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5:00 PM 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:
The Mood of Voters: Men Are Fuming, Women Despairing  —  It is not exactly the year of the angry man, but it may be something close to that.  A recent New York Times/CBS News poll found a striking difference in the way men and women say they are going to vote come November.
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.  (See: Tea party dominates the narrative)
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, less than two months before election day.  —  The GOP, which polls show has a strong chance of winning back the House this fall …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
STEVE KING EYES SHUTDOWN, DEMANDS ‘BLOOD OATH’ FROM BOEHNER. …
The Politico:
House may adjourn by end of week
Discussion: FrumForum
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Steve King Demands ‘Blood Oath’ From Boehner To Shut Down The Government
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
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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Sam Youngman / The Hill:   Obama defends business record
Armstrong Williams / Pundits Blog:
Clinton doesn't get it  —  Former President Bill Clinton went …
Discussion: The Politico
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.  —  In an interview with NBC's Brian Williams, former President Jimmy Carter …
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Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
BACK TO THE SEVENTIES  —  For most people, it's hard to imagine …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:   It's Official: The Great Recession Is Over
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Kaufman: GOP waging ‘holy jihad’ to extend tax cuts  —  Republicans are fighting to extend tax cuts for high earners with the intensity of a “holy jihad,” a Democratic senator charged Monday.  —  Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Del.) said he didn't see any room for compromise with Republicans …
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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.
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.
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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Obama To Hedge Fund Manager Who Complains Of Being ‘Whacked’ …
Scott Keyes / Think Progress:
Tea Party Leader Dick Armey: Social Security Is A Corrupt ‘Ponzi Scheme’  —  This past weekend, conservative activists and Tea Party groups gathered in Chicago for the Right Nation 2010 convention.  Among those who attended was former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, the chairman of one of the original Tea Party groups, FreedomWorks.
Discussion: The Politico
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David Catanese / The Politico:
DeMint PAC hits the air for O'Donnell  —  The Senate Conservatives Fund is going up on the air on behalf of Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell this week, putting down a marker in a race many Republicans have already appeared to write off.  —  POLITICO has learned South Carolina …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Another tie at the top  —  This month's look at the 2012 Republican Presidential field shows the same basic four way tie at the top that we see every month- but looking inside the numbers it also shows an unusual potential path to his party's nomination for Mitt Romney.
Discussion: GOP 12
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.
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 …
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Congress Only Growing Less Popular With Americans
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
On the Cheapness of Life  —  Andrew and Jack Shafer's reminiscence over the legacy of Martin Peretz, and quasi-defense of his bigotry, motivated me to do some of my own reflecting.  To the present business, there is no actual defense of the statement “Muslim life is cheap, particularly to Muslims.”
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Dem worries on Stewart rally  —  Jon Stewart's planned “Rally for Sanity” sounded a bit like a joke when he announced — without his permit application approved — that he'd hold it on October 30 in Washington, D.C.  —  But it's suddenly looking quite real: Nearly 100,000 people have written …
Fouad Ajami / Wall Street Journal:
Islam's Encounters With America  —  A survey by Elaph, the most respected electronic daily in the Arab world, saw 58% object to the building of the WTC mosque.  —  From his recent travels to the Persian Gulf—sponsored and paid for by the State Department—Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf returned with a none-too-subtle threat.
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 …
 
 
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Chamber backs Democrat in W.Va.
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Ethan Rome / The Huffington Post:
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Ezra Klein:
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TMZ.com:
‘Dancing’ Studio on Red Sarah Palin Alert
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Nita Lowey rival wrote anti-integration, racially charged essay
All American Blogger:
Al Sharpton Tolerates and Justifies Hate Speech, Then Blames the Victim
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Rumsfeld, unvarnished
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
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