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12:35 AM ET, September 25, 2010

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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.
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Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
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.
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Fox Apoplectic Over Colbert Testimony: Megyn Kelly Demands Apology, Rep. Steve King Calls Him A Liar  —  This afternoon, Fox News host Megyn Kelly invited Rep. Steve King (R-IA) to discuss Stephen Colbert's testimony on Capitol Hill today about migrant labor conditions.
Discussion: Gawker, Crooks and Liars, Wonk Room and CNN
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.
Melissa Bell / BlogPost:
Stephen Colbert's testimony before Congress (Text)
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pelosi: House Dems ‘clamoring’ for Obama to campaign with them
Discussion: CNN, The Note and Weasel Zippers
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Colbert appearance causes mixed feelings
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?”
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 …
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Aamer Madhani / Yahoo! News:
Famed Obama ‘Hope’ poster artist losing hope  —  The artist whose poster of Barack Obama became a rallying image during the hope-and-change election of 2008 says he understands why so many people have lost faith.  —  In an exclusive interview with National Journal on Thursday …
Alan Silverleib / CNN:
Obama approval hits new low
Discussion: FrumForum
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
Which Malik Shabazz Visited White House in July 2009, Mr. President?  —  In May 2009, the Obama/Holder Justice Department dropped charges in a voter intimidation case against Malik Shabazz, a leader of the New Black Panther Party, despite having already won a summary judgment against him …
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
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Josh Gerstein / Reuters:
Prosecutor: DoJ bias against whites
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
Conservatives Denounce GOP ‘Pledge’ As Sellout, Inside Job  —  House Republicans have been relatively successful this week at presenting a united front around their “Pledge to America,” but only through a strategic outreach campaign to lawmakers, media and outside groups …
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
From ‘party of no’ to ‘party of stop’?
Discussion: Firedoglake
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Pelosi meets GOP foe at D.C. watering hole
Discussion: CNN
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?
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Ron Chernow / New York Times:
The Founding Fathers Versus the Tea Party
Discussion: National Review, Hot Air and bjkeefe
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
FBI raids homes of several Twin Cities war protesters  —  Search warrants were executed on six addresses in Minneapolis and at two addresses in Chicago.  —  The homes of five Twin Cities activists, including three prominent leaders of the Twin Cities antiwar movement, were raided Friday …
Discussion: Verum Serum and Power Line
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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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Money from Hong Kong
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Bill Maher's New Clip Of O'Donnell: 'Why Aren't Monkeys Still Evolving Into Humans?'  —  For the second week in a row, HBO's Real Time host Bill Maher revealed a previously-unaired clip of Christine O'Donnell on Politically Incorrect.  Recall, last week Maher showed a clip of O'Donnell professing …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Bails Out Major Credit Unions  —  Two years after the peak of the financial crisis, the federal government swooped in to stabilize a crucial part of the credit-union sector battered by losses on subprime mortgages.  —  Regulators announced Friday a rescue of the nation's wholesale credit unions …
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Dole for O'Donnell  —  An endorsement from a symbol of bygone centrist Republicanism, Bob Dole:  —  Christine O'Donnell's message resonated with the voters, and to the surprise of many she defeated Congressman Mike Castle, who many of us thought would win.
Hal Bernton / Seattle Times:
Judge orders Air Force to reinstate officer forced out by 'don't ask, don't tell'  —  A federal judge in Tacoma has ordered the Air Force to reinstate retired Maj. Margaret Witt, a skilled flight nurse, in a closely watched case involving the “don't ask, don't tell” policy on gays serving in the military.
 
 
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Who Went Into Our Dreams and Planted the Idea of the Tea Parties?
Discussion: Hot Air and Caleb's blog
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Congresswoman: ‘The Vietnamese’ trying to take seat
Discussion: TPMDC and New York Magazine
Anton Troianovski / Metropolis:
Gingrich Heralds Angry Paladino as Sign of Republican Wave
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
CNN's Klein: ‘I Got Shot’
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama team uses flimflammery to inflate job numbers
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Zucker Announces Departure From NBC