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7:25 PM ET, September 23, 2010


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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Liberal blogger directly confronts David Axelrod, accuses White House of “hippie punching”  —  Top Obama adviser David Axelrod got an earful of the liberal blogosphere's anger at the White House moments ago, when a blogger on a conference call directly called out Axelrod over White House criticism …
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Axelrod to exit White House in 2011 to work on Obama reelection
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and FrumForum
Bill Plante / CBS News:
Axelrod Leaving WH; Emmanuel Likely Next
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   The GOP's Fiscal Fraudulence
The Huffington Post:
GOP ‘Pledge For America’ Director Lobbied For AIG, Exxon, Pfizer, Chamber
Hogan / RedState:
The Pledge to Nowhere
Ezra Klein:
The GOP's bad idea
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
House Dems Also Punt On Upper-Income Bush Tax Cuts  —  The Senate's decision not to address the Bush tax cuts until after the election is the strongest indication yet that the game is over.  After a House Democratic caucus meeting this morning — but before the news broke on the Senate side …
Senate Dems Ready To Shelve Tax Cut Vote  —  A senior Senate Democratic aide told TPM today there won't be a vote on extending the Bush tax cuts in the upper chamber before the November election, a blow to party leaders and President Obama who believed this would have been a winning issue.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Democrats Decide On Political Suicide
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
More Senate Dems cast doubt on pre-election vote to extend tax cuts
Discussion: The Politico, The Note and CNN
Josh Margolin / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie confronts heckler at California GOP candidate's political rally  —  LOS ANGELES — True to his tough-guy persona, Gov. Chris Christie mixed it up today with a political naysayer, who heckled California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman at a political rally.
TRENDING: Christie faces off against heckler  —  (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got tough with a heckler Wednesday during a Los Angeles town hall meeting with California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman.  —  Whitman, a Republican and the former CEO of eBay, was finishing her remarks …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sarah Palin: I'll run if nobody else steps up  —  Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin gave her strongest indication yet that she may run for president Wednesday night, saying she would jump into the race if “nobody else were to step up” with the proposals she wants to see.
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Sarah Palin Drops The H-Bomb: ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ (VIDEO)
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
DeMint chides GOP senators for protecting Murkowski  —  South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint is publicly criticizing his Senate GOP colleagues for allowing Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski to keep her ranking membership on a key committee less than a week after she announced a write-in campaign to try to retain her seat.
Discussion: The Page
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:   DeMint hits ‘good ol’ boys Senate club' for protecting Murkowski
The Note:
Gates and Mullen Don't See Big Changes to Afghan Strategy in December  —  ABC News' Luis Martinez reports:  —  Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both said today that they do not anticipate big changes in December when the White House reviews the Afghan war strategy.
Discussion: CNN
Fhardingj / CNN:
Another Obama admin departure, this one with date uncertain
Discussion: The Hill
Independents Oppose Party in Power ... Again  —  More Conservative, More Critical of National Conditions  —  For the third national election in a row, independent voters may be poised to vote out the party in power.  The Republican Party holds a significant edge in preferences …
The White House:
Remarks by the President at the Millennium Development Goals Summit in New York, New York United Nations Headquarters, New York, New York  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon.  Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen.  —  In the Charter of this United Nations …
Washington Wire:
Transcript of Obama's Remarks to the U.N. General Assembly
Harriet Johnson Brackey / Sun-Sentinel:
Man's home sold out from under him in foreclosure mistake  —  (Robert Duyos, Sun Sentinel / September 22, 2010)  —  When Jason Grodensky bought his modest Fort Lauderdale home last December, he paid cash.  But seven months later, he was surprised to learn that Bank of America had foreclosed on the house …
David Axelrod / Washington Post:
The election campaigners we can't see  —  All of Washington is in a frenzy, speculating about the outcome of the fall elections.  Yet the development that could most tip the scales is getting far too little public attention.  That hidden factor is the audacious stealth campaign being mounted …
Gail Sheehy / The Daily Beast:
Obama's Fire Sale  — trending topics - CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE - COLLEGE RANKINGS - GET AMERICA BACK TO WORK - FASHION WEEK - CHRISTINE O'DONNELL  —  Six weeks before the election, President Obama couldn't fill the ballroom at the Roosevelt Hotel, despite cheap tickets on offer.
Alexander C. Hart / The New Republic:
Lying With Graphs, Republican Style  —  The Republican “Pledge to America” is out, and I'll give them some credit: there are more concrete policies in there than I've seen Republicans suggest in a long while.  Sure, they ideas are largely terrible, overly simplistic, or some combination of the two.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
U.S. delegates walk out of Ahmadinejad's U.N. speech  —  The U.S. delegation to the U.N. walked out of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech before the general assembly Thursday after the controversial leader said some believe Americans were behind the 9/11 terror attacks.
Discussion:, The Note and American Power
The Hill:
House approves small-business bill; Obama laments ‘needless’ stall  —  On a 237-187 vote, the House on Thursday approved a $42 billion bill to provide aid to small businesses.  —  The Senate approved the legislation last week, and President Obama plans to sign the legislation on Monday.
Discussion: The Note, The Politico and FrumForum
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Lies, Damned Lies - Obamacare 6 Months Later; It's Time to Take Back the 20!  —  It's now six months since President Obama took control of one-sixth of the private sector economy with his health care “reform,” and the first changes to our health care system come into effect today.
Anjeanette Damon / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Angle slams mandated coverage for autism treatment in new video from Democrats' tracker  —  As key provisions of new federal health care legislation come into effect tomorrow, Democrats are emphasizing Republican senate candidate Sharron Angle's opposition to mandating insurance coverage for basic illnesses.
Quinnipiac University:
Little-Known New York Attorney General Candidates Tied, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Gillibrand Up By Only 6 Points  —  Two little-known candidates for New York State Attorney General, Democratic State Sen. Eric Schneiderman and Republican Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan …
Glen Bolger / Public Opinion Strategies:
National Survey Highlights Dem Problems in Key Seats  —  Last week, I conducted a national survey for American Action Network.  The two key political environment questions show the significant opportunity Republicans have this year.  While the overall numbers on the President's approval rating …
Discussion: Hot Air and Ben Smith's Blog
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Newly Declassified Documents Show Bush Administration Looked For Excuse To Start War In Iraq In Nov. 2001  —  The Bush administration has long maintained they had not decided to invade Iraq until the days before it actually began and that they did “everything” they could to “avoid war in Iraq.”
Aubrey Sarvis / The Huffington Post:
Outrage Is Overdue  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  Let's call Tuesday's pitifully embarrassing Senate performance on the defense authorization bill exactly what it was: shameful.  They blocked debate because the bill included repeal of the federally imposed ban on gays in the military …
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Senate again fails to advance campaign finance bill with ‘no’ vote from Snowe  —  Senate Democrats again failed to advance stalled campaign finance legislation on Thursday, dealing another blow to the bill's chances of final passage.  —  The legislation, known as the Disclose Act …
Discussion: The Politico and FrumForum
Catherine Whittenburg / TBO News Breaking:
Sink leads Scott 47-40 in new Mason-Dixon poll  —  TALLAHASSEE - Democrat Alex Sink commands a seven-point lead over GOP candidate Rick Scott in the Florida governor's race, new poll results show.  —  Sink, Florida's chief financial officer, leads Scott, a multimillionaire businessman …
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Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
Bill combating China currency to advance
Six arrested in Gateshead over ‘Koran burning’
Discussion: National Review and Atlas Shrugs
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Florida Court Calls Ban on Gay Adoptions Unlawful Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Citizens for the Republic: Children born today will carry …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Getting Radical on Spending Cuts
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
New Web Campaign Targets Vulnerable Democrats
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Landrieu to block OMB nominee unless oil drilling ban lifted
The Big Picture:
The Abysmal Track Record of Moody's Mark Zandi
 Earlier Items: 
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Joe Manchin Lies About His Position on Obamacare
Discussion: The Fix
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
The GOP's Ridiculous “Pledge.”
The American Muslim:
Dana Goldstein / The Nation:
Grading ‘Waiting for Superman’
Jay Fitzgerald / Boston Herald:
Sen. Brown blasts Harvard's Faust for continuing to ban ROTC
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Paul Ryan is a Man Who Takes His Responsibilities as a Public Official Seriously
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
A Claim of Pro-Islam Bias in Textbooks
Discussion:, Wonkette and Jihad Watch