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2:00 AM ET, September 17, 2010


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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
O'Donnell In 1996: Investigate Bill Clinton For Murder Of Vince Foster (VIDEO)  —  Here's another wonderful gem from Christine O'Donnell's past as a frequent guest on TV shows.  Back in 1996, when then-Speaker Newt Gingrich's finances were being investigated, O'Donnell complained that people …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The misguided reaction to Tea Party candidates  —  The “tea party” movement is, in my view, a mirror image of the Republican Party generally.  There are some diverse, heterodox factions which compose a small, inconsequential minority of it (various libertarian, independent, and Reagan Democrat types) …
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
O'Donnell In 2007: Scientists Have Created Mice With Human Brains!  —  Delaware Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell has previously sounded the alarm against cloning and stem-cell research — and what she's described as the current terror of human-mouse hybrids.
Michelle Goldberg / The Daily Beast:
My Ex-Gay Life With the Tea Party Queen  — trending topics - COLLEGE RANKINGS - GET AMERICA BACK TO WORK - NY FASHION WEEK - MIDTERMS - CHRISTINE O'DONNELL - TEA PARTY  —  Wade Richards helped Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell rail against gay rights—until he came out.
MoJo Articles:
A Tale of Two Sisters  —  Tea party/Christian right Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell has long decried homosexuality; her sister Jennie supports gay rights and says she lives with a girlfriend.  —  Post Comment  —  Imagine the family dinners: two sisters, one running for Senate …
Lisa Lerer / Business Week:
Jim DeMint's Path to Power  —  Some Republicans are bristling over his successful backing of Tea Party candidates  —  The phones wouldn't stop ringing at the Capitol Hill office of South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint on Sept. 15, the day after Tea Party-backed Christine O'Donnell …
Wall Street Journal:
The Tsunami Heads to Shore
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Jim DeMint blasts D.C. GOP
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Maxine Waters's aides are expelled from event of Speaker Pelosi's  —  Three staffers working for embattled Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) were asked by security officers to leave an event in downtown Washington on Thursday after they tried to display large campaign signs just as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was about to speak.
Gene / The Hill:   WHIP COUNT: Democrats in favor of extending all of the Bush tax cuts
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Is the Dems' Bush strategy finally gaining traction?
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 …
Obama's Plan for Elizabeth Warren Is Questioned
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Chris Dodd warns White House on Elizabeth Warren move
Discussion: CNN
The Politico:
GOP to roll out election agenda  —  House Republicans are planning to roll out their election agenda over the next two weeks as they seek to take back the House majority, prepping a list of roughly 20 initiatives — including a few that seem driven by the tea party movement.
The Hill:   New Contract With America nearly done but candidates won't sign it
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 …
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
One in seven Americans is living in poverty, Census shows
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama: Poverty rate would have been worse without stimulus
Discussion: Say Anything and HotAirPundit
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Just a reminder: Sexist RINO establishment ogre Karl Rove is spending millions to help Sharron Angle win  —  He alluded to this himself in the clip that Ed posted earlier, but since he's now being treated as some sort of cancer on the party for daring to say that O'Donnell's a flawed candidate, let's flesh out the facts a bit.
C. Edmund Wright / American Thinker:
The Architect Has No Clothes  —  Frightening as the image might …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Where Fenty Went Wrong  —  Ta-Nehisi writes what I think is a fair critique of how Fenty lost: “A lot has been made of the role of race in this campaign, and the sense that Fenty is the tool of white interlopers seeking to turn D.C. into Seattle.  Fear of the oncoming white horde of gentrifiers …
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The 40 Best Conservative Blogs For 2010 (Version 3.0)  —  It's time for me to rank my favorite blogs for the 3rd quarter of 2010.  —  Do keep in mind that as the quarter has progressed, some blogs have, of course, moved up and others have dropped, based on how often I visit them …
Discussion: Liberal Values
CBS News:
Jimmy Carter Slams Ted Kennedy On Health Care  —  Tells “60 Minutes” Comprehensive Care Would Be In Place Had The Late Senator Not Killed His Bill  —  (CBS) The late Sen. Ted Kennedy, champion of the recent health plan legislation, actually delayed comprehensive coverage for Americans for decades, says former President Jimmy Carter.
Des Moines Register:
Sarah Palin in Iowa under political microscope  —  The political eyes of the nation and world will be watching Sarah Palin's scheduled appearance in Iowa Friday for signals about her plans.  —  More than 50 news media organizations, from as far away as London, plan to cover …
Discussion: GOP 12
Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
DADT Held Hostage?  —  Sen. Joseph Lieberman summed it up best Thursday, suggesting that breaking next week's potential GOP filibuster on the National Defense Authorization Act, which houses “don't ask, don't tell” repeal, depended almost entirely on a procedural showdown between Democrats and Republicans.
Nathan Hodge / Washington Wire:
Gay-Rights Activists Give McCain the ‘Silent Treatment’
Discussion: Politics Daily
Ira Stoll / The Future of Capitalism:
Weiner, Waxman Set Gold Hearing  —  Just as the government is trying to prevent people from investing in anything other than T-Bills by raising taxes on taxable interest and dividends to confiscatory levels, it's also trying to prevent you from parking your wealth in assets, like gold …
Discussion: Power Line and Hit & Run
Pope Benedict XVI goes to war with ‘atheist extremism’  —  Pope uses visit to argue Nazi desire to eradicate God led to the Holocaust and Britain should respect its Christian foundations  —  Benedict XVI used the first papal state visit to Britain today to launch a blistering attack on …
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Sheriff wants armed posse to enforce illegal immigration laws
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