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11:50 PM ET, September 16, 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) …
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.
Discussion: CNN, LGBT POV, TPMMuckraker, Wonk Room and TPMDC
MoJo Articles:
A Tale of Two Sisters  —  Tea party/Christian right 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 …
Boston Herald:
John Kerry bitter as Tea Party gains steam  —  U.S. Sen. John Kerry yesterday mocked Republicans as “Sarah Palin's party” even as the New Hampshire Senate candidate she backed claimed victory in Tuesday's primary and a Tea Party favorite emerged as the GOP's best hope to break the Democratic stranglehold on the Bay State delegation.
The Hill:   New Contract With America nearly done but candidates won't sign it
The Politico:   GOP to roll out election agenda
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
Wall Street Journal:
The Tsunami Heads to Shore  —  The GOP casualties are over.  Now the voter uprising is aiming right at the Democrats.  —  The pros tell us that 2010 will be a “wave” election, and if that's true then think of Republicans as passengers on a ship who have just watched the tsunami roll over them.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Jim DeMint blasts D.C. GOP
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Wire
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
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
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
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.
Jake Wagman / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Fox News sues Robin Carnahan over campaign commercial
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
The Cook Political Report:
Connecticut Senate: A Slow, Steady Move to Toss Up  —  The contest between Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon has been gradually closing over the past few months, and is now in single digits, according to some polls.
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Charlie Cook Moves Connecticut Senate to Toss Up
Discussion: WCTX-TV and TPMDC
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.
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” …
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
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Ira Stoll / The Future of Capitalism:
Weiner, Waxman Set Gold Hearing
Discussion: Power Line and Hit & Run
Pope Benedict XVI goes to war with ‘atheist extremism’
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Rahm, Jackson meet on mayor's race
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
Mchapman / CNSNews:
Violent Crime Declined As Gun Sales Climbed in 2009
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
C. Edmund Wright / American Thinker:
The Architect Has No Clothes  —  Frightening as the image might …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
A Democratic Bloodbath in Ohio?
Discussion: Bloomberg and RTTNews
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
SC Senator Defends Slave Photo: 'It's A Great Statement As To How Far …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and FITSNews
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