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9:10 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 …
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 …
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Bloomberg: Tea Party is a ‘boomlet’
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 …
Discussion: Ballot Box
Randall Chase / Associated Press:
O'Donnell makes light of witchcraft comment  —  LINCOLN, Del. - Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell is making light of comments she made more than a decade ago when she was in high school about having dabbled in witchcraft.  —  “How many of you didn't hang out with questionable folks …
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
SCOTT JOHNSON: If Al Franken was able to overcome his personal record to become a United States Senator, Christine O'Donnell certainly can.  “O'Donnell has the additional advantage of having a man who formerly advertised himself as the bearded Marxist for her opponent.”
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
O'Donnell On ‘Witchcraft’ …
Discussion: Gawker and News Hounds
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Rove: Murkowski's write-in campaign is ‘sad and sorry’
The Hill:
Clinton says he was wrong on healthcare bill's popularity  —  Former president Bill Clinton, a champion of healthcare reform, admitted on Sunday that he made the wrong prediction about the popularity of President Obama's healthcare bill.  —  Initially, Clinton had predicted that the polls …
The Huffington Post:
Bill Clinton Talks Tea Party, Economy, Middle East Peace At Start …
Discussion: Mediaite
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Bill Clinton: Tea Party is ‘general revolt against bigness’
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 …
STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY  —  Interview With Tim Kaine; Interview With Jim DeMint; Interview With Lisa Murkowski  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  CANDY CROWLEY, HOST: The last acts of the primary season ended …
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 …
Media Decoder:
Newsweek's Howard Fineman to Join The Huffington Post  —  Howard Fineman, one of the more recognizable pundits on cable television and a correspondent for Newsweek for 30 years, is leaving the magazine to become a senior editor at The Huffington Post.  —  Mr. Fineman's move from a print medium …
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Mahablog
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 …
Discussion: Economist's View and Don Surber
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
Associated Press:
Colin Powell: Illegal Immigrants Fix My House  —  Former Secretary of State Urges Republicans to Support Path to Legal Status for Undocumented Workers  —  (AP) Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says illegal immigrants do essential work in the U.S. and he has firsthand knowledge of that - because they fix his house.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:   Colin Powell critical of President Obama
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