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1:20 PM ET, September 27, 2010

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Gavin Allen / Daily Mail:
Millionaire owner of Segway firm dies in freak accident after riding one of his two-wheel machines off a cliff  —  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
msnbc.com:
Segway company owner rides scooter off cliff
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Mediaite
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 …
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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.
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” …
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.
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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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 …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Obama ridicules ‘Pledge to America’ as ‘irresponsible’
Fhardingj / CNN:
Obama says GOP ‘pledge’ irresponsible
Discussion: The Politico and Raw Story
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
That Unhinged Mary Anastasia O'Grady Column  —  If I didn't know better, I would say that Mary Anastasia O'Grady, the Wall Street Journal polemicist who never met a fascist Central American oligarch she didn't like, is preparing to invade the Bay of Pigs all over again.
Discussion: Haaretz
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Wall Street Journal:
Weekend at Fidel's
Discussion: Babalú Blog and Cafe Hayek
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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?
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Hill and Ben Smith's Blog
Guardian:
UN plan for ‘alien ambassador’ a case of science fiction?  —  Malaysian astrophysicist Mazlan Othman denies Sunday Times report that she is to become Earth's first contact for ETs  —  If a Martian, proverbial or otherwise, had landed on Earth in the last 24 hours the media had some practical advice.
Discussion: Boing Boing, BlogPost and Telegraph
All American Blogger:
Illegal Immigration is No Joke (Video)  —  Last Friday, Congressman Zoe Lofgren, chairman of the immigration subcommittee, invited comedian Stephen Colbert to Congress to testify on the subject of illegal immigration.  —  Colbert testified in character, a parody of Fox News Bill O'Reilly.
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Free Speech Tested Anew in Digital Age  —  Supreme Court Will Consider First Amendment Rights as They Apply to Two Cases Involving the Internet and Videogames  —  WASHINGTON—Free speech stands front and center in the Supreme Court term beginning next week, in a pair of cases testing the First Amendment's reach in the digital age.
Kendra Marr / The Politico:
President Obama: Fire failing teachers  —  President Barack Obama took aim at the nation's failing schools Monday, saying bad teachers should be fired if they're not cutting it and that students should stay in school longer each year.  —  Obama also leveled a critique of the Washington …
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
This Weak: Christiane Amanpour Leads ABC To Worst Ratings Since 2003  —  Christiane Amanpour has been ABC's This Week host for nine Sundays and she has finished second, but mostly third, among the competition in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic.
 
 
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Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Water Drops for Migrants: Kindness, or Offense?
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John Springer / Associated Press:
Obama: Money without reform won't fix school system
Discussion: The Foundry and Mediaite
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Obama Justice Department Rocked
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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
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Chris Haire / Charleston City Paper:
Will Folks plans tell-all book about Haley, Sanford
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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
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
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