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1:15 PM ET, September 23, 2010

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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.
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Ezra Klein:
The GOP's bad idea  —  “America is more than a country,” begins the GOP's ‘Pledge to America.’ America, it turns out, is an “idea,” an “inspiration,” and a “belief.”  And the GOP wants to govern it.  —  Their policy agenda is detailed and specific — a decision they will almost certainly come to regret.
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.
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 …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Why Republicans Don't Need a ‘Pledge’  —  Today, something unusual will happen.  Democrats will happily call attention to a new set of Republican proposals, and Republicans ... well, they'll sort of shrug them off.  The “Pledge to America” is supposed to be this year's version of 1994's …
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 …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Boehner offers no solutions on Medicare, Social Security reform
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Ezra Klein:
The Democrats need a plan, too
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Bill Clinton: Dems should issue their own governing document
Discussion: FrumForum and Sweetness & Light
TPMDC:
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.
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Frank Knapp, Jr / Congress Blog:
End tax cuts for the wealthiest
Discussion: CNN
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Pelosi and Hoyer split on holding tax vote before November elections
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 …
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Bill Plante / CBS News:
Axelrod Leaving WH; Emmanuel Likely Next  —  Sources say President's 2 Closest Advisors Heading for Other Pursuits in Latest News on Pending D.C. Shakeup  —  (CBS) President Obama's inner circle will likely be losing some key players.  CBS News senior White House correspondent Bill Plante reports …
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 …
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Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:   Man without Mortgage Loses Home in Foreclosure
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 …
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.
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David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Dahlia Lithwick: It's “Weird” for a Senator to Consider the Constitutionality of Legislation  —  Lithwick in Slate: … Short answer: Senators swear an oath to uphold the Constitution.  Of course they are obligated to determine whether a bill they are considering is constitutional.
Discussion: The Other McCain
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Slate:
Decoding Christine O'Donnell
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 …
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.
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Memo to right-wingers: That ‘bearded Marxist’ line is a JOKE — one that makes fun of idiots like you  —  OK, this whole “Chris Coons describes himself as a bearded Marxist” thing that's now the everyday talking point at Fox News — embodied once again in Christine O'Donnell's interview …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
A Claim of Pro-Islam Bias in Textbooks  —  HOUSTON — Some conservative members of the Texas Board of Education assert that the history books used in this state have a pro-Islamic bias, and they are upset about it.  —  Never shy about wading into the culture wars, they are planning …
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Zuckerberg Gives $100 Million Gift to Newark Schools  —  Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook, has agreed to donate $100 million to improve Newark's long-troubled public schools, and Gov. Chris Christie will cede some control of the state-run system to Mayor Cory A. Booker in conjunction …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Senate Forecast: Republican Takeover Chances Improved, but Democrats Are Building Pacific Firewall  —  Polls show that the Republican nominee has gained ground in a key Senate race, Wisconsin — and Republicans have put another Senate race, in West Virginia, squarely into play.
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.
delawareonline:
(2 of 2)  —  Asked for reasons he was weighing against running, Castle said such a campaign would be “logistically difficult” because voters would have to write in the name.  —  “I think automatically you have a diminished number of votes you'll get,” Castle said.
Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com Pro-Life Headlines:
New Jersey Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Closes After Christie Cuts Funds  —  Trenton, NJ (LifeNews.com) — After the New Jersey state Senate defeated an attempt to override the decision of Gov. Chris Christie to cut off state taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood abortion businesses …
John / Power Line:
Another Democrat's Shameful Racism  —  Democrats are generally high-minded—can't we all just get along?—until they are in danger of losing.  Then the truth comes out.  Loretta Sanchez is a liberal California Democrat who poses as a moderate.  This year, she faces a strong challenge from Republican Van Tran.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Very Different Poll Results in New York  —  A new Siena poll in New York finds Andrew Cuomo (D) leading Carl Paladino (R) in the race for governor by 33 points, 57% to 24%, and Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D) leading Joe DioGuardi (R) in the U.S. Senate race by 24 points, 57% to 31% …
 
 
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Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
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Voice of America:
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Discussion: Reuters and Gateway Pundit
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
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Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Associated Press:
AP-GfK Poll: Independents as upset as Republicans
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Socialist Member on Obama's Debt Commission: If We Reduce Spending …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Flopping Aces
Justin Elliott / Salon:
The militias' man in the Senate?
William Bender / Philly.com:
In Bucks County, a bitter poll for Murphy to swallow
Discussion: Capitol Ideas …, Ballot Box and CNN