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8:35 AM ET, September 24, 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 …
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Blogger Susie Madrak Asks David Axelrod: “Do You Know What Hippie Punching Means?”  —  No respect.  (photo: Neubie on Flickr)  —  Some fireworks at the end of an otherwise uneventful conference call with White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod, when blogger Susie Madrak took the White House …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Axelrod to exit White House in 2011 to work on Obama reelection  —  David Axelrod, a top advisor to the president, will remain in his current post ‘well into 2011.’ He's long made it clear he misses his hometown of Chicago.  —  Reporting from Washington —
Susie / Suburban Guerrilla:
Life is funny  —  I just got off a White House conference call in which I asked David Axelrod if he ever heard of the term “hippie punching”.  —  Silence.  —  “Are you there?”  —  “Yeah, I heard you.  Go on.”  —  Basically, after Axelrod told us how wonderful we were and how much they needed us …
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Axelrod To TPM: It's The GOP's Fault Dems Punted On Tax Cuts Vote
Discussion: Balloon Juice and FrumForum
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Fun: Axelrod, lefty bloggers get testy with each other on conference call
CNN:
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 …
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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.
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
With Warning, Obama Presses China on Currency
Discussion: Gothamist and FrumForum
Robert Mugabe / msnbc.com:   Ahmadinejad: Most blame U.S. government for 9/11
David Mercer / Associated Press:
U. of Ill. denies William Ayers emeritus status  —  URBANA, Ill. — The University of Illinois on Thursday denied 1960s radical William Ayers emeritus faculty status after trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy noted Ayers dedicated a book to, among others, the man who killed Kennedy's father, Robert F. Kennedy.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Betsy's Page
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Chicago Breaking News:
Ayers denied emeritus status after plea from Chris Kennedy
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.
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Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:
Clinton Says Republicans' Plans Represent ‘Hysterical Tirades’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and TPMDC
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Dems attack GOP ‘Pledge.’ So what's their agenda?
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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 …
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Advocate:
DOJ to Judge: Keep Enforcing DADT  —  The Department of Justice issued a request Thursday to a U.S. district court judge asking to keep enforcing the military's ban on gay and lesbian service members, challenging a request to stop its enforcement.  —  In a 14-page brief …
MyFOX Detroit:
Chrysler Auto Workers Busted  —  Jefferson North Plant in Detroit  —  myFOXDetroit.com Staff - We're all rooting for the auto industry to come back stronger than ever.  It affects every one of us here in metro Detroit and across the country because it's so important to our economy.
Mike McIntire / New York Times:
Hidden Under Tax-Exempt Cloak, Political Dollars Flow  —  Alaskans grew suspicious two years ago when a national organization called Americans for Job Security showed up and spent $1.6 million pushing a referendum to restrict development of a gold and copper mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Downhill With the G.O.P.  —  Once upon a time, a Latin American political party promised to help motorists save money on gasoline.  How?  By building highways that ran only downhill.  —  I've always liked that story, but the truth is that the party received hardly any votes.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
David Catanese / The Politico:
Castle will test waters with poll  —  Rep. Mike Castle is planning on polling a potential three-way Senate race to test his chances as a write-in candidate, a Delaware Republican tells POLITICO.  —  Castle, who lost his GOP primary by a 6-point margin to tea party upstart Christine O'Donnell nine days ago …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Senate Republicans launch $1 million ad buy in West Virginia  —  1. The National Republican Senatorial Committee will launch ads in the West Virginia Senate race today, a seven-figure expenditure that strongly suggests the party thinks they can pull off an upset in the Mountain State.
Discussion: Plain Dealer and The Page
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Colbert appearance causes mixed feelings  —  Comedian Stephen Colbert's scheduled appearance on Capitol Hill Friday elicited mixed reactions from lawmakers, with some grateful for his participation and others incensed he had been invited in the first place.  —  The star of Comedy Central's …
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
We'll run on our record  —  Congressional Democrats on Thursday declared they would run on their legislative record this fall, rejecting former President Clinton's advice to counter a new Republican policy agenda with one of their own.  —  The Democrats' decision to run on what they have accomplished …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Now He's Lost Margaret Carlson  —  Obama's problem goes far deeper than his insolent style.  —  If he's lost Margaret Carlson, he's lost Middle America.  Sorry if you disagree, but somehow, to our mind, that joke just never gets old.  Carlson, a fixture at Time magazine before jumping …
Ian M. / Think Progress:
Joe Miller: Social Security Is Something The Federal Government 'Shouldn't Have Gotten Into'  —  Earlier today, Alaska GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller was a guest on KWHL's Bob and Mark show.  ThinkProgress called in to ask him to clarify his previous suggestions that Social Security is unconstitutional.
Damian Paletta / Real Time Economics:
Volcker Spares No One in Broad Critique  —  Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker scrapped a prepared speech he had planned to deliver at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago on Thursday, and instead delivered a blistering, off-the-cuff critique leveled at nearly every corner of the financial system.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Responsibility Deficit  —  One of the oddities of the current moment is that the country wants a radical change in government but not a radical change in policy.  —  On the one hand, voters are completely disgusted with Washington.  On the other hand, they have not changed their fundamental views on the issues.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Caleb Howe / Caleb's blog:
November is Coming  —  Where do you stand?  —  Normally at RedState we post a brief description of any videos we post.  But this one ... you just have to watch it.  —  November.  It's coming.  —  Video created and produced by Ben Howe.
Discussion: Ruby Slippers and Flopping Aces
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: Ballot Box, Hot Air and The Page
Craig / CNSNews:
U.S. Education Secretary Vows to Make American Children ‘Good Environmental Citizens’  —  “Today, I promise you that under my leadership, the Department of Education will be a committed partner in the national effort to build a more environmentally literate and responsible society,” said Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
 
 
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Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Feminist group demands Reid apologize for calling Gillibrand ‘hottest’ senator
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Aharding / CNN:
Stewart ‘saddened’ by Obama
Steven Crowder / Fox News:
Why NOT Having Sex Might be Good for You
Discussion: News Hounds and Hot Air
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hey Cable Guys!  Cord Cutting is Real, and It's a Problem, Says Verizon CEO
Stephan Burklin / Maine Watchdog:
Pingree Flies On Corporate Jet
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Muslims Say They Face More Work Discrimination
 Earlier Items: 
Steven L. Taylor / Outside the Beltway:
An Initial Reaction to the “Pledge to America”
Telegraph:
Six arrested in Gateshead over ‘Koran burning’
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and National Review
Politifact.com 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