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12:55 AM ET, September 27, 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.
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.
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NPR:
Former Reagan Adviser On GOP'S Pledge To America … House Republican leader John Boehner has a two-point prescription for our economic ills: freeze current tax rates and cut government spending.  But is it really that simple?  Host Guy Raz breaks it down with former Office of Management and Budget director David Stockman.
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Boehner: Tax cuts punt ‘most irresponsible thing I have seen’
Discussion: Raw Story, The Politico and CNN
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 …
Daily Mail:
Guantanamo Bay rations detainees' ice cream portions  —  Detainees' diets at Guantanamo Bay have been a controversial issue for some time and now the U.S. prison is said to be rationing ice cream.  —  The frozen dessert is allegedly being tightly measured, with only one ice cream allowed for each of its 147 detainees.
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Liberal Groups Planning to Rally on National Mall  —  Hoping to overshadow last month's rally led by Glenn Beck that drew thousands of Tea Party advocates and other conservatives, a coalition of liberal groups plan to descend on Washington on Saturday to make the case that they …
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 Globe:
Baker catches Patrick in new poll  —  Voters focusing on economy; Cahill's effect on race unclear  —  With just five weeks to the election, Republican Charles D. Baker has pulled even with Governor Deval Patrick in a gubernatorial race shaped by anti-incumbent sentiment …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Structure of Excuses  —  What can be done about mass unemployment?  All the wise heads agree: there are no quick or easy answers.  There is work to be done, but workers aren't ready to do it — they're in the wrong places, or they have the wrong skills.  Our problems are “structural,” and will take many years to solve.
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
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) …
Xinhua News Agency:
3rd U.S.drone attack reported in NW Pakistan  —  At least two people were killed in the third U.S. drone attack launched Sunday evening in Pakistan ' s northwest tribal area of North Waziristan, reported local media.  —  The third attack took place in the same area of the previous two strikes launched on Sunday.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Michael Sheridan / NY Daily News:
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer: Stephen Colbert was an ‘embarrassment’  —  Even some Democrats thought Stephen Colbert's Capital Hill routine was more gaffe than goof.  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called the Comedy Central star's bit, which had some laughing and others groaning last week, “not appropriate.”
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
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
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 …
Courier-Journal:
Quick Links  —  FOR MORE ABOUT THE POLL  —  THE COURIER-JOURNAL/WHAS11 BLUEGRASS POLL® is based on telephone interviews conducted Sept. 21-23 with 611 likely Kentucky voters by SurveyUSA, using a recorded questionnaire.  Respondent households were selected at random using …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Conservative Democrat wants Skelton over Pelosi as party's next 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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Randall Chase / Associated Press:
O'Donnell is first political target of SNL season
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US: Inverted Philippine flag was ‘honest mistake’
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Boston Herald:
Bill Clinton campaigning for Barney Frank
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Jennifer Brooks / USA Today:
Pastors plan to ‘bait’ IRS with pulpit politics
Wayne Slater / Dallas Morning News:
Poll finds Perry has the numbers, but White has a shot
Discussion: Politics Daily
ABCNEWS:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Axelrod, McConnell and Queen Rania
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Khaleej Times:
Counter Islamophobia, Muslim nations urged
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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Exchequer vs. Economist
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
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Discussion: Mediaite, NewsBusters.org and Daily Kos