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9:25 AM ET, September 21, 2010

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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
GOP worries Murkowski write-in bid could cost party a Senate seat  —  Republican leaders are angry with Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) for jeopardizing their chances of winning the Senate.  —  Murkowski's decision to mount a write-in campaign risks splitting the Republican vote between …
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Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Tea party picking up steam nationwide  —  Fresh off big primary wins in Delaware and Alaska, national “tea party” groups are redirecting the energy of the movement toward the November midterm elections, raising millions of dollars, expanding their advocacy into dozens of congressional races …
Discussion: The Page
onewisconsinnow.pnstate.org:
One Wisconsin Now Exposes Voter Suppression Plans Between Republican Party of Wisconsin, Americans for Prosperity, Tea Party Groups  —  Coordination on Voter Caging, Targeting Minorities, College Students Outlined in Documents, Tea Party Meeting Recording  —  Madison - A coordinated plot …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Ballot Box:
Race ratings: Murkowski write-in shifts landscape in Alaska
Discussion: The Fix and The Politico
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Watchdog: Christine O'Donnell “Clearly a Criminal”  —  Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, today filed a pair of complaints concerning Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell's use of more than $20,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses.
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TrahmalG / Daily Kos:
Christine O' Donnell was her own campaign treasurer . . . Oops!  —  Oh this is just too funny, hilarious even.  Under FEC laws if you run a campaign you must have a campaign treasurer to manage campaign spending.  This just keeps getting better and better, Sarah Palin and the GOP really have their hands tied with this one.
CNN:
O'Donnell sidesteps specifics on funds, says ‘no truth’ to allegations
Discussion: FrumForum
The Note:
Delaware GOP Chair Tom Ross: I Will Support Christine O'Donnell …
Discussion: Hot Air, ABCNEWS, CNN, Guardian and TPMDC
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Reid calls Gillibrand the ‘hottest’ member at fundraiser  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had an unusual form of praise for New York's junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, this morning at the fundraiser Mayor Bloomberg hosted for him at his townhouse - referring to her as “the hottest member” …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Disappointed Supporters Question Obama  —  WASHINGTON — It was billed as “Investing In America,” a live televised conversation between President Obama and American workers, students, business people and retirees on the state of the economy, a kind of Wall Street to Main Street reality check.
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The White House:
Remarks by the President at CNBC Town Hall Discussion on Jobs …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Obama Raises Prospects of New Economic Team
Discussion: Angry Bear
N.C. Aizenman / Washington Post:
Major health insurers to stop offering new child-only policies  —  Some of the country's most prominent health insurance companies have decided to stop offering new child-only plans, rather than comply with rules in the new health-care law that will require such plans to start accepting children …
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:   Health insurers drop coverage for children ahead of new rules
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.  —  *** UPDATE 3:59 pm ET *** Former President Carter issued a written statement after his comments aired:
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Adama D. Brown / the albany project:
NY-18: Lowey's challenger opposes interracial marriage and school integration; supports eugenics.  —  I wish that this were something out of the Onion, I really do.  —  Jim Russell, a right-wing activist running against Congresswoman Nita Lowey in the 18th district mid-state, has a rather interesting past.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hullabaloo
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
IT'S TRUE- Proof That the DNC and Team Obama Are Targeting Tea Parties and Top Conservatives  —  These Are Dangerous Times  —  With one-in-seven Americans living in poverty, with unemployment at record levels, with an unprecedented national deficit, with foreclosures up and businesses …
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Andrew Marcus / Big Government:
Andrew Breitbart Forces President Obama's Protesters to Fold Up Shop
Discussion: RedState and JOSHUAPUNDIT
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.
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 …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Generic Ballot Virtually Tied: Democrats 46%, Republicans 45%  —  Republicans losing strength in September compared with August  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup's generic ballot for Congress for the week of Sept. 13-19 shows a 46% Democratic and 45% Republican split in registered voters' preferences for the midterm congressional elections.
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Levin: Defense bill may fall off schedule if procedural vote fails  —  The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said the defense authorization bill may not win approval this year if it does not pass a key procedural hurdle on Tuesday.  —  Sen. Carl Levin (Mich.) …
Haaretz:
Olmert: Bush offered to absorb 100,000 Palestinian refugees if peace deal reached  —  In address to Geneva Initiative conference, former prime minister calls himself first Israeli leader to publicly recognize Palestinian plight; also hints Barak tried to thwart ‘daring defense efforts’, defends ‘every word’ of upcoming book.
Boston Weather, Breaking News and Sports from WBZ-TV:
Aunt Zeituni: ‘The System Took Advantage Of Me’  —  President Obama's Aunt Speaks Exclusively With WBZ-TV  —  BOSTON (WBZ) ― “If I come as an immigrant, you have the obligation to make me a citizen.”  Those are the words from 58-year-old Zeituni Onyango of Kenya in a recent exclusive interview with WBZ-TV.
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
DCCC outpaces NRCC in August  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee heads into the final stretch of the midterm campaign season with a $14 million cash edge over its GOP counterpart.  —  The DCCC announced Monday that it outraised the National Republican Congressional Committee $8.3 million to $6.6 million during August.
Discussion: CNN
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Short of Repeal, G.O.P. Will Chip at Health Law  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans are serious.  Hopeful of picking up substantial numbers of seats in the Congressional elections, they are developing plans to try to repeal or roll back President Obama's new health care law.
Washington Post:
Fearing a soaring deficit, many analysts favor letting Bush tax cuts expire  —  The tax cuts at the heart of a fierce pre-election battle on Capitol Hill were designed when the economy was booming, the federal budget was in surplus and George W. Bush was campaigning for president on a promise to return the extra cash to taxpayers.
Debra Rubin / Washington Jewish Week:
A warning from Israeli ambassador?  —  Was Israel's ambassador warning the Jewish community on Kol Nidre that Israel has decided to take a preemptive strike in Iran?  —  Some congregants at Adas Israel Congregation in D.C. thought so following Ambassador Michael Oren's remarks there on Friday night.
Discussion: Commentary and Mondoweiss
 
 
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
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