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8:50 PM ET, September 15, 2010

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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Coons up big  —  Republicans more than likely cost themselves a Senate seat last night.  Chris Coons begins the general election in Delaware with a 50-34 lead over Christine O'Donnell.  Mike Castle would have led Coons by a 45-35 margin.  —  While O'Donnell may have ingratiated herself …
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Reid: Coons, ‘my pet,’ will win  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday predicted to The Hill that Democratic Senate candidate Chris Coons will safely win the Nov. 2 general election against GOP nominee Christine O'Donnell.  —  Reid talked up the New Castle County executive following …
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
GOP's Delaware Senate Nominee Christine O'Donnell Not a Big Fan of Evolution  —  Christine O'Donnell won't have to lie about this Senate race.  She won the Republican nomination for the Senate in Delaware fair and square, against a much more experienced, much more moderate, much more respected opponent …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Cornyn embraces O'Donnell  —  In a clear sign of the grassroots pressure on Republican leaders, National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn just put out a statement embracing Christine O'Donnell — a dramatic contrast with his group's curt response last night — and writing her a big check.
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Christine O'Donnell on Rove's ‘Un-factual’ Remarks and ‘Republican Cannibalism’  —  The Republican nominee for the Delaware Senate seat fired back at Karl Rove today for what she called “un-factual” accusations about her record.  —  “Everything that he is saying is un-factual.
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMMuckraker:
Christine O'Donnell: AIDS Gets Too Much Gov't Money, Condoms Wouldn't Stop It (VIDEO)  —  Long before Tea Party backed candidate Christine O'Donnell won the Republican primary in Delaware and became the GOP Senate nominee, the conservative firebrand was arguing that the government was spending …
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Can We Calm Down About Delaware's Tea Party Already?  —  There is a real danger in overthinking what happened in Delaware on Tuesday night, which is not something of which the winner of the state's GOP senatorial primary ever has been accused.  In case you missed it, and Chris Matthews ascending …
CNN:
TRENDING: Palin says Karl Rove should ‘buck up’
Discussion: The Politico
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Castle will not back O'Donnell
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Why Mike Castle Lost
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DeMint on GOP: 'I don't want the majority back if we don't believe anything'
Discussion: The Note, The Politico and TPMDC
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
So What Did Christine O'Donnell Run On?
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Weigel and Ballot Box
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Soul-searching time: a GOP torn
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:   Does she still believe masturbation is a sin?
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Exclusive: President Obama to This Week Name Elizabeth Warren to Special Advisory Role to White House/Treasury Dept to Form New Consumer Agency  —  President Obama will announce this week that Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard Law School professor who first proposed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau …
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The Huffington Post:
White House To Tap Warren To Set Up Consumer Financial Protection Bureau  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The White House has tapped Elizabeth Warren as a special adviser to help set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, ABC News is reporting.  The move allows her to act as an interim head …
CNN:
Sources: Obama to sidestep Senate in appointing Warren
Discussion: Reuters
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Senate Republicans unveil a plan to make Bush tax cuts permanent  —  Even as they hammer Democrats for running up record budget deficits, Senate Republicans are rolling out a plan to permanently extend an array of expiring tax breaks that would deprive the Treasury of more than $4 trillion …
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Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Democratic Party Steals Logo From the Pizza Place Where I Used to Work  —  The Democratic Party unveiled a new logo this morning, and, seeing the new insignia for the first time today on the party's revamped website, I thought it looked familiar.  —  Not without reason.
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Rachel Maddow Sexualizes Christine O'Donnell  —  Christine O'Donnell won the Delaware primary last night, and within minutes (literally) über liberal Rachel Maddow started running video and commentary on MSNBC about O'Donnell's views on masturbation.  —  The pretext for sexualizing O'Donnell …
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Jillian Rayfield / TPMDC:
Christine O'Donnell's 1996 Anti-Masturbation Campaign On MTV's ‘Sex In The 90s’ (VIDEO)  —  Christine O'Donnell won the Republican nomination for senator in Delaware tonight, and Rachel Maddow wasted no time showing the footage she obtained of O'Donnell's 1996 appearance on MTV's “Sex In The 90s” TV show.
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Tea Party Republican has big lead in Florida  —  (Reuters) - Republican candidate Marco Rubio has opened a clear lead in a Florida Senate race, becoming the latest Tea Party favorite to benefit from voter anger at Washington, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Wednesday.
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Washington Post:
How Adrian Fenty lost his reelection bid for D.C. mayor  —  One afternoon in late June, D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's political advisers invited their boss to a downtown conference room to report an unsettling development: Focus groups commissioned by the campaign were saying that Fenty's leadership style …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Tim Pawlenty mourns Adrian Fenty's loss
Discussion: Post Now
Mark D. Fefer / Seattle Weekly:
On the Advice of the FBI, Cartoonist Molly Norris Disappears From View  —  Her work won't be in Seattle Weekly anymore, or anywhere else.  —  You may have noticed that Molly Norris' comic is not in the paper this week.  That's because there is no more Molly.  —  The gifted artist is alive and well, thankfully.
John Distaso / UnionLeader.com:
Ayotte defeats Lamontagne in U.S. Senate primary  —  CONCORD - 1:18 p.m. The Secretary of State's office has just announced that Kelly Ayotte has won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate with 53,044 votes.  Ovide Lamontagne received 51,377 votes.  More to follow.  —  __
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Associated Press:   Kelly Ayotte Takes Narrow Win in New Hampshire
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney backs O'Donnell  —  Support for Christine O'Donnell appears to have emerged this morning as a kind of grassroots litmus test, and the Establishment is scrambling to pass it.  —  Mitt Romney just endorsed her, saying, “Now is the time for Republicans to rally behind their nominee, Christine O'Donnell.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
CHRISTINE O'DONNELL ASSESSES ‘MIDDLE EARTH’  —  Much has already been made of some of Christine O'Donnell's notable quotables in the past, especially in the wake of her huge upset over Rep. Mike Castle in Tuesday's GOP Senate primary in Delaware.  —  But did you know this?
Capitol Confidential / Big Government:
Shock Audio: Facing ‘Obligations’ From Leadership, Democrat Congresswoman Leaves Voicemail for Lobbyist Cash  —  A couple weeks ago, House Member Eleanor Holmes Norton made a fundraising call to a lobbyist.  The lobbyist wasn't available, so Holmes Norton left a voicemail.
 
 
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