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5:45 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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Does Christine O'Donnell think homosexuality is an identity disorder?
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Politerati
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
O'Donnell, Coons face off in first debate before packed house
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 …
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
DeMint blasts Murkowski in speech to Values Voters Summit
Discussion: CNN and ABCNEWS
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
Hotline On Call:
Murkowski Will Run As Write-In  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) will run for re-election as a write-in candidate after losing her bid for renomination, according to sources briefed on Murkowski's decision.  —  Murkowski's decision will set up a 3-way battle between the incumbent …
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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.
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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Nouriel Roubini / Washington Post:
What America needs is a payroll tax cut  —  Nearly three years since the onset of the financial crisis, the continued weakness of the labor and real estate markets, U.S. consumers' unbalanced balance sheets and fading support from policy stimulus have transformed the risk of a double-dip recession …
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Wiggle Room: Cornyn Suggests He'd Back Temporary Tax Cut Extension (VIDEO)
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:   Krugman: Republicans Are Fiscally Irresponsible for Pushing Smaller …
Pat G. / Think Progress:   Bayh Argues Bush Tax Cuts For The Rich Should Take Priority …
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:   The Obama administration's pipe dreams
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Elizabeth Warren and the government's talent crisis
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and The Caucus
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.
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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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
The Note:
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 Hill and The Politico
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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
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Rout Is On.  —  Campaigns hate it when I suggest they have their races won, so let's include all the traditional caveats.  In a New York minute, everything can change; every candidate is one gaffe away from self-destruction, October surprises may abound, the only poll that matters …
Discussion: Riehl World View
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 …
Discussion: Gawker and Mashable!
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
America's newest dance hit: “Dude, you have no Koran”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
No meeting for O'Donnell and NRSC  —  There was no meeting Friday between Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell (R) and National Republican Senate Campaign Chairman John Cornyn (R-Texas).  —  The two were supposed to met when O'Donnell came to Washington.
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” …
 
 
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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Where Have All the Deficit Hawks Gone?
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