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8:05 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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Creepy Harry Reid hands O'Donnell her first general election ad on a silver platter; Updated  —  Oh, dear.  He is so creepy.  Ew: … Quick, someone please photoshop Reid as Gollum holding his precious, precious Bearded Marxist Coons.  —  And go ahead, Democrats.  Keep gloating about how you've got Delaware in the bag.
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 …
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMMuckraker:
Christine O'Donnell: AIDS Gets Too Much Gov't Money, Condoms …
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Does she still believe masturbation is a sin?
Discussion: GOP 12
TRENDING: Palin says Karl Rove should ‘buck up’
Discussion: The Politico and FrumForum
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: ECHIDNE of the snakes
Wall Street critic to help set up consumer agency
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Robert Scheer / The Huffington Post:
‘The Great American Stickup’: Is Bush Really To Blame For The Economy?
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Poll Suggests Opportunities for Both Parties in Midterms  —  Republicans are heading into the general election phase of the midterm campaign backed by two powerful currents: the highest proportion of Americans in two decades say it is time for their own member of Congress to be replaced …
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.
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.
The Note:
Senator Jim DeMint on Winning Back a Republican Majority in the Senate …
Discussion: The Hill and The Politico
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 …
Discussion: Beltway Confidential and FrumForum
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Ayotte holds small lead  —  Kelly Ayotte will begin the general election in New Hampshire with a small lead over Paul Hodes, 47-43.  Although she remains the favorite in the race it's clear that the divisive primary has her in a much weaker position than 5 months ago and that this contest …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Blue Hampshire
John Distaso /
Ayotte defeats Lamontagne in U.S. Senate primary
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?
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.
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 …
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Crime Blotter Has a Regular: Yankees Caps  —  Two men and a woman broke into a locker at a Manhattan gym in February and stole credit cards, the first in a series of similar thefts.  —  Three months later, in May, a young man tried to rob a Chase bank in the Bronx armed with only a note, which he slipped to a teller.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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 …
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