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9:20 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.
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.
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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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” …
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
The Politico:
W.H. embraces Woodward book
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Don Surber
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
Discussion: The Spot
Fhardingj / CNN:   CNN/Time Poll: Will GOP sweep in Pennsylvania?
Katy Steinmetz / Time:
Poll: Dem Incumbents Feingold, Bennett Trail in Senate Races …
Discussion: Ballot Box and The Page
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.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Rand Paul kisses neocons' ring, but some neocons remain wary
Discussion: TPMDC and Hullabaloo
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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
One Democrat who isn't running away from Dem agenda
CNN:   Senate vote on tax cuts likely to be delayed, Democratic sources say
Michael Tomasky / Guardian:
Democratic midgets | Michael Tomasky
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.
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.
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Newsweek:
Andrew Breitbart ‘Pissed’ at Glenn Beck?
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 …
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Andrew Leonard / Salon:
The awesome stupidity of replacing Larry Summers with a CEO
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
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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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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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 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:
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
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 …
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Christine O'Donnell, Made and Broken by TV  —  The Fox News poll in Delaware has parlous news for Republican senatorial nominee Christine O'Donnell — she's 14 points behind, her opponent is well over 50 percent, and 60 percent of those polled say she is not fit to be a senator.
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
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 Huffington Post:
As Palin Goes, So Goes The GOP: Growing Number Of Candidates …
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 Earlier Items: 
Aharding / CNN:
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Discussion: The Politico
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Levin: Filibuster reform more likely after Tuesday's failed Defense cloture vote
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
CNN:
Senator's office investigating anti-gay blog comment
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Prop 19, Initiative to Legalize Marijuana in California …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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Discussion: Mother Jones and Balloon Juice