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8:50 PM ET, September 24, 2010

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Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
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.
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Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
COLBERT ‘MADE MOCKERY’ OF CONGRESS  —  Despite the fact that countless Washington reporters couldn't help but watch Stephen Colbert's Capitol Hill testimony Friday, not all were enthralled by the Comedy Central star's performance, as they expressed on Twitter.  —  “REALLY not sure this is funny,” wrote ABC News' Rick Klein.
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 …
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Fox Apoplectic Over Colbert Testimony: Megyn Kelly Demands Apology, Rep. Steve King Calls Him A Liar  —  This afternoon, Fox News host Megyn Kelly invited Rep. Steve King (R-IA) to discuss Stephen Colbert's testimony on Capitol Hill today about migrant labor conditions.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, CNN, Gawker and Wonk Room
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Colbert knocks Dems off message  —  Amid a high stakes struggle to connect with voters, House Democrats turned Friday to celebrity comedian Stephen Colbert to highlight the plight of migrant farm workers.  —  He promptly returned the favor by turning Congress — specifically a Judiciary subcommittee — into his personal comedy club.
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 …
Discussion: Harry's Place, 24Ahead and Speakeasy
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pelosi: House Dems ‘clamoring’ for Obama to campaign with them
Discussion: CNN, The Note and Weasel Zippers
Melissa Bell / BlogPost:
Stephen Colbert's testimony before Congress (Text)
Politics Daily:
Stephen Colbert, Defending Immigrant Farm Workers, Takes Show to Capitol Hill
Discussion: CBS News and Moraes on TV
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Judiciary chairman asks Colbert to leave after statement
Discussion: FrumForum
Carrie Dann / msnbc.com:
Jokester Colbert goes to Washington
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
VIDEO of Christine O'Donnell: I'm going to stop the whole country from having sex  —  A Democratic source unearths video of Christine O'Donnell in 2003, answering clearly and unequivocally in the affirmative when asked: “You're going to stop the whole country from having sex?”
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The Huffington Post:
Christine O'Donnell Will Stop America From Sexing Each Other (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
Conservatives Denounce GOP ‘Pledge’ As Sellout, Inside Job  —  House Republicans have been relatively successful this week at presenting a united front around their “Pledge to America,” but only through a strategic outreach campaign to lawmakers, media and outside groups …
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Pelosi meets GOP foe at D.C. watering hole
Discussion: CNN
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
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 …
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
Which Malik Shabazz Visited White House in July 2009, Mr. President?  —  In May 2009, the Obama/Holder Justice Department dropped charges in a voter intimidation case against Malik Shabazz, a leader of the New Black Panther Party, despite having already won a summary judgment against him …
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Delen Goldberg / Las Vegas News from the Las Vegas Sun:
Senate candidate forum ends with scuffle in crowd  —  If Sharron Angle thought a forum hosted by Christian groups would provide her with a friendly audience, she was wrong.  —  The Republican U.S. Senate candidate got booed, heckled, mocked and interrupted during an hour-long question …
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Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Brawl erupts at Reid, Angle election forum
Discussion: The Confluence and MarketWatch
Economist:
The perils of constitution-worship  —  One of the guiding principles of the tea-party movement is based on a myth  —  WOULDN'T it be splendid if the solutions to America's problems could be written down in a slim book no bigger than a passport that you could slip into your breast pocket?
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
Stephen Gutowski / The Blast:
Man Brutally Assaulted While Filming Oregon Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate's Event  —  According to a video posted online today a man was brutally assaulted by organizers of a public event featuring Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber.  The video shows the man, and other attendees, being asked not to film the event.
Robert Verkaik / The Independent:
Queen tried to use state poverty fund to heat Buckingham Palace  —  Ministers were asked if money earmarked for schools, hospitals and low-income families could be used to meet soaring fuel bills  —  The Queen asked ministers for a poverty handout to help heat her palaces but was rebuffed …
Jodi S. Cohen / Chicago Tribune:
Controversial UIC professor denied emeritus status  —  Son of Robert Kennedy speaks out against Ayers  —  University of Illinois at Chicago professor William Ayers was denied emeritus status Thursday by University of Illinois trustees meeting in Urbana.  (Chicago Tribune 2008 / September 23, 2010)
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 …
 
 
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