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12:50 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.
Discussion: The Impolitic and Balloon Juice
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.
Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
O'Donnell: Evil Scientists Are Creating Mouse-Human Hybrids  —  In a stunningly moronic discussion about cloning on the Bill O'Reilly show in 2007, GOP candidate Christine O'Donnell warned of the dangers of mice with fully functioning human brains. … This would explain a lot …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Jim DeMint blasts D.C. GOP
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Wire
Wall Street Journal:
The Tsunami Heads to Shore
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 …
The Hill:   New Contract With America nearly done but candidates won't sign it
The Politico:   GOP to roll out election agenda
Boston Herald:
John Kerry bitter as Tea Party gains steam
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?
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
Arloc Sherman / Off the Charts Blog:
Looking at Today's Poverty Numbers
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
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” …
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
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
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 …
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
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
FOX NEWS SUES DEMOCRATIC SENATE CANDIDATE  —  EXCLUSIVE: Fox News and one of its top journalists have filed a lawsuit against the campaign of Missouri senate candidate Robin Carnahan, alleging that the Democrat used proprietary footage in a campaign advertisement to make it appear that the network was endorsing her.
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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Ira Stoll / The Future of Capitalism:
Weiner, Waxman Set Gold Hearing
Discussion: Power Line and Hit & Run
Alicia E. Barrón / KASW-TV:
Sheriff wants armed posse to enforce illegal immigration laws
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog and Wonk Room
Ezra Klein:
Public employees don't make more than private employees
C. Edmund Wright / American Thinker:
The Architect Has No Clothes  —  Frightening as the image might …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
US homes lost to foreclosure up 25 pct on year
Discussion: Daily Kos and Firedoglake
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
A Democratic Bloodbath in Ohio?
Discussion: Bloomberg and RTTNews
Not Larry Sabato:
YOU HAVE WON A NEW CAR!!!!!!!!!!!!
Discussion: RedState and Beltway Confidential
Daily Mail:
Catty Carla Bruni lifts lid on Michelle Obama's ‘hellish’ job