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8:35 PM ET, September 22, 2010

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CBS News:
“Pledge to America” Unveiled by Republicans (Full Text)  —  CBS News has obtained a final draft of House Republicans' legislative agenda for the next Congress, a 21-page “Pledge to America” that they will formally unveil Thursday morning at a Virginia hardware store.
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The Politico:
Republican ‘Pledge to America’: Spending caps, tax cuts  —  House Republicans are set to release on Thursday a “Pledge to America,” an ambitious and sweeping set of proposed changes to domestic and security policy, including promises to freeze most federal government hiring, cut Congress' budget …
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
GOP agenda to include social issues  —  An election year agenda being unveiled by House Republicans Thursday will include language affirming the party's support of “traditional marriage” and its opposition to abortion rights, House GOP sources tell POLITICO.
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS, Liberal Values and Daily Kos
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
The Pledge to America  —  The full text of the House Republicans' “Pledge to America” has been released and will be formally unveiled tomorrow.  —  From the introduction: “The need for urgent action to repair our economy and reclaim our government for the people cannot be overstated.
Discussion: Swampland, Weigel and FrumForum
The Note:
House Republicans Set to Unveil “The Pledge to America”
Discussion: Hit & Run
CNN:
GOP's ‘Pledge to America’ lays out a governing agenda
Discussion: National Review and Politics Daily
Steve Luxenberg / Washington Post:
Bob Woodward book details Obama battles with advisers over exit plan for Afghan war  —  President Obama urgently looked for a way out of the war in Afghanistan last year, repeatedly pressing his top military advisers for an exit plan that they never gave him, according to secret meeting notes …
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The Politico:
W.H. embraces Woodward book
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Republicans seize on comments by Obama in new Woodward book
Discussion: The Politico
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Woodward Book Says Afghanistan Divided White House
Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN/Time poll: Coons up 16 over O'Donnell  —  (CNN) - A new poll suggests that Delaware Republicans might have blown their chance to win back a Senate seat long held the by the Democrats.  —  According to a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday …
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Aharding / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Could be split decision in Colorado  —  (CNN) - Earlier this year Republicans were hoping to win back both a Senate seat and the governor's office in Colorado, but thanks to divisions in the GOP, a new poll suggests that the governor's office may be out of reach.
Discussion: The Spot
Fhardingj / CNN:   CNN/Time Poll: Will GOP sweep in Pennsylvania?
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Moderates privately urge Dem leaders: No vote on middle class tax cuts!  —  A number of “moderate” House Dems have privately given Nancy Pelosi and other Dem leaders an earful in recent days, urging them not to hold a vote on whether to extend just the middle class tax cuts and not the high end ones …
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CNN:   Senate vote on tax cuts likely to be delayed, Democratic sources say
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
One Democrat who isn't running away from Dem agenda
Michael Tomasky / Guardian:
Democratic midgets | Michael Tomasky
Jason Zengerle / GQ:
Did Somebody Say “Fringe”?  —  Not so long ago, Rand Paul—son of Ron, “modern-day revolutionary,” and practicing ophthalmologist—would have been written off as a harmless political extremist.  For believing that the Federal Reserve should be gutted.  Or that the Civil Rights Act was unconstitutional.
Charles Winecoff / Big Government:
Andrew Breitbart Caught in Gay Scandal!  —  On September 19th, Andrew Breitbart and Glenn Beck headlined the Right Nation 2010 event in Hoffman Estates, IL.  Outside, protesters from Organizing for America, Obama's sheep-herding initiative, gathered to scream at attendees - and spit on Breitbart.
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com and Joe. My. God.
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Newsweek:
Andrew Breitbart ‘Pissed’ at Glenn Beck?
Quinnipiac University:
Paladino Trails Cuomo By 6 Points In New York Gov Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Small Tea Party Movement Backs Republican 4-1  —  Republican Carl Paladino, aided by a 4 -1 margin among Tea Partiers, trails New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic candidate for Governor …
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Andrew Leonard / Salon:
The awesome stupidity of replacing Larry Summers with a CEO  —  If Obama's advisors think the president has an “anti-business” problem, they should be fired  —  If the Obama administration appoints a corporate executive to replace Larry Summers as National Economic Council director …
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Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
TheDC exclusive: Stephen Colbert to testify before House immigration subcommittee Friday  —  Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert is slated to testify at a congressional hearing Friday on immigration titled “Protecting America's Harvest,” two sources have told The Daily Caller.
CNN:
Murkowski not stripped of committee leadership position  —  Senate Republicans have decided not to strip Sen. Lisa Murkowski of her leadership position on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.  —  Washington (CNN) - In a surprise move, Senate Republicans decided not to remove …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE ADS OF THE CYCLE.... In a year filled with odd statewide candidates, I still have a hard time figuring out what California's Carly Fiorina is thinking.  —  The Republican Senate nominee is best known for her tenure as HP's chief executive, during which the company lost …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Fred Davis, GOP's ad wizard spins tempting tales and viral videos for candidates
WTOV-TV:
Ohio Democrat Chair Fires ‘F-Word’ At Tea Party  —  Chris Redfern Makes Emotional Speech Before Steel Workers  —  CLARINGTON, Ohio — In the midst of a heated general election cycle, Ohio's Democratic Party chairman is admitting he used some “colorful language” during a political event in Monroe County Monday night.
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Angle: I made $236,000 off Rush Limbaugh, and Hannity was profitable, too  —  Remember those comments Sharron Angle made about how FOX interviews were different because she could use the network to raise money.  She wasn't kidding.  —  Here's some audio of Angle at a house party this month, bragging about how profitable FOX can be:
Suzi Parker / Politics Daily:
Arkansas Gays to Sen. Blanche Lincoln: Don't Ask (For Our Vote) … The Stonewall Democrats in Arkansas are not happy with Blanche Lincoln.  —  In fact, members of the group feel like they have “egg on their face,” according to one e-mail after Lincoln's vote Tuesday on “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.”
Discussion: pandagon.net
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Steve Holland / Reuters:
Democrat Lincoln far behind in Arkansas Senate race
Discussion: The Page
Mark Clayton / Christian Science Monitor:
Stuxnet malware is ‘weapon’ out to destroy ... Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant?  —  Cyber security experts say they have identified the world's first known cyber super weapon designed specifically to destroy a real-world target - a factory, a refinery, or just maybe a nuclear power plant.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Bruce Horovitz / USA Today:
KFC pays college women for ad space on buns  —  KFC wants folks to watch its backside.  —  Or, more precisely, the backsides of female college students it's recruiting to promote its hot new bunless Double Down sandwiches.  —  Women on college campuses are being paid $500 each to hand …
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Prop 19, Initiative to Legalize Marijuana in California, Favored 47% - 38% in New Poll  —  The ballot initiative Proposition 19, which would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in California, still leads by nine points in the latest poll from PPP:  —  PPP (PDF) (9/14-16)
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Republicans Blocked More than the DREAM Act and DADT Repeal  —  When John McCain led the filibuster of the Defense Appropriations Act yesterday, he blocked far more than the DREAM Act and repeal of DADT.  Here are just a few of the other blocked provisions, courtesy of Mother Jones.
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Levin: Filibuster reform more likely after Tuesday's failed Defense cloture vote
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
Paladino board botch