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1:30 AM ET, September 18, 2010

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Murkowski Will Run As Write-In  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) will run for re-election as a write-in candidate after losing her bid for renomination, according to sources briefed on Murkowski's decision.  —  Murkowski's decision will set up a 3-way battle between the incumbent …
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Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
Murkowski supporters: come to “campaign kickoff” tonight  —  From Sean Cockerham in Anchorage -  —  Lisa Murkowski supporters are urging people to come out tonight for what's being called a “campaign kick off,” although her campaign manager isn't ready to say that she's decided to run.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Murkowski Can Win as Write-In  —  The Hotline reports that Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, who was defeated in the Republican primary last month by Joe Miller, will run for the Senate as a write-in candidate against Mr. Miller and the Democratic candidate, Scott McAdams.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Anchorage Daily News:
Murkowski says 'Let's Make History'  —  With the slogan “Let's Make History,” Lisa Murkowski announced Friday she'd pursue an unprecedented write-in bid to keep her seat in the U.S. Senate after losing the Republican primary to Joe Miller.  —  The decision is a historic gamble for Murkowski …
Discussion: Swing State Project, Hot Air and TPMDC
Peterhamby / CNN:
Palin: Murkowski write-in campaign ‘futile’  —  Sarah Palin took a shot at longtime rival Lisa Murkowski on Friday.  —  Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Moments after her high-profile speech to the Iowa Republican Party, Sarah Palin addressed Friday's news that Sen. Lisa Murkowski …
Discussion: Wonkette
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
‘The gloves are off’: Murkowski pursues write-in bid against Miller  —  Declaring that Alaska “cannot accept the extremist views of Joe Miller,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Friday that she intends to run as an independent write-in candidate this November.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Robert Costa / National Review:
Miller to NRO: Her ‘Lifeblood is power’  —  Joe Miller tells National Review Online that Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a member of the “ruling class,” is “refusing to relinquish power.”  —  Miller, Alaska's GOP Senate nominee, defeated Murkowski in an August primary.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Great news: Incumbent sore loser to launch desperate bid to keep power
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Ballot Box
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Lisa Murkowski announces write-in bid
Discussion: Right Pundits
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
DeMint blasts Murkowski in speech to Values Voters Summit
Discussion: CNN and ABCNEWS
Fox News:
Palin Opens Up About Possible 2012 Run, Says She's Willing to ‘Give It a Shot’  —  Sarah Palin may be edging closer to a 2012 presidential run, telling Fox News “I would give it a shot” if the American people think she's “the one.”  —  The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee …
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
What The White House Wants To Say, But Can't  —  So here's the scenario.  The Democrats who craft political strategy for the party have tried to figure out how to somehow use the Tea Party moment to provide an advantage to their base.  When the Tea Partiers, collectively …
Discussion: Tammy Bruce, Hot Air and JOSHUAPUNDIT
Des Moines Register:
Sarah Palin: GOP, It's time to unite
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
The Monthly 2012  —  There may be a lesson in the results …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Outside the Beltway
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In Delaware, GOP should target Dems, not O'Donnell  —  Imagine for a moment that Republicans were not consumed with the various faults of the party's newly chosen Delaware Senate candidate, Christine O'Donnell.  What would GOP operatives, both in Delaware and in Washington, be doing right now?
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David Catanese / The Politico:
Ex-aides unload on Christine O'Donnell
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
O'Donnell to summit: 'We're not taking our country back, we are our country'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Busted... Vile Protesters With “Nazi” Signs Filmed Entering Dem Rep's Office After Rally (Video) ...Update: OFA Protester ID'ed- Top Obama Campaign Worker ...Update: Kinzinger Demands Apology  —  What a complete shock...  Vile protesters with Nazi signs were caught on film returning …
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Larry O'Connor / Big Government:
Dem Congresswoman's Supporters Participate in ‘Palin-As-Hitler’ Rally  —  A video showing protesters outside an Americans For Prosperity event has surfaced on the internet.  It shows the protestors with signs depicting Sarah Palin and Glenn beck with Hitler mustaches and the label “Naz-Tea Party” over their pictures.
Ezra Klein:
The Obama administration's pipe dreams  —  The White House held a conference call today for Elizabeth Warren and various bloggers and writers.  Most of it was what you'd expect, but Warren did mention that Rep. Barney Frank once told her that getting a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was a “pipe dream.”
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Matthew Jaffe / ABCNEWS:
End of Fine Print? Elizabeth Warren vs. Wall St.
Discussion: CNN
The Huffington Post:
Elizabeth Warren To Lead Search For New Consumer Chief, Could ‘Pull A Dick Cheney’
Pat G. / Wonk Room:
Bayh Says Poverty Increase Means Congress Should Ignore ‘Fairness’ And Cut Taxes For The Rich  —  Yesterday, the Census Bureau released a report showing that one in seven Americans is currently living in poverty, and that the median income decreased by nearly five percent during the last decade.
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Obama Mocks Public Option Supporters  —  [Ed. note: Jane will be appearing on MSNBC with Cenk Uygur (sitting in for Dylan Ratigan) at approximately 4:30pm EDT.]  —  Obama took the opportunity to mock supporters of the public option last night at a DNC event in Greenwich, Connecticut:
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Shifting Demographics of Poverty  —  There was some discussion on Twitter earlier today about one of my favorite themes—the large reduction in poverty associated with the Great Society and the uptick in poverty circa 1980.  I've been persuaded that the best way to understand this is by looking …
CNN:
New ad brings Tea Party, Progressives Together  —  Tea Party supporters and progressives have teamed up to support the Fair Elections Now Act.  —  (CNN) - Campaign finance reform is the issue that the Tea Party and progressives can agree on - at least in new ads designed to drum up support for the Fair Elections Now Act.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Rout Is On.  —  Campaigns hate it when I suggest they have their races won, so let's include all the traditional caveats.  In a New York minute, everything can change; every candidate is one gaffe away from self-destruction, October surprises may abound, the only poll that matters …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Janet Napolitano: ‘This is a civilian border’  —  Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on Friday warned against militarizing the U.S.-Mexico border and insisted that, despite a public outcry over illegal immigration and violence in the area, security along the nearly 2000-mile-long dividing line …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Bachmann: Obama is infantile  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) compared the president to a child in a toy store Friday.  —  Speaking to the Value Voters Summit in Washington, Bachmann asserted that Obama — a former constitutional law lecturer — thinks the key rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence are negatives.
Brian / Right Wing Watch:
If you thought Christine O'Donnell was bad...  Meet the GOP's extreme nominee for Delaware's open seat in the House, Glen Urquhart.  Since Mike Castle vacated the seat in order to (unsuccessfully) run for Senate, the Republicans nominated Urquhart in a tight primary election.
Christopher Keating / Capitol Watch:
President Obama's Remarks At Greenwich Fundraiser At Conyers Farm, Where GOP's Linda McMahon Lives  —  The White House released the transcript of President Barack Obama's remarks at the home of Richard and Ellen Richman, who live in the exclusive Conyers Farm development in Greenwich's famed “back country” neighborhood.
Discussion: Salon and Rough Sketch
 
 
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