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7:25 PM ET, September 20, 2010

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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Republicans will unveil their new ‘Contract’ on Thursday in Virginia  —  Republicans will unveil their new “Contract with America” in Virginia on Thursday, less than two months before election day.  —  The GOP, which polls show has a strong chance of winning back the House this fall …
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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Obama To Hedge Fund Manager Who Complains Of Being ‘Whacked’: ‘Most Folks On Main Street’ Feel Beat Up  —  Today, President Obama participated in a live CNBC townhall event.  Recently, Obama has been feeling the “rage of the rich,” as Paul Krugman describes it today.
The Politico:
House may adjourn by end of week
Discussion: FrumForum
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Disappointed Supporters Question Obama
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
Carter: ‘Probably superior’ to other ex-presidents  —  Former President Jimmy Carter (right) standing off to the side in a photo with the living presidents (and then-President-elect Obama) in the Oval Office.  —  *** UPDATE 3:59 pm ET *** Former President Carter issued a written statement after his comments aired:
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Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
BACK TO THE SEVENTIES  —  For most people, it's hard to imagine …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
The Politico:
White House: New York Times report ‘100 percent wrong’  —  The White House is pushing back hard against a New York Times report that the president's political team is considering a national ad campaign that would cast the GOP as taken over by tea party extremists.  (See: Tea party dominates the narrative)
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New York Times:
The Mood of Voters: Men Are Fuming, Women Despairing  —  It is not exactly the year of the angry man, but it may be something close to that.  A recent New York Times/CBS News poll found a striking difference in the way men and women say they are going to vote come November.
New York Times:
Obama Aides Weigh Bid to Tie the G.O.P. to the Tea Party
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Town Hall Questioner To Obama: “I'm Exhausted Of Defending You”  —  “I'm one of your middle class Americans.  And quite frankly, I'm exhausted.  Exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for,” a woman told President Obama at a town hall.
CREW:
CREW CALLS FOR FEDERAL CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO CHRISTINE O'DONNELL FOR CAMPAIGN FINANCE FRAUD  —  Washington, D.C. -Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed complaints with the Delaware U.S. Attorney's Office and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) …
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The Note:
Delaware GOP Chair Tom Ross: I Will Support Christine O'Donnell …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and TPMDC
nber.org:
Business Cycle Dating Committee, National Bureau of Economic Research  —  The Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research met yesterday by conference call.  At its meeting, the committee determined that a trough in business activity occurred in the U.S. economy in June 2009.
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Rasmussen Reports:
52% of Voters Say Their Views Are More Like Palin's Than Obama's  —  Fifty-two percent (52%) of Likely U.S. Voters say their own views are closer to Sarah Palin's than they are to President Obama's, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Kaufman: GOP waging ‘holy jihad’ to extend tax cuts  —  Republicans are fighting to extend tax cuts for high earners with the intensity of a “holy jihad,” a Democratic senator charged Monday.  —  Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Del.) said he didn't see any room for compromise with Republicans …
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Generic Ballot Virtually Tied: Democrats 46%, Republicans 45%  —  Republicans losing strength in September compared with August  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup's generic ballot for Congress for the week of Sept. 13-19 shows a 46% Democratic and 45% Republican split in registered voters' preferences for the midterm congressional elections.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Koch Industries Lawyer to White House: How Did You Get Our Tax Information?  —  Lately, the White House and its allies have been drawing attention to the political activities of libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch.  In an August 9 speech, President Obama singled out Americans for Prosperity …
Robin Knight / CNBC:
UK Proposes All Paychecks Go to the State First  —  The UK's tax collection agency is putting forth a proposal that all employers send employee paychecks to the government, after which the government would deduct what it deems as the appropriate tax and pay the employees by bank transfer.
Scott Keyes / Think Progress:
Tea Party Leader Dick Armey: Social Security Is A Corrupt ‘Ponzi Scheme’  —  This past weekend, conservative activists and Tea Party groups gathered in Chicago for the Right Nation 2010 convention.  Among those who attended was former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, the chairman of one of the original Tea Party groups, FreedomWorks.
Discussion: The Politico and TPMDC
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TMZ.com:
‘Dancing’ Studio on Red Sarah Palin Alert  —  There will be high security tonight when Sarah Palin shows up to watch daughter Bristol perform on “Dancing with the Stars” ... TMZ has learned.  —  Our spies say security guards at CBS Television City in L.A. — the place where “Dancing” is broadcast — is on “heightened alert.”
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
On the Cheapness of Life  —  Andrew and Jack Shafer's reminiscence over the legacy of Martin Peretz, and quasi-defense of his bigotry, motivated me to do some of my own reflecting.  To the present business, there is no actual defense of the statement “Muslim life is cheap, particularly to Muslims.”
Ryan J. Donmoyer / Bloomberg:
Obama Among ‘Small Businesses’ Bearing Share of Tax on Wealthy  —  Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says President Barack Obama wants to subject half of all small-business income to a tax increase, a move that he says would strike a blow at the U.S. job-creation engine.
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
GOP: Bechtel, PricewaterhouseCoopers And Other 'Small Businesses …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Dem worries on Stewart rally  —  Jon Stewart's planned “Rally for Sanity” sounded a bit like a joke when he announced — without his permit application approved — that he'd hold it on October 30 in Washington, D.C.  —  But it's suddenly looking quite real: Nearly 100,000 people have written …
 
 
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Fhardingj / CNN:
DNC raises nearly $11 million; awaiting RNC numbers
Discussion: The Politico
Andrew Marcus / Big Government:
Andrew Breitbart Forces President Obama's Protesters to Fold Up Shop
Robert Samuelson / Real Clear Politics:
The Problem With Sound-Bite Economics
Fhardingj / CNN:
Senate to vote on taking up 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal
Discussion: The Note
Gabriel Beltrone / Ben Smith's Blog:
Clinton and Obama, feeling and understanding
Discussion: The Politico and Marbury
Alex Massie / Spectator:
Irish Austerity Update
Ethan Rome / The Huffington Post:
Insurance Companies Abandon Sick Children And Lie About It …
Ezra Klein:
How Newt Gingrich remade the Senate
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Another tie at the top
Discussion: GOP 12
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Nita Lowey rival wrote anti-integration, racially charged essay
Discussion: Salon and New York Magazine
All American Blogger:
Al Sharpton Tolerates and Justifies Hate Speech, Then Blames the Victim
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Rumsfeld, unvarnished
Discussion: Gawker and CNN