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7:00 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 …
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) …
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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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
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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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 …
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.”
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.
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: The Mahablog, Dean's World and EconLog
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 …
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
Khaleej Times:
Counter Islamophobia, Muslim nations urged  —  Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu urged members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference to work with Western leaders to dispel misconceptions about their faith.  They met on the edge of the UN General Assembly.  —  Ihsanoglu said on Saturday …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
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
ABCNEWS:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Axelrod, McConnell and Queen Rania  —  Plus, the ‘This Week’ roundtable.  —  AMANPOUR: Hello again.  And this week, the recession was finally declared over.  It officially ended June 2009, but the recovery has been slow and the voters have been losing patience.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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Jennifer Brooks / USA Today:
Pastors plan to ‘bait’ IRS with pulpit politics
Justin Hamilton / U.S. Department of Education:
Department on Track to Implement Gainful Employment Regulations …
Discussion: The Hill and Big Government
Rick Perlstein / NY Daily News:
Dems' dismal, detached design: I thought Team Obama knew branding
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Hullabaloo and Moe Lane
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Van Jones Slams Koch Industries' Role In Prop 23, Calls For …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Slouching Toward Washington
Discussion: NewsBusters.org, Mediaite and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
New Proof Wall Street Knew Its Mortgage Securities Were Subpar …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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
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