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8:45 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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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 …
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.
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:   Tea & Crackers  —  How corporate interests and Republican …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Obama's Defense  —  Jann Wenner reports in Rolling Stone today …
Discussion: New York Magazine and TalkLeft
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
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:   Nonbelievers, Privilege, and Religious Knowledge.
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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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Jim DeMint Plans To Grind Senate To A Halt
Ezra Klein:
Did Jim DeMint just take control of the Senate?
Discussion: Weigel
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 …
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.
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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 …
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 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Rep. Alan Grayson's ‘Taliban’ ad backfires  —  Rep. Alan Grayson's attempt to equate his Republican challenger with the Taliban is having a big impact — just not the one Grayson may have hoped.  —  In an ad, Grayson's campaign calls Republican Daniel Webster a “religious fanatic” …
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Disavowal Movement Resurgent
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dear White House: Here's how to handle the left's “whining”  —  I had planned to avoid the whole battle over Joe Biden's demand that the Democratic base “stop whining,” because it's impossible to wade into this topic without getting caught up in a food fight over whether Obama and Dems …
Ezra Klein:
CBO: Extending the Bush tax cuts will hurt the economy, reduce incomes  —  CBO Director Doug Elmendorf testified before the Senate Budget Committee today and dropped something of a bombshell.  Extending the Bush tax cuts, he said, will “probably reduce income relative to what would otherwise occur in 2020.”
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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.
Sky News:
Multi-Attack Terror Plot On European Cities  —  Alex Watts, Sky News Online  —  Intelligence agencies have intercepted a terror plot to launch Mumbai-style attacks on Britain and other European countries, according to Sky News sources.  —  Sky's foreign affairs editor Tim Marshall …
Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Likely voters give Obama poor marks  —  President Barack Obama is scheduled to return today to Iowa, where a new Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows a solid majority of likely voters disapprove of his performance.  —  The first-term Democrat will not be campaigning …
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
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Poll gives former Bush official big lead in Ohio  —  (Reuters) - Republican Rob Portman, a senior official under former President George W. Bush, has opened a commanding 13-point lead over his Democratic rival in a Senate race in Ohio, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday said.
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
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 …
Josh Barro / RealClearMarkets:
What Cutting the Federal Budget Entails  —  The Center for American Progress released a report earlier this month on ways to shrink the federal budget deficit with spending cuts.  A Thousand Cuts, by Michael Linden and Michael Ettinger, lays out specific program cuts of $255 billion per year by 2015 …
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 …
 
 
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