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10:40 AM ET, September 26, 2010

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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.
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 …
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.
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) …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: American Power
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
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Allen West- Obama and Pelosi- “Welcome to the Jungle” (VIDEO)  —  At the “Vets for West” picnic today in Delray Beach, Florida, Congressional Candidate Allen West in true form called out the Democrat Party and its spineless minions that include none other than Speaker Nancy Pelosi …
Molly K. Hooper / Ballot Box:
Bill Clinton to stump for Barney Frank re-election as right digs in  —  Former President Bill Clinton will lend his star power to veteran Democratic Rep. Barney Frank (Mass.) at an afternoon rally on Sunday.  —  The 42nd president's appearance with the powerful 15-term House member comes …
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
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama argues his assassination program is a “state secret”  —  (updated below)  —  At this point, I didn't believe it was possible, but the Obama administration has just reached an all-new low in its abysmal civil liberties record.  In response to the lawsuit filed by Anwar Awlaki's father asking …
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 …
 
 
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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
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Reuters:
Obama: Republican agenda ‘disastrous’
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Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Federal probe muddies W.Va. race
Frederic Tomesco / Bloomberg:
Obama Stimulus Made Economic Crisis Worse, ‘Black Swan’ Author Taleb Says
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Alex Leary / The Buzz:
Poll: Rubio building lead as Meek closes in on Crist
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Libtalker Mike Malloy Tells Liz Cheney 'Go Plan Your Father's Funeral'
Nicola Boden / Daily Mail:
Ed Miliband crowned Labour leader, beating brother David into second
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CNN:
Romney brings conservative message to New Hampshire
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Malware Hits Computerized Industrial Equipment
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Thune plans to run in 2012
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