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2:40 AM ET, September 22, 2010


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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Move to End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Stalls in Senate  —  WASHINGTON — With Congress increasingly paralyzed by the partisan fury of the midterm elections, the Senate on Tuesday voted against taking up a major military bill that includes a provision allowing the repeal of the “don't ask, don't tell policy” regarding gay soldiers.
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Al Franken Chokes Up Over Don't Ask, Don't Tell (VIDEO)  —  Shortly after Senate Republicans and two Democrats blocked a vote to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Sen. Al Franken gave an impassioned speech on the Senate floor.  —  Franken (D-MN) told a story about one of his trips to entertain …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
The Hill:
Senate deals blow to 'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal in 56-43 vote  —  The Senate on Tuesday dealt a significant blow to the Obama administration's efforts to repeal the ban on openly gay people serving in the military.  —  In a 56-43 vote, Senate Democratic leaders fell short of the 60 votes …
The Politico:
Harry Reid's botched battles  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hoped the defense policy bill would help make a final pre-election argument for Democrats while energizing the base on gay rights and immigration.  —  But what he got was a failed vote and a mix of frustration and disappointment from the people he was trying to help.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
McCain Wins On DADT
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
O'Donnell: Coons has made ‘some very anti-American statements’  —  Tea Party-backed Christine O'Donnell (R) took aim at New Castle County Executive Chris Coons (D) Tuesday night during an appearance on Fox News.  —  O'Donnell referenced an article Coons wrote in college in which he referred to himself as “a bearded Marxist.”
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN to broadcast Delaware Senate debate Oct. 13
Discussion: The Politico, The Note and Pulp Culture
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Clinton to Dems: Don't underestimate Tea Party movement
John Fritze / USA Today:
Tea Party group gets $1 million anonymous donation
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Christine O'Donnell is toxic and hurting GOP
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
CONFIRMED: Sen. Saxby Chambliss Admits “All Faggots Must Die” Comment Came From His Atlanta Headquarters  —  I've just gotten off the phone with Atlanta Journal-Constitution political writer Jim Galloway who says that Sen. Saxby Chambliss has confirmed that the “All faggots must die” …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
“All Faggots Must Die”  —  The above comment was left today by “Jimmy” on my post about the DADT cloture vote.  The IP address *appears* to resolve to the neighborhood of GOP U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss' Atlanta office.  The ISP is “United States Senate.”  I'm confident that the JMG internet sleuths can get to the source.
Jim Galloway / Political Insider:
Did Saxby Chambliss aide leave threatening slur?  —  U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss confirmed Tuesday that he investigating whether one of his staffers left a threatening slur on an Internet discussion of the right of gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military.
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Summers Expected to Leave White House After Election  —  White House officials expect Lawrence Summers to leave his job as the president's National Economic Council director after November's congressional elections, according to three people familiar with the matter.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Summers Move Lets Obama Alter Economic Team
Discussion: Economist's View
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / The Caucus:   Top White House Economic Adviser to Depart
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Woodward Book Portrays Obama Aides' Battles  —  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.
Chicago Sun Times:
Rep. Jackson: I did nothing wrong but ‘deeply sorry’ over ‘social acquaintance’  —  Chicago congressman vows to remain in office in wake of Sun-Times report regarding fund-raiser  —  U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) said Tuesday he is “deeply sorry” for having “disappointed some supporters” …
Clout St:
New questions about Jackson and Senate seat
Andrew Greiner / NBC Chicago:
Jesse's Girl?  —  Jesse Jackson Jr. doesn't deny involvement …
Ezra Klein:
Federal Reserve won't help, won't explain why  —  As expected, the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee met today, and decided against doing anything further to stimulate the economy.  But it's worth reading their news release explaining — or, more accurately, not explaining — why.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Generic Ballots May Underestimate Democrats  —  In the last couple of posts on our House forecasts, I've noted that the generic congressional ballot tends to show worse results for Democrats than other indicators like polls of individual House races.  The generic ballot, as of last week …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Lieberman Wants To Start A Bipartisan, High-Income Tax Cuts Gang  —  TPM noted yesterday that, in direct conflict with President Obama's agenda, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) is organizing Senate Democrats and Republicans to temporarily extend Bush tax cuts for high-income Americans.
The Politico:
FLOTUS's stump sked announced  —  With midterm elections just weeks away, Michelle Obama will use her star power to launch a fundraising blitz for imperiled Democratic candidates, hitting at least six states for eight congressional races beginning next month, senior administration officials announced on Tuesday.
Discussion: CNN
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
Michelle Obama hitting the campaign trail
Diane Daniels / WSBT-TV:
Oops!  Billboard spelling error creates embarrassment  —  SOUTH BEND — If you ever wondered how much difference just one letter can make when it comes to a message, ask the thousands of people who drove by a digital billboard near the intersection of Ironwood and State Road 23 between Thursday and Monday morning.
Fox News:
Ahmadinejad Warns of Capitalism's Defeat in Tepid U.N. Speech  —  Before a sparse audience, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used 10 minutes on the world stage Tuesday to declare capitalism near death while urging world leaders to “spare no effort” in starting to plan for a new world order.
Anne Laurie / Balloon Juice:
You'd Be Cripplingly Incapacitated, Too...  Even before John posted about Americans over 50 who may never be allowed paid employment again, I had tagged a couple of articles about one all-American non-solution.  From the Washington Post, “Jobless are straining Social Security's disability benefits program”:
Yitzhak Benhorin / Ynetnews:
No peace in NY: Fayyad-Ayalon meeting ends on sour note  —  Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad leaves meeting with Danny Ayalon angry, after Israel's deputy foreign minister demands that meeting summary refer to notion of ‘two states for two peoples’  —  WASHINGTON - Palestinian Prime …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Elder of Ziyon
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
GOP House candidate invokes idea of ‘victory mosque’ in campaign ad  —  A Republican House candidate claims in new ad that Muslims want to build “victory mosque” near Ground Zero.  —  The building of an Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero has faded from the midterm campaign conversation …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Mara Liasson / NPR:
Midterm Elections Play Major Role In Redistricting
Patrick McGeehan / City Room:
Sharing the Love, New York Style
Discussion: The Awl, Gawker, Marbury and New York Times
Drug Policy Alliance / Facebook:
Bad Drug War Bill Wrongfully Fast-Tracked for Vote TOMORROW
Discussion: TalkLeft
Brian J. Siebel / The Huffington Post:
How the EAC Could Help Bring Voter Registration Into the Digital Age
Josh Mitchell / Washington Wire:
GM Resumes Campaign Contributions
Discussion: Politics Daily
Alaska Dispatch:
Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller admits taking farm subsidies
Washington Examiner:
Examiner Editorial: Government and journalists cower at threats to cartoonist
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Dana Goldstein / The Daily Beast:
Clinton Warns Liberals
John Rosenthal / Weekly Standard:
German Protestors Marked 9/11 by Denouncing “Inside Job,” “Reichstag Fire”
Aharding / CNN:
Murkowski likely to be stripped of committee
Steve Singiser / Daily Kos:
WI-Sen/WI-Gov: Dems hurting with six weeks to go