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10:55 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 …
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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 …
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
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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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Democrats Decide On Political Suicide  —  So it looks like the Democrats are going with the Curl Up In A Fetal Position Plan on taxes, apparently deciding not to hold any vote at all.  Greg Sargent thinks the party lacks balls, and draws a comparison to the health care debate.  But it's not a god comparison.
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.
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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 …
Club for Growth:
The Milquetoast GOP “Pledge”  —  I want to like the new GOP Pledge to America.  I want to endorse it, but it's so milquetoast that it proves to me that these guys just aren't ready to lead.  —  In order to prevent a return of the big-spending Republican ways during the Bush years …
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Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Dems attack GOP ‘Pledge.’ So what's their agenda?
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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.
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Sarah Palin Drops The H-Bomb: ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ (VIDEO)  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made headlines for suggesting in a TV interview she'd run for president in 2012 “if nobody else were to step up,” but little noticed in that segment was the one-time vice presidential nominee dropping President Obama's middle name.
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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.
Discussion: The Note and American Power
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Robert Mugabe / msnbc.com:   9/11 words by Iran leader lead to U.S. walkout at U.N.
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 …
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: Hot Air and The Page
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:   DeMint hits ‘good ol’ boys Senate club' for protecting Murkowski
People-Press.org:
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 …
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 …
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.
Fhardingj / CNN:
Another Obama admin departure, this one with date uncertain  —  Washington (CNN) - He wants to leave next year.  That much he has said.  But the former spy chief and current Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been coy about the when.  —  But Thursday, a few clues to and lines to read between.
Discussion: The Hill
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The Note:
Gates and Mullen Don't See Big Changes to Afghan Strategy in December
Discussion: CNN and Political Punch
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
With Warning, Obama Presses Chinese Leader on Currency  —  UNITED NATIONS — President Obama increased pressure on China to immediately revalue its currency on Thursday, devoting most of a two-hour meeting with China's prime minister to the issue and sending the message, according to one of his top aides …
Discussion: Gothamist and FrumForum
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.
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
The Hill:
Landrieu to block OMB nominee unless oil drilling ban lifted  —  A Gulf Coast Democrat is vowing to block Senate confirmation of President Obama's budget director until the administration agrees to lift or ease a federal freeze on deepwater oil-and-gas drilling.
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.”
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Getting Radical on Spending Cuts  —  I'm pretty sure nobody at CAP favors the 100 percent cuts scenario outlined in our “A Thousand Cuts” report detailing possible approaches to achieving primary balance of the budget by 2015.  But the econ team tried to be rigorous about what would be a good way to do that …
 
 
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Muslims Say They Face More Work Discrimination
Telegraph:
Six arrested in Gateshead over ‘Koran burning’
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Citizens for the Republic: Children born today will carry …
Discussion: protein wisdom and National Review
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
New Web Campaign Targets Vulnerable Democrats
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Senate again fails to advance campaign finance bill with ‘no’ vote from Snowe
Discussion: The Politico and FrumForum
Dana Goldstein / The Nation:
Grading ‘Waiting for Superman’
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Aubrey Sarvis / The Huffington Post:
Outrage Is Overdue
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 Earlier Items: 
Jay Fitzgerald / Boston Herald:
Sen. Brown blasts Harvard's Faust for continuing to ban ROTC
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ken Silverstein / Harper's:
Broder and Woodward Still on Lecture Circuit
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Balloon Juice
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
LAST NIGHT'S lecture on the higher-education bubble went well …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Paul Ryan is a Man Who Takes His Responsibilities as a Public Official Seriously
Glen Bolger / Public Opinion Strategies:
National Survey Highlights Dem Problems in Key Seats
Discussion: Hot Air and Ben Smith's Blog
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The GOP's Fiscal Fraudulence
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Quinnipiac University:
Little-Known New York Attorney General Candidates Tied, Quinnipiac …