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8:30 AM ET, September 27, 2010

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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 …
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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.
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
An Effort to Recapture Democratic Enthusiasm
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.
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.
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Tanya Somanader / Think Progress:
Boehner: The ‘Pledge’ …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Seduction of the Tea Partiers
Discussion: The Blaze
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 …
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.
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.
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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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.S. Wants to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet  —  WASHINGTON — Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is “going dark” …
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 …
Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
Military thwarted president seeking choice in Afghanistan  —  The first of three articles adapted from “Obama's Wars” by Bob Woodward.  —  President Obama was on edge.  —  For two exhausting months, he had been asking military advisers to give him a range of options for the war in Afghanistan.
The Politico:
Poll: Rocky road seen ahead for Obama  —  A significant majority of voters are considering voting against President Barack Obama in the 2012 election, expressing sour views of his new health care law and deep skepticism about his ability to create jobs and grow the sluggish economy …
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Raters Ignored Proof of Unsafe Loans, Panel Is Told  —  As the mortgage market grew frothy in 2006 — leading to a housing bubble that nearly brought down the banking system two years later — ratings agencies charged with assessing risk in mortgage pools dismissed conclusive evidence …
Associated Press:
US: Inverted Philippine flag was ‘honest mistake’  —  MANILA, Philippines - The U.S. government said Sunday it made an “honest mistake” when it displayed an inverted Philippine flag — which wrongfully signified that the Southeast Asian nation was in a state of war — in a meeting hosted by President Barack Obama.
 
 
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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Anger as a Private Company Takes Over Libraries
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Heidi Blake / Telegraph:
UN ‘to appoint space ambassador to greet alien visitors’
Xinhua News Agency:
3rd U.S.drone attack reported in NW Pakistan
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Randall Chase / Associated Press:
O'Donnell is first political target of SNL season
Michael Sheridan / NY Daily News:
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer: Stephen Colbert was an ‘embarrassment’
Courier-Journal:
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
VIDEO: Durbin Refuses to Endorse Rahm Emanuel for Mayor of Chicago
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Conservative Democrat wants Skelton over Pelosi as party's next speaker
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Weasel Zippers
MikeM / Confederate Yankee:
The Erik Scott Shooting: Update 3
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Frank I. Luntz / Washington Post:
Is the ‘Pledge to America’ a worthy successor to the ‘Contract With America’?
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
Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
The First Kennedy-Nixon Debate: Are We Better Off than 50 Years Ago?
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