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9:45 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 …
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 …
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: New York Times 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
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Jim DeMint blasts D.C. GOP
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Why Democrats Can't Win on Taxes  —  Many Democrats up for re-election do not want to vote for any tax increases, but Obama has drawn a line in the sand against tax cuts “for the rich.”  —  To listen to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrats are fired up for a tax debate.
Discussion: Commentary
The Hill:
New Contract With America nearly done; candidates won't sign it
Discussion: The Politico and Right Wing News
CQ Politics:
Reid: Food Safety Bill Is on Hold
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Eye
The Politico:   GOP to roll out election agenda
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, Hot Air and Boston Herald
James Massola / TheAustralian:
Tea Party comes to Australia
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The misguided reaction to Tea Party candidates
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.
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 …
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: TPMDC, Political Punch and The Page
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Tax-Cut Racket  —  “Nice middle class you got here,” …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Gallup
Gene / The Hill:
WHIP COUNT: Democrats in favor of extending all of the Bush tax cuts
Discussion: Sadly, No! and CBS News
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.
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Four Things to Know About Delaware  —  If anything, the PPP (D) poll showing O'Donnell trailing New Castle County Executive Chris Coons by 16 points was only surprising because the lead was so small.  After the divisive primary battle, the revelations about O'Donnell, and her lack …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
O'Donnell, Coons face off in first debate before packed house
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Elizabeth Warren / White 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 …
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Warren's Role, Powers Could Be Loosely Defined  —  WASHINGTON—Elizabeth Warren's job as assistant to the President and a special adviser to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will allow her to play a central role in building the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The Politico
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.
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.
Discussion: Commentary
This isn't about semantics  —  Op-ed: Israel's demand …
Discussion: Commentary and Israel Matzav
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Spring Hill man gets prison for threatening congresswoman
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and The Hill
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Cornyn: Independents keep telling me we should focus on fiscal, not social, issues
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
Not Even Death Can Stop Congress' Pork King
Discussion: YID With LID and Hit & Run
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Democrats Reach Out to Hispanics on Immigration Bill
Discussion: Wonkette and Citizen Orange
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Just a reminder: Sexist RINO establishment ogre Karl Rove …
Illinois Senate Re-visted
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Discussion: Power Line and Hit & Run
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