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11:30 AM ET, September 24, 2010

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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
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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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: Right Wing News and FrumForum
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
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Senate leaders drop plans for pre-election vote on extending tax cuts  —  Senate leaders on Thursday abandoned plans to extend a broad array of tax cuts before the November elections, delaying a vote that could affect tax rates for virtually every American.  —  “Democrats believe …
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
We'll run on our record
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Senate Won't Vote on Bush-Era Tax Cuts Until After Elections
Discussion: Commentary and The Page
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” …
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  —  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
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.
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?
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.
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.
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Romney: Possible, but “not easy” to beat Obama  —  At a Wednesday gathering of capital financiers in LA, Mitt Romney said Barack Obama will be a tough foe in 2012, partially because the economy will probably be better, and the POTUS will be in a boasting kind of mood.
Discussion: The New Republic
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.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Maggie's Farm
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
Aamer Madhani / Hotline On Call:
Even Shepard Fairey's Losing Hope  —  Artist Shepard Fairey with his portrait of President Obama before it was installed at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington on Jan. 17, 2009.  (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)  —  The artist whose poster of Barack Obama became a rallying image during …
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Daily Caller
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.
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 …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Rep. Mike Pence is likely to seek higher office, say fellow House Republicans  —  Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) will likely launch a bid for higher office after the November elections, according to several House Republicans.  —  Pence won the presidential straw poll at the Values Voter Summit on Saturday …
Discussion: FrumForum
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 …
 
 
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Virginia puts woman to death by lethal injection
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Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
Obama's Forgotten Base
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Montana Kaimin:
White House official visits UM
The Huffington Post:
Americans Vastly Underestimate Wealth Inequality, Support …
Discussion: Guardian
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Senate Republicans launch $1 million ad buy in West Virginia
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Responsibility Deficit
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