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8:25 AM ET, September 17, 2010


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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 …
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) …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
The ‘tea party’ gears up for 2012  —  The playbook for winning the Republican presidential nomination begins with a set of inviolable rules: Start early, raise millions, build an organization, and trudge across the country seeking the blessing of mayors and money men.
Wall Street Journal:
Why It's Time for the Tea Party  —  The populist movement is more a critique of the GOP than a wing of it.  —  This fact marks our political age: The pendulum is swinging faster and in shorter arcs than it ever has in our lifetimes.  Few foresaw the earthquake of 2008 in 2006.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
James Massola / TheAustralian:
Tea Party comes to Australia
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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 …
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.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Jim DeMint blasts D.C. GOP  —  A day after saying the GOP had united headed into the fall elections, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint laid out a sweeping indictment of Washington Republicans on Thursday, accusing party leaders of quietly trying to discredit conservatives and undermine their chances at the polls.
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Wire
Wall Street Journal:
The Tsunami Heads to Shore
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 …
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; candidates won't sign it
Discussion: The Politico
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
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
Leslie H. Gelb / The Daily Beast:
Hillary's Dangerous Mideast Leap  — trending topics - COLLEGE RANKINGS - GET AMERICA BACK TO WORK - NY FASHION WEEK - MIDTERMS - CHRISTINE O'DONNELL - TEA PARTY  —  Unless the secretary of State knows something we don't, the Middle East peace talks will fail.  And failure is worse than not negotiating.
This isn't about semantics  —  Op-ed: Israel's demand …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Commentary
Fox News:
White House: Global Warming Out, ‘Global Climate Disruption’ In  —  From the administration that brought you “man-caused disaster” and “overseas contingency operation,” another terminology change is in the pipeline.  —  The White House wants the public to start using the term …
Discussion: Hot Air and Michelle Malkin
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 to launch a blistering attack on …
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Democrats Reach Out to Hispanics on Immigration Bill  —  Democrats' decision to put forward legislation that would grant legal status to some students who are illegal immigrants is meant to bolster support among an important voter group going into the midterms and beyond: Hispanics, the largest minority in the country.
Discussion: Wonkette and Citizen Orange
Michael Roston / New York Times:
New York City Battered by Fierce Storm  —  The New York City area was battered Thursday afternoon by a fierce storm that killed one person in Queens, snarled commuter rail service, and knocked down trees in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island after weather officials issued tornado warnings for the city.
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
Not Even Death Can Stop Congress' Pork King  —  In death as in life, no one can stop the late Congressman Jack Murtha from spending your tax money on projects in his Pennsylvania district in the name of national security.  —  The former defense-appropriations chief in the House …
Discussion: YID With LID and Hit & Run
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Cornyn: Independents keep telling me we should focus on fiscal, not social, issues  —  Via lefty Greg Sargent, who notes that O'Donnell's big win in Delaware adds a new layer of nuance to this strategy: … I assume this explains why he's resisting pressure from the Family Research Council …
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