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4:35 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 …
Fhardingj / CNN:
Dana Bash: Sen. Collins' not so secret phone call  —  A couple of sources gave me a heads up that moderate Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins is considered such a crucial vote on the Defense bill, Vice President Joe Biden called her this morning to lobby her.
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:
Effort to Overturn 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Likely to Fall Short
Mark Thompson / Swampland:
“Don't Ask, Don't Tell” Repeal Don't Pass
Discussion: LAist, The Page and Gawker
The Huffington Post:
Collins Equates Senate Debate With 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy
Discussion: Firedoglake and Wake up America
Fhardingj / CNN:   Dana Bash: Durbin says ‘very close elections’ …
ABCNEWS:
Defeat Looms for 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Repeal Ahead of Senate Vote
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
CNN:
Reid calls Gillibrand ‘the hottest member’
Discussion: TPMDC, Mock, Paper, Scissors 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.
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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.
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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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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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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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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The Big Dog that didn't bark  —  I'm at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York today, awaiting a panel on Middle East peace where Bill Clinton will sit on stage with two really major players — Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Israeli President Shimon Peres, as well as the Crown Prince of Bahrain.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
Discussion: The Agonist
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 …
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
This Time, It's ‘Mourning in America’  —  Citizens for the Republic, a conservative grass-roots lobbying group, plans to release a stark, one-minute ad on Wednesday called “Mourning in America,” a play on their 1984 ad for Ronald Reagan, “Morning in America.”
Discussion: The Page
 
 
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Bellweathers.  —  This nugget comes from a Justice Department …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Ben Smith's Blog
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Helen Thomas to headline fundraisers
Discussion: Commentary
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Murkowski not in Senate this week
 Earlier Items: 
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Shelby: GOP majority would ‘revisit’ Wall Street reform law
Discussion: Speakeasy and Balloon Juice
Major Garrett / Congressional Connection Poll:
Americans Want Their Leaders To Stand And Fight
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Speaker Pelosi would take big pay cut if Republicans take back the House
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Jimmy Carter clarifies - sort of
Discussion: CNN and Commentary