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4:10 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 Huffington Post:
Collins Equates Senate Debate With 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy
Discussion: Firedoglake and Wake up America
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
CNN:
Reid calls Gillibrand ‘the hottest member’
Discussion: TPMDC, Mock, Paper, Scissors and Gawker
ABCNEWS:
Defeat Looms for 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Repeal Ahead of Senate Vote
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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.
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 …
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.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Tea party group gets $1 million, but won't say from whom
Discussion: The Note
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: CNN, The Politico and 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
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 …
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
 
 
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Charley Keyes / CNN:
Marine general opposes repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'
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
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
White House SAP Issued on Defense Bill
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Case for Webtimism  —  When blogging was new, bloggers were really excited about it.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
 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
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