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11:30 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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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.
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: Emptywheel and FrumForum
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 …
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 …
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Fhardingj / CNN:
House GOP to unveil agenda Thursday  —  A senior GOP leadership aide working on the House Republicans' new agenda tells CNN that the project will focus mostly on economic priorities.  —  Washington (CNN) - Eager to prove they have a governing agenda if rewarded with majority control …
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Plan: Deprive Programs of Cash
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.
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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Randall Chase / Associated Press:
O'Donnell makes light of witchcraft comment
Kimberly Schwandt / Fox News:
O'Donnell: No Witchcraft Since High School
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.
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 …
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 …
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CNN:
Lady Gaga to lead rally against military's 'don't ask, don't tell'
Discussion: Swampland and The Page
Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
Hudson Tunnel Review Raises Fear for Project  —  Few elected officials have ever inherited a public works project that promised as many benefits as the proposed Hudson River commuter train tunnel is supposed to deliver to the constituents of Gov. Chris Christie.
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.
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.”
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.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Jennifer Robison / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Nevada unemployment rises to 14.4 percent  —  Even as thousands of Nevadans abandoned the state's workforce, unemployment in the Silver State has risen to a record yet again, new numbers reveal.  —  The latest statistics from the Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation show …
Discussion: NRSC
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
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
IN PRAISE OF INFLATION  —  In the two years since Lehman Brothers went under, the Federal Reserve has taken extraordinary measures to get the economy moving again.  It has bailed out huge financial institutions, slashed interest rates almost to zero, lent hundreds of billions of dollars …
Discussion: Felix Salmon and Modeled Behavior
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
Belinda Luscombe / Time:
Why Sarah Palin Is Stronger Than You Think  —  Sarah Palin speaks at Iowa's annual Ronald Reagan dinner on Sept. 17, 2010  —  TO: Coastal Elites, the Media and Establishment Politicians of Both Parties  —  Don't underestimate Sarah Palin.  Yes, she is hyper-polarizing …
 
 
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The Huffington Post:
Joe Miller Says Unemployment Benefits Are Unconstitutional …
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Arutz Sheva:
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Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
‘All the signs’ point to Rahm Emanuel run
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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
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
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Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Wall Street's Profit Engines Slow Down
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