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9:35 AM ET, September 27, 2010

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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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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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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.
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
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 …
Discussion: The Blaze
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NPR:
Former Reagan Adviser On GOP'S Pledge To America
Tanya Somanader / Think Progress:
Boehner: The ‘Pledge’ …
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 …
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” …
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 …
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.
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.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Anger as a Private Company Takes Over Libraries  —  SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — A private company in Maryland has taken over public libraries in ailing cities in California, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas, growing into the country's fifth-largest library system.  —  Now the company …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
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 …
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 …
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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Richard E. Cohen / The Politico:
Report: Fla. adds 2 seats, N.Y. loses
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Washington Post:
Obama looks to reenergize youth vote, get late Democratic surge for midterms
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Money transfers could face anti-terrorism scrutiny
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Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
Local Tea Party group may have uncovered massive vote fraud in Texas
The Politico:
The Fox primary: complicated, contractual
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CNN:
Obama to sign $42 billion bill aimed at helping small businesses
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Heidi Blake / Telegraph:
UN ‘to appoint space ambassador to greet alien visitors’
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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’
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
VIDEO: Durbin Refuses to Endorse Rahm Emanuel for Mayor of Chicago
David Zucchino / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. military training adjusts its aim
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
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’?