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12:30 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 …
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:
Colbert asked to leave Judiciary hearing  —  loading video...  (please wait a moment)  —  Requires Adobe Flash Player  —  By Donovan Slack, Globe Staff  —  At least one lawmaker was not amused.  —  Comedian Stephen Colbert had barely seated himself at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing …
Lyneka Little / Speakeasy:
Stephen Colbert to Testify in Washington Today … Stephen Colbert to Testify in Washington: Comedy Central humorist Stephen Colbert is set to testify before a House subcommittee on immigration at 9:30 a.m. today.  Yes, you heard that right.  Colbert is scheduled to appear alongside United …
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
Alan Silverleib / CNN:
Colbert introduces sarcasm into record  —  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 …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Moraes on TV
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Stephen Colbert Testifies-In Character-To Congressional Sub-Committee
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Roll Call
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   PUSHING BACK AGAINST A ‘WAR ON ARITHMETIC’.... Paul Krugman's …
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.
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Brawl erupts at Reid, Angle election forum  —  Supporters of U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and his GOP challenger Sharron Angle brawled at the end of a Senate race forum at a local Christian school.  —  A half-dozen bystanders tried to separate the combatants, one male Angle backer and two female Reid supporters …
Discussion: The Confluence and MarketWatch
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 …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Blogger Susie Madrak Asks David Axelrod: “Do You Know What Hippie Punching Means?”  —  No respect.  (photo: Neubie on Flickr)  —  Some fireworks at the end of an otherwise uneventful conference call with White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod, when blogger Susie Madrak took the White House …
J. Christian Adams / Pajamas Media:
American Hero: Coates Negates a Year of Justice Department Spin on New Black Panther Case  —  We no longer must consult history for a lawyer-hero willing to take personal risk for sacred principles such as the rule of law and racial equality.  Our age can claim Christopher Coates.
Pajamas Media:
Full Text of Christopher Coates' Testimony to U.S. Commission …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Hot Air
Michelle Malkin:
Culture of corruption: New Black Panther Party voter intimidation …
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 …
New York Post:
A NY earthquake?
Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) — CNN President Jim Walton announced a major shakeup of CNN management Friday, replacing the head of CNN/US with a long-time CNN executive known for his business turn-around skills.  —  HLN head Ken Jautz takes over as executive vice president of CNN/US …
Discussion: Gawker and
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Jonathan Klein to Leave CNN
Mike McIntire / New York Times:
Hidden Under Tax-Exempt Cloak, Political Dollars Flow  —  Alaskans grew suspicious two years ago when a national organization called Americans for Job Security showed up and spent $1.6 million pushing a referendum to restrict development of a gold and copper mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay.
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 …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Now He's Lost Margaret Carlson  —  Obama's problem goes far deeper than his insolent style.  —  If he's lost Margaret Carlson, he's lost Middle America.  Sorry if you disagree, but somehow, to our mind, that joke just never gets old.  Carlson, a fixture at Time magazine before jumping …
David Mercer / Associated Press:
U. of Ill. denies William Ayers emeritus status  —  URBANA, Ill. — The University of Illinois on Thursday denied 1960s radical William Ayers emeritus faculty status after trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy noted Ayers dedicated a book to, among others, the man who killed Kennedy's father, Robert F. Kennedy.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Betsy's Page
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Visigoths at the gate?  —  When facing a tsunami, what do you do?  Pray, and tell yourself stories.  I am not privy to the Democrats' private prayers, but I do hear the stories they're telling themselves.  The new meme is that there's a civil war raging in the Republican Party.
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
Obama's Forgotten Base
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Pete Rouse / Washington Post:
Senate Democrats again fail to pass campaign disclosure law  —  Senate Democrats failed again Thursday in their attempt to require corporations, unions and other interest groups to provide more details about their political spending.  —  The measure, known as the Disclose Act …
Discussion: Politics Daily and New York Times
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Goodbye to the Clinton Majority, Those Lucky Dems, and More!  —  1. Goodbye To The Clinton Majority?  Recently, Franklin & Marshall College put out a poll of Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District, in the Philadelphia suburbs, that shows incumbent Democrat Patrick Murphy …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Loretta Sanchez: ‘The Vietnamese’ are after my seat  —  California Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez is attracting national criticism for saying during a recent Spanish-language interview that “the Vietnamese” are trying to wrestle away her seat.  —  “The Vietnamese and the Republicans are …
Discussion: FrumForum
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.
Scott Keyes / Think Progress:
GOP Senate Nominee John Raese: ‘I Made My Money The Old-Fashioned Way: I Inherited It’  —  Following the death of Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) this summer, a special election was called to serve out the remainder of his term in the Senate.  The November contest will pit Gov. Joe Manchin (D) against perennial candidate John Raese (R).
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Speakeasy
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Iconography of the Pledge  —  The visual iconography of the Pledge to America is fascinating.  It's full of photos of what I think are Republican members of Congress meeting with real Americans to better understand their problems and their burning desire for large deficit-financed tax cuts for rich people.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
The Message It Will Send  —  TPM Reader VF: … A somewhat different take from TPM Reader BF: … Democratic - United States Congress - Politics - Parties - Barack Obama
Marist Poll:
9/24: Cuomo Leads Paladino by 19 Percentage Points Among Likely Voters  —  In the race for New York governor, Democrat Andrew Cuomo receives the support of 52% of likely voters statewide compared with 33% for Republican Carl Paladino.  Rick Lazio, on the Conservative line, garners the support of 9% of likely voters. 6% are unsure.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Responsibility Deficit  —  One of the oddities of the current moment is that the country wants a radical change in government but not a radical change in policy.  —  On the one hand, voters are completely disgusted with Washington.  On the other hand, they have not changed their fundamental views on the issues.
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Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
A Simpler Message on Taxes
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
Mary Landrieu to block Jack Lew's nomination to serve as OMB chief
Aamer Madhani / Hotline On Call:
Even Shepard Fairey's Losing Hope
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Virginia puts woman to death by lethal injection
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Rep. Mike Pence is likely to seek higher office, say fellow House Republicans
Discussion: FrumForum
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Romney: Possible, but “not easy” to beat Obama
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Scott / Power Line:
An appeal to Yale alumni
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Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
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Discussion: Law Blog
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Speech Hostile to Gays Constitutionally Unprotected, Speech Hostile …
The Huffington Post:
Americans Vastly Underestimate Wealth Inequality, Support …
Discussion: Guardian
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
We'll run on our record
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Damian Paletta / Real Time Economics:
Volcker Spares No One in Broad Critique