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11:25 AM 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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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 …
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.) …
Wall Street Journal:
Why the GOP Should Repeal DADT
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Senate poised for close vote on repealing 'don't ask, don't tell' law
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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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 …
The Independent:
Madam President?  It could happen  —  Speculation that she will run for President in 2012 is reaching fever pitch.  But what do those who watched Sarah Palin grow up make of her meteoric ascent - and ruthless ambition?  By Shushannah Walshe  —  The first thing you notice …
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 …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Republican lawmaker: Reagan would face ‘tough time’ in today's GOP
Discussion: CNN
Haley Barbour / Wall Street Journal:
GOP, Tea Party Unity Spells Defeat For Obama
Discussion: Commentary
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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CNN:
O'Donnell sidesteps specifics on funds, says ‘no truth’ to allegations
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and FrumForum
Business Wire:
CREW Calls for Federal Criminal Investigation into Christine O'Donnell …
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
Discussion: Verum Serum
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
A Message from Israel  —  Israel's ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, spoke at three Washington, D.C. synagogues on Yom Kippur—at Adas Israel at Kol Nidrei services last Friday night, then at Washington Hebrew Congregation Saturday morning and at Kesher Israel in the afternoon.
Discussion: Power Line
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Debra Rubin / Washington Jewish Week:
A warning from Israeli ambassador?
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 …
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Speaker Pelosi would take big pay cut if Republicans take back the House  —  Call it a redistribution of wealth, Washington-style.  —  If Republicans win the House this fall, House GOP leader John Boehner (Ohio) stands to get a pay raise and Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) salary would be cut.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Tom Topousis / New York Post:
Mosque ally's vid shows ‘Hez’ true colors  —  Tweet  —  Among the Islamic clerics defending plans for a mosque near Ground Zero yesterday was an outspoken critic of Israel who enthusiastically signaled his support for terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah during a rally a decade ago.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Advocate
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.
Newt Gingrich / RedState:
Winning in '10 Means Utilizing the Power of 10  —  Recovery Begins on Election Day 2010.  —  There is a rising political tide in the United States, a wave that could usher in the biggest realignment of the U.S. Congress in decades.  —  But in order for the American people to defeat the job killers …
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Quinnipiac University:
Corbett Has Big Lead In Pennsylvania Governor's Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Independent Voters Back Republican 2-1  —  Republican Attorney General Tom Corbett holds a 54 - 39 percent lead over Democrat Dan Onorato, the Allegheny County Executive, in the race to become Pennsylvania's next governor …
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
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: Salon, Firedoglake and Hullabaloo
Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
Housing Starts in August Flew Past Expectations  —  New home construction increased by 10.5% in August, according to the Census Bureau.  Housing starts were 598,000 — the highest since April.  This surprised economists, who expected starts to decline by about 1% to 535,000.  New permits also rose by 1.8%.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Jimmy Carter clarifies - sort of  —  After catching flack for declaring that his post-presidency work is “superior” to his successors, former President Jimmy Carter offered a somewhat halfhearted clarification Monday.  —  “What I meant was, for 27 years the Carter Center has provided …
Discussion: CNN and Commentary
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Democrats pull in more cash than GOP  —  1. Despite facing a difficult electoral environment this fall, the three national Democratic campaign committees outraised their Republican counterparts in August, numbers that should provide something of a boost to the party's hopes of retaining control of the House and Senate this fall.
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
9 NATO troops killed in Afghan helicopter crash  —  KABUL, Afghanistan - A NATO helicopter crashed Tuesday in southern Afghanistan, killing nine international troops in a region where forces are ramping up pressure on Taliban insurgents.  It was the deadliest chopper crash for the coalition in four years.
Discussion: The Page and LewRockwell.com Blog
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.
 
 
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ABCNEWS:
Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Faces Filibuster, Key Senate Vote
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Spelling Murkowski
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
House Republican's oversight plan: Investigate bailouts, stimulus, healthcare
Wall Street Journal:
Corporate Donations Shift to GOP
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Jeffrey Wasserstrom / The Huffington Post:
Friedman's Flawed Beijing Bulletin
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Barbara Boxer's Bad Week, Part One of Five.
Discussion: RedState and GayPatriot
onewisconsinnow.pnstate.org:
One Wisconsin Now Exposes Voter Suppression Plans Between Republican …
Discussion: Mediaite, Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Generic Ballot Virtually Tied: Democrats 46%, Republicans 45%