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8:45 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 …
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
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.”
Ezra Klein:
The GOP's bad idea
Discussion: Economist's View
Dan Pfeiffer / White Blog Feed:
The Congressional Republican Pledge to Special Interests
Discussion: The Fix, The Hill and Sweetness & Light
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
The Pledge to America  —  The full text of the House Republicans' …
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.
Athan Kompos / WGRZ-TV:
Poll Shows NY Governors Race Tighter Between Cuomo And Paladino  —  BUFFALO, N.Y. - Republican candidate for Governor, Carl Paladino is nine percentage points behind Democrat Andrew Cuomo, according a new scientific poll commissioned by Two On Your Side, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and the White Plains Journal News.
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 …
The Politico:
Castle won't rule out write-in
Aharding / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Could be split decision in Colorado
Discussion: The Spot
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
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.
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
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
Washington Post:
Two of Obama's closest advisers among those likely to leave in White House shuffle  —  In his nearly two years in office, President Obama has relied on a very small clique of advisers that serves as his most trusted sounding board on politics and policy.  —  Members of his staff describe Obama …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama to ask UN for support in Middle East peace process  —  President Obama, addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, will ask for international and regional help in securing a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.  —  But according to excerpts of the speech released …
Discussion: The Politico
The Huffington Post:
GOP ‘Pledge For America’ Director Lobbied For AIG, Exxon, Pfizer, Chamber  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The Republican Party's 21-page blueprint, “Pledge to America,” was put together with oversight by a House staffer who, up till April 2010, served as a lobbyist for some of the nation's most powerful oil …
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 …
Discussion: sisu and The American Pundit
STAYING A PARENT  —  Wednesday's decision means Frank Martin Gill will be allowed to remain the parent of his two sons — identified only as X.X.G. and N.R.G. — whom Gill and his longtime partner adopted from the state's foster-care system in 2008.  Gill had been foster-parenting the boys since 2004.
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, Daily Kos and Gawker
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 …
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
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
For Many, Health Care Relief Begins Today  —  Sometimes lost in the partisan clamor about the new health care law is the profound relief it is expected to bring to hundreds of thousands of Americans who have been stricken first by disease and then by a Darwinian insurance system.
Discussion: Daily Kos and TalkLeft
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Gay GOP group gives Cornyn award after ‘no’ vote to move on DADT repeal  —  A Republican gay-rights group presented Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) with a leadership award Wednesday night despite his vote against a repeal of the ban on allowing openly gay people to serve in the military nearly 24 hours before the event.
Discussion: The Other McCain
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Frank Jordans / Associated Press:
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John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Christine O'Donnell, Made and Broken by TV
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The Onion:
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Discussion: Mediaite
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