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1:30 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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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 …
Matt DeLong / Washington Post:
Christine O'Donnell in 1999: ‘I dabbled into witchcraft’
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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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
‘The gloves are off’: Murkowski pursues write-in bid against Tea Party favorite  —  Declaring that Alaska “cannot accept the extremist views of Joe Miller,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Friday that she intends to run as an independent write-in candidate this November.
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Lisa Murkowski hits up lobbyists
Discussion: Pajamas Media and The Other McCain
Peterhamby / CNN:
Palin: Murkowski write-in campaign ‘futile’
Hotline On Call:
Murkowski Will Run As Write-In
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Great news: Incumbent sore loser to launch desperate bid to keep power
Larry O'Connor / Big Government:
Dem Congresswoman's Supporters Participate in ‘Palin-As-Hitler’ Rally  —  A video showing protesters outside an Americans For Prosperity event has surfaced on the internet.  It shows the protestors with signs depicting Sarah Palin and Glenn beck with Hitler mustaches and the label “Naz-Tea Party” over their pictures.
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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 …
Des Moines Register:
Sarah Palin: GOP, It's time to unite
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
The Monthly 2012  —  There may be a lesson in the results …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway, GOP 12 and Hot Air
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
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Secrets in Plain Sight in Censored Book's Reprint  —  WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency, headquarters for the government's eavesdroppers and code breakers, has been located at Fort Meade, Md., for half a century.  Its nickname, the Fort, has been familiar for decades to neighbors and government workers alike.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Grand Illusion  —  Let me be clear: the idea of an inevitable Republican landslide in November is not a foregone conclusion.  It's a self-perpetuating bit of wishful thinking that's gaining currency through the force of being recycled ad nauseam by overzealous pundits.
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?
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Obama Mocks Public Option Supporters  —  [Ed. note: Jane will be appearing on MSNBC with Cenk Uygur (sitting in for Dylan Ratigan) at approximately 4:30pm EDT.]  —  Obama took the opportunity to mock supporters of the public option last night at a DNC event in Greenwich, Connecticut:
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.
Discussion: The Politico
Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Weekly Address: The Republican Corporate Power Grab  —  The President explains how the most dire warnings about the Citizens United case have been proven valid as Republicans in Congress have blocked legislation to fix it.  —  Click here to see the video.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Renew Call for Third Party  —  Fifty-eight percent of Americans, and 62% of Tea Party supporters, favor third party  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' desires for a third political party are as high as they have been in seven years.  Fifty-eight percent of Americans believe …
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CNN:
New ad brings Tea Party, Progressives Together
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In Delaware, GOP should target Dems, not O'Donnell  —  Imagine for a moment that Republicans were not consumed with the various faults of the party's newly chosen Delaware Senate candidate, Christine O'Donnell.  What would GOP operatives, both in Delaware and in Washington, be doing right now?
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
O'Donnell to summit: 'We're not taking our country back, we are our country'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Democratic candidates backing away from Obama tax plan
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Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
John Boehner: the second of 12 kids from Ohio who is Barack Obama's elitist target
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Don Surber
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Obama slams GOP in pre-election campaign finance fix push
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
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