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4:35 PM ET, September 17, 2010

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David Catanese / The Politico:
Ex-aides unload on Christine O'Donnell  —  By pulling off arguably the biggest upset of the primary election season Tuesday, Christine O'Donnell shocked the Republican establishment and political pundits who didn't think her campaign for the Delaware GOP Senate nomination had a chance.
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Buckley rule  —  Tuesday in Delaware was a bad day not only for Republicans but also for conservatives.  Tea Partyer Christine O'Donnell scored a stunning victory over establishment Republican Mike Castle.  Stunning but pyrrhic.  The very people who have most alerted the country …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
O'Donnell, Coons face off in first debate before packed house
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Does Christine O'Donnell think homosexuality is an identity disorder?
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Politerati
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Backlash Myth  —  Many of my liberal friends are convinced that the Republican Party has a death wish.  It is sprinting to the right-most fever swamps of American life.  It will end up alienating the moderate voters it needs to win elections.  —  There's only one problem with this theory.
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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: Taegan Goddard's …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Gibbs: Palin might be ‘most formidable force’ in the Republican Party
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Page
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
Tea Party's already won
Discussion: Commentary and Wake up America
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Can The Tea Party Reach Out To Social Libertarians?
Discussion: Hit & Run and Eunomia
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
DeMint blasts Murkowski in speech to Values Voters Summit
Discussion: CNN
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
The ‘tea party’ gears up for 2012
Discussion: The Politico, TPMDC and New York Times
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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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Tax-Cut Racket  —  “Nice middle class you got here,” said Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader.  “It would be a shame if something happened to it.”  —  O.K., he didn't actually say that.  But he might as well have, because that's what the current confrontation over taxes amounts to.
Pat G. / Think Progress:   Bayh Argues Bush Tax Cuts For The Rich Should Take Priority …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:   Krugman: Republicans Are Fiscally Irresponsible for Pushing Smaller …
Arifa Akbar / The Independent:
Mao's Great Leap Forward ‘killed 45 million in four years’  —  Mao Zedong, founder of the People's Republic of China, qualifies as the greatest mass murderer in world history, an expert who had unprecedented access to official Communist Party archives said yesterday.
Elizabeth Warren / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Fighting to Protect Consumers  —  Over the past several weeks, the President and I have had extensive conversations about the vital importance of consumer financial protection.  —  The President asked me, and I enthusiastically agreed, to serve as an Assistant to the President and Special Advisor …
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Ezra Klein:
Elizabeth Warren and the government's talent crisis
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and The Caucus
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.
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Ad Watch: Pelosi's VP Pick Slams Her, Obama in New Ad  —  ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports:  —  Here's a sign of the times that takes Democrats breaking with President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to a new level.  —  Remember Chet Edwards?  —  He's the moderate Texas Congressman …
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and The Hill
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IB Times / International Business Times:
Stimulus funds failed to create enough jobs: LA City Controller  —  The Los Angeles City Controller said on Thursday the city's use of its share of the $800 billion federal stimulus find has been disappointing.  —  The city received $111 million in stimulus under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act …
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Romney Unleashed … That's how Mitt Romney, potential presidential candidate, begins his speech to the Values Voter Summit here in Washington today.  The rest of the speech is much less temperate than anything I've heard Romney give this year.  Romney has the fundamentals for a presidential bid down pat …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Salon
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
2012 hopefuls to slam Barack Obama
Discussion: CNN, Taylor Marsh and Ben Smith's Blog
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Comedians Stewart and Colbert plan Oct. 30 rally on the Mall  —  Comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert plan a pair of rallies on the National Mall shortly before Election Day.  —  Stewart said he was organizing a “Rally to Restore Sanity” in Washington on Oct. 30, billed as a …
Discussion: Firedoglake and JammieWearingFool
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Palin Endorses Continetti  —  THE WEEKLY STANDARD has obtained an advance copy of the new paperback edition of The Persecution of Sarah Palin by (THE WEEKLY STANDARD's) Matthew Continetti.  As you can see on the cover, the book carries with it the official endorsement of none other than Sarah Palin herself.
Discussion: Wonkette and Politics Daily
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Where Have All the Deficit Hawks Gone?  —  I noticed that earlier this year we were overwhelmed by a wave of anti-deficit grandstanding throughout the Democratic Party while the Catfood Commission was sending up trial balloons about cutting Social Security benefits, raising the retirement age …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and TPMDC
Duncan Gardham / Telegraph:
Pope visit: Five suspected Islamist terrorists arrested over assassination plot  —  Police have arrested five suspected Islamist terrorists, working as street cleaners in London, over an alleged plan assassinate the Pope.  —  The men were arrested during raids at 5.45am at a rubbish depot …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
America's newest dance hit: “Dude, you have no Koran”  —  I linked an item about this the other day in Headlines but the Times provides detailed background in case you missed it.  Long story short: Yet another pastor was set to torch The Book That Must Not Be Burned until a plucky stoner …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Robert Mackey / The Lede:
A Meme Is Born: ‘Dude, You Have No Koran’
Discussion: Gawker and Mashable!
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
Dinesh D'Souza Digs Himself in Deeper  —  Some more criticism of Forbes's disastrous Obama cover story  —  Dinesh D'Souza has responded to my, uh, criticism of his smear piece that, shamefully, made the cover of Forbes with its claims that Obama is directed by a “Kenyan, anticolonial” …
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.
 
 
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Erick Erickson Smacks Down CNN's Bash for Calling Voter Anger Racist
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
WJLA-TV fires veteran anchor Doug McKelway, cites insubordination, misconduct
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
When Dems take the low road
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
McCain: 'Let's not anticipate a great victory' in November
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Ohio Republican candidate John Kasich caught telling a true story …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA WARNS OF ‘CORPORATE TAKEOVER OF OUR DEMOCRACY’. …
Discussion: The White House
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Harvard/Peretz Controversy Illustrates Folly of Charitable Donations …
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