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12:45 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  —  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) …
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Four Things to Know About Delaware
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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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
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
Wall Street Journal:
Why It's Time for the Tea Party
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, Daily Kos, RedState and Gallup
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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 …
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi keeps losing Democrats on tax cuts
Discussion: Daily Kos
Wall Street Journal:
Why Democrats Can't Win on Taxes
Discussion: Commentary and Betsy's Page
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.
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 …
Discussion: BBC and Jihad Watch
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Sky News:
Five Street Cleaners Held Over ‘Pope Plot’
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
UK: Five Islamists Arrested Over Plot to Assassinate Pope Benedict...
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
Quinnipiac University:
GOP's Portman Up 20 Points In Ohio Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Give Obama A 22-Point Thumbs Down  —  Republican Rob Portman holds a 55 - 35 percent lead over Democratic Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher among likely voters in the race for Ohio's U.S. Senate seat …
Discussion: Hot Air and Commentary
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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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David Zahniser / Los Angeles Times:
Two L.A. agencies get $111 million in stimulus funds but have created only 55 jobs
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Foundry
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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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: Taylor Marsh and GOP 12
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
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Harvard/Peretz Controversy Illustrates Folly of Charitable Donations to Wealthy U.S. Universities  —  Canaday Common Room entrance, former home of The Harvard Independent (my photo, available under cc license)  —  I realized dimly that New Republic editor in chief Martin Peretz had apologized …
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: Lawyers, Guns & Money and TPMDC
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 …
Robert Mackey / The Lede:
A Meme Is Born: ‘Dude, You Have No Koran’  —  As with so many things in America these days, a planned Koran-burning in Texas last week that seemed as if it might end in tears, instead ended in Auto-Tuning.  —  While much of the planet was focused on the possibility that the pastor …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA WARNS OF ‘CORPORATE TAKEOVER OF OUR DEMOCRACY’.... We talked earlier this week about far-right interest groups collecting millions for attack ads, all in support of Republican candidates, and financed through shadowy groups awash in undisclosed donations.
Discussion: The White House
 
 
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Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
Whitman Gives Generously to Herself
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Ohio Republican candidate John Kasich caught telling a true story …
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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Once Wary, Obama Relies on Petraeus in Afghanistan
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New York Times:
Don't Enforce 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
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IDENTIFYING A KEY JOBS PROGRAM — AND LETTING IT DIE. …
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 Earlier Items: 
Nouriel Roubini / Washington Post:
What America needs is a payroll tax cut
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Eschaton
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DeMint: 'No, I'm not going to run' for president
Discussion: GOP 12
Neil Irwin / Political Economy:
The understaffed Fed: What it really means
Discussion: Ezra Klein, Free exchange and FrumForum
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
At 103, a Judge Has One Caveat: No Lengthy Trials
Discussion: Above the Law and Law Blog
Cheryl Robinson / CNN:
Paldino mailing sends a smelly message
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Leslie H. Gelb / The Daily Beast:
Hillary's Dangerous Mideast Leap
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
O'Donnell In 2007: Scientists Have Created Mice With Human Brains!