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8:05 AM ET, September 29, 2010


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Wall Street Journal:
Tea-Party Movement Gathers Strength  —  The tea party has emerged as a potent force in American politics and a center of gravity within the Republican Party, with a large majority of Republicans showing an affinity for the movement that has repeatedly bucked the GOP leadership this year …
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Tea & Crackers  —  How corporate interests and Republican insiders built the Tea Party monster  —  This is an article from the October 15, 2010 issue of Rolling Stone, available on newsstands on October 1, 2010.  —  It's taken three trips to Kentucky, but I'm finally getting …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Tea Kettle Movement  —  There are actually two Tea Party movements in America today: one you've read about that is not that important and one you've not read about that could become really important if the right politician understood how to tap into it.  —  The Tea Party that has gotten …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Balloon Juice
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Takeover: 71% of Republicans now tea-party supporters
Stanley Fish / Opinionator:
Antaeus and the Tea Party
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 …
gary scott:
Christine O'Donnell didn't go to Claremont Graduate University either
Discussion: TPMDC
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:   Christine O'Donnell Lies About Attending Oxford University
Kenric Ward /
Poll: Obama, Dems Poised to Lose Grayson House Seat  —  Republican Dan Webster jumps to a 7-point lead  —  In one of the most closely watched U.S. House races in the nation, Republican Daniel Webster now holds a 7-point lead over Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson in Central Florida's 8th Congressional District …
Discussion: RedState, Hot Air and The Plum Line
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Disavowal Movement Resurgent
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Dogfight in Ohio Governor's Race  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland is statistically tied with Republican challenger John Kasich among likely voters …
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Poll gives former Bush official big lead in Ohio
John / Power Line:
Is Barack Obama My Keeper?  —  Some commentators are criticizing President Obama's response to a supporter at a campaign event who asked him why he is a Christian: … I have no interest in questioning Obama's religious faith, which I believe to be sincere.
Discussion: Rumproast and Instapundit
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.
Tom Curry /
Progressives: Obama remarks are ‘condescending’  —  Activist: ‘The least he could do is acknowledge that progressives have legitimate concerns’  —  President Barack Obama's lecture to his supporters to snap out of their lethargy is getting a frosty reception from some on the left side of the Democratic coalition.
‘Credible But Not Specific’ Threat of New Terrorist Attack  —  Officials in Europe, US on High Alert for Commando-Style Raids After Capture of Suspected German Terrorist  —  US and European officials said Tuesday they have detected a plot to carry out a major, coordinated series …
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 …
Brian Wheeler / BBC:
'We've got our party back,' says Lord Kinnock  —  Lord Kinnock accused the coalition of creating unjustified ‘panic’ over cuts  —  Lord Kinnock has hailed Ed Miliband's “magnificent” first speech as Labour leader, telling activists: “We've got our party back.”
Discussion: Telegraph and Guardian
Stephanie Vallejo / Boston Globe:
Dukakis shared his strategy for midterm elections at the White House  —  WASHINGTON — Former Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis, the failed 1988 presidential nominee, recently visited the White House and delivered his strategy for the midterm elections: pound key precincts across …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Bill to End Tax Provision on U.S. Jobs Is Blocked  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday rejected efforts by Democratic leaders to advance a bill to end a tax provision that supporters of the measure said encourages American companies to ship jobs overseas.
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Debate in California Governor's Race  —  SAN FRANCISCO — With polls showing a tight race and a large block of undecided voters still in play, the two major party candidates for California governor met on Tuesday in the first of three debates, with the state's economy and its deep financial problems dominating the discussion.
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
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.”
Poll: Battle for Congress tightens between parties  —  Ethics panel GOP accuses Dems of stalling on trials  —  Despite what the NBC/WSJ pollsters say is natural tightening, however, the overall dynamics heading into the election remain the same: Nearly six in 10 think the country is headed …
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 …
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 …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Bloomberg to address House GOP  —  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is scheduled to address House Republicans on Thursday, according to an invitation obtained by The Hill.  —  The mayor, a Republican-turned-Independent who is considered a presidential contender, will speak …
The Note:
O'Donnell Says GOP Leaders ‘Lazy’ in Approach to Health Care Law  —  ABC News' Devin Dwyer reports: Christine O'Donnell, Delaware's GOP U.S. Senate candidate, broke her week-long silence in the national media this morning calling party leaders' approach to the Democrats' health care reform law “lazy.”
Discussion: The Politico
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Congress Likely to Urge China to Raise Its Currency  —  WASHINGTON — The House is expected to give the Obama administration another tool in its diplomatic pouch to pressure China to let its currency rise in value, reflecting growing concern around the country over the loss of manufacturing jobs …
Discussion: Economist's View and The Page
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Republicans' Deficit-Cut Pledge Lacks Specifics  —  In their Pledge to America, Congressional Republicans have used the old trick of promising specific tax cuts and vague spending cuts.  It's the politically easy approach, and it is likely to be as bad for the budget as when George W. Bush tried it.
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
New York Times:
Judges Question California Execution  —  SAN FRANCISCO — With California's first execution in more than four years days away, a federal appellate panel raised serious questions about the state's motivation amid concerns about one of the drugs used in the lethal injection process.
Brad / Think Progress:
TenMillionVoters.Com: Newt Launches Tea Party Campaign To Stop ‘Radical, Secular Socialist Machine’  —  With the incendiary claim that the Obama presidency is the greatest threat the American people have ever faced, Newt Gingrich has launched a massively funded effort to mobilize ten million conservative voters this November.
Discussion: Lez Get Real
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