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7:10 PM ET, September 21, 2010

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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Move to End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Stalls in Senate  —  WASHINGTON — With Congress increasingly paralyzed by the partisan fury of the midterm elections, the Senate on Tuesday voted against taking up a major military bill that includes a provision allowing the repeal of the “don't ask, don't tell policy” regarding gay soldiers.
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The Politico:
Senate Republicans block 'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal  —  An effort to repeal the military's “don't ask don't tell” policy went down to defeat Tuesday afternoon, with Senate Democrats and Republicans squaring off in a procedural vote.  —  In the face of a promised filibuster by Sen. John McCain …
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Senate deals blow to 'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal in 56-43 vote  —  The Senate on Tuesday dealt a significant blow to the Obama administration's efforts to repeal the ban on openly gay people serving in the military.  —  In a 56-43 vote, Senate Democratic leaders fell short of the 60 votes …
Brian Darling / The Foundry:
Obstructionism in the Senate
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dems will try again Thursday to pass campaign finance bill through Senate
Fhardingj / CNN:   Dana Bash: Durbin says ‘very close elections’ …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Effort to Overturn 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Likely to Fall Short
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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.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Tea party group gets $1 million, but won't say from whom
Discussion: The Note
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.
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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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Cloture Fails on Defense Authorization Bill as Republican …
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 …
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Ezra Klein:
Federal Reserve won't help, won't explain why  —  As expected, the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee met today, and decided against doing anything further to stimulate the economy.  But it's worth reading their news release explaining — or, more accurately, not explaining — why.
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 …
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Chicago Sun Times:
Rep. Jackson: I did nothing wrong but ‘deeply sorry’ over ‘social acquaintance’  —  Chicago congressman vows to remain in office in wake of Sun-Times report regarding fund-raiser  —  U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) said Tuesday he is “deeply sorry” for having “disappointed some supporters” …
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
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 …
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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 …
John Podesta / The Politico:
GOP and deficit: Death by 1000 cuts  —  If the federal government collected a dime for every time someone said, “All we have to do to balance the budget is cut spending,” we wouldn't have a deficit problem.  Far from true deficit hawks, these “deficit peacocks” all fail to acknowledge …
Discussion: Hit & Run and National Review
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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 …
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 …
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Dana Goldstein / The Daily Beast:
Clinton Warns Liberals
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 …
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.
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 …
Charley Keyes / CNN:
Marine general opposes repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'  —  Washington (CNN) — Gen. James Amos, who is poised to become the new Marine Corps commandant, opposes repealing the current “don't ask, don't tell” policy that bars openly gay and lesbian soldiers from the military.
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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 …
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Pointing Fingers  —  Douthat argues that liberals add fuel to the culture wars: … I agree with Ross that the attempt to link O'Donnell's belief that masturbation is morally wrong to “socialism” is truly a long stretch.  But it is not a stretch to connect it to the illiberal theoconservative social project …
 
 
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The Politico:
FLOTUS's stump sked announced
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John Rosenthal / Weekly Standard:
German Protestors Marked 9/11 by Denouncing “Inside Job,” “Reichstag Fire”
Aharding / CNN:
Murkowski likely to be stripped of committee
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Bellweathers.  —  This nugget comes from a Justice Department …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Ben Smith's Blog
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
This Time, It's ‘Mourning in America’
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Helen Thomas to headline fundraisers
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Students Spell Out Messages on Immigration
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Case for Webtimism  —  When blogging was new, bloggers were really excited about it.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Shelby: GOP majority would ‘revisit’ Wall Street reform law
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