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12:45 PM ET, September 26, 2010

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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) …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Democrats Unleash Ads Focusing on Rivals' Pasts  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic candidates across the country are opening a fierce offensive of negative advertisements against Republicans, using lawsuits, tax filings, reports from the Better Business Bureau and even divorce proceedings to try …
Ed Barnes / Associated Press:
Citizens' Group Helps Uncover Alleged Rampant Voter Fraud in Houston  —  Voter selects candidate for U.S president in voting booth, Nov. 4, 2008.  —  When Catherine Engelbrecht and her friends sat down and started talking politics several years ago, they soon agreed that talking wasn't enough.
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.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Slouching Toward Washington  —  Holy Roddy McDowall.  —  Christine O'Donnell doesn't understand why monkeys can't turn into people right before her eyes.  —  Bill Maher continued his video torment of O'Donnell by releasing another old clip of her on his HBO show on Friday night …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org, Mediaite and Daily Kos
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Rove Returns, With Team, Planning G.O.P. Push  —  WASHINGTON — In 2004, the Republican master strategist Karl Rove led weekly sessions at his Washington residence where, over big plates of his butter-smothered “eggies” and bacon slabs, he planned the re-election of President George W. Bush …
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Boehner's Top Aide Is Little Known  —  WASHINGTON — Representative John A. Boehner and Barry Jackson cut an odd figure.  —  Mr. Jackson, the chief of staff to Mr. Boehner, the House Republican leader from Ohio, is shaggy-haired and dough-faced, pale to Mr. Boehner's preternatural tan.
Brad Hamilton / New York Post:
A'jad monster's ball  —  Tweet  —  It was a strange week for the loony strongman from Iran.  —  President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's six nights in New York featured a secret sit-down with militant minister Louis Farrakhan, heckling in a hotel bar, and a fear of being rubbed out that bordered on paranoia.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New Alan Grayson ad: My draft-dodging GOP opponent doesn't love America like I do  —  I hope this is the sleaziest ad of the year because, if it isn't, I don't want to see the one that is.  Where to begin?  Well, for starters, the photo of Teacups with the elderly man in the Marine Corps League hat suggests …
Alan Silverleib / CNN:
Recession not over, public says  —  Washington (CNN) — Economic experts may believe the recession is over, but try telling that to the public.  —  Seventy-four percent of Americans believe the economy is still in a recession, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Candidate trips on birther issue  —  Tim Walberg, the former GOP congressman running to win back his Michigan seat from freshman Democratic Rep. Mark Schauer, says he doesn't know whether President Obama was born in America or if he is a Muslim.  —  Asked on a local call-in radio show whether …
John Harwood / New York Times:
Obama, Empathy and the Midterms  —  MY homework for an hourlong interview with President Obama last week began with reviews of his earlier speeches and interviews, and conversations with economists and political operatives.  It ended around a dinner table.  —  That's where, over salad and swordfish …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
They're gay, conservative and proud  —  NEW YORK — Even among the gays, the right is on the rise.  —  The broad surge in the conservative grassroots made it as far as PayPal founder Peter Thiel's grand apartment overlooking New York's Union Square Tuesday night, where about 150 backers …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Brown leads Whitman 49%-44% in poll  —  Boxer leads Fiorina 51%-43% in Senate race, survey finds.  Both Republicans are hampered by voters' negative impressions of them, poll says.  —  Democrat Jerry Brown has moved into a narrow lead over Republican Meg Whitman in their fractious contest for governor …
Reuters:
New Proof Wall Street Knew Its Mortgage Securities Were Subpar: Clayton Execs Testify  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  During a little-noticed hearing this week in Sacramento, Calif., a firm hired by Wall Street to analyze mortgages given to borrowers with poor credit, which were then packaged …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
 
 
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
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Lee Fang / Think Progress:
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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Peretz and the Power of Shaming
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Boehner: Tax cuts punt ‘most irresponsible thing I have seen’
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Fallen Star Sees His Message Rise
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Lena H. / Washington Post:
Invasion of stink bugs has homeowners, farmers seeking relief
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Ed Miliband: my vision to rebuild trust
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Reuters:
Obama: Republican agenda ‘disastrous’
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Bill Clinton to stump for Barney Frank as conservatives dig in
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Federal probe muddies W.Va. race
Frederic Tomesco / Bloomberg:
Obama Stimulus Made Economic Crisis Worse, ‘Black Swan’ Author Taleb Says
Discussion: Althouse, Grim's Hall and The Blaze
Sergio R. Bustos / St. Petersburg Times:
Poll: Rubio's lead over Crist grows; Meek gains ground
My-Thuan Tran / Los Angeles Times:
Rival denounces Rep. Sanchez's comments about Vietnamese
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Libtalker Mike Malloy Tells Liz Cheney 'Go Plan Your Father's Funeral'