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1:30 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) …
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 …
Discussion: Calitics, Hot Air and The Page
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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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tax.com:
So How Did the Bush Tax Cuts Work Out for the Economy?
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Swampland and naked capitalism
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 …
Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
The First Kennedy-Nixon Debate: Are We Better Off than 50 Years Ago?  —  Fifty years ago in Chicago, on Sept. 26, 1960, an enervated and emaciated Richard Nixon spent the day in seclusion in his suite at the Pick-Congress Hotel.  The GOP presidential nominee's contact with the outside world …
Discussion: The Caucus
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.
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 …
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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Rick Perlstein / NY Daily News:
Dems' dismal, detached design: I thought Team Obama knew branding
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Moe Lane
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Van Jones Slams Koch Industries' Role In Prop 23, Calls For …
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Peretz and the Power of Shaming
Discussion: First Draft, Salon and BOSTON SOCIALISM
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Boehner: Tax cuts punt ‘most irresponsible thing I have seen’
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
CNN Poll: Nearly three-fourths say recession not over
Lena H. / Washington Post:
Invasion of stink bugs has homeowners, farmers seeking relief
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Mediaite and Gawker
Telegraph:
Ed Miliband: my vision to rebuild trust
Discussion: The Nation
Reuters:
Obama: Republican agenda ‘disastrous’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
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
Alex Leary / The Buzz:
Poll: Rubio building lead as Meek closes in on Crist
My-Thuan Tran / Los Angeles Times:
Rival denounces Rep. Sanchez's comments about Vietnamese
CNN:
Romney brings conservative message to New Hampshire
Discussion: The Page and The Hill