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10:55 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’
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  —  If you want to know about God, you might want to talk to an atheist.  —  Heresy?  Perhaps.  But a survey that measured Americans' knowledge of religion found that atheists and agnostics knew more, on average, than followers of most major faiths.
Discussion: newsfeed.time.com
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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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.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Mrs Taliban Dan submits and dutifully defends her husband
Mark Schlueb / Orlando Sentinel:
Grayson's ‘Taliban Dan’ ad takes Webster's words out of context, twists meaning
Michael C. Moynihan / Hit & Run:
The Execrable Alan Grayson
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
Discussion: The Note
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.
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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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.
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 …
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em  —  More tension between the White House and its liberal base?... Both Biden and Obama try to “buck up” Democratic voters... Obama holds rally in Wisconsin at 7:00 pm ET... Before that, he hosts an economic event in New Mexico at 12:15 pm ET …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Associated Press:
FBI Investigating Ex-SEIU President Andy Stern  —  WASHINGTON — The FBI and the U.S. Labor Department are investigating prominent labor leader Andy Stern in their probe of corruption at the Service Employees International Union, according to two people who have been interviewed by federal agents.
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 …
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
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Exclusive: EPW report shows new EPA rules will cost more than 800,000 jobs  —  Actually, it's not just the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee's minority contingent that fears the loss of nearly a million jobs from new EPA rules on greenhouse gases and other emissions issues.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
 
 
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Obama demands more than Israel can give
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The Huffington Post:
Gillespie: Conservative Donors Want Anonymity Out Of Fear Of Government Retribution
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Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
Loads of campaign cash make Big Green a Democratic powerhouse UPDATED!
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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
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Washington Post:
Obama: D.C. schools don't measure up to his daughters' private school
Telegraph:
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John / Power Line:
Where Are People Stoned to Death?
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Chris Woodyard / USA Today:
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