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12:20 PM ET, September 28, 2010


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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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Vice President Biden to Democratic Base: ‘Stop Whining’
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 Mooney / CNN:
Obama: Fox News is ‘destructive’ to America
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama says he has ‘grudging admiration’ for Mitch McConnell
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
Mark Schlueb / Orlando Sentinel:
Grayson's ‘Taliban Dan’ ad takes Webster's words out of context, twists meaning
Andy Barr / The Politico:   Rep. Alan Grayson's ‘Taliban’ ad backfires
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 …
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 and AmSpecBlog
Ian M. / Think Progress:
DeMint To Trigger The Senate's Doomsday Device
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   SEIU denies investigation reports
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 …
Associated Press:
List of 2010 MacArthur Foundation grant recipients
Discussion: Guardian, Matthew Yglesias and Ò"
Did Sarah Palin Just Get Booed on Dancing with the Stars?  —  Sarah Palin is in tonight's DWTS audience to support her daughter, Bristol (watch Bristol's grody routine from last week here).  Tom Bergeron interviewed Palin a bit ago, and—just beforehand—the audience booed.  Loudly!  What gives?
Discussion: Mediaite and Politics Daily
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
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 …
Marist Poll:
9/28: Gillibrand Leads DioGuardi, 52% to 41%, Among Likely Voters  —  Both of New York's seats in the U.S. Senate are up in this November's midterm elections.  In the race between Democratic U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and her Republican opponent, Joseph DioGuardi, Gillibrand holds …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and The Page
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: The Agonist and Instapundit
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 …
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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Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Still Few Women in Management, Report Says
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Ezra Klein:
Why the offshoring bill?
Discussion: Eschaton
Calculated Risk:
Case-Shiller: “Home Prices Stable in July”
Fox News:
Obama Team Still Looking to Fill Crowd for University of Wisconsin Rally
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Los Angeles Times:
L.A.'s hottest day ever
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Midterm Election Landscape Still Points to Republican Gains
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Exclusive: EPW report shows new EPA rules will cost more than 800,000 jobs
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Obama: Democratic voter apathy ‘inexcusable’
Discussion: CBS News, TalkLeft and Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
First Read /
First Thoughts: Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Obama demands more than Israel can give
The Huffington Post:
Gillespie: Conservative Donors Want Anonymity Out Of Fear Of Government Retribution
Discussion: Lez Get Real and The New Republic
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
What Is Paladino About?  —  Is the Republican candidate …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
John / Power Line:
Where Are People Stoned to Death?
Discussion: Associated Press and Sadly, No!