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2:20 PM ET, September 17, 2010

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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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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Howard Dean: ‘I actually approve’ of tea party  —  Howard Dean, whose 2004 presidential bid tapped the anger of a disaffected Democratic base, expressed a surprising admiration for the mad-as-hell tea party movement — but thinks it will be ultimately hobbled by a “racist fringe” encouraged by a “race-baiting” FOX News network.
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) …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
The ‘tea party’ gears up for 2012
Discussion: TPMDC and New York Times
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
Tea Party's already won
Discussion: Commentary and Wake up America
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
McCain: 'Let's not anticipate a great victory' in November
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
DeMint blasts Murkowski in speech to Values Voters Summit
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Michelle Goldberg / The Daily Beast:
My Ex-Gay Life With the Tea Party Queen  — trending topics - COLLEGE RANKINGS - GET AMERICA BACK TO WORK - NY FASHION WEEK - MIDTERMS - CHRISTINE O'DONNELL - TEA PARTY  —  Wade Richards helped Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell rail against gay rights—until he came out.
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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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.
Nouriel Roubini / Washington Post:
What America needs is a payroll tax cut
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Eschaton
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:   Krugman: Republicans Are Fiscally Irresponsible for Pushing Smaller …
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.
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
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
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Romney Unleashed … That's how Mitt Romney, potential …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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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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
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: The Note, The Hill, Daily Kos and CNN
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Wall Street Journal:
Why Democrats Can't Win on Taxes
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 …
Political Correction RSS:
Huckabee Supports Denying Coverage For Those With Preexisting Conditions  —  1 hour and 42 minutes ago — Chris Harris  —  Today marks the start of the religious right's Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC.  After a rousing multi-verse rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee took the stage.
Jeremy P. Jacobs / Hotline On Call:
Iowans Courting DeMint For A Visit  —  Here's a sign how how quickly Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-SC) stock is rising in the right wing of the GOP: Bob Vander Plaats, the chairman of Mike Huckabee's '08 Iowa campaign, approached DeMint's staff on Friday about visiting Iowa.
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Advice for Palin: How to Win Over Iowa
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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” …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Taxing Commuters Without a Commuter Tax  —  Lydia DePillis reports on the release of a hot new book on the sexy sexy subject of Finance and Governance of Capital Cities in Federal Systems, detailing the unique burdens such cities face: … It always strikes me that DC government ought …
Discussion: Housing Complex and Eschaton
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 …
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
When Dems take the low road  —  It isn't every day that Democrats target Latino challengers with nasty anti-immigrant ads, but these are apparently desperate times for certain embattled Dems.  —  Check out this remarkably vicious new ad from Blue Dog Dem Walt Minnick of Idaho …
Discussion: Immigration Chronicles and TPMDC
 
 
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Erick Erickson Smacks Down CNN's Bash for Calling Voter Anger Racist
Discussion: Mediaite
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
WJLA-TV fires veteran anchor Doug McKelway, cites insubordination, misconduct
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and FishbowlDC
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Rout Is On.  —  Campaigns hate it when I suggest …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Ohio Republican candidate John Kasich caught telling a true story …
Discussion: FishbowlDC, CNN and Wonkette
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA WARNS OF ‘CORPORATE TAKEOVER OF OUR DEMOCRACY’. …
Discussion: The White House
Robert Mackey / The Lede:
A Meme Is Born: ‘Dude, You Have No Koran’
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Harvard/Peretz Controversy Illustrates Folly of Charitable Donations …
Cheryl Robinson / CNN:
Paldino mailing sends a smelly message