candidate's conservative credentials as voters head to the polls.
CNN:
Bill Kristol on Christine O'Donnell: No Sarah Palin  —  (CNN) - Guess who's getting slimed now in the increasingly nasty Senate race in Delaware: Republican stalwarts Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes.  —  The charge: both men, editors of the conservative magazine the Weekly Standard …
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Castle Seeing ‘Good Turnout’
Discussion: FrumForum
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Is Castle Really a RINO?
Aharding / CNN:
GOP Robocall: O'Donnell ‘Out to Make a Buck’
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Tea Party Float Depicts Obama Whipping A White ‘Future Tax Payer’ Pulling A Wagon  —  At the annual Sportsman's Day parade last weekend in Naches, WA (a small town southeast of Seattle), a tea party group called “Remember Us We The People” — which is affiliated with the Tea Party Patriots …
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Benjamin Sarlin / The Daily Beast:
How Republicans Could Lose the Tea Party  —  If the GOP retakes Congress and doesn't immediately take on the Tea Partiers' top issue, the national debt, they face a backlash that could cost them the support of the movement—whose expectations are sky high.  —  For Tea Partiers …
Paul / Power Line:
Leader of the pack  —  Most of the reasonably well-informed Repubicans I know think the race for the Republican presidential nomination is wide-open.  They see a field of high-profile candidates consisting potentially of Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, and Newt Gingrich …
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Bill O'Reilly on Tax Cut Debate: Boehner ‘Was Caught In A Tanning Bed’
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
RAND PAUL'S LIMITED UNDERSTANDING OF THE BUDGET....
Discussion: Guardian and Salon
The Note:
Senate Democrats Overcome GOP Filibuster of Small Business Bill  —  ABC News' Matthew Jaffe reports:  —  Senate Democrats today overcame a summer-long Republican filibuster of a bill to jumpstart job growth by providing small businesses with a $30 billion lending fund and around $12 billion in tax relief.
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Wall Street Journal:
The 1099 Insurrection  —  The White House fights an effort to ease a burden on small business.  —  You might not have seen it reported, but the Senate will vote this morning on whether to repeal part of ObamaCare that it passed only months ago.  The White House is opposed …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Rush Limbaugh backs John Boehner
Discussion: CNN, iowahawk and Hot Air
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate defeats plan to strip filing requirement from health law
New York Times:
Bill to Aid Small Businesses Advances in Senate
Discussion: You're the Boss and msnbc.com
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Fox News Polls Track Midterm Election Races in 5 Key States  —  Florida GOP Senate nominee Marco Rubio has jumped to a 16-point lead over independent Charlie Crist, according to the latest Fox News poll, as Republicans make gains across the country on dissatisfaction with President Obama's agenda.
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Peter Henderson / Reuters:
Nevada eyes big political gamble  —  (Reuters) - Like many Nevadans, hairdresser Helen Elgas is trying to decide between the devil she knows and the devil she doesn't, and the future of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, hangs in the balance.  —  Sitting in the shade of a strip mall …
Discussion: msnbc.com, TPMDC and National Review
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:   New Polls Show Mostly Republican Leads
The Huffington Post:
Dodd: Congress Could Defund Consumer Bureau Over Warren Interim Appointment  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Outgoing Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) warned Tuesday that an interim appointment of Elizabeth Warren to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau “jeopardizes the existence” of the nascent agency.
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
False Alarm  —  Reports coming in that President Obama will name Elizabeth Warren as interim director of the consumer protection bureau created by the new financial regulatory law.  —  Late Update: Maybe not so fast.  Fox was one of the outlets originally reporting this and has now retracted that report …
Quinnipiac University:
Blumenthal Up Just 6 Points In Connecticut Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Much McMahon Support Is Anti-Blumenthal  —  Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, the Democrat, leads Republican former wrestling executive Linda McMahon 51 - 45 percent among likely voters …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Polls Have Tightened? Not So Fast
Roger Simon / Reuters:
‘2010 is gone for Democrats’  —  “He cannot save 2010,” the big-time Democrat is saying of Barack Obama.  “It is gone.  He must now concentrate on saving 2012.  But the biggest fear of some of those close to him is that he might not really want to go on in 2012, that he might not really care.”
Ezra Klein:
Democrats turn to meaningless word games  —  Greg Sargent reports that House Democrats want to rebrand the extension of Bush's middle-class tax cuts as “the Obama tax cuts for the middle class.”  —  Sigh.  Whether you think this is a good idea, a bad idea or a totally meaningless waste of time …
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Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Snowe suggests she's open to deal on tax cut extension
David Weigel / Slate:
Why is Gingrich pushing Dinesh D'Souza's crazy theory about Obama's “Kenyan anti-colonialism”?  —  The release of a new book by Dinesh D'Souza prompts a perennial question: Why do people keep publishing books by Dinesh D'Souza?  —  There's a simple answer.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Day After Tomorrow  —  Every political movement has a story.  The surging Republican Party has a story, too.  It is a story of virtue betrayed and innocence threatened.  —  Through most of its history, the narrative begins, the United States was a limited government nation …
Megan R. Wilson / OpenSecrets.org:
Journalists, Media Professionals Donating Frequently to Federal Political Candidates this Election Cycle  —  Last year, Christopher Hayes gave $250 to the congressional campaign of a good friend, Alabama Democrat Josh Segall.  —  That's hardly noteworthy, but for one factor: Hayes is the Washington …
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Confessing to Crime, but Innocent  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eddie Lowery lost 10 years of his life for a crime he did not commit.  There was no physical evidence at his trial for rape, but one overwhelming factor put him away: he confessed.  —  At trial, the jury heard details that prosecutors insisted …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Plouffe: Ready to Help Obama, If Asked  —  David Plouffe, whose management of Barack Obama's winning presidential campaign catapulted him into political stardom, said in an interview he is ready to serve the president's re-election campaign if called on to join up.
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
Sen. Charles Schumer fumes after new voting system fails at his local polling place in Brooklyn  —  Apparently even Sen. Chuck Schumer isn't immune to the pitfalls of the new voting system.  —  What the hElmo is going on with these voting machines?  —  A party insider told me Schumer showed …
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
More banks missing TARP dividend payments  —  Big Wall Street firms have the most bruised public reputations, but it's a collection of smaller banks that continues to plague the Treasury Department's bank bailout program.  —  The latest report from the agency shows that more than 120 institutions …
Aharding / CNN:
CNN Poll: Only quarter of public trusts government  —  Washington (CNN) - A new poll indicates that only one in four Americans say they trust the government to do what is right always or most of the time, one explanation for the anti-incumbent sentiment in the country today.
Discussion: Say Anything
Jim Tankersley / Congressional Connection Poll:
Despite Electoral Landscape, GOP Proposals Not Popular  —  Americans offer tepid support for much of the Republican Party's domestic agenda, including repealing the new healthcare law and extending tax cuts for the wealthy, according to the latest Society for Human Resource Management/National …
 
 
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Catherine Rampell / Economix:
What's Holding Back Small Businesses?
Jonathan Bernstein / A plain blog about politics:
Election Day  —  One of the things that political scientists wind …
Congress Blog:
Defense Authorization bill will address the DREAM Act and …
Discussion: Hot Air
Kos / Daily Kos:
KY-Sen: Paul with a lead, Conway still undefined
Discussion: Politics Daily
The Huffington Post:
Obama Renominates Five Stalled Judicial Appointees
Discussion: ACS Blog, Reuters and Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
FreedomWorks leader Armey urges tea party to shift focus to legislative progress
Dean Dad / Confessions of a Community College Dean:
When We Say “College,” We Don't Mean You...  Sigh.  The New York Times strikes again.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Eschaton
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
INDIANA: 15 Year-Old Boy Commits Suicide Over Anti-Gay Bullying
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Des Moines Register:
Tim Pawlenty dispatches staff to Iowa, plans October northwest swing
Discussion: USA Today, Ballot Box and The Page
Daniel de Vise / Washington Post:
Report: More women than men in U.S. earned doctorates last year for first time