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8:25 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) …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Washington Wire and The Hill
The Hill:
New Contract With America nearly done but candidates won't sign it  —  Republicans will not sign the new “Contract with America,” and GOP candidates won't be invited to the document's unveiling, unlike in 1994.  —  Sixteen years ago, more than 300 Republican congressional candidates marched …
Discussion: The Politico
Boston Herald:
John Kerry bitter as Tea Party gains steam
Discussion: Don Surber and Riehl World View
Wall Street Journal:
The Tsunami Heads to Shore
Discussion: American Power and NRSC
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The Sore Loser Party
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
Discussion: Truthdig and The Page
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Chris Dodd warns White House on Elizabeth Warren move
Discussion: CNN and Shakesville
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
Arloc Sherman / Off the Charts Blog:
Looking at Today's Poverty Numbers
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Pelosi hedges on tax cuts  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday renewed her pledge to pass an extension of the Bush tax cuts for the middle class, but now she's leaving the door open to extending the tax cuts for upper-income Americans.  —  The California Democrat, speaking …
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS, Pajamas Media and John Boehner
Gene / The Hill:
WHIP COUNT: Democrats in favor of extending all of the Bush tax cuts  —  The following Democrats have come out in support of extending all of the George W. Bush-era tax cuts.  A full extension of the tax cuts would include those individuals making more than $200,000 and families making more than $250,000.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Aides working for Maxine Waters asked to leave Pelosi event
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Cassandra McKee / Congress Blog:
The big double dip: Not one but two tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans
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.
The Note:
Does Delaware Giveth and Connecticut Taketh Away From Dems
Discussion: CNN
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Charlie Cook Moves Connecticut Senate to Toss Up
Discussion: WCTX-TV and TPMDC
Penelope Cruz / 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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Jimmy Carter blames Kennedy for blocking healthcare reform
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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
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!
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 …
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” …
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.
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
O'Donnell In 2007: Scientists Have Created Mice With Human Brains!
Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
DADT Held Hostage?
Alicia E. Barrón / KASW-TV:
Sheriff wants armed posse to enforce illegal immigration laws
Discussion: Wonk Room and ImmigrationProf Blog
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
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 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Is the Dems' Bush strategy finally gaining traction?
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
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Oh, Dear Lord