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7:15 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 …
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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.
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
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 …
Aharding / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Could be split decision in Colorado
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Fhardingj / CNN:   CNN/Time Poll: Johnson 51 to 45 percent over Feingold
Katy Steinmetz / Time:
Poll: Dem Incumbents Feingold, Bennett Trail in Senate Races …
Discussion: Ballot Box
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
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Woodward Book Says Afghanistan Divided White House
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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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.
CNN:
Senate vote on tax cuts likely to be delayed, Democratic sources say  —  Washington (CNN) — With Democrats divided on tax cuts, a Senate vote before the election on extending Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class is looking less likely, multiple Senate Democratic sources tell CNN.
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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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
One Democrat who isn't running away from Dem agenda
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: Ben Smith's Blog and Ezra Klein
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Obama's top economic adviser leaving
Bruce Ackerman / Wall Street Journal:
Obama, Warren and The Imperial Presidency
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?
Discussion: Althouse and Left Coast Rebel
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.
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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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
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
The Huffington Post:
As Palin Goes, So Goes The GOP: Growing Number Of Candidates Oppose Abortion In Cases Of Rape, Incest  —  While much of the 2010 election is focused on the economy, there's another issue quietly simmering which underscores a shift in the Republican Party: abortion.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Politics Daily
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.”
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Do-nothing Democrats  —  Reporters walking into House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's office Tuesday morning noticed an open supply cabinet with a tape measure on the shelf.  —  It was a strange bit of office equipment.  Are Democrats so resigned to defeat that they're expecting Republicans …
 
 
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The Onion:
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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Aharding / CNN:
White House Dispatch: Unseen and unscripted moments at backyard summit
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Levin: Filibuster reform more likely after Tuesday's failed Defense cloture vote
CNN:
Senator's office investigating anti-gay blog comment
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 Earlier Items: 
Jason Mattera / Human Events:
Medicare Czar Flees ‘Rationing’ Query
Discussion: FishbowlDC, Hot Air and Michelle Malkin
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
Paladino board botch
Randy E. Barnett / SSRN:
Commandeering the People: Why the Individual Health Insurance Mandate …
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