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1:25 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 …
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.) …
CNN:
Reid calls Gillibrand ‘the hottest member’
Discussion: TPMDC
Shankar Vedantam / Washington Post:
Senate to look at Dream Act for illegal immigrants
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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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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Murkowski not in Senate this week
Discussion: Politics Daily
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Tea party group gets $1 million, but won't say from whom
Discussion: The Note
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Assessing the G.O.P. and the Tea Party
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
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”
CNN:
O'Donnell sidesteps specifics on funds, says ‘no truth’ to allegations
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and FrumForum
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 …
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ABCNEWS:
Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Faces Filibuster, Key Senate Vote
Discussion: CNN and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
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 …
Reuters:
Jacob Lew, Obama Nominee And Former Citigroup Executive, Doesn't Believe Deregulation Led To Financial Crisis  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … A former top executive at Citigroup who participated in the deregulation of Wall Street during the Clinton administration and recently was tapped …
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Paul Krugman:
The Anti-Dog Whistler  —  So Obama's nominee to head OMB told …
Discussion: Open Left
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.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Majority Leader Hoyer says House will stay in session next week  —  House lawmakers will stick around at least another week before bolting Washington for the campaign trail, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday.  —  Hoyer dismissed a report that the House was considering adjourning …
Discussion: The Note and The Politico
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 …
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
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 …
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
Major Garrett / Congressional Connection Poll:
Americans Want Their Leaders To Stand And Fight  —  Nearly half of America — including nearly two-thirds of Republicans and 53 percent of independents — admires political leaders who refuse to compromise.  This is further evidence that the current political atmosphere is not merely contentious …
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.
 
 
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The Huffington Post:
McCain Knocks Amendments To Defense Authorization Despite Once Offering His Own
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Neglecting the Base
Discussion: National Review and Daily Kos
Marnee Banks / KRTV-TV:
Montana GOP Senator proposes to strike anti-homosexual law
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Shelby: GOP majority would ‘revisit’ Wall Street reform law
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Newt Gingrich / RedState:
Winning in '10 Means Utilizing the Power of 10
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Spelling Murkowski
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Republican lawmaker: Reagan would face ‘tough time’ in today's GOP
Discussion: CNN and Liberal Values
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Jimmy Carter clarifies - sort of
Discussion: CNN and Commentary