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5:30 PM ET, September 18, 2010

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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Christine O'Donnell In Oct. 1999: ‘I Dabbled Into Witchcraft’  —  Before she stole the hearts of tea party activists, Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell was best known for her regular and bizarre punditry on 22 different episodes of Politically Incorrect.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
O'Donnell cancels “Face the Nation” appearance  —  Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell has backed out of an appearance tomorrow on CBS's “Face the Nation” with no explanation to the network.  —  “They just emailed us and said she needed to cancel,” said Mary Hager, “Face the Nation's,” senior producer.
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Following Revelation Of ‘Witchcraft’ Comment, O'Donnell Cancels Sunday Show Appearances  —  As ThinkProgress reported, last night on his HBO show, Bill Maher aired a clip from an Oct. 29, 1999 show of Politically Incorrect, in which Republican senate candidate Christine O'Donnell revealed that she “dabbled into witchcraft.”
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Christine O'Donnell / Associated Press:
Senate hopeful O'Donnell cancels national TV spots  —  WASHINGTON — Christine O'Donnell, the tea party darling whose Republican primary win in Delaware's Senate race shocked the GOP, has canceled her appearances on two national news shows.  —  O'Donnell had been set to appear on “Face the Nation” on CBS and “Fox News Sunday.”
Matt DeLong / Washington Post:
Christine O'Donnell in 1999: ‘I dabbled into witchcraft’  —  The story of Christine O'Donnell's past got a little stranger Friday.  Bill Maher — on whose former show, “Politically Incorrect,” O'Donnell appeared repeatedly in the late 1990s — showed a previously unaired clip from Oct. 29 …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
O'Donnell Said She Practiced Witchcraft
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich: Force Kathleen Sebelius out  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Saturday said Republicans should try to oust Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius because she was acting “in the spirit of the Soviet tyranny” and represents “left-wing thought police.”
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CNN:
Pence wins Values Voter straw poll  —  Indiana Rep. Mike Pence is the winner of a presidential straw poll among socially conservative voters Saturday.  —  (CNN) - Indiana Rep. Mike Pence was the winner Saturday of the fifth annual Values Voter straw poll, an early test of where a string …
Roxana Tiron / Ballot Box:
Gingrich to activists: ‘Establishment is in such a state of shock’  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) on Saturday said that the “establishment is in such a state of shock.”  —  Gingrich took the podium on Saturday at the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit to a standing ovation from the conservative audience.
CNN:
Gingrich blasts Democratic establishment at annual summit
Discussion: Politics Daily and Ballot Box
Anchorage Daily News:
Murkowski says 'Let's Make History'  —  With the slogan “Let's Make History,” Lisa Murkowski announced Friday she'd pursue an unprecedented write-in bid to keep her seat in the U.S. Senate after losing the Republican primary to Joe Miller.  —  The decision is a historic gamble for Murkowski …
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
What ‘Republican establishment’ is the Tea Party rattling?
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
‘The gloves are off’: Murkowski pursues write-in bid against Tea Party favorite
Michael O'Hare / The Reality-Based Community:
The whining of the rich  —  Through Glenn Reynolds, whither I wandered because of Mark's post about something else entirely, I came upon this truly amazing pasticcio of mendacity, ignorance, and small-minded cupidity.  It's worth a close look because the author is a law professor …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jennifer Rubin / Weekly Standard:
Truth, Justice, or the Obama Way  —  The Justice Department is forced to investigate itself.  —  It is about to get harder for both the Obama administration and the mainstream media to downplay the New Black Panther party scandal.  —  The mainstream media did their best to ignore …
Discussion: National Review
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Bill Maher: Obama Would Be A Better President ‘If He Was Fully Black’  —  Bill Maher on Friday said Barack Obama's problem is “he's only half black.”  He'd be a better president “if he was fully black.”  —  In the season premiere of HBO's “Real Time,” while chatting with former Clinton …
Washington Post:
Was politics behind the government's decision to preserve the UAW's pensions?  —  IT IS ONE of the enduring puzzles surrounding the bailout of General Motors: Why did retired salaried personnel of a former GM division, Delphi, receive a fraction of their promised pension benefits …
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Steve Jobs In Email Pissing Match with College Journalism Student  —  Steve Jobs is known for replying to random emails sent to his personal Apple email address.  Well, a college journalism student from Long Island emailed him about a problem she had with Apple's PR department.  Jobs' response?
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's view of liberal criticisms  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  Last night, Barack Obama spoke at a $30,000 per plate DNC fundraising event at the “home of Richard and Ellen Richman, who live in the exclusive Conyers Farm development in Greenwich [Connecticut]'s famed ‘back country’ neighborhood …
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Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Wide GOP Lead Among Interested Voters; Obama Job …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Democratic candidates backing away from President Obama's tax plan
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FDIC:
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Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
John Boehner: the second of 12 kids from Ohio who is Barack Obama's elitist target
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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Grand Illusion  —  Let me be clear: the idea of an inevitable …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Secrets in Plain Sight in Censored Book's Reprint
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Renew Call for Third Party
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Obama slams GOP in pre-election campaign finance fix push
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Larry O'Connor / Big Government:
Dem Congresswoman's Supporters Participate in ‘Palin-As-Hitler’ Rally