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4:05 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
O'Donnell Said She Practiced Witchcraft
Christine O'Donnell / Associated Press:
Senate hopeful O'Donnell cancels national TV spots
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?
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Renew Call for Third Party
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
‘The gloves are off’: Murkowski pursues write-in bid against Tea Party favorite
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:
Gingrich blasts Democratic establishment at annual summit
Discussion: Politics Daily and Ballot Box
Roxana Tiron / Ballot Box:   Gingrich to activists: ‘Establishment is in such a state of shock’
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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Christopher Keating / Capitol Watch:
President Obama's Remarks At Greenwich Fundraiser At Conyers Farm …
Discussion: Rough Sketch and PostPartisan
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
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?
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
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
Senate Bill Addressing Food Safety Is Stalled  —  WASHINGTON — After his mother died from eating contaminated peanut butter, Jeff Almer went to Washington to push for legislation that might save others from similar fates.  And then he went again.  And again.  And again.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Truthdig
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.
 
 
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
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