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6:05 PM ET, September 23, 2010

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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.
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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 …
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.
The Huffington Post:
GOP ‘Pledge For America’ Director Lobbied For AIG, Exxon, Pfizer, Chamber
Hogan / RedState:
The Pledge to Nowhere
Ezra Klein:
The Democrats need a plan, too
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
David Di Martino / Pundits Blog:
GOP blueprint bashes special interests, written by special interests
Discussion: CNN
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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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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
More Senate Dems cast doubt on pre-election vote to extend tax cuts
Discussion: The Politico, The Note and CNN
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Democrats Decide On Political Suicide
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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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
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.
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 …
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Very Different Poll Results in New York
Discussion: New York Magazine
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.
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Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Sarah Palin Drops The H-Bomb: ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ (VIDEO)
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: FrumForum
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David Rogers / The Politico:
Small business bill clears Congress
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Landrieu to block OMB nominee unless oil drilling ban lifted  —  Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) is vowing to block a Senate vote to confirm President Obama's choice to head the White House Office of Management and Budget unless a temporary ban on offshore oil-and-gas drilling is removed.
Discussion: The Note and The Politico
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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: Ben Smith's Blog and Hot Air
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The GOP's Fiscal Fraudulence  —  One tiny part of me hoped that after the GOP spending binge of the Bush years, and the alleged Tea Party commitment to turn the page on growing government, the Republicans, like the Tories in Britain, would run on a clear platform of massive spending cuts …
Discussion: Hit & Run
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 …
David Ingram / The BLT:
Democrats Push Forward on Goodwin Liu, Other Judge Nominees  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines today to advance the nomination of law professor Goodwin Liu to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, signaling they're not ready to give up on one of President Barack Obama's most controversial nominees.
Discussion: Law Blog and PointOfLaw Forum
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
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
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 …
Mike Allen / Associated Press:
Bill Clinton to John F. Harris: Obama's way to win in 2010, 2012 - Obama at U.N.: ‘teachings of tolerance’ can help Israeli-Palestinian standoff - House GOP ‘Pledge to America’: Cut Congress' budget  —  DAVID AXELROD e-mails JON WARD: “I'll be here well into 2011.
Discussion: TPMDC and Althouse
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Paul Ryan is a Man Who Takes His Responsibilities as a Public Official Seriously  —  My colleague Zaid Jilani has an excellent post dining Paul Ryan for massive hypocrisy on the subject of the budet reconciliation process, a procedural tactic that allows (some forms of) legislation …
 
 
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Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Gates not planning to stay through end of Obama first term
Discussion: CNN
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Joe Manchin Lies About His Position on Obamacare
Discussion: The Fix
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
The GOP's Ridiculous “Pledge.”
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Sen. Brown blasts Harvard's Faust for continuing to ban ROTC
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New York Times:
Corrections  —  An article on Wednesday about the quarrels …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
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The Complete Christine O'Donnell
MikeM / Confederate Yankee:
The Erik Scott Shooting: Update 2
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Richard Huff / NY Daily News:
'The Daily Show's' Jon Stewart and Fox News' Bill O'Reilly fling …
Discussion: Raw Story