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10:20 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.
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.
Discussion: Economist's View
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 …
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 …
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
A Critique of the GOP's New ‘Pledge to America’: Dudes. …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
G.O.P. Cites Tax Cuts and Health Care as Main Focus
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
White House quickly attacks GOP ‘Pledge’
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.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Gillibrand Leads by 1 Point in SurveyUSA Poll, 6 Points in Q Poll
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
Bill Plante / CBS News:
Axelrod Leaving WH; Emmanuel Likely Next
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
The Politico:
Administration asks faith groups to do outreach …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
(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.
Discussion: Ballot Box and TPMDC
Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN/Time poll: Coons up 16 over O'Donnell
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 …
John / Power Line:
Another Democrat's Shameful Racism
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Wonkette,, Jihad Watch and Ò"
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
Amid Tension, China Blocks Vital Exports to Japan  —  HONG KONG — Sharply raising the stakes in a dispute over Japan's detention of a Chinese fishing trawler captain, the Chinese government has blocked exports to Japan of a crucial category of minerals used in products like hybrid cars, wind turbines and guided missiles.
William Bender /
In Bucks County, a bitter poll for Murphy to swallow  —  U.S. REP. Patrick Murphy's “uh-oh” moment came last month, when his polling firm reported that Republican Mike Fitzpatrick was within striking distance of recapturing his 8th District seat in Bucks County.  —  This is his “oh, no” moment:
Discussion: Ballot Box, Capitol Ideas … and CNN
Obama to announce change in strategy on aiding poor countries  —  New York (CNN) — The Obama administration is changing the way it delivers development aid, elevating the issue to a centerpiece of its national security and economic strategy and targeting nations where resources can be most effective …
Discussion: The Reaction and Gateway Pundit
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama to ask UN for support in Middle East peace process
Discussion: The Politico
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Republicans seize on comments by Obama in new Woodward book  —  Republicans on Wednesday blasted President Obama for statements journalist Bob Woodward attributed to him in his new book.  —  Republicans were particularly incensed about Obama's belief that the U.S. could “absorb” …
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.
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.
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 …
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
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