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2:50 PM ET, September 14, 2010

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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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate defeats plan to strip filing requirement from health law  —  The Senate on Tuesday defeated an effort to strip a controversial tax-reporting provision from the sweeping healthcare law Congress passed earlier this year.  —  Lawmakers voted 46 to 52 to block an amendment sponsored by Sen. Mike Johanns …
Reuters:
Bill to aid small-business advances in Senate
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The Page
Noam Levey / Los Angeles Times:
White House pushes bill to scale back tax-reporting law for small businesses
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Rush Limbaugh backs John Boehner  —  Rush Limbaugh used his hit radio show Monday to defend House Republican Leader John Boehner against hits from the press and the White House.  —  Limbaugh's backing came as a comfort to Boehner allies, since some Republicans are pushing a harder line in the coming Capitol Hill tax-cut fight.
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Ezra Klein:
Democrats turn to meaningless word games
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Nelson: ‘It Would Be Very Hard For Me To Support’ …
John Feehery / Pundits Blog:
Mixing the message on purpose
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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 and TBogg
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
G.O.P. Braces for More Discontent in Primaries  —  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 …
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 …
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Conservatives Divided Over Delaware Tea Party Candidate Christine O'Donnell
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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Steve Holland / Reuters:
Democrat Reid clings to Nevada lead: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, fighting for his political life, is clinging to a slim lead over a Republican “Tea Party” rival in Nevada in one of the most closely watched U.S. elections this year, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said on Tuesday.
Discussion: msnbc.com, TPMDC and National Review
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%.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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
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 …
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David Catanese / The Politico:
Ex-aide: O'Donnell's ‘no conservative’  —  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.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Eye
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Aharding / CNN:
GOP Robocall: O'Donnell ‘Out to Make a Buck’
George Bennett / Post on Politics:
Indicted ex-GOP boss Greer assails ‘racist views’ in party, won't name names  —  Greer  —  Remember Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer's denunciation last year of President Obama's national address to school children?  Greer said he was “appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used …
Discussion: Weigel and Salon
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Aharding / CNN:
Former GOP leader apologizes to Obama, calls Republicans ‘racist’
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 …
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 …
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.
Daniel de Vise / Washington Post:
Report: More women than men in U.S. earned doctorates last year for first time  —  For the first time, more women than men in the United States received doctoral degrees last year, the culmination of decades of change in the status of women at colleges nationwide.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
ACORN may not exist anymore but 20% of Americans still think (or at least say they think) it will steal the election to keep Democrats in control of Congress this fall.  —  That does represent a decrease from last fall in ACORN's perceived ability to steal an election.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Weigel
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 …
Washington Post:
Jobless are straining Social Security's disability benefits program  —  The number of former workers seeking Social Security disability benefits has spiked with the nation's economic problems, heightening concern that the jobless are expanding the program beyond its intended purpose of aiding the disabled.
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.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Ezra Klein
Caroline Fredrickson / The Huffington Post:
How the Judicial Confirmation Crisis Threatens Our Constitution  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  The Senate voted Monday to confirm Jane Branstetter Stranch to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, at long last filling a seat on one of our nation's most important courts that had been vacant for two-and-a-half years.
Discussion: ACS Blog
 
 
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