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9:55 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 …
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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
Discussion: Firedoglake and Balloon Juice
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Takeover: 71% of Republicans now tea-party supporters
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 …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
White House gets political advice from Dukakis  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis (D) gave the Obama administration his advice about how to stave off electoral losses during a recent visit to the White House.  —  Dukakis, the Democratic nominee for president in 1988 …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
‘Stick With Me,’ Obama Urges Students
gary scott:
Christine O'Donnell didn't go to Claremont Graduate University either  —  Greg Sargent at the Washington Post's Plum Line has a story today that says Christine O'Donnell, Republican Senate candidate in Delaware, embellished her online resume to say she'd studied at Oxford University …
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and TPMDC
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Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:   Christine O'Donnell Lies About Attending Oxford University
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Another Christine O'Donnell embellishment: She misleadingly claims …
Kenric Ward / sunshinestatenews.com:
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 …
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Disavowal Movement Resurgent
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Being Glenn Beck  —  Glenn Beck was sprawled out on his office couch a couple of weeks ago, taking — as self-helpers like to say ­— an inventory.  “I think what the country is going through right now is, in a way, what I went through with my alcoholism,” he told me.  “You can either live or die.
ABCNEWS:
‘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 …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Jihad Watch
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 …
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John Whitesides / Reuters:
Poll gives former Bush official big lead in Ohio
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Dems embrace immigration fight  —  Polls show that voters favor Republicans' hard-line approach to immigration, and there's virtually no chance that any immigration bill will pass before Congress adjourns for the fall campaign.  —  Yet two days before the Senate heads home, Sen. Robert Menendez …
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Robert Creamer / The Huffington Post:
Four More Reasons Why Democrats Will Retain Control of House and Senate
Lymari Morales / Gallup:
Distrust in U.S. Media Edges Up to Record High  —  Perceptions of liberal bias still far outnumber perceptions of conservative bias  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the fourth straight year, the majority of Americans say they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly.
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.
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Probes Scope of Suspected Terror Plot  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. investigators are probing whether a suspected terror plot against Western European targets extends to the U.S., officials said Tuesday.  —  Intelligence collected primarily points to potential threats targeting European countries …
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Sky News:
Multi-Attack Terror Plot On European Cities
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: Instapundit and Rumproast
Tom Curry / msnbc.com:
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.
msnbc.com:
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 …
Sjones / CNSNews:
Even if Bin Laden Had Been on the Gaza-Bound Flotilla, Israel's Actions Would Have Been Illegal, Says UN-Appointed Judge  —  The U.N. Human Rights Council is considering a report by the three-member commission that investigated the so-called “flotilla incident” - Israel's interception at sea …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Gridlock, taxes are factors in September stock rally  —  Stocks have rallied dramatically in September as Republicans look increasingly like they will retake control of the House — and possibly the Senate.  —  The likelihood of increased gridlock and a divided government is one reason …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
New York Post:
Blaming the voters  —  Tweet  —  On Oct. 24, 1996, Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole got up at a campaign rally and promptly lost it: “I wonder sometimes what people are thinking about, or if people are thinking at all,” he shouted.  “Wake up, America!”
Discussion: Betsy's Page, Commentary, DCCC and TalkLeft
CNN:
Assistant attorney general blogs against gay student body president  —  (CNN) — For nearly six months, Andrew Shirvell, an assistant attorney general for the state of Michigan, has waged an internet campaign against college student Chris Armstrong, the openly gay student assembly president at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Discussion: Pharyngula and AMERICAblog Gay
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
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
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Debate in California Governor's Race
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The Note:
O'Donnell Says GOP Leaders ‘Lazy’ in Approach to Health Care Law
Discussion: The Politico
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
NOW to deliver 1,500 baby bottle nipples to former Sen. Simpson
Brad / Think Progress:
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Annie Lowrey / The Washington Independent:
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