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5:55 PM ET, September 22, 2010

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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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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Woodward Book Says Afghanistan Divided White House  —  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.
The Politico:
W.H. embraces Woodward book
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Cuomo leads Paladino by six just points  —  Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Cuomo, who had led the GOP field by thirty points for most of the year, is now leading Republican rival Carl Paladino by just six points among likely voters, an astonishing new Quinnipiac University poll shows.
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 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Aharding / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Could be split decision in Colorado
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Will GOP sweep in Pennsylvania?
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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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Janet Hook / Washington Wire:
Sen. Murkowski Keeps Energy Post
Discussion: Erick's blog
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?  —  Kausfiles Buries the Lede: Andrew Breitbart, a friend of mine,* gave a talk last night to a Republican club in Malibu.  His brand-new right-wing media empire is coming off a string of minor victories—exposing the sordid reality of a politician …
Discussion: Althouse and Left Coast Rebel
The Note:
House Republicans Set to Unveil “The Pledge to America”  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports: They don't want you to call it the Contract with America.  Tomorrow morning, House Republicans will unveil “The Pledge to America,” outlining a “governing agenda” for Republicans as they try to regain control of the House.
Discussion: Hit & Run
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The Politico:
GOP ‘Pledge’: Spending caps, tax cuts
Discussion: FrumForum
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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Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Larry and Harvard  —  A reader asks the following about Larry Summers:
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Ben Smith's Blog
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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.
Aharding / CNN:
White House Dispatch: Unseen and unscripted moments at backyard summit  —  Washington (CNN) - Despite its carefully choreographed set-up, President Obama also encountered a few humorous, unscripted moments at a backyard discussion on health care at a private residence in Fairfax, Virginia on Wednesday.
Discussion: The Politico
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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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Michael Tomasky / Guardian:
Democratic midgets | Michael Tomasky
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:
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
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
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)
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Obama: “Mexicans” Were Here “Long Before America Was Even An Idea”  —  “Long before America was even an idea, this land of plenty was home to many peoples.  The British and French, the Dutch and Spanish, to Mexicans, to countless Indian tribes.  We all shared the same land.”
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.
Robbie Brown / New York Times:
Lawsuits Accuse Megachurch Leader of Sexual Misconduct  —  ATLANTA — Two young men in Georgia said Tuesday that the pastor of a 33,000-person Baptist megachurch, Bishop Eddie L. Long, had repeatedly coerced them into having sex with him.  —  In two lawsuits filed in DeKalb County …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Chris Christie ‘not ready’ for 2012 run  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who's captured the imagination of conservatives enthralled by his fiscal maneuvers to cut spending, said on Wednesday that any talk of him seeking the Republican presidential nomination is premature because he's “not ready.”
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Levin: Filibuster reform more likely after Tuesday's failed Defense cloture vote  —  Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin said Tuesday's failed cloture vote on a military policy bill has strengthened Democratic hopes to change the chamber's filibuster rules next year.
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
Paladino board botch  —  Tweet  —  ALBANY — Bomb-throwing GOP gubernatorial hopeful Carl Paladino was left red-faced yesterday as his first public-policy effort, the naming of a four-member “blue-ribbon tax-cut team,” collapsed just minutes after it was announced.
 
 
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The Huffington Post:
As Palin Goes, So Goes The GOP: Growing Number Of Candidates …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Politics Daily
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Petty Politics While Gay Troops Fight On, Ctd
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Balkinization
Abram Sauer / Esquire:
Sarah Palin's Accidental Social Network
Discussion: Mediaite and The Awl
CNN:
Senator's office investigating anti-gay blog comment
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Paul Ryan: GOP Must Continue Fighting for the Right to Life
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Washington struggling to rein in increasing homegrown terrorism
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
JOHN MCCAIN, MEET MAJ. MICHAEL ALMY.... My problem with Sen. John McCain …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Mattera / Human Events:
Medicare Czar Flees ‘Rationing’ Query
Discussion: FishbowlDC, Hot Air and Michelle Malkin
Randy E. Barnett / SSRN:
Commandeering the People: Why the Individual Health Insurance Mandate …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Democrats lag badly in outside spending
Paul Krugman:
Who You Gonna Believe?  —  I went through my mail today …
Discussion: The Mahablog and The Impolitic