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2:00 PM ET, September 14, 2010

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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 …
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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.
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 …
The Note:
Senate Democrats Overcome GOP Filibuster of Small Business Bill
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate defeats plan to strip filing requirement from health law
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Van Hollen: One-Year Tax Cut For The Rich Might Fly With Democrats
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Nelson: ‘It Would Be Very Hard For Me To Support’ …
John Feehery / Pundits Blog:   Mixing the message on purpose
Aharding / CNN:   Hill Hallways: McConnell on Boehner's tax cut position
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 and TBogg
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 …
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
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
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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 …
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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
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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.
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 …
The Washington Independent:
Who Would the Tax Increases Hurt?  —  Politicians Debate the Real Cost and Effects of Possible Tax Increases on the Rich  —  This week, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who caucuses with the Democrats, addressed a local chapter of the Chamber of Commerce in Middlesex, Conn. …
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Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
McConnell intros Tax Hike Prevention Act of 2010
Discussion: Wonk Room
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.
Discussion: The Page, FrumForum and Shakesville
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.
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Erika Lovley / Reuters:
Dem aides could face massive layoffs
Des Moines Register:
Tim Pawlenty dispatches staff to Iowa, plans October northwest swing  —  Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has taken another step toward preparing for a 2012 Republican presidential campaign by dispatching to Iowa a staffer paid by his political action committee.  —  By hiring Ben Foster as a full …
Discussion: 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  —  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.
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 …
Aharding / CNN:
Former GOP leader apologizes to Obama, calls Republicans ‘racist’  —  Miami, Florida (CNN) - The ex-chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, Jim Greer, is now apologizing for stoking fears about President Obama's address to school children last year.  —  Greer, now under indictment …
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 …
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
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.
Robbie Brown / New York Times:
Civil Rights Photographer Unmasked as Informer  —  ATLANTA — That photo of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. riding one of the first desegregated buses in Montgomery, Ala.?  He took it.  The well-known image of black sanitation workers carrying “I Am a Man” signs in Memphis?  His.
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 …
 
 
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David Weigel / Slate:
Why is Gingrich pushing Dinesh D'Souza's crazy theory about Obama's …
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Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Greens wants their McCain back
City Room:
Problems Reported With New Voting Machines
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Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Tuesday will accuse Republicans …
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Jerry Brown apologizes for jab at Bill Clinton's character
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
A new book reveals depths of columnist Jack Anderson's anti-Nixon tactics
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The Huffington Post:
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Next, Michelle Obama's health reform plan for the nation's …
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 Earlier Items: 
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Al Sharpton to launch Sunday-morning show
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Mark Bowden / The Atlantic Online:
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Only Nixon Could Go to China  —  How Obama can help ease “Islamophobia.”
Discussion: JustOneMinute and NewsBusters.org
Paul / Power Line:
U.S. government hails ominous news from Turkey