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2:50 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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CNN:
BREAKING: Emanuel all but certain to run for Chicago mayor, sources say  —  (CNN) - Three Democratic sources close to Rahm Emanuel tell CNN that the White House chief of staff informed senior colleagues he is all but certain to run for mayor of Chicago, and will leave the White House to take the final exploratory steps.
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Emanuel expected to leave W.H.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Webster's wife blasts ‘Taliban Dan’ ad  —  Twenty-four hours after Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson launched a scalding TV attack comparing his opponent to the Taliban for his positions on women's issues, Florida Republican Daniel Webster is pushing back.  —  In a statement from the campaign …
Discussion: American Power
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
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.”
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Joe Biden to Democrats: ‘Stop whining’
Discussion: RedState and CNN
Holly Ramer / Associated Press:
Biden: Democratic base should ‘stop whining’
Discussion: sisu
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Biden tells liberal base: ‘Stop whining’
Discussion: CNN
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Paul Krugman, incensed and insistent about our economic ills  —  For more than a year, the bearded man consuming a shrimp salad at an Upper West Side cafe has been a prophet of doom, warning that the economy could slide into a “third depression” unless our leaders come to their senses and follow his advice.
Malcolm Gladwell / New Yorker:
SMALL CHANGE  —  Why the revolution will not be tweeted.  —  At four-thirty in the afternoon on Monday, February 1, 1960, four college students sat down at the lunch counter at the Woolworth's in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina.  They were freshmen at North Carolina A.  & T., a black college a mile or so away.
Chris Woodyard / USA Today:
Chrysler fires UAW workers caught drinking, smoking pot  —  Chrysler announced it has fired 13 employees who were caught drinking and smoking pot during their lunch hour by a local Detroit TV station.  —  Two other employees have been suspended for a month without pay.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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.
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Kos Kook: Conservatives Preparing For Violence  —  ‘KOS’ IT'S WAR  —  Smear Merchant Claims Conservatives Preparing For Violence  —  American conservatives are preparing for violent conflict, according to left-wing smear merchant Markos Moulitsas.  Operator of the DailyKos, an extremist …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Republicans On Obama Debt Commission Push For Corporate And Capital Gains Tax Cuts  —  Republicans on President Obama's fiscal commission, which is tasked with coming up with ways to reduce the deficit, have privately argued in official meetings that the panel should recommend further corporate …
Discussion: Ezra Klein, Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Eliza Krigman / Tech Daily Dose:
Net Neutrality Bill Gives FCC No New Rulemaking Power  —  The FCC will not have rulemaking authority under a network neutrality bill that key House Democrats plan to introduce soon, according to a recent draft obtained by Tech Daily Dose.  —  Instead, the commission will deal with enforcement on a case-by-case basis.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Raw Story
ABCNEWS:
CONFESSION VIDEO: US Soldier Describes Thrill Kill of Innocent Afghans  —  Corporal, 22, Tells How His ‘Crazy’ Sergeant Allegedly Murdered For Kicks, Collected Body Parts  —  Dressed in a t-shirt and Army shorts, a 22-year-old corporal from Wasilla, Alaska casually describes on a video tape …
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
The makings of a trade war with China  —  No one familiar with the Smoot-Hawley tariff of 1930 should relish the prospect of a trade war with China — but that seems to be where we're headed and probably should be where we are headed.  Although the Smoot-Hawley tariff did not cause the Great Depression …
Lincoln Caplan / New York Times:
A Judge's Warning About the Legitimacy of the Supreme Court  —  During interviews about his new book, Justice Stephen Breyer has spoken mainly about one of its two themes, how the Supreme Court should decide cases.  A week before the court's new term, it's the second theme …
Andy Bloxham / Telegraph:
Aliens have deactivated British and US nuclear missiles, say US military pilots  —  Aliens have landed, infiltrated British nuclear missile sites and deactivated the weapons, according to US military pilots.  —  The beings have repeated their efforts in the US and have been active since 1948 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Martin Robbins / Guardian:
This is a headline about science  —  In the standfirst I will make a fairly obvious pun about the subject matter before posing an inane question I have no intention of really answering: is this an important scientific finding?  —  In this paragraph I will state the main claim that the research makes …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
AIPAC spokesman moves to PPI  —  Josh Block, longtime spokesman for the pro-Israel group AIPAC, is leaving the group to start a consulting firm and join the Progressive Policy Institute, a centrist Democratic think tank.  —  A former Democratic operative and political street-fighter …
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Wall Street Journal:
The Send Jobs Overseas Act  —  Ending the deferral of foreign income is another tax on U.S. employment.  —  Democrats may be dodging a vote on the Bush-era tax cuts, but that doesn't mean they don't want to raise taxes before November.  Witness this week's showdown in Congress over increasing …
Discussion: ParaPundit and National Review
Robert Paul Wolff / The Philosopher's Stone:
HARVARD AND PERETZ  —  The events at Harvard on Saturday were fascinating, distressing, and exhausting.  Today, I am going to write about the controversy surrounding the remarks of Martin Peretz and Harvard's decision to accept the $650,000 or so donated for a scholarship fund in his honor.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Obama administration's war on privacy  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  In early August, two dictatorial (and U.S.-allied) Gulf states — Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — announced a ban on the use of Blackberries because, as the BBC put it, “[b] …
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
For Paladino, Love Child Is Seemingly Not A Political Liability  —  Carl Paladino, the ultra-conservative New York businessman who rode the Tea Party to victory in the Republican gubernatorial primary this month, has a daughter with a woman who is not his wife.
The Note:
Vulnerable Dem Rep. Embraces Bush In Latest Ad  —  ABC News' Amy Walter reports:  —  We've seen plenty of Democrats in tight races trying to distance themselves from President Obama.  But one Democrat, North Dakota's Rep. Earl Pomeroy, is taking this a step farther by actually embracing President George W. Bush.
David M. Halbfinger / City Room:
Lazio Drops Out of Governor's Race  —  Former Representative Rick A. Lazio has agreed to have his name removed as the Conservative Party's candidate for governor, in a decision that bolsters the candidacy of the Republican candidate, Carl P. Paladino.  —  Mr. Paladino is expected to agree …
Big Government:
Astroturf?  Thousands Given Free Bus Rides by Unions & NAACP to One Nation Rally  —  In response to the success of the Tea Party rallies in April 2009, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) accused the nascent movement of being “astroturf"-a political term of art for a faux movement funded …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Cubachi:
Gov. Christie's message to politicians & lawyers against education reform: “I'm coming”  —  Governor Chris Christie attended the premiere of “Waiting for Superman,” a film exposing the failures of the American public education system thanks to corrupt politicians who put power and money over responsibility …
Discussion: The Blast and Liberty Pundits Blog
Patrick S. Poole / Big Peace:
FBI Escorts Known Hamas Operative Through Top-Secret National Counterterrorism Center as “Outreach” to Muslim Community  —  Sheikh Kifah Mustapha (third from left) touring the National Counterterrorism Center (Photo: FBI)  —  A known Hamas operative and unindicted co-conspirator …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Poll: O'Donnell helped by Castle write-in  —  Support for Democrat Chris Coons drops below 50 percent if Castle enters race as write-in.  —  A new poll out Monday shows that if Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) were to wage a write-in bid in Delaware's Senate race this November …
 
 
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Rory Carroll / Guardian:
Chávez weakened by elections  —  Opposition makes big gains …
The Note:
Boehner Presses Pelosi for Vote on Full Extension of Bush-Era Tax Cuts
Discussion: The Politico
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Petraeus Says Taliban Have Reached Out to Karzai
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Anderson Cooper Takes On Anti-Mosque GOP Candidate (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire and Salon
Brad / Think Progress:
Raese Blames Volcanoes For Global Warming
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Prosecutor in Stevens corruption case commits suicide
Discussion: CNN
Michelle Malkin:
A grieving American's invitation for Stephen Colbert
 Earlier Items: 
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Plurality say GOP would do a better job fixing economy
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Stolen Legacy  —  The Sons of Confederate Veterans respond …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
HarperCollins to Start Conservative Imprint, Broadside Books
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dem Whip: GOP majority will issue birther subpoenas against Obama
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Obama's Falling Numbers, How To Read The Polls …
Real Clear Politics:
Manchin Calls for Partial Repeal of Health Reform
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Poll: Bill O'Reilly is popular, but Rachel Maddow is unknown to likely voters
Gavin Allen / Daily Mail:
Millionaire owner of Segway firm dies in freak accident after riding …