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8:55 PM ET, September 21, 2010

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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Move to End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Stalls in Senate  —  WASHINGTON — With Congress increasingly paralyzed by the partisan fury of the midterm elections, the Senate on Tuesday voted against taking up a major military bill that includes a provision allowing the repeal of the “don't ask, don't tell policy” regarding gay soldiers.
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Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Senate deals blow to 'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal in 56-43 vote  —  The Senate on Tuesday dealt a significant blow to the Obama administration's efforts to repeal the ban on openly gay people serving in the military.  —  In a 56-43 vote, Senate Democratic leaders fell short of the 60 votes …
The Politico:
Senate Republicans block 'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal  —  An effort to repeal the military's “don't ask don't tell” policy, which bans openly gay men and women from serving in the armed forces, went down to defeat Tuesday afternoon, as Senate Democrats and Republicans unable to move past a procedural-vote impasse.
Brian Darling / The Foundry:
Obstructionism in the Senate
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Cloture Fails on Defense Authorization Bill as Republican …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dems will try again Thursday to pass campaign finance bill through Senate
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Summers Expected to Leave White House After Election  —  White House officials expect Lawrence Summers to leave his job as the president's National Economic Council director after November's congressional elections, according to three people familiar with the matter.
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Helen Thomas to headline fundraisers
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Commentary
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / The Caucus:   Top White House Economic Adviser to Depart
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Christine O'Donnell is toxic and hurting GOP  —  Christine O'Donnell's victory provides the clearest sign yet that the Tea Party is damaging GOP prospects, as opposed to acting merely as an energizing and rebranding force, and a new Fox poll in Delaware shows this as clearly as you could want.
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Fox News Polls Track Tea Party Influence in 5 Battleground States  —  The Tea Party movement is changing the face of American politics in 2010, with midterm elections shaping up as a referendum on the movement's small government message versus President Obama's big government agenda.
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Fund-raiser: Jackson behind $6M Senate-seat scheme  —  Feds had questions about Senate-seat deal and flights for a Jackson acquaintance  —  Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. directed a major political fund-raiser to offer former Gov. Rod Blagojevich millions of dollars in campaign cash in return …
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Chicago Sun Times:
Rep. Jackson: I did nothing wrong but ‘deeply sorry’ over ‘social acquaintance’  —  Chicago congressman vows to remain in office in wake of Sun-Times report regarding fund-raiser  —  U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) said Tuesday he is “deeply sorry” for having “disappointed some supporters” …
Andrew Greiner / NBC Chicago:
Jesse's Girl?  —  Jesse Jackson Jr. doesn't deny involvement …
Ezra Klein:
Federal Reserve won't help, won't explain why  —  As expected, the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee met today, and decided against doing anything further to stimulate the economy.  But it's worth reading their news release explaining — or, more accurately, not explaining — why.
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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in August indicates that the pace of recovery in output and employment has slowed in recent months.  Household spending is increasing gradually, but remains constrained by high unemployment …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Alaska Senate  —  Alaska Senate: Miller (R) Holds Double-Digit Lead Over McAdams (D), Murkowski  —  Republican Joe Miller attracts 42% of the vote in the first Rasmussen Reports poll of the Alaska Senate race since GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski announced her write-in campaign to try to keep her job.
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Joe / Joe. My. God.:
CONFIRMED: Sen. Saxby Chambliss Admits “All Faggots Must Die” Comment Came From His Atlanta Headquarters  —  I've just gotten off the phone with Atlanta Journal-Constitution political writer Jim Galloway who says that Sen. Saxby Chambliss has confirmed that the “All faggots must die” …
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Joe / Joe. My. God.:
“All Faggots Must Die”
Dana Goldstein / The Daily Beast:
Clinton Warns Liberals  — trending topics - CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE - COLLEGE RANKINGS - GET AMERICA BACK TO WORK - FASHION WEEK - CHRISTINE O'DONNELL  —  The former president meant to talk up his philanthropy on Monday night—but first he had a message for disaffected Democrats planning …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The Big Dog that didn't bark
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
John Podesta / The Politico:
GOP and deficit: Death by 1000 cuts  —  If the federal government collected a dime for every time someone said, “All we have to do to balance the budget is cut spending,” we wouldn't have a deficit problem.  Far from true deficit hawks, these “deficit peacocks” all fail to acknowledge …
Discussion: Hit & Run and National Review
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
New poll: Tax cut fight is winner for Dems in battleground states  —  If this new poll conducted for the labor powerhouse SEIU doesn't persuade Dems to hold a vote on extending the middle class tax cuts, then nothing will.  —  The toplines of the poll, which were first reported by Alex Burns …
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Steve Singiser / Daily Kos:
WI-Sen/WI-Gov: Dems hurting with six weeks to go  —  Public Policy Polling for Daily Kos.  U.S. Senate.  9/18-9/19.  Likely Voters.  MoE 3.8% (6/27 results)  —  Ron Johnson (R) 52 (43)  —  Sen. Russ Feingold (D) 41 (45)  —  An enormous enthusiasm gap, coupled with a Republican nominee fresh …
The Politico:
FLOTUS's stump sked announced  —  With midterm elections just weeks away, Michelle Obama will use her star power to launch a fundraising blitz for imperiled Democratic candidates, hitting at least six states for eight congressional races beginning next month, senior administration officials announced on Tuesday.
Discussion: CNN
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Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
Michelle Obama hitting the campaign trail
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Pointing Fingers  —  Douthat argues that liberals add fuel to the culture wars: … I agree with Ross that the attempt to link O'Donnell's belief that masturbation is morally wrong to “socialism” is truly a long stretch.  But it is not a stretch to connect it to the illiberal theoconservative social project …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Close Race in West Virginia  —  PPP's first look at the West Virginia Senate contest finds a very tight race with John Raese up 46-43 on Joe Manchin, a result within the poll's margin of error.  —  The contest provides a fascinating choice for voters in the state who love their Democratic Governor …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Generic Ballots May Underestimate Democrats  —  In the last couple of posts on our House forecasts, I've noted that the generic congressional ballot tends to show worse results for Democrats than other indicators like polls of individual House races.  The generic ballot, as of last week …
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 …
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
Can I ‘call him an a—hole?’  Andrew Cuomo in tizzy after GOP foe Carl Paladino questions his manhood  —  ALBANY - Stung by Carl Paladino's below-the-belt attacks, an angry Andrew Cuomo summoned his war council on Monday to figure out how to fight back against his slash-and-burn GOP rival.
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Filibuster's Shameful Tradition of Crushing Rights Continues with DADT  —  A more popular Filibuster? (photo: David Boyle in DC on Flickr)  —  The proud shameful tradition of the filibuster in our august broken Senate being used by a small group of privileged elites to deny rights to segments …
Jenny Nordberg / New York Times:
Afghan Boys Are Prized, So Girls Live the Part  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Six-year-old Mehran Rafaat is like many girls her age.  She likes to be the center of attention.  She is often frustrated when things do not go her way.  Like her three older sisters, she is eager to discover …
 
 
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Josh Mitchell / Washington Wire:
GM Resumes Campaign Contributions
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Alaska Dispatch:
Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller admits taking farm subsidies
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President Ahmedinejad Threatens U.S. With War ‘Without Boundaries’
Washington Examiner:
Examiner Editorial: Government and journalists cower at threats to cartoonist
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: CNN to broadcast Delaware Senate debate Oct. 13
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Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
Jacques Chirac to stand trial for embezzlement
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John Rosenthal / Weekly Standard:
German Protestors Marked 9/11 by Denouncing “Inside Job,” “Reichstag Fire”
Alemayehu G. Mariam / The Huffington Post:
Mr. Zenawi Goes to College!
Discussion: Hit & Run
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Bellweathers.  —  This nugget comes from a Justice Department …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Ben Smith's Blog