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12:10 AM ET, September 21, 2010

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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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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 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.
TrahmalG / Daily Kos:
Christine O' Donnell was her own campaign treasurer . . . Oops!
Discussion: Delaware Liberal and Balloon Juice
The Note:
Delaware GOP Chair Tom Ross: I Will Support Christine O'Donnell …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and TPMDC
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
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.
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Obama Raises Prospects of New Economic Team
Discussion: Angry Bear
The Politico:
White House: New York Times report ‘100 percent wrong’
CNN:
Bruni denies Michelle Obama likened White House life to ‘hell’
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 as they try to present a clear alternative to the Democrat-led Congress heading into the midterm elections.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Cantor: Palin is ‘certainly’ a leader in the Republican Party  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) is “certainly” a leader in the Republican Party, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Monday.  —  Cantor said Palin, the 2008 vice presidential nominee who's occasionally crossed establishment figures …
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
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Scott Keyes / Think Progress:
Tea Party Leader Dick Armey: Social Security Is A Corrupt ‘Ponzi Scheme’
Discussion: The Politico and TPMDC
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 …
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: JOSHUAPUNDIT, Tammy Bruce and RedState
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.
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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Ballot Box:
Race ratings: Murkowski write-in shifts landscape in Alaska
Discussion: The Politico
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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Emily Kaiser / Reuters:
Recession ended in June 2009: NBER
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.
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.
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” …
Discussion: Power Line and Pam's House Blend
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.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
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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.
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.”
Philip Wolgin / The Huffington Post:
Making the DREAM Real  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  This past week was quite exciting for supporters of the DREAM Act, which would provide a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants brought here as children, who complete some college or military service.
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
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Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
FBI probes were improper, Justice says  —  The FBI improperly opened and extended investigations of some U.S. activist groups and put members of an environmental advocacy organization on a terrorist watch list, even though they were planning nonviolent civil disobedience, the Justice Department said Monday.
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.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Nita Lowey rival wrote anti-integration, racially charged essay  —  Longtime Democratic incumbent Rep. Nita Lowey's Republican challenger this fall is a Christian conservative author and activist whose writings have frowned on inter-racial marriage and movies like “Save the Last Dance,” …
Discussion: Salon and New York Magazine
 
 
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Rick Lazio likely to shrug off painful loss to Carl Paladino …
Lorie Byrd / Big Hollywood:
‘Fire From the Heartland’ Review: Conservative Women in Their Own Voice
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
O'Donnell Argued Gays Suffer From An ‘Identity Disorder’
Discussion: The Plum Line and TPMDC
Bloomberg:
Ally's GMAC Mortgage Halts Home Evictions in 23 States
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