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2:45 PM ET, September 21, 2010

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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” …
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Wall Street Journal:
Why the GOP Should Repeal DADT  —  Gays in the military: The White House and Congress owe them better.  —  'Gay-Pride Parade Sets Mainstream Acceptance of Gays Back 50 Years.  " The line is a bit of satire from the Onion.  But it came to mind after Lady Gaga released a video …
The Politico:
'Don't ask' vote hangs on moderates  —  Gay rights and immigration reform advocates mounted a last-ditch effort Monday to overcome an expected Republican filibuster of a defense authorization bill that could lead to a repeal of the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy and create a pathway …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Promise to Repeal Gay Ban Faces Filibuster  —  In his State of the Union address last January, President Obama repeated a campaign-trail promise to the gay community.  —  By the end of the year, Mr. Obama said, he would seek a full repeal of the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy …
Fhardingj / CNN:
Dana Bash: Sen. Collins' not so secret phone call
Reuters:
'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal in doubt
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Collins Thwarts Vote on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal vote in doubt
CNN:
Reid calls Gillibrand ‘the hottest member’
Discussion: TPMDC and Gawker
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Christine O'Donnell down 15 points in new poll  —  In Delaware, the tea is lukewarm.  —  A new Fox News poll, conducted Sept. 18 and released Tuesday, shows Democratic Senate nominee Chris Coons leading Republican Christine O'Donnell by 15 points, 54 to 39 percent.
Discussion: FrumForum
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Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Tea party picking up steam nationwide
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Tea party group gets $1 million, but won't say from whom
Discussion: The Note
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Christine O'Donnell is toxic and hurting GOP
Discussion: Daily Kos and Salon
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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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Murkowski not in Senate this week
Discussion: Politics Daily
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
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 …
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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Alexander Burns / The Politico:   SEIU poll bolsters Dem tax position …
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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Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Christine O'Donnell's History Of Activism To “Pray Away The Gay”
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.
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 …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
The Most Progressive Legislation In 40 Years  —  One of the arguments forwarded during the health bill debate was that the provisions would get stronger over time, as a constituency for new services developed.  I thought it a doubtful assertion at the time (consider that no new government program …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
The Sarah Palin puzzle: A plurality disapproves yet a growing majority now identifies with her views  —  For someone who's so widely deemed unqualified to be president and disapproved by a plurality of Americans, Sarah Palin the politician sure has convinced an awful lot of people that she thinks like they do.
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Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Bell officials arrested as prosecutors are set to file criminal charges [Updated]  —  At least eight city of Bell officials were arrested Tuesday morning, a source said, as L.A. County Dist.  Atty. Steve Cooley prepared to announce criminal charges in the municipal salary scandal.
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Twitter Mouseover Security Flaw Affecting Thousands of Users [WARNING]  —  Update (10:00 a.m. ET): A spokesperson for Twitter tells us “This should now be fully patched and is no longer exploitable.”  —  A new Twitter security flaw has been widely exploited on thousands of Twitter accounts …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Republican lawmaker: Reagan would face ‘tough time’ in today's GOP  —  President Ronald Reagan, a Republican icon, might not be welcome in today's GOP, Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) suggested Tuesday.  —  Inglis, a Palmetto State Republican who was defeated earlier this year in a conservative primary challenge …
New York Times:
The Brothers Koch and AB 32  —  Four years ago, bipartisan majorities in the California Legislature approved a landmark clean energy bill that many hoped would serve as a template for a national effort to reduce dependence on foreign oil and mitigate the threat of climate change.
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 …
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary  —  Technical information:  —  Employment: (202) 691-6559 * sminfo@bls.gov * www.bls.gov/sae  —  Unemployment: (202) 691-6392 * lausinfo@bls.gov * www.bls.gov/lau  —  Media contact: (202) 691-5902 * PressOffice@bls.gov
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 …
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Spelling Murkowski
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Speaker Pelosi would take big pay cut if Republicans take back the House
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
A Message from Israel  —  Israel's ambassador to the United States …
Discussion: Power Line
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Jimmy Carter clarifies - sort of
Discussion: CNN and Commentary