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3:20 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
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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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Rush Limbaugh backs John Boehner
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: TBogg and Weekly Standard
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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:
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 struggles in Nevada vote: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid is fighting for his political life against a Republican “Tea Party” candidate 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  —  The Senate race in Connecticut is one that Democrats are becoming increasingly anxious about.  Their candidate there, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, once held leads of 20 to 30 points in most polls over Linda McMahon, the Republican nominee.
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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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Nelson: ‘It Would Be Very Hard For Me To Support’ …
Caroline Fredrickson / The Huffington Post:
How the Judicial Confirmation Crisis Threatens Our Constitution
Discussion: ACS Blog
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
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 …
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 …
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George Bennett / Post on Politics:
Indicted ex-GOP boss Greer assails ‘racist views’ in party, won't name names
Discussion: Weigel and Salon
David Catanese / The Politico:
Ex-aide: 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.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Eye
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Aharding / CNN:
GOP Robocall: O'Donnell ‘Out to Make a Buck’
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
Howard Kurtz:
Jack Anderson's Nixonian tactics  —  There was a time in Washington when Jack Anderson was a hero, the columnist who kept unearthing Richard Nixon's dark secrets, a Pulitzer winner who revealed the administration's secret tilt toward Pakistan in its war against India.
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.”
Discussion: Weigel, Salon and The Hill
 
 
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