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11:45 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 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 …
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
McCain Wins On DADT
Brian Darling / The Foundry:
Obstructionism in the Senate
The Politico:
Harry Reid's botched battles
Discussion: Power Line, CNN and The Hill
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Cloture Fails on Defense Authorization Bill as Republican …
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.
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The White House:
Dr. Lawrence H. Summers, Director of the National Economic Council …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Real Time Economics
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / The Caucus:   Top White House Economic Adviser to Depart
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN to broadcast Delaware Senate debate Oct. 13  —  Delaware Senate candidates Chris Coons and Christine O'Donnell have accepted an invitation to debate on October 13.  —  (CNN) - Delaware Senate candidates Christine O'Donnell (R) and Chris Coons (D) have accepted an invitation to participate in a debate on October 13.
Discussion: Pulp Culture
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Christine O'Donnell is toxic and hurting GOP
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Clinton to Dems: Don't underestimate Tea Party movement
Discussion: Yourish.com and FiveThirtyEight
John Fritze / USA Today:
Tea Party group gets $1 million anonymous donation
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
CONFIRMED: Sen. Saxby Chambliss Admits “All Faggots Must Die” Comment Came From His Atlanta Headquarters  —  I've just gotten off the phone with Atlanta Journal-Constitution political writer Jim Galloway who says that Sen. Saxby Chambliss has confirmed that the “All faggots must die” …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Joe / Joe. My. God.:
“All Faggots Must Die”  —  The above comment was left today by “Jimmy” on my post about the DADT cloture vote.  The IP address *appears* to resolve to the neighborhood of GOP U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss' Atlanta office.  The ISP is “United States Senate.”  I'm confident that the JMG internet sleuths can get to the source.
Jim Galloway / Political Insider:
Did Saxby Chambliss aide leave threatening slur?
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” …
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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 …
Clout St:
New questions about Jackson and Senate seat
Andrew Greiner / NBC Chicago:
Jesse's Girl?  —  Jesse Jackson Jr. doesn't deny involvement …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Woodward Book Portrays Obama Aides' Battles  —  WASHINGTON — Some of the critical players in President Obama's national security team doubt his strategy in Afghanistan will succeed and have spent much of the last 20 months quarreling with one another over policy, personalities and turf, according to a new book.
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Helen Thomas to headline fundraisers  —  Former White House correspondent Helen Thomas is stepping back into the public eye.  —  The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee announced Tuesday it is throwing a gala in honor of Thomas, the second major event she will headline only months …
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.
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Igor / Wonk Room:
McCain Ignores Testimony Before His Committee, Claims Military Doesn't ‘Seek Out’ Orientation  —  This afternoon, immediately after the Senate failed to invoke cloture on a defense authorization measure which included an amendment to gradually repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Generic Ballots May Underestimate Democrats  —  In the last couple of posts on our House forecasts, I've noted that the generic congressional ballot tends to show worse results for Democrats than other indicators like polls of individual House races.  The generic ballot, as of last week …
Dana Goldstein / The Daily Beast:
Clinton Warns Liberals  — trending topics - CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE - COLLEGE RANKINGS - GET AMERICA BACK TO WORK - FASHION WEEK - CHRISTINE O'DONNELL  —  The former president meant to talk up his philanthropy on Monday night—but first he had a message for disaffected Democrats planning …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The Big Dog that didn't bark
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Lieberman Wants To Start A Bipartisan, High-Income Tax Cuts Gang  —  TPM noted yesterday that, in direct conflict with President Obama's agenda, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) is organizing Senate Democrats and Republicans to temporarily extend Bush tax cuts for high-income Americans.
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Aharding / CNN:
Murkowski likely to be stripped of committee  —  Senate Republicans said they will move to strip Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski from her post as ranking Republican on the Senate Energy Committee.  —  Washington (CNN) - Senate Republicans just said they will move tomorrow to strip Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Alaska Senate
Anne Laurie / Balloon Juice:
You'd Be Cripplingly Incapacitated, Too...  Even before John posted about Americans over 50 who may never be allowed paid employment again, I had tagged a couple of articles about one all-American non-solution.  From the Washington Post, “Jobless are straining Social Security's disability benefits program”:
Diane Daniels / WSBT-TV:
Oops!  Billboard spelling error creates embarrassment  —  SOUTH BEND — If you ever wondered how much difference just one letter can make when it comes to a message, ask the thousands of people who drove by a digital billboard near the intersection of Ironwood and State Road 23 between Thursday and Monday morning.
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Al Franken Chokes Up Over Don't Ask, Don't Tell (VIDEO)  —  Shortly after Senate Republicans and two Democrats blocked a vote to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Sen. Al Franken gave an impassioned speech on the Senate floor.  —  Franken (D-MN) told a story about one of his trips to entertain …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
ABCNEWS:
President Ahmedinejad Threatens U.S. With War ‘Without Boundaries’  —  Iranian President Says Country Will Defend Its Nuclear Facilities  —  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad warned the Obama administration today that if Iran's nuclear facilities are attacked, the U.S. will face a war that “would know no boundaries.”
 
 
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