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8:35 AM ET, September 29, 2010


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Wall Street Journal:
Tea-Party Movement Gathers Strength  —  The tea party has emerged as a potent force in American politics and a center of gravity within the Republican Party, with a large majority of Republicans showing an affinity for the movement that has repeatedly bucked the GOP leadership this year …
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Tea & Crackers  —  How corporate interests and Republican insiders built the Tea Party monster  —  This is an article from the October 15, 2010 issue of Rolling Stone, available on newsstands on October 1, 2010.  —  It's taken three trips to Kentucky, but I'm finally getting …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Tea Kettle Movement  —  There are actually two Tea Party movements in America today: one you've read about that is not that important and one you've not read about that could become really important if the right politician understood how to tap into it.  —  The Tea Party that has gotten …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Balloon Juice
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Takeover: 71% of Republicans now tea-party supporters
Stephanie Vallejo / Boston Globe:
Dukakis shared his strategy for midterm elections at the White House  —  WASHINGTON — Former Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis, the failed 1988 presidential nominee, recently visited the White House and delivered his strategy for the midterm elections: pound key precincts across …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
White House gets political advice from Dukakis  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis (D) gave the Obama administration his advice about how to stave off electoral losses during a recent visit to the White House.  —  Dukakis, the Democratic nominee for president in 1988 …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
gary scott:
Christine O'Donnell didn't go to Claremont Graduate University either
Discussion: TPMDC
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:   Christine O'Donnell Lies About Attending Oxford University
‘Credible But Not Specific’ Threat of New Terrorist Attack  —  Officials in Europe, US on High Alert for Commando-Style Raids After Capture of Suspected German Terrorist  —  US and European officials said Tuesday they have detected a plot to carry out a major, coordinated series …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Sky News:
Multi-Attack Terror Plot On European Cities
Kenric Ward /
Poll: Obama, Dems Poised to Lose Grayson House Seat  —  Republican Dan Webster jumps to a 7-point lead  —  In one of the most closely watched U.S. House races in the nation, Republican Daniel Webster now holds a 7-point lead over Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson in Central Florida's 8th Congressional District …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Disavowal Movement Resurgent
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Dogfight in Ohio Governor's Race  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland is statistically tied with Republican challenger John Kasich among likely voters …
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Poll gives former Bush official big lead in Ohio
John / Power Line:
Is Barack Obama My Keeper?  —  Some commentators are criticizing President Obama's response to a supporter at a campaign event who asked him why he is a Christian: … I have no interest in questioning Obama's religious faith, which I believe to be sincere.
Discussion: Instapundit and Rumproast
Peggy O'Hare / Houston Chronicle:
Parents: Bullying drove Cy-Fair 8th-grader to suicide  —  They claim school district took no action  —  Asher Brown's worn-out tennis shoes still sit in the living room of his Cypress-area home while his student progress report — filled with straight A's — rests on the coffee table.
Tom Curry /
Progressives: Obama remarks are ‘condescending’  —  Activist: ‘The least he could do is acknowledge that progressives have legitimate concerns’  —  President Barack Obama's lecture to his supporters to snap out of their lethargy is getting a frosty reception from some on the left side of the Democratic coalition.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Gridlock, taxes are factors in September stock rally  —  Stocks have rallied dramatically in September as Republicans look increasingly like they will retake control of the House — and possibly the Senate.  —  The likelihood of increased gridlock and a divided government is one reason …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Allan Hall / Telegraph:
First World War officially ends  —  The First World War will officially end on Sunday, 92 years after the guns fell silent, when Germany pays off the last chunk of reparations imposed on it by the Allies.  —  The final payment of £59.5 million, writes off the crippling debt …
Brian Wheeler / BBC:
'We've got our party back,' says Lord Kinnock  —  Lord Kinnock accused the coalition of creating unjustified ‘panic’ over cuts  —  Lord Kinnock has hailed Ed Miliband's “magnificent” first speech as Labour leader, telling activists: “We've got our party back.”
Discussion: Telegraph and Guardian
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Bill to End Tax Provision on U.S. Jobs Is Blocked  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday rejected efforts by Democratic leaders to advance a bill to end a tax provision that supporters of the measure said encourages American companies to ship jobs overseas.
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Debate in California Governor's Race  —  SAN FRANCISCO — With polls showing a tight race and a large block of undecided voters still in play, the two major party candidates for California governor met on Tuesday in the first of three debates, with the state's economy and its deep financial problems dominating the discussion.
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
Poll: Battle for Congress tightens between parties  —  Ethics panel GOP accuses Dems of stalling on trials  —  Despite what the NBC/WSJ pollsters say is natural tightening, however, the overall dynamics heading into the election remain the same: Nearly six in 10 think the country is headed …
Dan Barry / New York Times:
Obama's University Visit Was Not Simple  —  Would it be all right if the Leader of the Free World stopped by your campus for a little while?  —  He wants to surround himself with hordes of enthusiastic young people, toss out a few oratorical gems — as you know, he's got the gift — and reinvigorate his anxious political party.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Bloomberg to address House GOP  —  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is scheduled to address House Republicans on Thursday, according to an invitation obtained by The Hill.  —  The mayor, a Republican-turned-Independent who is considered a presidential contender, will speak …
The Note:
O'Donnell Says GOP Leaders ‘Lazy’ in Approach to Health Care Law  —  ABC News' Devin Dwyer reports: Christine O'Donnell, Delaware's GOP U.S. Senate candidate, broke her week-long silence in the national media this morning calling party leaders' approach to the Democrats' health care reform law “lazy.”
Discussion: The Politico
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Republicans' Deficit-Cut Pledge Lacks Specifics  —  In their Pledge to America, Congressional Republicans have used the old trick of promising specific tax cuts and vague spending cuts.  It's the politically easy approach, and it is likely to be as bad for the budget as when George W. Bush tried it.
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Congress Likely to Urge China to Raise Its Currency  —  WASHINGTON — The House is expected to give the Obama administration another tool in its diplomatic pouch to pressure China to let its currency rise in value, reflecting growing concern around the country over the loss of manufacturing jobs …
Discussion: Economist's View and The Page
Annie Lowrey / The Washington Independent:
The Real Impact of Food Stamp Cuts  —  Congress is poised to cut food stamps, taking away an extended benefit created by the 2009 stimulus before its original expiry date and setting up an unprecedented “cliff” in food stamps, now known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
New York Times:
Judges Question California Execution  —  SAN FRANCISCO — With California's first execution in more than four years days away, a federal appellate panel raised serious questions about the state's motivation amid concerns about one of the drugs used in the lethal injection process.
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