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3:10 AM ET, September 23, 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.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Perhaps the Most Ridiculous Thing to Come Out of Washington Since George McClellan  —  The House Republicans' “Pledge to America” is out.  A thrill will run up the leg of a few Chris Matthews' types on the right.  As Dan noted on Twitter, the Contract with America was 869 words and this is 21 pages.
National Review:
We'll Take the Pledge  —  All year long, conservatives have been pressuring Republicans to release a Contract with America for 2010 — an updated version of the campaign platform that the party unveiled before its 1994 sweep of Congress.  Thursday morning, Republican congressmen are responding …
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
A Critique of the GOP's New ‘Pledge to America’: Dudes.  It's, Like, 20 Pages Too Long.  I've Got the One-Page Version Right Here.  —  I won't be quite as harsh on the GOP's magnum opus as RedState's Erick Erickson, who calls it “the worst thing to come out of Washington since George McClellan.”
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 …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
White House quickly attacks GOP ‘Pledge’  —  The White House immediately attacked the House Republicans' election agenda rollout Wednesday evening, claiming the 21-page “Pledge to America” plan will “take America back to the same failed economic policies that caused this recession.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
The Pledge to America  —  The full text of the House Republicans' …
Ezra Klein:   The GOP's bad idea
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 …
Aharding / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Could be split decision in Colorado
Discussion: The Spot
The Politico:
Castle won't rule out write-in
Katy Steinmetz / Time:
Poll: Dem Incumbents Feingold, Bennett Trail in Senate Races …
Discussion: Ballot Box and The Page
Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Will GOP sweep in Pennsylvania?
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 …
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:   KFC Buys Ad Space on College Girls Rumps; NOW Offended — Of Course
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Republicans seize on comments by Obama in new Woodward book  —  Republicans on Wednesday blasted President Obama for statements journalist Bob Woodward attributed to him in his new book.  —  Republicans were particularly incensed about Obama's belief that the U.S. could “absorb” …
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:
Rand Paul kisses neocons' ring, but some neocons remain wary
Discussion: TPMDC and Hullabaloo
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.
Wcbsmark / CBS New York:
Cuomo Caught Lying About Voting For Bloomberg?  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There has been a dramatic development in the race for New York governor.  —  A new poll has Republican Carl Paladino within striking distance of Democrat Andrew Cuomo as voters say they want to elect someone who will stop the circus in Albany.
Paul Krugman:
No, No, CEO  —  There's a lot of buzz around the idea that Obama will or should appoint a CEO to take over the Summers job.  Now, the first thing to say is what Yglesias says: Obama should pick someone who can do a good job.  Never mind image, or the message the appointment supposedly sends …
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
Andrew Leonard / Salon:
The awesome stupidity of replacing Larry Summers with a CEO
Larry O'Connor /
Race-Baiting Dem Congresswoman Pits Latinos Against Asians on Spanish-Language TV  —  Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez appeared on Spanish-Language Univision to tell Latino voters that their Congressional seat was being taken by the Vietnamese.  —  Rep. Sanchez is in a hotly contested race …
Decoding Christine O'Donnell … Like This Story
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.
Andrew Breitbart ‘Pissed’ at Glenn Beck?
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
One Democrat who isn't running away from Dem agenda  —  At least four high-profile Dem Senate candidates have come out against letting the Bush tax cuts for the rich expire.  And many House Dems are practically tripping over themselves as they run away from the Obama/Dem agenda …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Fidel Castro and Israel's Right to Exist  —  As I return to the subject of Fidel Castro and the many things he said to me on my recent visit to Havana, I'm struck again and again by a wonderful irony.  Fidel is the icon of the global Left.  The global Left today is thoroughly infiltrated …
Discussion: FrumForum and Israpundit
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Poll surprise of the day: Barney Frank in trouble?  —  The Sean Bielat campaign has declared themselves within reach of unseating Barney Frank in Massachusetts' 4th CD, one of the presumed safest districts for Democrats in the nation.  The poll, conducted for the campaign by OnMessage …
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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Marijuana in the California Election
Online NewsHour:
Clinton Gives Advice on Democratic Path to Victory  —  Former President Bill Clinton spoke with Judy Woodruff Wednesday about what President Obama and Democrats must do to sell their message to voters this fall, what the Clinton Global Initiative plans to do to promote job growth in the U.S …
Discussion: TPMDC, Taylor Marsh and FrumForum
Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. / The Jawa Report:
AP Stringer Arrested for Working for .... the Taliban  —  Two journalists were actually detained.  One was a stringer for the AP named Rahmatullah Nekzad who also did freelance work for al Jazeera.  The other guy is named Mohammed Nader and worked for al Jazeera.  —  How were they linked to the Taliban?
Bob Keefe / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Chambliss' office says it was source of homosexual slur  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss' office has determined it was indeed the source of a highly publicized homosexual-bashing slur on an Internet site.  —  But in a statement, Chambliss' office said it has not discovered exactly …
Discussion: Think Progress and Daily Kos
Frank Jordans / Associated Press:
UN experts: Israel flotilla raid broke int'l law  —  GENEVA - A report by three U.N.-appointed human rights experts Wednesday said that Israeli forces violated international law when they raided a Gaza-bound aid flotilla killing nine activists earlier this year.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
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Michael Enright, crazed student charged with stabbing Muslim cabbie …
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
For Many, Health Care Relief Begins Today
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Gay GOP group gives Cornyn award after ‘no’ vote to move on DADT repeal
John F. Burns / New York Times:
Eileen Nearne, Wartime Spy, Dies at 89
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Ishaan Tharoor / Time:
Q&A: Daily Kos' Moulitsas on Tea Partyers, Conservatives
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Pelosi Confident About Midterms: “The Momentum Is With Us”
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Christine O'Donnell, Made and Broken by TV
Discussion: Hot Air, FrumForum, Fox News and Verum Serum
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Arkansas Gays to Sen. Blanche Lincoln: Don't Ask (For Our Vote)
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The Onion:
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Abram Sauer / Esquire:
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Discussion: Mediaite
Mark Clayton / Christian Science Monitor:
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Discussion: Outside the Beltway