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9:40 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 …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Bring It!... Obama Plans More Attacks on Tea Party Like the One Last Night in Chicago  —  Despite their constant attacks on the tea party Americans who love their country and want a responsible government and fiscal discipline, the corrupt democratic-media complex has failed.
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 …
Lady Gaga to lead rally against military's 'don't ask, don't tell'
Discussion: Swampland and The Page
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 …
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
O'Donnell On ‘Witchcraft’ …
Discussion: Gawker and The Huffington Post
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 …
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
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
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Bill Clinton: Tea Party is ‘general revolt against bigness’
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
John Hollenhorst / KSL-TV:
Poll: Lee sporting significant lead over Granato in Senate race  —  SALT LAKE CITY — The political tide that seems to be favoring Republicans across the nation appears to be sweeping Utah's U.S. Senate race toward a landslide.  —  The latest Dan Jones & Associates poll for KSL …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and SENATUS
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Patterico's Pontifications:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
Barbara Hollingsworth / Beltway Confidential:
Prof calls fellow academics ‘sanctimonious bigots’
Discussion: Power Line
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
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Wall Street's Profit Engines Slow Down
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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Discussion: Biased BBC and Truthdig
Associated Press:
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Marianne Moran / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Give States a Tool to Check Federal Power
Discussion: Dean's World and Left Coast Rebel
Associated Press:
Colin Powell: Illegal Immigrants Fix My House
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Discussion: The Agonist and Firedoglake