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4:00 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 …
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 …
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Axelrod to exit White House in 2011 to work on Obama reelection
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and FrumForum
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Fun: Axelrod, lefty bloggers get testy with each other on conference call
CNN:
TRENDING: 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 …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
House Dems Also Punt On Upper-Income Bush Tax Cuts  —  The Senate's decision not to address the Bush tax cuts until after the election is the strongest indication yet that the game is over.  After a House Democratic caucus meeting this morning — but before the news broke on the Senate side …
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Democrats Decide On Political Suicide  —  So it looks like the Democrats are going with the Curl Up In A Fetal Position Plan on taxes, apparently deciding not to hold any vote at all.  Greg Sargent thinks the party lacks balls, and draws a comparison to the health care debate.  But it's not a god comparison.
The Hill:
House approves small-business bill; Obama laments ‘needless’ stall  —  On a 237-187 vote, the House on Thursday approved a $42 billion bill to provide aid to small businesses.  —  The Senate approved the legislation last week, and President Obama plans to sign the legislation on Monday.
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Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:
Clinton Says Republicans' Plans Represent ‘Hysterical Tirades’
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Dems attack GOP ‘Pledge.’ So what's their agenda?
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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.
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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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Advocate:
DOJ to Judge: Keep Enforcing DADT  —  The Department of Justice issued a request Thursday to a U.S. district court judge asking to keep enforcing the military's ban on gay and lesbian service members, challenging a request to stop its enforcement.  —  In a 14-page brief …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
U.S. delegates walk out of Ahmadinejad's U.N. speech  —  The U.S. delegation to the U.N. walked out of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech before the general assembly Thursday after the controversial leader said some believe Americans were behind the 9/11 terror attacks.
Discussion: The Note and American Power
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Robert Mugabe / msnbc.com:
9/11 words by Iran leader lead to U.S. walkout at U.N.
Discussion: Associated Press
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Sarah Palin Drops The H-Bomb: ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ (VIDEO)  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made headlines for suggesting in a TV interview she'd run for president in 2012 “if nobody else were to step up,” but little noticed in that segment was the one-time vice presidential nominee dropping President Obama's middle name.
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Ian M. / Think Progress:
Joe Miller: Social Security Is Something The Federal Government 'Shouldn't Have Gotten Into'  —  Earlier today, Alaska GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller was a guest on KWHL's Bob and Mark show.  ThinkProgress called in to ask him to clarify his previous suggestions that Social Security is unconstitutional.
People-Press.org:
Independents Oppose Party in Power ... Again  —  More Conservative, More Critical of National Conditions  —  For the third national election in a row, independent voters may be poised to vote out the party in power.  The Republican Party holds a significant edge in preferences …
The Note:
Gates and Mullen Don't See Big Changes to Afghan Strategy in December  —  ABC News' Luis Martinez reports:  —  Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both said today that they do not anticipate big changes in December when the White House reviews the Afghan war strategy.
Discussion: CNN and Political Punch
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Fhardingj / CNN:
Another Obama admin departure, this one with date uncertain
Discussion: The Hill
Mark S. Smith / Associated Press:
Obama heckled on AIDS, gay rights at fundraiser  —  NEW YORK — President Barack Obama got heckled at a fundraiser Wednesday night by protesters pushing for more funding for AIDS programs and quicker action to allow gays to serve openly in the military.  —  Activists yelled slogans …
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David Catanese / The Politico:
Castle will test waters with poll  —  Rep. Mike Castle is planning on polling a potential three-way Senate race to test his chances as a write-in candidate, a Delaware Republican tells POLITICO.  —  Castle, who lost his GOP primary by a 6-point margin to tea party upstart Christine O'Donnell nine days ago …
Anjeanette Damon / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Angle slams mandated coverage for autism treatment in new video from Democrats' tracker  —  As key provisions of new federal health care legislation come into effect tomorrow, Democrats are emphasizing Republican senate candidate Sharron Angle's opposition to mandating insurance coverage for basic illnesses.
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
DeMint chides GOP senators for protecting Murkowski  —  South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint is publicly criticizing his Senate GOP colleagues for allowing Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski to keep her ranking membership on a key committee less than a week after she announced a write-in campaign to try to retain her seat.
Discussion: Ballot Box, Hot Air and The Page
Chicago Breaking News:
Ayers denied emeritus status after plea from Chris Kennedy  —  In a very unusual move, University of Illinois trustees today denied giving emeritus status to controversial retired professor William Ayers.  —  The vote, at a U. of I. board meeting in Urbana, was unanimous and came …
Craig / CNSNews:
U.S. Education Secretary Vows to Make American Children ‘Good Environmental Citizens’  —  “Today, I promise you that under my leadership, the Department of Education will be a committed partner in the national effort to build a more environmentally literate and responsible society,” said Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
With Warning, Obama Presses China on Currency  —  UNITED NATIONS — President Obama increased pressure on China to immediately revalue its currency on Thursday, devoting most of a two-hour meeting with China's prime minister to the issue and sending the message, according to one of his top aides …
Discussion: Gothamist and FrumForum
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Muslims Say They Face More Work Discrimination  —  At a time of growing tensions involving Muslims in the United States, a record number of Muslim workers are complaining of employment discrimination, from co-workers calling them “terrorist” or “Osama” to employers barring them from wearing head scarves or taking prayer breaks.
Stephan Burklin / Maine Watchdog:
Pingree Flies On Corporate Jet  —  As the President of Common Cause, a non-profit citizens' lobbying group, Representative Chellie Pingree criticized lawmakers who traveled on corporate jets.  —  But Rep. Pingree is engaging in the same activity she derided four years ago.
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Newly Declassified Documents Show Bush Administration Looked For Excuse To Start War In Iraq In Nov. 2001  —  The Bush administration has long maintained they had not decided to invade Iraq until the days before it actually began and that they did “everything” they could to “avoid war in Iraq.”
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Feminist group demands Reid apologize for calling Gillibrand ‘hottest’ senator  —  If the women at the feminist group The New Agenda do not hear an apology soon from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for his “sexist” comment, he will be facing more than just a few frowning fems.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
 
 
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Aharding / CNN:
Stewart ‘saddened’ by Obama
Steven Crowder / Fox News:
Why NOT Having Sex Might be Good for You
Discussion: News Hounds and Hot Air
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hey Cable Guys!  Cord Cutting is Real, and It's a Problem, Says Verizon CEO
Steven L. Taylor / Outside the Beltway:
An Initial Reaction to the “Pledge to America”
Telegraph:
Six arrested in Gateshead over ‘Koran burning’
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and National Review
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 Earlier Items: 
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Getting Radical on Spending Cuts
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Senate again fails to advance campaign finance bill with ‘no’ vote from Snowe
Discussion: The Politico and FrumForum
Dana Goldstein / The Nation:
Grading ‘Waiting for Superman’
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Aubrey Sarvis / The Huffington Post:
Outrage Is Overdue
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
Jay Fitzgerald / Boston Herald:
Sen. Brown blasts Harvard's Faust for continuing to ban ROTC
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Glen Bolger / Public Opinion Strategies:
National Survey Highlights Dem Problems in Key Seats
Discussion: Hot Air, FrumForum and Ben Smith's Blog