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2:55 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 …
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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.
Discussion: Hot Air
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: ABCNEWS and 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 …
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 …
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
DISTRACTION: So, yesterday reader John Mark Williams suggested that the Colbert testimony was intended to distract from coverage of Christopher Coates' testimony about the Justice Department's racism scandals.  If so, it's worked.  Front page of Daily Caller: Colbert.
Scott / Power Line:
Christopher Coates takes the stand
Discussion: Nice Deb and Big Government
ABCNEWS:
Stephen Colbert Takes On Congress, Sarcastically Argues for Farm Workers
Discussion: Daily Kos
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Stephen Colbert Testifies-In Character-To Congressional Sub-Committee
Lyneka Little / Speakeasy:
Stephen Colbert to Testify in Washington Today
Nicole Allan / The Atlantic Online:
Stephen Colbert Testifies in Congress, in Character
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
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  —  The liberal, pro-peace Israel lobbying group J Street doesn't typically disclose all of its funding, but it's been raising more of it each year since its inception in 2007.  —  According to estimates provided to The Atlantic …
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
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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Russell Berman / The Hill:   Pelosi: Attacks on Boehner don't compare to GOP attacks on me
New York Post:
A NY earthquake?
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 …
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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 …
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.
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Who Went Into Our Dreams and Planted the Idea of the Tea Parties?
Discussion: The Greenroom
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
TRENDING: 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 …
Discussion: The Hill
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Inside the Republican Money Machine  —  This year GOP backers have come close to matching spending by independent Democratic groups, thus leveling the playing field.  —  Republican strategists Ed Gillespie and Karl Rove were appalled last winter as they searched out well-funded conservative groups …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:   GOP's big money men return
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Politically savvy Senators wanted middle class tax cut vote  —  Here's a depressing postscript to yesterday's decision by Senate Dems to postpone the vote on extending the middle class tax cuts: The most politically savvy Senators, the ones who are most involved in the politics of holding the Senate …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
How House Dems Might Still Vote On Middle-Class Tax Cuts
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
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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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama team uses flimflammery to inflate job numbers  —  Are you a financial adviser?  You may not know it, but you've got a green job.  Are you a wholesale buyer?  You've got a green job, too.  Or maybe you're a newspaper reporter.  You, too, have a green job — at least according to the Obama administration.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Hot Air
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.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Burr ad targets Marshall - Dem poll: Conway within three - NRCC starts countdown clock - DGA drops half-mil in Minn. - Buck spot pitches seniors - Cornyn, Corker for Kirk  —  SENATE EXCLUSIVE I - CONTRAST AND HOMAGE: North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr will unveil the newest ad of his reelection campaign today …
Discussion: Daily Kos and NRSC
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 …
 
 
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Congresswoman: ‘The Vietnamese’ trying to take seat
Discussion: TPMDC and New York Magazine
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Libertarians Ask for Gay Vote
Discussion: Advocate
Annie Lowrey / The Washington Independent:
The Food Stamp Cookie Jar
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pelosi: House Dems ‘clamoring’ for Obama to campaign with them
Discussion: The Note, Weasel Zippers and ABCNEWS
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Visigoths at the gate?
Discussion: Power Line, Eunomia, NRSC and Don Surber
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Loretta Sanchez: ‘The Vietnamese’ are after my seat
Discussion: FrumForum
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Scott Keyes / Think Progress:
GOP Senate Nominee John Raese: 'I Made My Money The Old-Fashioned …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Speakeasy
Aamer Madhani / Hotline On Call:
Even Shepard Fairey's Losing Hope
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Daily Caller
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Romney: Possible, but “not easy” to beat Obama
Scott / Power Line:
An appeal to Yale alumni
Discussion: National Review
Damian Paletta / Real Time Economics:
Volcker Spares No One in Broad Critique