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5:10 PM ET, September 27, 2010

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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
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 …
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
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.
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
That Unhinged Mary Anastasia O'Grady Column
Discussion: Haaretz
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.
Michelle Malkin:
A grieving American's invitation for Stephen Colbert  —  Longtime readers of this blog know the tragic story of Los Angeles teenager Jamiel Shaw, who was gunned down by an illegal alien gang member in 2008 amidst brown-on-black violence in California's open-borders sanctuary.
Discussion: Wonkette and L.A. NOW
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Rasmussen Reports:
Questions - Delaware Senate - September 26, 2010  —  Delaware State Survey of 500 Likely Voters  —  1* If the 2010 Election for United States senate, were held today would you vote for Republican Christine O'Donnell or Democrat Chris Coons?  —  40% O'Donnell  —  49% Coons  —  5% Castle
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Poll: O'Donnell helped by Castle write-in
Discussion: FrumForum
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.
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.
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?
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.
mayorsagainstillegalguns.org:
Coalition Releases Landmark Report: Trace the Guns  —  A new report by Mayors Against Illegal Guns reveals a strong connection between weak gun laws and interstate gun trafficking.  The report, which examines comprehensive crime gun trace data provided by ATF to Mayors Against Illegal Guns …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Open Left
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Lax State Gun Laws Tied to Crimes in Other States
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: theGrio and Weasel Zippers
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Stolen Legacy  —  The Sons of Confederate Veterans respond to Virginia governor Bob McDonnell apologizing for, and effectively abolishing, Confederate History Month: … The racism in this statement is fairly obvious.  In terms of armed forces, some six thousand black Virginians fought for their freedom in the Civil War.
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.
ABCNEWS:
CONFESSION VIDEO: US Soldier Describes Thrill Kill of Innocent Afghans  —  Corporal, 22, Tells How His ‘Crazy’ Sergeant Allegedly Murdered For Kicks, Collected Body Parts  —  Dressed in a t-shirt and Army shorts, a 22-year-old corporal from Wasilla, Alaska casually describes on a video tape …
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
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.
Matthew Weaver / News: News blog:
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.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Plurality say GOP would do a better job fixing economy  —  (CNN) - Although more people blame the Republicans than the Democrats for the country's economic problems, a larger number of people think the Republicans are more likely to fix those problems, according to a new national poll.
Discussion: The Plum Line
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
The makings of a trade war with China  —  No one familiar with the Smoot-Hawley tariff of 1930 should relish the prospect of a trade war with China — but that seems to be where we're headed and probably should be where we are headed.  Although the Smoot-Hawley tariff did not cause the Great Depression …
Hasbanullah Khan / Agence France Presse:
US drone strike kills four militants in Pakistan  —  MIRANSHAH, Pakistan — A US drone strike killed four militants Monday and destroyed a rebel compound in Pakistan's lawless tribal badlands along the Afghan border, local security officials said.  —  Pakistani officials say unmanned US aircraft …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
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 …
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.”
Robert Paul Wolff / The Philosopher's Stone:
HARVARD AND PERETZ  —  The events at Harvard on Saturday were fascinating, distressing, and exhausting.  Today, I am going to write about the controversy surrounding the remarks of Martin Peretz and Harvard's decision to accept the $650,000 or so donated for a scholarship fund in his honor.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Mondoweiss
 
 
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Ex-Rep. Lazio quits bid for N.Y. governor
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Prosecutor in Stevens corruption case commits suicide
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Prohibition and Progressive Reform
Discussion: Guardian
Martin Robbins / Guardian:
This is a headline about science
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
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 Earlier Items: 
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 and MyDD
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Obama Justice Department Rocked
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
This Weak: Christiane Amanpour Leads ABC To Worst Ratings Since 2003