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3:55 PM ET, September 28, 2010

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Jann S. Wenner / Rolling Stone:
Obama in Command: The Rolling Stone Interview  —  In an Oval Office interview, the president discusses the Tea Party, the war, the economy and what's at stake this November  —  The following is an article from the October 15, 2010 issue of Rolling Stone.  —  We arrived at the southwest gate …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A PASSIONATE PLEA.... President Obama sat down with Rolling Stone's Jann Wenner and Eric Bates two weeks ago, chatting for an hour and a quarter for a new cover story.  The discussion covered a lot of ground, and led to some fascinating exchanges on subjects ranging from Fox News to Tea Partiers, health care to global warming.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Obama: Fox News is ‘destructive’ to America  —  (CNN) - President Obama is pulling no punches when it comes to Fox News, declaring the cable news outlet to be “destructive to [America's] long-term growth.”  —  In a more than 8,000-word interview with Rolling Stone Magazine …
The FOX Nation:
President of the United States Loves Gangsta Rap
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Basic Religion Test Stumps Many Americans  —  Americans are by all measures a deeply religious people, but they are also deeply ignorant about religion.  —  Researchers from the independent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life phoned more than 3,400 Americans and asked them 32 questions about the Bible …
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Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life:
U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey  —  Executive Summary  —  Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups on a new survey of religious knowledge, outperforming evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants and Catholics on questions about the core teachings …
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life:
Nonreligious Knowledge
Discussion: msnbc.com
Mitchell Landsberg / Los Angeles Times:
Atheists, agnostics most knowledgeable about religion, survey says
Discussion: newsfeed.time.com
Manu Raju / The Politico:
DeMint vows roadblock  —  South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint warned Monday evening that he would block all legislation that has not been cleared by his office in the final days of the pre-election session.  —  Bret Bernhardt, DeMint's chief of staff, said in an e-mail to GOP aides that his boss …
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Ian M. / Think Progress:
DeMint To Trigger The Senate's Doomsday Device  —  Two weeks ago, the Progress Report warned of a nightmare scenario where a single senator decides to object to virtually every measure being considered by the Senate, a maneuver could effectively bring the entire body to a screeching halt.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats to stuff 20 bills into post-election lame-duck session  —  Democrats are considering cramming as many as 20 pieces of legislation into the lame-duck session they plan to hold after the Nov. 2 election.  —  The array of bills competing for floor time shows the sense …
Ezra Klein:
Did Jim DeMint just take control of the Senate?
Discussion: Weigel
Quinnipiac University:
Angry Voters Push McMahon Closer In Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Connecticut Poll Finds; But Most Voters Say Her Ads Are Annoying  —  Propelled by Connecticut likely voters who say they are “angry” with government, former wrestling executive Linda McMahon, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate …
Peter Daou:
How a handful of liberal bloggers are bringing down the Obama presidency  —  This post was originally written about the frightening case of Anwar al-Aulaqi, a heinous individual who now faces a judge, jury and executioner in President Barack Obama.  The body of the post remains the same …
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ABCNEWS:
Rahm Emanuel Likely to Leave White House This Week
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Another Christine O'Donnell embellishment: She misleadingly claims she studied at Oxford  —  In another move that will raise further questions about Christine O'Donnell's embellishment of her education record, she claims she studied at the University of Oxford — but a look at her actual record shows …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pelosi: ‘I fully expect to be speaker of the House five weeks from now’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she still expects to have her job in five weeks after voters head to the polls.  —  Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House, whose job as speaker makes her third in line to the presidency …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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The Note:   Another Democrat Against Speaker Pelosi
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:   Pelosi to Zucker: Democrats Will Prevail
Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
Rahm Emanuel kept out of Chicago home by tenant?  —  It's Chicago politics at its best.  —  Sneed hears an effort by Chicago mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel to move back into his North Side home next month was axed by the man who leased it.  —  • The kicker: Sneed also hears rumbles …
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FactCheck.org:
Rep. Grayson Lowers the Bar  —  The Florida Democrat manipulates video to make his opponent seem to urge wives to ‘submit’ to husbands.  He didn't.  —  We thought Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida reached a low point when he falsely accused his opponent of being a draft dodger during the Vietnam War …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Rep. Alan Grayson's ‘Taliban’ ad backfires
Felicia R. Lee / New York Times:
MacArthur Foundation Honors 23  —  The creator of the television series “The Wire,” about drugs, poverty and corruption in Baltimore; a historian who traced the lives of a slave family connected to Thomas Jefferson; and an economist who helped calculate the worth of a standout kindergarten teacher …
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Obama demands more than Israel can give  —  Every so often, the sayings of Casey Stengel come to mind.  The longtime manager of the New York Yankees, accustomed to a Prussian professionalism in the hitting and fielding of baseballs, moved over to the astonishingly hapless New York Mets in 1962 and …
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
J Street Loses
Timothy Noah / Slate:
Why income distribution can't be crowd-sourced.  —  Earlier this month I published a 10-part Slate series (PDF; serial version; slide show) about the 30-year rise in income inequality that Princeton's Paul Krugman has dubbed “The Great Divergence.”  In the first installment, I noted that in 1915 …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Midterm Election Landscape Still Points to Republican Gains  —  A summary of Gallup's key indicators to date  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup's analysis of key indicators relating to the 2010 congressional midterm elections continues to suggest that the Republican Party will make significant seat gains.
Annys Shin / Story Lab:
Charges dismissed against Md. man who taped traffic stop  —  A Harford County Circuit Court judge Monday dismissed wiretapping charges against Anthony Graber, a motorcyclist who was jailed briefly after he taped a Maryland state trooper who stopped him for speeding on I-95.
Discussion: Instapundit and The Agonist
William Yardley / New York Times:
A Dark Horse Emerges in Alaska: The Incumbent  —  JUNEAU, Alaska — The night Lisa Murkowski announced she would mount a write-in campaign to retain her Senate seat, she acknowledged to a crowd of supporters that her odds were slim.  Then she prompted a defiant roar: invoking Native Alaskan culture …
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Fox News Polls: Democrats Face Tough Job Building Senate Firewall  —  When President Obama arrives in Wisconsin for a campus rally on Tuesday, he'll be visiting a state where his party and his policies are in big trouble with voters.  —  Democrats are hoping to build a firewall with cash infusions …
 
 
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
FBI Raids Home of Obama Associate & Radical AAAN Leader in Terrorism Sweep
Kendra Marr / The Politico:
President Obama: 'I'm a Christian by choice'
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and CNN
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
A sadder but wiser Axelrod packs his bags
Mary Lu Carnevale / Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC Poll: More Americans Blame Obama for Economy
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