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11:45 AM ET, September 14, 2010

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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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Krauthammer: Palin's and DeMint's endorsements of O'Donnell are destructive, capricious, irresponsible  —  Via the Right Scoop.  There's nothing here that you haven't heard before, but since “true conservatives” are in RINO-stomp mode towards Paul Mirengoff and John McCormack and Jim Geraghty …
David Catanese / The Politico:
Castle rips ‘out-of-state’ operation
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Nelson: ‘It Would Be Very Hard For Me To Support’ Allowing Tax Cuts For The Rich To Expire  —  Ben Nelson (D-NE), the most conservative of the Senate's 59 Democrats, became the first in his party to say he might side with Republicans on the Bush tax cuts, suggesting he might filibuster …
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John Feehery / Pundits Blog:
Mixing the message on purpose  —  John Boehner, the House minority leader, mixed his message on the tax battle on purpose this weekend.  I, for one, think it was a pretty clever move.  —  Bob Schieffer, the CBS “Face the Nation” host, tried to nail Boehner down on how he would vote …
Discussion: CNN
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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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Lieberman ‘hopes’ Democrats will hold Senate majority, but won't campaign
Discussion: CNN and ctmirror.org
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
After Volatile Primary Season, G.O.P. Faces New Test  —  As the long and turbulent primary season of the midterm election campaign drew to a close on Monday, the Republican establishment was placing its confidence on hold and bracing for the prospect that voters in yet another state would send …
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Charles Mahtesian / The Politico:
What to watch in Tuesday's primaries
Discussion: The Nation, ABCNEWS and CNN
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Delaware and NH General Election Number Preview
Discussion: The Politico and Hot Air
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Law Blog
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 …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
New Polls Show Mostly Republican Leads  —  Fox News is set to release a series of new polls of likely voters in several key states.  They were released early to users of their new iPhone app.  —  Florida: Marco Rubio (R) leads Gov. Charlie Crist (I) in the U.S. Senate race, 43% to 27%, with Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) at 21%.
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.
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Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
McConnell intros Tax Hike Prevention Act of 2010  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky drew the line in the sand with President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid yesterday, introducing the Tax Hike Prevention Act of 2010 to extend the Bush tax cuts of 2001 …
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Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
'Don't ask, don't tell' policy facing a Senate vote next week
Discussion: Politics Daily and FrumForum
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Mitch Daniels makes White House moves  —  Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has been holding a series of private dinners with top Republican business leaders, policy hands and donors from around the country since this spring, an indication that he's thinking more seriously about a presidential bid than he publicly lets on.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Only Nixon Could Go to China  —  How Obama can help ease “Islamophobia.”  —  “One of the things that I most admired about President Bush was after 9/11, him being crystal-clear about the fact that we were not at war with Islam,” President Obama said in his Friday press conference.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Mark Bowden / The Atlantic Online:
The Salesman  —  Experienced, emotional, marked by personal tragedy and political setback, Joe Biden is in many ways the antithesis of the president he serves.  But his stock has risen steadily in the West Wing, and with the Democrats poised to lose much of their leverage in the midterm elections …
John / Power Line:
Did Castle Vote to Impeach Bush?  —  The madness continues, as activists who support Christine O'Donnell in the Delaware Senate primary have stepped up their attacks on Mike Castle by alleging that he voted to impeach President Bush.  That will come as a surprise to those who wonder …
ABCNEWS:
American Hiker Sarah Shourd Freed From Iran: Reports  —  Iranian TV Reports Sarah Shourd, American Hiker Held in Iran for 14 Months, Has Been Released  —  Sarah Shourd, one of three Americans who have been held in Iran for 14 months on accusations of espionage, has been released, Iranian state television reported today.
Discussion: FrumForum
Wall Street Journal:
AIG Plots End to U.S. Aid  —  Insurer and Treasury Discuss Accelerating the Sale of Government's Stake  —  American International Group Inc. and its government overseers are in talks to speed up an exit plan designed to repay U.S. taxpayers in full while enabling the giant insurer to regain independence …
The Hill:
Democratic aides may get cold shoulder from K Street after midterms  —  Democratic congressional aides aiming for a big payday from K Street have seen their value plummet with their party's declining fortunes, according to corporate headhunters and lobbyists.
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 …
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Al Sharpton to launch Sunday-morning show  —  He'll also start a media company and magazine  —  The Rev. Al Sharpton has created his own media company and will launch a Sunday-morning syndicated TV show, he told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday.  —  The controversial civil rights advocate …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Next, Michelle Obama's health reform plan for the nation's restaurant menus and families dining out  —  First Lady Michelle Obama, who has been unable to convince the Smoker-in-Chief to give up that dreadful habit, now has some health suggestions for other American families and for restaurant menus across the country.
Discussion: Commentary and JammieWearingFool
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: GOP doubles down on Bush tax cuts; possible recess appointment for Warren; EPA vote  —  Republicans spent much of yesterday walking back John Boehner's conciliatory comments on the Bush tax cuts.  Mitch McConnell and the Senate GOP, in particular, made it clear that either everyone …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
Paul / Power Line:
U.S. government hails ominous news from Turkey  —  The most significant event of the weekend, I would argue, occurred in Turkey.  There, voters approved a sweeping package of constitutional reforms and, in the process, gave Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan a vote of confidence.
 
 
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