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11:30 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: The Jawa Report and 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.
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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Kyle Trygstad / The Eye:
New Study Shows N.Y. to Lose Two Seats, Florida to Gain Two
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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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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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Obama Justice Department Rocked  —  The former head of the Justice Department's New Black Panther trial team, Chris Coates, testified Friday before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  See here and here and here (subscription required).  Before Coates broke his silence, the commission's critics …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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
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
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: The Atlantic Online and Cafe Hayek
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.
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
Discussion: Don Surber
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama ridicules ‘Pledge to America’ as ‘irresponsible’
Discussion: CNN
Inside Higher Ed:
A Future for Student Health Plans?
Discussion: Hot Air
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
The Politico:
The Fox primary: complicated, contractual
Discussion: The Note and GOP 12
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Michael Sheridan / NY Daily News:
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Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
NPR:
Former Reagan Adviser On GOP'S Pledge To America
Boston Globe:
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