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1:20 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) …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Howard Dean: ‘I actually approve’ of tea party
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
Discussion: The Politico, TPMDC and New York Times
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
Tea Party's already won
Discussion: Commentary and Wake up America
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
DeMint blasts Murkowski in speech to Values Voters Summit
Discussion: CNN
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.
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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.
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 …
Nouriel Roubini / Washington Post:
What America needs is a payroll tax cut
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Eschaton
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.
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi keeps losing Democrats on tax cuts  —  If the House works its will, the top income tax brackets will enjoy at least one more year of the Bush tax cuts — a development that would be a sharp rebuke of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and President Barack Obama.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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 Algerians Held In Pope Plot Terror Swoop
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
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
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Jon Stewart Plans to Rally Against Extremism  —  Jon Stewart announced his much awaited “big announcement” on Thursday's edition of his late-night program, “The Daily Show.”  He plans to stage a rally in Washington to counter what he identified as extremists on either side of the political spectrum.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Comedians Stewart and Colbert plan Oct. 30 rally on the Mall
Discussion: Firedoglake and JammieWearingFool
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Waiting for Thune  —  I've spent the last couple of days in Des Moines, mostly chatting with Republicans about the coming 2012 caucuses.  —  They're starting, as Jonathan (mostly) and I reported, unexpectedly slowly, and a variety of factors are keeping things murky: The unsettled field …
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.
 
 
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Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
Whitman Gives Generously to Herself
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org and The Page
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Ohio Republican candidate John Kasich caught telling a true story …
Discussion: FishbowlDC, CNN and Wonkette
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
OneUnited Bank received special treatment beyond what was disclosed
Discussion: Hot Air, Political Economy and The BLT
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Once Wary, Obama Relies on Petraeus in Afghanistan
Discussion: Firedoglake and JustOneMinute
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IDENTIFYING A KEY JOBS PROGRAM — AND LETTING IT DIE. …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 Earlier Items: 
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Florida Senate race moves to “Lean Republican”
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Advice for Palin: How to Win Over Iowa
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
Quinnipiac University:
GOP's Portman Up 20 Points In Ohio Senate Race, Quinnipiac …
Discussion: Commentary and The Atlantic Online
Leslie H. Gelb / The Daily Beast:
Hillary's Dangerous Mideast Leap
Discussion: protein wisdom and Commentary