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10:30 AM ET, September 20, 2010

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New York Times:
Obama Aides Weigh Bid to Tie the G.O.P. to the Tea Party  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's political advisers, looking for ways to help Democrats and alter the course of the midterm elections in the final weeks, are considering a range of ideas, including national advertisements …
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New York Times:
Tea Party Victory Opens Rift Between Moderate and Conservative Republicans  —  WASHINGTON — The few remaining Republican centrists in the Senate were eagerly awaiting the arrival of Michael N. Castle of Delaware, a longtime and reliable moderate voice who could provide some counterbalance …
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.
Discussion: CNN and Weekly Standard
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Gain Ground Among Independents  —  But a new poll shows independents still don't trust the GOP on spending.  —  A new comprehensive national survey shows that independent voters—who voted for Barack Obama by a 52%-to-44% margin in the 2008 presidential election …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
DeMint: Tea Party slate will get Republicans to a Senate majority
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Times
Fhardingj / CNN:
TRENDING: O'Donnell brushes off Rove criticisms  —  Delaware GOP Senate nominee O'Donnell tweeted late Sunday night that if she had the powers of a witch, Karl Rove would back her candidacy.  —  Washington (CNN) - Christine O'Donnell appears to be trying to use humor to defuse a decades-old admission …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Angry Rich  —  Anger is sweeping America.  True, this white-hot rage is a minority phenomenon, not something that characterizes most of our fellow citizens.  But the angry minority is angry indeed, consisting of people who feel that things to which they are entitled are being taken away.
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
For the Unemployed Over 50, Fears of Never Working Again  —  VASHON ISLAND, Wash. — Patricia Reid is not in her 70s, an age when many Americans continue to work.  She is not even in her 60s.  She is just 57.  —  But four years after losing her job she cannot, in her darkest moments …
Washington Post:
More House Democrats stressing independence from Pelosi, Obama  —  MCGREGOR, TEXAS - Little more than two years after she touted him for the vice presidential nomination, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cannot count on the support of Rep. Chet Edwards.  —  Edwards, a conservative Democrat trying win …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Lindsey Graham: White House talks just went ‘dead’  —  For much of the early part of the year, Sen. Lindsey Graham and the White House were locked in heated negotiations over legislation that could close the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, move some of the war-on-terror prisoners …
Discussion: FrumForum
Barbara Hollingsworth / Beltway Confidential:
Prof calls fellow academics ‘sanctimonious bigots’  —  If the Left acknowledged sin, hypocrisy would be one of the most unforgiveable.  But that's exactly what hundreds of university faculty members - many in women's and gender studies departments - were found guilty of during …
Discussion: Power Line
Eric Cantor / Wall Street Journal:
Tax Fight: GOP Won't Back Down  —  As we enter the final stretch before the November midterm elections, all eyes have gravitated to the fight over the looming federal tax increases.  President Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi want to keep the current rates on income, capital gains and dividends …
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Wall Street's Profit Engines Slow Down  —  Inside the great investment houses on Wall Street, business has taken a surprising turn — downward.  —  Even after taxpayer bailouts restored bankers' profits and pay, the great Wall Street money machine is decelerating.
Discussion: Hot Air and Prairie Weather
Patterico's Pontifications:
Leftist Activist in Delaware: Chris Coons Harassed Me Due to My Political Activism  —  Tonight I spoke with Alan Muller, who runs a site at Green Delaware — and thinks Chris Coons should be defeated.  Mr. Muller wrote a blog post about how he had been harassed by Chris Coons …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Plan: Deprive Programs of Cash  —  Preparing for a Potential Congressional Majority, Republican Leaders Say Repeal of Health-Care Law Tops Their Priorities  —  Eyeing a potential Congressional win in November, House Republicans are planning to chip away at the White House's legislative agenda …
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
‘All the signs’ point to Rahm Emanuel run  —  Democratic insiders say the polling looks good for White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's prospective Chicago mayoral bid, and sources say he has all but decided to jump into the race.  —  “I know he has asked a few people to help on the campaign,” said one Democratic insider.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Andrew Frye / Bloomberg:
Munger Says ‘Thank God’ U.S. Opted for Bailouts Over Handouts  —  Charles Munger, the billionaire vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., defended the U.S. financial-company rescues of 2008 and told students that people in economic distress should “suck it in and cope.”
The Huffington Post:
Bill Clinton Talks Tea Party, Economy, Middle East Peace At Start Of Clinton Global Initiative (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The tea party is saying something “everyone should hear,” says President Bill Clinton, that “everyone but average Americans are doing alright.”
Discussion: Mediaite
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Joe Miller Says Unemployment Benefits Are Unconstitutional …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Speakeasy
Arutz Sheva:
It's About Time: Time Magazine's Karl Vick Tours Samaria
Discussion: Israpundit and Israel Matzav
Jonathan Franklin / Sydney Morning Herald:
We know best: doctors tussle with miners
Discussion: Marbury
Belinda Luscombe / Time:
Why Sarah Palin Is Stronger Than You Think
BBC:
‘Islamist gunmen’ kill 23 soldiers in Tajikistan
John Hollenhorst / KSL-TV:
Poll: Lee sporting significant lead over Granato in Senate race
Discussion: SENATUS and Taegan Goddard's …
Melissa Clouthier / Liberty Pundits Blog:
Harry Reid's Pay To Play? …
CNN:
STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY
Discussion: Commentary and Crooks and Liars
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Lady Gaga to lead rally against military's 'don't ask, don't tell'
Discussion: Swampland and The Page
Jason McNew / American Thinker:
President Obama removes ‘Creator’ from the Declaration of Independence.
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Fed Expected to Weigh More Stimulus
Discussion: The Page
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Get excited about recycling? Not me
BBC:
BP finally seals leaking Gulf of Mexico oil well
Discussion: Biased BBC and Truthdig
Marianne Moran / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Give States a Tool to Check Federal Power
Dadirt / Associated Press:
Colin Powell: Illegal Immigrants Fix My House