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3:00 PM ET, September 27, 2010

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Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Poll: Bill O'Reilly is popular, but Rachel Maddow is unknown to likely voters  —  More people are getting their news about the upcoming election from cable television than any other source, and from Fox News more than any other cable channel, according to a POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll released Monday.
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Reuters:
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 …
Gavin Allen / Daily Mail:
Tycoon who took over Segway firm dies in freak accident after riding one of the machines off a cliff and into a river  —  The multi-millionaire owner of the Segway company died in a freak accident yesterday when he rode one of the high-tech two-wheel machines off a cliff and into a river.
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Royal Family / Telegraph:
Segway company owner dies riding two-wheeled machine off cliff  —  Jimi Heselden, the owner of the Segway company, has died after riding one of the two-wheeled machines off a cliff and into a river.  —  The multi-millionaire businessman, 62, fell into the River Wharfe while inspecting …
Discussion: Gawker
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.S. Tries 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” …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Obama administration's war on privacy
Discussion: New York Times
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Senate Democrats not backing down on filibuster reform despite expected losses  —  Despite expected losses this fall, Senate Democrats are not backing down on their commitment to filibuster reform.  —  In the wake of two failed procedural votes last week, some Democrats in the upper chamber say reform is necessary.
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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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dem Whip: GOP majority will issue birther subpoenas against Obama  —  House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) warned Republicans will investigate President Obama's birthplace if they take over Congress.  —  Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the House, said Republicans will grind …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Harriet McLeod / theGrio:   Rep. Clyburn: GOP will hold birther hearings if they win House
Wall Street Journal:
Weekend at Fidel's  —  Jeffrey Goldberg is not the first American journalist to cuddle up to Castro.  —  At most marine parks in the world the animals provide the entertainment.  But at the Havana aquarium last month, Fidel Castro had a couple of humans eating out of his hand and clapping like trained seals.
Discussion: Babalú Blog and Cafe Hayek
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
That Unhinged Mary Anastasia O'Grady Column
Discussion: Haaretz
The Politico:
The Fox primary: complicated, contractual  —  With Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee all making moves indicating they may run for president, their common employer is facing a question that hasn't been asked before: How does a news organization cover White House hopefuls when so many are on the payroll?
Washington Post:
Obama looks to youth vote for a late midterm surge  —  MADISON, WIS. - President Obama will swoop into the heartland this week in a high-stakes bid to boost enthusiasm for Democrats by reigniting the coalition of young and minority voters who were critical to his success two years ago.
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
What's Eating David Axelrod?  —  The disillusionment of Obama's guru.  —  Among the many distinctions David Axelrod has achieved in his career, there is one that requires special elaboration: He is, it turns out, one of the few customers to have ever run a tab at Manny's, the Chicago cafeteria and deli.
Real Clear Politics:
Manchin Calls for Partial Repeal of Health Reform  —  ROANOKE, W.V. — In Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin's quest to strike a bipartisan chord as he campaigns to fill the late Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd's seat, he's joining the GOP's call to repeal pieces of health care reform.
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.
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Inexplicable, Masochistic Affection”  —  That's how Marty Beckerman describes the dynamic between Ann Coulter and gay attendees of Homocon 2010: … It's important to note that this bigot was not invited by Log Cabin Republicans (GOProud is a splinter group) and that her words received what Politico called a “mixed response.”
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Obama's Falling Numbers, How To Read The Polls, The Jon Corzine Effect, and More!  —  1. Obama's Falling Numbers.  Barack Obama's job approval numbers reached a new low over the weekend in the RealClearPolitics average.  Generally, I've seen two types of explanations for the president's decline.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Seduction of the Tea Partiers  —  On the surface, the Pledge to America that House Republicans unveiled last week, in obvious imitation of Newt Gingrich's famous Contract With America, feels like a triumph for the Tea Party.  —  Whereas the Gingrich-era contract was a terse …
The Note:
Vulnerable Dem Rep. Embraces Bush In Latest Ad  —  ABC News' Amy Walter reports:  —  We've seen plenty of Democrats in tight races trying to distance themselves from President Obama.  But one Democrat, North Dakota's Rep. Earl Pomeroy, is taking this a step farther by actually embracing President George W. Bush.
Malcolm Gladwell / New Yorker:
SMALL CHANGE  —  Why the revolution will not be tweeted.  —  At four-thirty in the afternoon on Monday, February 1, 1960, four college students sat down at the lunch counter at the Woolworth's in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina.  They were freshmen at North Carolina A.  & T., a black college a mile or so away.
Richard E. Cohen / The Politico:
Report: Fla. adds 2 seats, N.Y. loses  —  A new estimate of House reapportionment gains and losses resulting from this year's Census reveals a larger-than-expected impact on Florida and New York.  According to Washington-based Election Data Services, which reviewed new Census data …
Patrick S. Poole / Big Peace:
FBI Escorts Known Hamas Operative Through Top-Secret National Counterterrorism Center as “Outreach” to Muslim Community  —  Sheikh Kifah Mustapha (third from left) touring the National Counterterrorism Center (Photo: FBI)  —  A known Hamas operative and unindicted co-conspirator …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Power Line
Journalism.org:
WHEN TECHNOLOGY MAKES HEADLINES  —  THE MEDIA'S DOUBLE VISION ABOUT THE DIGITAL AGE  —  The mainstream news media have offered the American public a divided view of how information technology influences society, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.
 
 
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Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
Bill to Slow Overseas Hiring Debated
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Rand Paul, the AAPS, and the National Doctors Tea Party
Discussion: The Plum Line, Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Poll: 40% Believe Health Care Law Didn't Go Far Enough
Discussion: TalkLeft
Rasmussen Reports:
Questions - Delaware Senate - September 26, 2010
Guardian:
UN plan for ‘alien ambassador’ a case of science fiction?
Discussion: Boing Boing, BlogPost and Telegraph
The Note:
The Note: Giving It The Old College Try
Discussion: NRSC and The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Kendra Marr / The Politico:
President Obama: Fire failing teachers
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Obama Justice Department Rocked
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
This Weak: Christiane Amanpour Leads ABC To Worst Ratings Since 2003
The Huffington Post:
Alan Grayson Opponent Challenged By Local Media On Opposition …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Kathleen Parker / Kansas City Star:
Powerful Anti-Obama ad taps into our sadness
Discussion: Top of the Ticket, Moe Lane and Gawker
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Evidence points to left-wing activist as source of Boehner affair rumor
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
Local Tea Party group may have uncovered massive vote fraud in Texas