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11:35 AM ET, September 19, 2010


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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Myth and Madness  —  Christine O'Donnell is in a fantasy world.  Literally.  —  The pretty Palin Mini-Me identifies with the women of Middle Earth, comparing herself to the female characters in the “Lord of the Rings” novels by J. R. R. Tolkien.  —  “Look at the significance that he gives to Eowyn …
Michelle Malkin:
Bill Maher's witch hunt — and the missing context for O'Donnell's remarks  —  Narcissism.  Blackmail.  Distortion.  All wrapped in his trademark smirk of pallor.  Yes, it's tired old liberal “comedian” Bill Maher trying to get Senate GOP primary candidate Christine O'Donnell to come …
John / Power Line:
Christine O'Donnell's Career, RIP  —  Christine O'Donnell's campaign went off the rails today when Bill Maher announced that he has previously-unseen clips of O'Donnell from the late 1990s when she appeared several times on his show.  In one clip, she says that she once “dabbled into witchcraft.”
Raven Brooks:
About that Tea Party convention... canceled  —  Back in June we learned that the much hyped Tea Party Unity convention was being canceled and rescheduled to October 14-16 in Las Vegas.  This barely registered a blip with the media at the time and I called them out on it and set the record straight on what this was really about.
Jay Heflin / Ballot Box:
Hayworth to be Tea Party spokesman  —  The Tea Party is expected to announce that former Rep. JD Hayworth (R-Ariz.) will become a national spokesperson for the movement, a source close to the matter told The Hill.  —  Despite Hayworth's unwavering support of tax cuts enacted by President George W. Bush …
Bridget Johnson / Ballot Box:
DeMint rips Murkowski as ‘big-tent hypocrite’  —  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) ripped into Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) as a “big-tent hypocrite” in a fundraising e-mail for Tea Party favorite and GOP nominee Joe Miller on Saturday.  —  Murkowski announced Friday that, after the primary defeat …
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Bloomberg Pushes Moderates in National Races  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I. — In an election year when anger and mistrust have upended races across the country, toppling moderates and elevating white-hot partisans, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is trying to pull politics back to the middle …
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
In Which Mr. Deling Responds to Someone Who Might Be Professor Todd Henderson  —  I had published a link and a long excerpt from Michael O'Hare's rant after reading University of Chicago Law Professor Todd Henderson.  —  And now somebody purporting to be University of Chicago Professor Todd Henderson writes:
Michael O'Hare / The Reality-Based Community:
The whining of the rich  —  Through Glenn Reynolds …
Discussion: Economist's View and Hullabaloo
Daily Mail:
Britain goes halal... but no-one tells the public: How famous institutions serve ritually slaughtered meat with no warning  —  A Mail on Sunday investigation - which will alarm anyone concerned about animal cruelty - has revealed that schools, hospitals, pubs and famous sporting venues …
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Pence edges out Huckabee, Romney in conservatives' straw poll for president  —  Indiana Rep. Mike Pence is the top choice in a field of more well-known GOP figures, including Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin, with 24% of the vote at this weekend's Values Voter Summit.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Gingrich Calls For Federal Ban On Shariah Law In US
Pence wins Values Voter straw poll
Discussion: The Politico, Hot Air and Ballot Box
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Members of U.S. platoon in Afghanistan accused of killing civilians for sport  —  AT JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, WASH. The U.S. soldiers hatched a plan as simple as it was savage: to randomly target and kill an Afghan civilian, and to get away with it.  —  For weeks, according to Army charging documents …
New York Post:
Rep. Meeks helped ‘jihad’ flier  —  Tweet  —  US Rep. Gregory Meeks scolded immigration officials for questioning a Muslim scholar whose nonprofits have been linked to financing terrorism.  —  The Queens Democrat contacted federal agencies — finally appealing to then-Homeland Security …
Des Moines Register:
Reaction to Sarah Palin speech by Iowa Republican activists  —  Should former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin decide to make a presidential bid, Iowa Republicans voting in the leadoff caucuses would have the opportunity to give her candidacy a major boost or a setback.  Here are reactions from key activists after her speech Friday night.
TEApublican / The Iowa Republican:   Sarah Palin Shines in Iowa Foreshadowing of 2012 Return
Nicholas Riccardi / Los Angeles Times:
Internal memo accuses Sheriff Arpaio's department of wrongdoing  —  The Arizona lawman's No. 2 man and other top officials are accused of using the anti-corruption unit to conduct politically motivated investigations and to surveil campaign rivals.  —  Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio received a 63-page memo from a deputy chief.
Arizona Republic:
Joe Arpaio's two aides put on administrative leave after accusation of misconduct
Discussion: Raw Story and Feathered Bastard
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Helen Thomas receiving lifetime achievement award from CAIR
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