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2:25 PM ET, September 16, 2010


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Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Palin Advises Christine O'Donnell To ‘Speak Through Fox News’  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin appeared on the O'Reilly Factor last night to defend Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell from intra-party skeptics like former Bush advisor Karl Rove, who said Republicans aren't …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Karl Rove Walks Back His Diss And Gives In To O'Donnell Fever (VIDEO)  —  Well, that didn't take long.  After being pounded for a full day by some of the conservative movement's biggest names, a bruised and battered Karl Rove took to the Fox News airwaves this morning to get on board the Christine O'Donnell train.
New York Times:
Rebel Republican Marching On, With Baggage  —  DOVER, Del. — In the bright light of Wednesday morning, Christine O'Donnell, whose Republican primary victory upended the calculus for future control of the United State Senate, became quickly known to Americans as the woman who once made dire warnings …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Rove to O'Donnell: Tell the truth
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Palin's advice to O'Donnell: ‘Speak through Fox News’.  Hm.  Sounds familiar.
Discussion: Cagle Blogs
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gregg: Warren will promote ‘social justice’ at consumer agency  —  A top Republican on financial issues said Thursday he was concerned that Elizabeth Warren would use a position in a new consumer protection agency to promote “social justice.”  —  Gregg, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee …
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.
Ezra Klein:
Elizabeth Warren cont'd  —  Jon Cohn talked to some folks and came away with a generally optimistic take on Elizabeth Warren's interim nomination.  Same goes for Matt Yglesias.  —  I'm still a bit more ambivalent.  First, I mistrust decisions that can be easily spun in different ways to different audiences.
Discussion: The New Republic
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   The Warren Thing  —  I was initially confused by the Elizabeth …
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Elizabeth Warren on Way to Being Sidelined as Head of Consumer …
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!
Terry / CNSNews:
White House Science Czar Says He Would Use ‘Free Market’ to ‘De-Develop the United States’  —  In a video interview this week, White House Office of Science and Technology Director John P. Holdren told that he would use the “free market economy” to implement the “massive campaign” …
The Politico:
Carla Bruni, Michelle Obama deny ‘hell’ comment  —  In a new book released on Thursday in France, two French journalists claim that 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 the book cited by London's Daily Mail.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The Sore Loser Party  —  The Washington Times invited me to write a column today to discuss Mike Castle's refusal to endorse Christine O'Donnell after yesterday's primary, but the problems we saw in the hours after the results became clear go far beyond Mike Castle.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The misguided reaction to Tea Party candidates
Boston Herald:
John Kerry bitter as Tea Party gains steam
Discussion: Riehl World View
U.S. Census Bureau News:
Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2009  —  The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that real median household income in the United States in 2009 was $49,777, not statistically different from the 2008 median.  —  The nation's official poverty rate in 2009 was 14.3 percent …
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Poverty Rate Rose Sharply in 2009, Says Census Bureau
Discussion: Economix, FrumForum and Calculated Risk
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Boehner: GOP won't shut down gov't  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) rejected the idea that Republicans will shut down the government if they come to a legislative impasse with President Barack Obama, even as some conservative activists have predicted and even pushed a shutdown next year.
Discussion: CNN, Outside the Beltway and FrumForum
Cassandra McKee / Congress Blog:
The big double dip: Not one but two tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans
Discussion: CNN
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:   Obama's Mystifying Strategy
Courtland Milloy / Washington Post:
D.C. election didn't just unseat abrasive Mayor Fenty.  It was a populist revolt.  —  In a stunning repudiation of divisive, autocratic leadership, District residents Tuesday toppled the city's ruling troika: Mayor Adrian Fenty, Attorney General Peter Nickles and Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
A Democratic Bloodbath in Ohio?  —  With the past few days given over to Democratic triumphalism, the reality is that the big picture remains roughly the same for Democrats.  In Ohio, it's getting so bad for Democrats that the Democratic Governors Association, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee …
Discussion: Bloomberg and RTTNews
Shushannah Walshe / The Daily Beast:
Palin's Wins Stoke White House Run  — trending topics - COLLEGE RANKINGS - GET AMERICA BACK TO WORK - NY FASHION WEEK - MIDTERMS - U.S. OPEN - TEA PARTY  —  Two more candidates backed by the former Alaska governor triumphed Tuesday, boosting her momentum and adding to her loyal army.
Discussion: The New Republic, FrumForum and GOP 12
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Parsing the Polls on Health Reform  —  The last few polls on health care reform have been discouraging.  Public support for the Affordable Care Act does not seem to be rising.  If anything, it seems to be falling, as a quick glance at will confirm.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and AmSpecBlog
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.
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Oh, Dear Lord  —  Did we know about this?  Obama the Musical:
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
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Is the Dems' Bush strategy finally gaining traction?
Dan Levy / Bloomberg:
U.S. Home Seizures Reach Record for Third Time in Five Months
Discussion: AFL-CIO NOW BLOG
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Risch tries to halt vote on New START over undisclosed intelligence issue
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Not Larry Sabato:
YOU HAVE WON A NEW CAR!!!!!!!!!!!!
Discussion: RedState and Beltway Confidential
Nicholas Johnston / Bloomberg:
Obama Says He Won't ‘Walk Away’ From Overhaul of U.S.Immigration Security
Discussion: FrumForum
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
NRSC opens up on Bennet …
Discussion: NRSC and Hotline On Call
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