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8:20 PM ET, September 26, 2010

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San Francisco Chronicle:
No endorsement in U.S. Senate race  —  Californians are left with a deeply unsatisfying choice for the U.S. Senate this year.  The incumbent, Democrat Barbara Boxer, has failed to distinguish herself during her 18 years in office.  There is no reason to believe that another six-year term …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New polls show Fiorina and Paul fading — thanks to screwy samples; Update: SF Chronicle refuses to endorse Boxer  —  I linked the California poll in Headlines but I owe you a post about it because the numbers are almost certainly off.  Dude, even I'm not this eeyorish: … Why doubt the numbers?
Megan Carpentier / TPMDC:
Ann Coulter At Homocon: 'Marriage Is Not A Civil Right.  You're Not Black.'  —  Ann Coulter doesn't mince words.  And even when speaking to a gay conservative organization, GOProud, at their inaugural Homocon party on Saturday night, she apparently wasn't willing to start.
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NEWS.com.au:
UN to appoint Earth contact for aliens  —  THE United Nations was set today to appoint an obscure Malaysian astrophysicist to act as EarthÂ's first contact for any aliens that may come visiting.  —  Mazlan Othman, the head of the UN's little-known Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa) …
Maureen Callahan / New York Post:
Paladino's wife tells of son's loss, hubby's affair & ‘get over it’ policy  —  Tweet  —  BUFFALO — It was just about a year ago, hours after the death of her son in a car crash, that Cathy Paladino's husband told her he was the father of a 10-year-old girl with another woman …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Boehner: Tax cuts punt ‘most irresponsible thing I have seen’  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) called Congress' expected adjournment before acting on the Bush-era tax cuts the “most irresponsible thing that I have seen since I have been in Washington, D.C.  —  “And I've been here a while,” he added.
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
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Tanya Somanader / Think Progress:
Boehner: The ‘Pledge’ Is Just To ‘Lay Out The Size Of The Problem,’ Americans Aren't Ready For Solutions  —  Since its release last week, House Republicans have been touting their “Pledge To America” as a bold policy vision to solve the nation's problems, which they would enact if they gain a majority after the November elections.
MikeM / Confederate Yankee:
The Erik Scott Shooting: Update 3  —  Since the second update, many interesting developments have come to light and many questions have been answered, or at least, more informed suppositions can reasonably be made.  However, complete and accurate original source videos and audio and transcripts …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Richard H. Thaler / New York Times:
What the Rich Don't Need  —  WANT to give affluent households a present worth $700 billion over the next decade?  In a period of high unemployment and fiscal austerity, this idea may seem laughable.  Amazingly, though, it is getting traction in Washington.
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tax.com:
So How Did the Bush Tax Cuts Work Out for the Economy?
New York Post:
Mr. President, I feel hope-less  —  Tweet … The day President Obama announced he was running for the White House was the happiest day in our household.  On that day, Feb. 10, 2007, I became a volunteer for the campaign.  —  I knocked on doors in my neighborhood of Kensington, Brooklyn.
Frank I. Luntz / Washington Post:
Is the ‘Pledge to America’ a worthy successor to the ‘Contract With America’?  —  The men and women were so angry that they were actually spitting on me as they barked out their complaints — “sickening government spending” and “lobbyist legislation” and “repulsive corruption” and the “whole stinking mess.”
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
VIDEO: Durbin Refuses to Endorse Rahm Emanuel for Mayor of Chicago  —  Durbin appears extremely uncomfortable when Candy Crowley asks him how he feels about the prospect of Rahm Emanuel as Mayor of Chicago.  He slides around for a while trying to think of something to say …
Discussion: The American Pundit
Boston Herald:
Bill Clinton campaigning for Barney Frank  —  TAUNTON - Former President Bill Clinton stumped for U.S. Rep. Barney Frank while the Democrat's rival Republican Sean Bialet held a competing rally of his own on the city's common this afternoon, as the race for the 4th Congressional District seat heated up.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Exchequer vs. Economist  —  Some fellow at The Economist has taken me to task for my description of socialism and communism: “The difference between communism and socialism: Under communism, politics begins with a gun in your face; under socialism, politics ends with a gun in your face.”
Discussion: Dean's World, The Mahablog and EconLog
David Zucchino / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. military training adjusts its aim  —  Another counterinsurgency mission like Iraq or Afghanistan is considered unlikely.  Army paratroopers are now training for ‘full-spectrum operations,’ for the first time in years.  —  Reporting from Ft. Bragg, N.C. — Their parachutes were rigged.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Their Moon Shot and Ours  —  China is doing moon shots.  Yes, that's plural.  When I say “moon shots” I mean big, multibillion-dollar, 25-year-horizon, game-changing investments.  China has at least four going now: one is building a network of ultramodern airports; another is building a web …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Conservative Democrat wants Skelton over Pelosi as speaker  —  If Rep. Gene Taylor had his way, Rep. Ike Skelton would replace Nancy Pelosi as Speaker next year.  —  Taylor told The Hill that he'd like to see Skelton, a Missouri Democrat and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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Jennifer Brooks / USA Today:
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Wayne Slater / Dallas Morning News:
Poll finds Perry has the numbers, but White has a shot
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ABCNEWS:
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Discussion: Washington Monthly
Khaleej Times:
Counter Islamophobia, Muslim nations urged
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
The First Kennedy-Nixon Debate: Are We Better Off than 50 Years Ago?
Discussion: The Caucus
Rick Perlstein / NY Daily News:
Dems' dismal, detached design: I thought Team Obama knew branding
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Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Candidate trips on birther issue
 Earlier Items: 
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Slouching Toward Washington
Discussion: Mediaite, NewsBusters.org and Daily Kos
Reuters:
New Proof Wall Street Knew Its Mortgage Securities Were Subpar …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Lena H. / Washington Post:
Invasion of stink bugs has homeowners, farmers seeking relief
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Mediaite and Gawker