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7:30 AM ET, September 21, 2010

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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
GOP worries Murkowski write-in bid could cost party a Senate seat  —  Republican leaders are angry with Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) for jeopardizing their chances of winning the Senate.  —  Murkowski's decision to mount a write-in campaign risks splitting the Republican vote between …
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Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Tea party picking up steam nationwide  —  Fresh off big primary wins in Delaware and Alaska, national “tea party” groups are redirecting the energy of the movement toward the November midterm elections, raising millions of dollars, expanding their advocacy into dozens of congressional races …
Discussion: The Page
onewisconsinnow.pnstate.org:
One Wisconsin Now Exposes Voter Suppression Plans Between Republican Party of Wisconsin, Americans for Prosperity, Tea Party Groups  —  Coordination on Voter Caging, Targeting Minorities, College Students Outlined in Documents, Tea Party Meeting Recording  —  Madison - A coordinated plot …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Ballot Box:
Race ratings: Murkowski write-in shifts landscape in Alaska
Discussion: The Politico
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Watchdog: Christine O'Donnell “Clearly a Criminal”  —  Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, today filed a pair of complaints concerning Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell's use of more than $20,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses.
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TrahmalG / Daily Kos:
Christine O' Donnell was her own campaign treasurer . . . Oops!  —  Oh this is just too funny, hilarious even.  Under FEC laws if you run a campaign you must have a campaign treasurer to manage campaign spending.  This just keeps getting better and better, Sarah Palin and the GOP really have their hands tied with this one.
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) …
The Note:
Delaware GOP Chair Tom Ross: I Will Support Christine O'Donnell …
Discussion: Hot Air, CNN, ABCNEWS, Guardian and TPMDC
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Reid calls Gillibrand the ‘hottest’ member at fundraiser  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had an unusual form of praise for New York's junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, this morning at the fundraiser Mayor Bloomberg hosted for him at his townhouse - referring to her as “the hottest member” …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Disappointed Supporters Question Obama  —  WASHINGTON — It was billed as “Investing In America,” a live televised conversation between President Obama and American workers, students, business people and retirees on the state of the economy, a kind of Wall Street to Main Street reality check.
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Obama Raises Prospects of New Economic Team
Discussion: Angry Bear
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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Adama D. Brown / the albany project:
NY-18: Lowey's challenger opposes interracial marriage and school integration; supports eugenics.  —  I wish that this were something out of the Onion, I really do.  —  Jim Russell, a right-wing activist running against Congresswoman Nita Lowey in the 18th district mid-state, has a rather interesting past.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hullabaloo
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
IT'S TRUE- Proof That the DNC and Team Obama Are Targeting Tea Parties and Top Conservatives  —  These Are Dangerous Times  —  With one-in-seven Americans living in poverty, with unemployment at record levels, with an unprecedented national deficit, with foreclosures up and businesses …
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Andrew Marcus / Big Government:
Andrew Breitbart Forces President Obama's Protesters to Fold Up Shop
Discussion: RedState and JOSHUAPUNDIT
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.
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 …
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.
Boston Weather, Breaking News and Sports from WBZ-TV:
Aunt Zeituni: ‘The System Took Advantage Of Me’  —  President Obama's Aunt Speaks Exclusively With WBZ-TV  —  BOSTON (WBZ) ― “If I come as an immigrant, you have the obligation to make me a citizen.”  Those are the words from 58-year-old Zeituni Onyango of Kenya in a recent exclusive interview with WBZ-TV.
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.”
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Short of Repeal, G.O.P. Will Chip at Health Law  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans are serious.  Hopeful of picking up substantial numbers of seats in the Congressional elections, they are developing plans to try to repeal or roll back President Obama's new health care law.
Discussion: The Page and Prairie Weather
CNN:
Bruni denies Michelle Obama likened White House life to ‘hell’  —  New York (CNN) — France's first lady Carla Bruni denied Monday that her U.S. counterpart ever told her that life in the White House was “hell.”  —  “Of course Michelle Obama never said such a thing,” the former model told CNN …
Katie Zezima / New York Times:
Lady Gaga Goes Political in Maine  —  PORTLAND, Me.  — There were no strobe lights, no outlandish costumes and only a mediocre sound system.  But Lady Gaga was here and the crowd jumped up and down, snapping photos as a whirl of platinum-blond hair emerged from an SUV and walked up a concrete ramp to a tiny stage.
The Huffington Post:
Wiccan Community Upset With O'Donnell, Calls Witchcraft Comments “Teaching Moment”  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Christine O'Donnell's mercurial candidacy for the United States Senate has elevated the issue of witchcraft to uncommon political heights.  But not everyone associated with the religion is pleased.
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.
Jeffrey Wasserstrom / The Huffington Post:
Friedman's Flawed Beijing Bulletin  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  There are some superb foreign journalists based in China these days, including more than a few working for American news outlets, ranging from NPR to various newspapers and magazines.  They know the country well and provide coverage …
The Investigative Project on Terrorism:
Rauf's Group Claims Credit for ‘Training’ NY Times Reporter  —  A reporter who helped write the first and positive New York Times story on the Ground Zero Mosque was trained by the group run by mosque leader Feisal Abdul Rauf, according to that group's website.
 
 
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Stephen Farrell / New York Times:
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
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Discussion: RedState and GayPatriot
Wall Street Journal:
Stimulus for Clunkers  —  A new study charts an economic failure.
Discussion: Commentary
Lorie Byrd / Big Hollywood:
‘Fire From the Heartland’ Review: Conservative Women in Their Own Voice
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Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
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