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6:50 PM ET, September 24, 2010

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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.
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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.
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 …
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Colbert knocks Dems off message  —  Amid a high stakes struggle to connect with voters, House Democrats turned Friday to celebrity comedian Stephen Colbert to highlight the plight of migrant farm workers.  —  He promptly returned the favor by turning Congress — specifically a Judiciary subcommittee — into his personal comedy club.
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Judiciary chairman asks Colbert to leave after statement
Discussion: FrumForum
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pelosi: House Dems ‘clamoring’ for Obama to campaign with them
Discussion: CNN, Weasel Zippers and The Note
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:   Which Malik Shabazz Visited White House in July 2009, Mr. President?
Melissa Bell / BlogPost:
Stephen Colbert's testimony before Congress (Text)
ABCNEWS:
Stephen Colbert Takes On Congress, Sarcastically Argues for Farm Workers
Discussion: Daily Kos and theblogprof
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
VIDEO of Christine O'Donnell: I'm going to stop the whole country from having sex  —  A Democratic source unearths video of Christine O'Donnell in 2003, answering clearly and unequivocally in the affirmative when asked: “You're going to stop the whole country from having sex?”
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The Huffington Post:
Christine O'Donnell Will Stop America From Sexing Each Other (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
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 …
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
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
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
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Who Went Into Our Dreams and Planted the Idea of the Tea Parties?  —  For many of us, between high unemployment, a collapsed housing market, a health care bill we didn't want, runaway debt, an unsecure border, a sluggish oil spill response, promises broken, our elected lawmakers standing …
Discussion: The Greenroom
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Caleb Howe / Caleb's blog:
November is Coming
Josh Gerstein / Reuters:
Prosecutor: DoJ bias against whites  —  A Justice Department prosecutor defied his superiors by testifying at a U.S. Civil Rights Commission hearing Friday, where he leveled an explosive allegation: top officials in the department gutted a voter intimidation case against a fringe African …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Law Blog
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J. Christian Adams / Pajamas Media:
American Hero: Coates Negates a Year of Justice Department Spin …
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 …
Economist:
The perils of constitution-worship  —  One of the guiding principles of the tea-party movement is based on a myth  —  WOULDN'T it be splendid if the solutions to America's problems could be written down in a slim book no bigger than a passport that you could slip into your breast pocket?
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.
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 …
Robert Verkaik / The Independent:
Queen tried to use state poverty fund to heat Buckingham Palace  —  Ministers were asked if money earmarked for schools, hospitals and low-income families could be used to meet soaring fuel bills  —  The Queen asked ministers for a poverty handout to help heat her palaces but was rebuffed …
 
 
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