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7:55 PM ET, September 22, 2010

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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 …
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
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.
The Note:
House Republicans Set to Unveil “The Pledge to America”
Discussion: National Review and Hit & Run
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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Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Will GOP sweep in Pennsylvania?
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Fhardingj / CNN:   CNN/Time Poll: Johnson 51 to 45 percent over Feingold
Aharding / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Could be split decision in Colorado
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Katy Steinmetz / Time:
Poll: Dem Incumbents Feingold, Bennett Trail in Senate Races …
Discussion: Ballot Box and The Page
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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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Republicans seize on comments by Obama in new Woodward book
Discussion: The Politico
The Politico:
W.H. embraces Woodward book
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Don Surber
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.
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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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Obama's top economic adviser leaving
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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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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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:
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)
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Marijuana in the California Election
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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
Abram Sauer / Esquire:
Sarah Palin's Accidental Social Network  —  These last two years, it's been very, very good to be Sarah Palin.  From the weaker half of a weak ticket to a million-dollar book deal and a reported hundred-grand per speech, Sarah Palin has become a global phenomenon.  Love her or hate her, everyone knows Sarah Palin's name.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Awl
 
 
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Senator's office investigating anti-gay blog comment
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Paladino board botch
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