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10:45 AM 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 a cliff  —  UK exec, who bought firm a year ago, dies in accident near his estate  —  A British businessman who bought the Segway company less than a year ago died after riding one of the scooters off a cliff and into a river near his Yorkshire estate.
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
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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.
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’
Discussion: CNN
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:   Evidence points to left-wing activist as source of Boehner affair rumor
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.
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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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 …
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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Daily Mail:
U.S. apologises after flying Philippine flag upside-down …
Washington Post:
Obama looks to reenergize youth vote, get late Democratic surge for midterms  —  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.
Discussion: Commentary and Shakesville
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
An Effort to Recapture Democratic Enthusiasm
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Senate Democrats not backing down on push for filibuster reform  —  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.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Kathleen Parker / Kansas City Star:
Powerful Anti-Obama ad taps into our sadness  —  Sometimes when everyone is shouting, only a whisper can be heard.  —  This is the thinking behind a powerful new anti-Barack Obama ad that seeks to tap not the nation's anger but the country's sadness.  —  “Mourning in America,” …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and Moe Lane
Inside Higher Ed:
A Future for Student Health Plans?  —  WASHINGTON - In the six months since President Obama signed his health insurance reform bill into law, student health advocates have comprised one of countless lobbies jockeying to get the administration to listen to their concerns about the law and offer up clarifications and fixes.
Discussion: Hot Air
The Huffington Post:
Alan Grayson Opponent Challenged By Local Media On Opposition To Abortion Rights For Rape Victims (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Republicans have a strong wind at their back heading into November, but one weakness the party must overcome is that, in many House and Senate races …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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.
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.
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
Local Tea Party group may have uncovered massive vote fraud in Texas  —  The Examiner's Mark Tapscott wrote about this story over a week ago, but now Fox News is reporting on Tea Party activists in Texas uncovering vote fraud: … True the Vote appears to have made some pretty significant discoveries …
 
 
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Douglas Belkin / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Face Skeptics in Rural Areas
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Obama Justice Department Rocked
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Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
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The Politico:
Browner's green blues
Chris Haire / Charleston City Paper:
Will Folks plans tell-all book about Haley, Sanford
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Richard E. Cohen / The Politico:
Report: Fla. adds 2 seats, N.Y. loses
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Money transfers could face anti-terrorism scrutiny
Discussion: Online NewsHour
The Politico:
The Fox primary: complicated, contractual
Discussion: The Note and GOP 12
 Earlier Items: 
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Anger as a Private Company Takes Over Libraries
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
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’
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
NPR:
Former Reagan Adviser On GOP'S Pledge To America
Boston Globe:
Baker catches Patrick in new poll