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10:35 AM ET, September 16, 2010


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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 …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Rebel Jim DeMint sparks GOP Senate civil war  —  South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint accidentally walked into a room full of lobbyists Wednesday morning and declared that “Republicans are not prepared to take over the Senate,” according to people in the room.  —  Some Republicans agree — and say he may be part of the reason why.
Jeri Thompson / AmSpecBlog:
Don't Tell Me She Can't Win, Sir  —  The response by the Republican political establishment to the Christine O'Donnell victory over liberal Republican Mike Castle in Delaware has been an embarrassment.  A strong, vocal woman upturned the political tables in Delaware, a state where both political parties …
Michelle Malkin:
Creepy Harry Reid hands O'Donnell her first general election ad …
USA Today:   Tea Party's wins fuel a ‘civil war’ within GOP
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Does she still believe masturbation is a sin?
Discussion: Harry's Place and GOP 12
Daily Mail:
Catty Carla Bruni lifts lid on Michelle Obama's ‘hellish’ job  —  Michelle Obama thinks being America's First Lady is ‘hell’, Carla Bruni reveals today in a wildly indiscreet new book.  —  Miss Bruni reveals that Mrs Obama replied when asked about her position as the U.S. president's wife: 'Don't ask!
The Politico:
Carla Bruni book: Michelle Obama in ‘hell’  —  Michelle Obama told French first lady Carla Bruni that her life as the first lady of the United States is “hell,” according to an account in a new book.  —  The White House declined to comment on the account, first noted by London's Daily Mail.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Mediaite
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 …
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Warren to Unofficially Lead Consumer Agency  —  WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Warren, who conceived of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will oversee its establishment as an assistant to President Obama, an official briefed on the decision said Wednesday evening.
The Huffington Post:
White House To Tap Warren To Set Up Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Discussion: Salon and ECHIDNE of the snakes
Wall Street critic to help set up consumer agency
Discussion: naked capitalism
The Politico:
Battleground Poll: Voters see November GOP takeover of the House and Senate  —  Voters, by a 9-point margin, believe Republicans will pick up both the House and the Senate, even though they are evenly divided over whom they intend to back in six weeks, according to a new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
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.
Steve Bousquet / St. Petersburg Times:
Charlie Crist listed 9th on ballot for U.S. Senate  —  TALLAHASSEE — In three successful statewide elections, Charlie Crist's name was at the top of the ballot.  But as a nonpartisan candidate for the Senate, he shows up ninth in a field of 10 candidates, sandwiched between Rick Tyler and Lewis Jerome Armstrong.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Limbaugh Taken In: The Judge Was Not Loaded for Bear  —  PENSACOLA, Fla. — Anyone listening to Rush Limbaugh's radio show Tuesday could be forgiven for thinking that Judge Roger Vinson has the federal government dead in his sights.  —  Mr. Limbaugh spent some time profiling Judge Vinson …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Law Blog
DellDolly / Media Matters for America:
“I think you're an ass”: Conservative media finally discover their colleagues are frauds  —  In the run-up to Delaware's Republican Senate primary, conservative media figures noticed that their colleagues are “lazy and unfair” “idiot[s]” and “mouthpieces for the Republican establishment” …
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 …
Ed Barnes / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Venezuela Cancels Round-Trip ‘Terror Flight’ to Syria and Iran  —  Image taken from a video of the inside of the cabin of Flight IR744 in May 2007.  —  A Venezuelan airline's “mystery” flight that shuttled among the capitals of three of the world's most terror-friendly nations …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Teachers union helped unseat Fenty  —  The American Federation of Teachers spent heavily to unseat Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and to put the breaks on his aggressive efforts to shake up the city's schools system.  —  The national union spent roughly $1 million in contributions …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
I hate to be shrill and all, but the tea bagging GOP nominee for NY governor is a pig.  (No offense to pigs.)  —  All In “Good Fun”  —  The Tea Party candidate for Governor of New York sent these lovely images (via WNYMedia) around to friends:  —  When one of his correspondents was offended that Youtube …
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Stephen Breyer Questions Right to Burn Quran  —  During an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America this morning, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer addressed the recent controversy over a Florida pastor's plan to hold a Quran-burning rally on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks …
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Parsing the Polls on Health Reform
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Lateef Mungin / CNN:
Pancakes vs. prayer: IHOP suing over acronym
Discussion: The Bilerico Project and The BLT
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
GOP gains the lead in female politicians' steps forward
Discussion: Commentary
Les Christie /
Foreclosure rates hold steady
Discussion: The Page
Ballot Box:
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Ayotte holds small lead
Discussion: Daily Kos and Blue Hampshire
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