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5:40 PM ET, September 24, 2010

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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 …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Colbert embarrasses Dems; Conyers asks comedian to leave  —  The appearance of comedian Stephen Colbert before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law has turned into an embarrassment for the Democrats responsible for the hearing.
Alan Silverleib / CNN:
Colbert serious, sarcastic in hearing  —  Washington (CNN) — There's nothing funny about the issue of migrant farm labor — unless Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert is discussing it.  —  Colbert, accompanied by a media swarm, sarcastically testified on Capitol Hill Friday …
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
COLBERT ‘MADE MOCKERY’ OF CONGRESS  —  Despite the fact that countless Washington reporters couldn't help but watch Stephen Colbert's Capitol Hill testimony Friday, not all were enthralled by the Comedy Central star's performance, as they expressed on Twitter.  —  “REALLY not sure this is funny,” wrote ABC News' Rick Klein.
Discussion: Rough Sketch and NO QUARTER
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Judiciary chairman asks Colbert to leave after statement  —  House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) asked comedian Stephen Colbert to excuse himself from a subcommittee hearing on Friday.  —  Conyers, during opening statements at a hearing of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration …
Discussion: FrumForum
Donovan Slack / Boston Globe:
Stephen Colbert cracks jokes at Capitol Hill hearing  —  loading video...  (please wait a moment)  —  Requires Adobe Flash Player  —  By Donovan Slack, Globe Staff  —  Political satirist Stephen Colbert took his show to Capitol Hill today, where he testified at a hearing …
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:   Colbert knocks Dems off message
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pelosi: House Dems ‘clamoring’ for Obama to campaign with them
Discussion: CNN, The Note and Weasel Zippers
ABCNEWS:
Stephen Colbert Takes On Congress, Sarcastically Argues for Farm Workers
Discussion: theblogprof and Daily Kos
Melissa Bell / BlogPost:
Stephen Colbert's testimony before Congress (Text)
Fox News:
Colbert Offers Comedy Shtick in Farm Workers Testimony, Fails to Amuse Lawmakers
Discussion: Don Surber and Confederate Yankee
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Stephen Colbert Testifies-In Character-To Congressional Sub-Committee
Nicole Allan / The Atlantic Online:
Stephen Colbert Testifies in Congress, in Character
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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The Huffington Post:
Christine O'Donnell Will Stop America From Sexing Each Other (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Scott / Power Line:
Christopher Coates takes the stand  —  Former Department of Justice voting rights section chief Christopher Coates testified this morning before the Civil Rights Commission regarding the department's disposition of the case against the New Black Panther Party.
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Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:   Which Malik Shabazz Visited White House in July 2009, Mr. President?
J. Christian Adams / Pajamas Media:
American Hero: Coates Negates a Year of Justice Department Spin …
Josh Gerstein / Reuters:
Prosecutor: DoJ bias against whites
Discussion: Law Blog
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
Soros revealed as funder of liberal Jewish-American lobby  —  The Jewish-American advocacy group J Street, which bills itself as the dovish alternative to the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) lobby, has secretly received funding from billionaire George Soros despite previous denials …
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Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Raising More Money, J Street Discloses Big Donors
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.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PUSHING BACK AGAINST A ‘WAR ON ARITHMETIC’.... Paul Krugman's …
Discussion: Washington Post
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama at all time low  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama is contending with the lowest approval rating of his 20-month presidency, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll finds.  —  The president's approval rating now stands at 42 percent - an all time low in CNN polling …
Doug Irving / Orange County Register:
Rep. Sanchez: ‘Vietnamese’ trying to take seat  —  Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, said in a recent Spanish-language interview that “the Vietnamese” and Republicans are trying to wrest control of her seat in Congress, from which “we have done so much for our community.”
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Congresswoman: ‘The Vietnamese’ trying to take seat
Discussion: TPMDC and New York Magazine
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Loretta Sanchez: ‘The Vietnamese’ are after my seat
Discussion: FrumForum
New York Post:
Liberal media goes on attack against GOP's Boehner  —  Tweet  —  The heat is on Republican leader John Boehner.  —  Liberal media outlets are trying to smear the highest-ranking Republican in the House just weeks before the midterm elections with a deal-breaking scandal before he has a chance …
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New York Post:
A NY earthquake?
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
SENATE POLL: Senate race in dead heat between Reid, Angle  —  Race remains knotted with six weeks until election  —  U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and GOP challenger Sharron Angle tied with 43 percent of the vote in a new poll that suggests most Nevadans won't gamble on half a dozen other little known contenders.
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Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Brawl erupts at Reid, Angle election forum
Discussion: The Confluence and MarketWatch
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Zucker Announces Departure From NBC  —  Jeff Zucker, the chief executive of NBC Universal, told the company's employees in an e-mail Friday morning that he would step down from his position upon the completion of the takeover of NBC by Comcast.  —  The fate of Mr. Zucker …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Pelosi meets GOP foe at D.C. watering hole  —  While attending a Young Democrats event Thursday night in Washington, D.C., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) ran into the Republican who is waging a long-shot bid to oust her this fall.  —  Republican businessman John Dennis …
Discussion: CNN
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Russell Berman / The Hill:   Pelosi: Attacks on Boehner don't compare to GOP attacks on me
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.
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Who Went Into Our Dreams and Planted the Idea of the Tea Parties?
Discussion: The Greenroom
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
CNN's Klein: ‘I Got Shot’  —  CNN president Jonathan Klein didn't come into work this morning.  —  “I didn't want to put people in an awkward situation,” he told me.  Two days ago, he learned he was out of a job.  —  On Wednesday afternoon, CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton …
Stephen Gutowski / The Blast:
Man Brutally Assaulted While Filming Oregon Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate's Event  —  According to a video posted online today a man was brutally assaulted by organizers of a public event featuring Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber.  The video shows the man, and other attendees, being asked not to film the event.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama team uses flimflammery to inflate job numbers  —  Are you a financial adviser?  You may not know it, but you've got a green job.  Are you a wholesale buyer?  You've got a green job, too.  Or maybe you're a newspaper reporter.  You, too, have a green job — at least according to the Obama administration.
Discussion: Hot Air and protein wisdom
 
 
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