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7:35 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) …
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
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 …
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
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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.”
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
Wayne Slater / Dallas Morning News:
Poll finds Perry has the numbers, but White has a shot  —  wslater@dallasnews.com  —  AUSTIN - Rick Perry has a solid but not insurmountable lead over Democrat Bill White in a new poll that indicates the Republican governor has yet to win over a majority of Texas voters.
Discussion: Politics Daily
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 …
 
 
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Jennifer Brooks / USA Today:
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Justin Hamilton / U.S. Department of Education:
Department on Track to Implement Gainful Employment Regulations …
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ABCNEWS:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Axelrod, McConnell and Queen Rania
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?
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Rick Perlstein / NY Daily News:
Dems' dismal, detached design: I thought Team Obama knew branding
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Lee Fang / Think Progress:
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Slouching Toward Washington
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Reuters:
New Proof Wall Street Knew Its Mortgage Securities Were Subpar …
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Lena H. / Washington Post:
Invasion of stink bugs has homeowners, farmers seeking relief
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Telegraph:
Ed Miliband: my vision to rebuild trust
Discussion: The Nation
John Harwood / New York Times:
Obama, Empathy and the Midterms