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11:00 AM ET, September 24, 2010

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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 column today does a nice job explaining that one of the nation's “great political parties” seems to have launched a “war on arithmetic.” … This is [probably] definitely an obscure reference, but there was an episode of “The Simpsons” …
Pete Rouse / Washington Post:
Senate Democrats again fail to pass campaign disclosure law
Discussion: Politics Daily
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Senate Democrats Delay a Vote on Bush Tax Cuts
The Hill:
Democrats put off votes to extend Bush tax cuts until after midterm election
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
House Dems Also Punt On Upper-Income Bush Tax Cuts
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Senate Won't Vote on Bush-Era Tax Cuts Until After Elections
Discussion: Commentary and The Page
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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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 …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Susie / Suburban Guerrilla:
Life is funny  —  I just got off a White House conference call in which I asked David Axelrod if he ever heard of the term “hippie punching”.  —  Silence.  —  “Are you there?”  —  “Yeah, I heard you.  Go on.”  —  Basically, after Axelrod told us how wonderful we were and how much they needed us …
Discussion: MyDD and The Other McCain
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Axelrod To TPM: It's The GOP's Fault Dems Punted On Tax Cuts Vote
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 …
Discussion: Reuters and National Review
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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: The Caucus and Shot in the Dark
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?  —  Tweet  —  New York may emerge as the epicenter of a political earthquake on Nov. 2.  This longtime blue-state bystander could elect a Republican governor, dethrone House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and topple the Democratic majority in the US Senate.
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.
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.
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: Michelle Malkin and Betsy's Page
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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.
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 …
Scott / Power Line:
An appeal to Yale alumni  —  A group of Yale alumni has put together an insurgent campaign on behalf of Michael Horowitz ('64L) for the next election of an Alumni Fellow to the Yale Corporation.  The Yale alumni group has come together on the shared conviction that Horowitz's election …
Discussion: National Review
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Who Stands for Standing?  —  The legal doctrine of “standing,” as in standing to sue, doesn't usually get people's juices flowing — even people like newspaper editors who (take my word for this) tend to regard the topic as dry and technical, more suitable for courthouse geeks than general readers.
Discussion: Law Blog
Damian Paletta / Real Time Economics:
Volcker Spares No One in Broad Critique  —  Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker scrapped a prepared speech he had planned to deliver at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago on Thursday, and instead delivered a blistering, off-the-cuff critique leveled at nearly every corner of the financial system.
Montana Kaimin:
White House official visits UM  —  Sometimes, if you show up to your political science class, you can get your questions about domestic policy answered in person by a White House official.  —  Public Leadership Seminar- Political Science 391-is the only course in Missoula currently taught …
MyFOX Detroit:
Chrysler Auto Workers Busted  —  Jefferson North Plant in Detroit  —  myFOXDetroit.com Staff - We're all rooting for the auto industry to come back stronger than ever.  It affects every one of us here in metro Detroit and across the country because it's so important to our economy.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Senate Republicans launch $1 million ad buy in West Virginia  —  1. The National Republican Senatorial Committee will launch ads in the West Virginia Senate race today, a seven-figure expenditure that strongly suggests the party thinks they can pull off an upset in the Mountain State.
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
Obama's Forgotten Base  —  This article appeared in the October 11, 2010 edition of The Nation.  —  Recommended by 1  —  There are precious few certainties in politics, but this fall we are faced with one of them: the Democrats will lose seats in the midterm elections.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Speech Hostile to Gays Constitutionally Unprotected, Speech Hostile to Whites Constitutionally Protected?  —  James E. Graves, Jr., a Mississippi Supreme Court Justice, has been nominated to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  The Senate Judiciary Committee will be considering …
CNN:
Christie faces off against heckler  —  (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got tough with a heckler Wednesday during a Los Angeles town hall meeting with California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman.  —  Whitman, a Republican and the former CEO of eBay, was finishing her remarks …
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
We'll run on our record  —  Congressional Democrats on Thursday declared they would run on their legislative record this fall, rejecting former President Clinton's advice to counter a new Republican policy agenda with one of their own.  —  The Democrats' decision to run on what they have accomplished …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
 
 
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The Huffington Post:
Americans Vastly Underestimate Wealth Inequality, Support …
Discussion: Guardian
Caleb Howe / Caleb's blog:
November is Coming
Discussion: Ruby Slippers and Flopping Aces
Aharding / CNN:
Stewart ‘saddened’ by Obama
Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:
Clinton Says Republicans' Plans Represent ‘Hysterical Tirades’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and TPMDC
Steven Crowder / Fox News:
Why NOT Having Sex Might be Good for You
Discussion: News Hounds and Hot Air
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hey Cable Guys!  Cord Cutting is Real, and It's a Problem, Says Verizon CEO
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
U.S. delegates walk out of Ahmadinejad's U.N. speech