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10:00 AM ET, September 28, 2010

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ABCNEWS:
Rahm Emanuel Likely to Leave White House This Week  —  Final Decision Not Yet Made, White House Chief of Staff All but Certain to Explore Campaign for Mayor of Chicago  —  Although no final decision has been made because of family considerations, ABC News has learned that White House officials …
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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 …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Vice President Biden to Democratic Base: ‘Stop Whining’  —  At a fundraiser in Manchester, NH, today, Vice President Biden urged Democrats to “remind our base constituency to stop whining and get out there and look at the alternatives.  This President has done an incredible job.  He's kept his promises.”
The Politico:
Insider likely to replace Rahm Emanuel  —  President Barack Obama hasn't yet picked a permanent replacement for his chief of staff Rahm Emanuel - but he's leaning toward someone already inside the Obama bubble rather than an outsider who would shake up the West Wing, people close to him say.
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Emanuel expected to leave W.H.
Discussion: Raw Story and Quick News
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 …
Mitchell Landsberg / Los Angeles Times:
Atheists, agnostics most knowledgeable about religion, survey says
Discussion: newsfeed.time.com
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Mrs Taliban Dan submits and dutifully defends her husband  —  Mrs Taliban Dan Submits  —  If you haven't seen the ad that's causing a flurry among the very, very delicate Republicans, check it out:  —  The good wife speaks up: … Uhm.  They can't refute it because it's all true.
Discussion: ECHIDNE of the snakes and TalkLeft
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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 …
Caleb Howe / RedState:
Alan Grayson: WHORE.  —  Remember this video?  —  .  —  Yeah.  Now watch this one:  —  .  —  That's the original.  “I have verses [to pray] for my wife.  Don't pick the ones that say, um ‘She should submit to me.’ That's in the Bible, but pick the ones that you're supposed to do.
Mark Schlueb / Orlando Sentinel:
Grayson's ‘Taliban Dan’ ad takes Webster's words out of context, twists meaning
Discussion: Betsy's Page, Moe Lane and RedState
Michael C. Moynihan / Hit & Run:
The Execrable Alan Grayson
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Webster's wife blasts ‘Taliban Dan’ ad
Discussion: American Power
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Right Wing News
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The Politico:   Congress tussles over Dem dough
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Party seeking unity before midterm
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Global warming critic plots revenge  —  Most House Republicans envision killing Nancy Pelosi's special global warming committee if they claw their way back into the majority this November.  —  But one senior GOP lawmaker has another idea in mind: sweet revenge.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Wonk Room
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Drones Target Terror Plot  —  CIA Strikes Intensify in Pakistan Amid Heightened Threats in Europe  —  WASHINGTON—In an effort to foil a suspected terrorist plot against European targets, the Central Intelligence Agency has ramped up missile strikes against militants in Pakistan's tribal regions, current and former officials say.
Discussion: Neptunus Lex
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Mike Hall / AFL-CIO NOW BLOG:
Trumka: Working-Class Anger Fueled by Right's ‘Deeply Dishonest’ Message  —  With the economy continuing to stagger and job creation not moving quickly, “working people are justifiably angry and frustrated” as they approach the Nov. 2 elections, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
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Michelle Malkin:
Big Labor thug Trumka: Left must “take control of the national conversation”
Discussion: Nice Deb
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Page
Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Harvard Pilgrim cancels Medicare Advantage plan  —  Harvard Pilgrim Health Care has notified customers that it will drop its Medicare Advantage health insurance program at the end of the year, forcing 22,000 senior citizens in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine to seek alternative supplemental coverage.
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
What Is Paladino About?  —  Is the Republican candidate for governor of New York a racist, sexist, pornography-loving creep?  Or are there other, more benign, explanations for the stomach-turning e-mails distributed by Carl Paladino?  —  One of the things that can happen in the news business …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
Loads of campaign cash make Big Green a Democratic powerhouse UPDATED!  —  Officials of a dozen top Big Green environmental groups contributed more than $14.5 million to congressional and presidential candidates in 2008 and through the second quarter of 2010 with 96 percent of the total going to Democrats …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Democratic candidates blast GOP on education issues to rally independent votes  —  In search of an issue that will stop independent voters from rushing to the GOP, Democratic congressional candidates are attacking Republicans for wanting to abolish the Education Department and cut funding for federal student loans.
Discussion: The New Republic and Eduwonk
John / Power Line:
Where Are People Stoned to Death?  —  In Iran, sure, but those are mostly women.  Also much closer to home, in Mexico, which continues to spiral downward and can now be classified, perhaps, as a failed state: Small-town mayor stoned to death in western Mexico.
Discussion: Associated Press and Sadly, No!
 
 
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