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4:55 PM ET, September 25, 2010

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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Dakota Dreaming  —  The presidential hopes of John Thune.  —  John Thune leaned forward, peered out of the small window in the 9-seat King Air 200, extended his index finger, and smiled.  —  “That's the Murdo airport right there.”  —  We'd been flying over the plains of the senator's home state …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Thune plans to run in 2012  —  Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the “Daschle slayer” who beat the Senate Democratic leader in 2004, is ramping up plans for a presidential run in 2012, associates say.  —  Thune, 49, spoke candidly about his plans for a cover story in The Weekly Standard - priceless exposure for an ambitious conservative.
A.G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
Voters Moving to Oust Judges Over Decisions  —  DES MOINES — After the State Supreme Court here stunned the nation by making this the first state in the heartland to allow same-sex marriage, Iowa braced for its sleepy judicial elections to turn into referendums on gay marriage.
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Andrew Breitbart Nails Bill Maher: You're Not a Libertarian, You're a Socialist  —  Andrew Breitbart on Friday exposed Bill Maher for not being the Libertarian he claims to be, but a socialist instead.  —  When push came to shove, a seemingly embarrassed Maher didn't protest.
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Obama invokes ‘state secrets’ claim to dismiss suit against targeting of U.S. citizen al-Aulaqi  —  The Obama administration urged a federal judge early Saturday to dismiss a lawsuit over its targeting of a U.S. citizen for killing overseas, saying that the case would reveal state secrets.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Obama slams GOP ‘Pledge’ as giveaway to millionaires, Wall Street  —  With five weeks remaining before November's midterms, President Obama is slamming the Republicans' legislative agenda as a gift to the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.  —  The GOP's “Pledge to America,” …
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The White House:
Weekly Address: President Obama: GOP Leadership Standing up for …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
From ‘party of no’ to ‘party of stop’?
Discussion: Firedoglake
Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
John Kerry: Democrats' woes stem from uninformed voters  —  It's the electorate, stupid!  —  A testy U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry yesterday blamed clueless voters with short attention spans for the uphill battle beleaguered Democrats are facing against Republicans across the nation.
CNN:
Romney brings conservative message to New Hampshire  —  (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney sounded very much like a presidential candidate Saturday when he bashed President Obama and the Democratic Party in a speech he delivered in the early voting state of New Hampshire.
Discussion: The Hill and The Page
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Bill Maher's New Clip Of O'Donnell: 'Why Aren't Monkeys Still Evolving Into Humans?'  —  For the second week in a row, HBO's Real Time host Bill Maher revealed a previously-unaired clip of Christine O'Donnell on Politically Incorrect.  Recall, last week Maher showed a clip of O'Donnell professing …
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
We Haven't Hit Bottom Yet  —  Marcus Vogt is 20 years old and homeless.  Or, as he puts it, “I'm going through a couch-surfing phase.”  —  Mr. Vogt is a Wal-Mart employee but he was injured in a car accident and was unable to work for a couple of months.  With no income and no health insurance …
Todd Starnes:
Mrs. Obama Gives Leaders Picked Okra  —  In an effort to transcend cultural barriers, the White House presented visiting dignitaries with a gift in honor of the 65th annivesary of the United Nations General Assembly.  —  First Lady Michelle Obama offered an assortment of gifts from the White House Kitchen Garden.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Just Say Now Livestreaming Marijuana Debate Moderated by Richard Belzer at 6:30 pm ET Today  —  Just Say Now will be livestreaming a debate on medical marijuana today at 6:30 pm ET in Denver, Colorado.  Law and Order star, stand up comic and cancer survivor Richard Belzer will moderate the debate.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Dick Morris returns in new role  —  Dick Morris, the former Bill Clinton consultant-and-confidant-turned- conservative-commentator, is trying on a new hat: Republican campaign surrogate.  —  Over the long arc of a career that has twice landed him on the cover of Time magazine …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 
 
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