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10:45 AM ET, September 17, 2010

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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 …
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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.
Discussion: Politics Daily, Wonkette and Salon
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
O'Donnell, Coons face off in first debate before packed house  —  WILMINGTON, Del. — Just two days after her upset of Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) in the state's Republican Senate primary, Tea Party-backed Christine O'Donnell shared a stage with New Castle County Executive Chris Coons (D) …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Jim DeMint blasts D.C. GOP
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and Washington Wire
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Four Things to Know About Delaware
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
Tea Party's already won  —  Even before Christine O'Donnell handily defeated Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) in an epic upset Tuesday night, the Tea Parties, all of them, had already won.  No matter what happens in the midterm elections on Nov. 2, the Tea Party has moved the Democrats to the right …
Discussion: Commentary
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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.
Discussion: The Politico, TPMDC and New York Times
Wall Street Journal:
Why It's Time for the Tea Party
Discussion: Betsy's Page, Hot Air and Boston Herald
James Massola / TheAustralian:
Tea Party comes to Australia
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Krugman: Republicans Are Fiscally Irresponsible for Pushing Smaller Tax Cut, Threatening Much Larger One  —  This is sort of impressive: Paul Krugman simultaneously castigates Republicans for the fiscal irresponsibility of wanting to extend tax cuts for the rich that cost about $700 billion …
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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.
Discussion: TalkLeft, RedState, Daily Kos and Gallup
Wall Street Journal:
Why Democrats Can't Win on Taxes
Discussion: Commentary
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Is Ohio slipping from Democrats' grasp?  —  1. New numbers out of Ohio from Quinnipiac University show Republicans running away with the gubernatorial and Senate races even as Democrats insist that they are still in the game in this most critical of electoral battlegrounds.
Discussion: Hot Air, TPMDC and Scared Monkeys
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Erika Bolstad / Anchorage Daily News:
Murkowski continues to mull write-in effort
Discussion: Ballot Box and Hotline On Call
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.
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Advice for Palin: How to Win Over Iowa  —  Sarah Palin is not running for president.  —  Yet.  —  But the former Alaska governor turned media celebrity turned Tea Party queenmaker is headed to Iowa, the Midwestern state which holds the first-in-the-nation contest for president every four years.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Des Moines Register:
Sarah Palin in Iowa under political microscope
Discussion: GOP 12
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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Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Warren's Role, Powers Could Be Loosely Defined
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The Politico
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.
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
O'Donnell In 1996: Investigate Bill Clinton For Murder Of Vince Foster (VIDEO)
Mike Allen / The Politico:
2012 hopefuls to slam Barack Obama  —  The tough rhetoric of the 2012 Republican presidential primary season will get a tryout Friday when former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) slam President Barack Obama at the Family Research Council's “Values Voters Summit.”
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and CNN
Cheryl Robinson / CNN:
Paldino mailing sends a smelly message  —  New York (CNN) — Whew!!  Something stinks!  But before you run to take out the trash, check the stack of mail you just carried inside.  —  A few thousand New York household received an odoriferous gift in the mail from Carl Paladino …
New York Post:
Harman, Diller could bring ‘News-Beast’ to life  —  Tweet  —  Speculation is swirling anew that Barry Diller is working on a plan to combine his IAC/InterActiveCorp-owned Daily Beast with the Newsweek digital operations.  —  Such a combination would give both Web operations some critical mass …
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.
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.
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The Hill:
New Contract With America nearly done; candidates won't sign it
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 …
BBC:
Pope visit: Five men held over papal terror alert  —  Maximum security: Police outriders escorting the Popemobile  —  Five men have been arrested in London by the Metropolitan Police in relation to a potential threat to Pope Benedict XVI's visit.  —  The arrests were made at 0545 BST …
Discussion: msnbc.com, New York Times and Guardian
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.
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CQ Politics:
Reid: Food Safety Bill Is on Hold
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Eye
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Documentary?  Better Call It Performance Art  —  CASEY AFFLECK wants to come clean.  —  His new movie, “I'm Still Here,” was performance.  Almost every bit of it.  Including Joaquin Phoenix's disturbing appearance on David Letterman's late-night show in 2009, Mr. Affleck said in a candid interview …
 
 
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
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Weiner, Waxman Set Gold Hearing
Discussion: Power Line and Hit & Run
Guardian:
Pope Benedict XVI goes to war with ‘atheist extremism’