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1:55 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 …
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.
Discussion: American Power and National Review
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,” …
Discussion: The Politico and Prairie Weather
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
From ‘party of no’ to ‘party of stop’?
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Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:   Conservatives Denounce GOP ‘Pledge’ As Sellout, Inside Job
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Pelosi meets GOP foe at D.C. watering hole
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Pajamas Media
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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.
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Kim Severson / New York Times:
Told to Eat Its Vegetables, America Orders Fries  —  It's been a busy week for vegetables.  —  The baby-carrot industry tried to reposition its product as junk food, starting a $25 million advertising campaign whose defining characteristics include heavy metal music, a phone app and a young man …
Paul Krugman:
Structural Failure  —  An important new report from EPI on why you shouldn't believe the hype about structural unemployment.  —  Why is this so important?  Claims that there has been a huge jump in structural unemployment — that is, unemployment that can't be cured by increasing aggregate demand …
Discussion: Free exchange
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?
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Ron Chernow / New York Times:
The Founding Fathers Versus the Tea Party
Discussion: Hot Air, National Review and bjkeefe
 
 
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