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6:00 PM ET, September 25, 2010

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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.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama argues his assassination program is a “state secret”  —  At this point, I didn't believe it was possible, but the Obama administration has just reached an all-new low in its abysmal civil liberties record.  In response to the lawsuit filed by Anwar Awlaki's father asking a court to enjoin …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nicola Boden / Daily Mail:
Ed Miliband crowned Labour leader, beating brother David into second  —  Ed Miliband tonight won the Labour leadership contest, edging his older brother David into second place by the tiniest of margins.  —  Once regarded as the dark horse in the competition, the energy spokesman, 40 …
Discussion: Cubachi
Riva Richmond / Bits:
Malware Hits Computerized Industrial Equipment  —  The technology industry is being rattled by a quiet and sophisticated malicious software program that has infiltrated factory computers.  —  The malware, known as Stuxnet, was discovered in mid July, at least several months after its creation …
The White House:
Weekly Address: President Obama: GOP Leadership Standing up for Outsourcing and Special Interests, Instead of American Workers  —  WASHINGTON - In this week's address, President Barack Obama broke with Republicans in Congress who are putting special interests ahead of the American people …
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Obama slams GOP ‘Pledge’ as giveaway to millionaires, Wall Street
Discussion: The Politico and Prairie Weather
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.
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 …
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
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.
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Kate Zernike / The Caucus:
Tea Party Convention Is Canceled
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Calculating the Castle Write-In Bid
The Huffington Post:
Tea Party Script Written In Washington (VIDEO)
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Wall Street Journal:
The Enraged vs. the Exhausted
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Kim Severson / New York Times:
Told to Eat Its Vegetables, America Orders Fries
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
VIDEO: Weekly GOP address
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Bill Maher / The Huffington Post:
New Rule: Rich People Who Complain About Being Vilified Should Be Vilified
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Bill Maher's New Clip Of O'Donnell: 'Why Aren't Monkeys Still Evolving Into Humans?'
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
FBI raids homes of several Twin Cities war protesters
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