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5:10 PM ET, September 29, 2010

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CNN:
Fake pimp from ACORN videos tries to ‘punk’ CNN correspondent  —  Editor's note: CNN takes an unprecedented look inside the young conservative activist movement in the documentary “Right On The Edge,” which airs Oct. 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. EST.  —  Lusby, Maryland (CNN) …
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Abbie Boudreau / CNN:
Our Documentary Takes A Strange Detour  —  (Programming note: “Right On The Edge” airs this Saturday and Sunday at 8 and 11 p.m. ET).  —  I've been a reporter for nine years.  My first official day on the job was on 9-11.  I was the bureau chief in Dubuque, Iowa, working as a one-man band.
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
James O'Keefe isn't a punk. He's worse.
Discussion: Speakeasy
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Fake ACORN Pimp Tries to ‘Punk’ CNN's Abbie Boudreau
Discussion: Roger Ailes
TMZ.com:
Meg Whitman's Housekeeper — ‘Explosive’ Allegations  —  UPDATE: Meg Whitman's campaign chairman, former California Governor Pete Wilson, tells TMZ he is unaware of any claim by Whitman's former housekeeper, but, “The timing of this is highly suspect.”  —  The former housekeeper for Meg Whitman …
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TMZ.com:
Meg Whitman's Housekeeper: Undocumented  —  Meg Whitman's former housekeeper was an undocumented worker and claims working for the Republican candidate for Governor was a “nightmare.”  —  Nicky Diaz Santillan, Whitman's housekeeper of 9 years, held a news conference with her lawyer …
CNN:
‘Explosive allegations’ may rock CA race  —  (CNN) - California GOP gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman is facing a new hurdle Wednesday as her housekeeper of nine years prepares to make what are being called “explosive allegations” about the former eBay CEO.  —  The housekeeper …
TMZ.com:
Meg Whitman: My Maid's Full of It  —  Meg Whitman's campaign just gave us documents suggesting that her former maid, Nicky Diaz Santillan, actually lied to Meg about her immigration status when she was hired back in 2000.  —  The documents, which Whitman claims Nicky filled out and signed …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Meg Whitman's nanny problem
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and TPMDC
Anthony York / PolitiCal:
Former Whitman housekeeper alleges she was treated like ‘garbage’
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Brown and Whitman go head to head
Discussion: msnbc.com and Online NewsHour
Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Murkowski deadlocked with Miller in Alaska  —  (CNN) - The wild three-way Senate race in Alaska now appears to be a two-person fight for the top spot, according to a new poll.  —  A CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday indicates that 38 percent …
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
GOP senators lash out at DeMint  —  South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint last week accused his Senate Republican colleagues of doing “everything” in their power to help Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski's write-in campaign against GOP nominee Joe Miller.  —  And he pounded them in a fundraising solicitation for doing …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Boehner surprise: Dems barely get votes to adjourn after floor speech  —  House Democrats on Wednesday barely won a 210-209 vote to adjourn the House without extending the Bush tax cuts.  —  Thirty-nine House Democrats voted against adjournment after Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) …
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Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Boehner calls to extend all Bush tax cuts but resists procedural move …
Discussion: The Note, ABCNEWS and Michelle Malkin
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Two senators put hold on women's museum  —  WASHINGTON — A letter from two senators is the only thing blocking congressional approval of a decade-long effort to build a women's history museum in the nation's capital.  —  Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Jim DeMint, R-S.C., have placed a …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid, Coburn in floor spat over shark bill
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Wonkette
Tanya Somanader / Think Progress:
Coburn, DeMint Block National Women's History Museum Because 'Quilters …
Discussion: RHRealityCheck.org and Jezebel
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 …
Raymond Hernandez / City Room:
House Passes 9/11 Health Care Bill  —  The House on Wednesday approved legislation to provide billions of dollars for medical treatment to rescue workers and residents of New York City who suffered illnesses from breathing in toxic fumes, dust and smoke at ground zero.
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The Note:
House passes 9/11 Health & Compensation Act
Discussion: The Daily Politics
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 …
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Earl Ofari Hutchinson / The Huffington Post:
ABC-TV More Than Happy to Dance Around Booing Palin
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Wall Street Journal:
Tea-Party Movement Gathers Strength
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.
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Fortune:
Meredith Whitney's new target: The states  —  The housing crash not yet realized its full impact on budgets in the most vulnerable states.  It's the banking crisis all over again - and it's time to stop ignoring it.  —  Meredith Whitney, the superstar analyst who famously forecast disaster …
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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.
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Obliterating a generation  —  Thanks to the leadership of President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid, the Democratic Party is facing the biggest defeat in midterm elections in the past 110 years, perhaps surpassing the modern record of a 74-seat gain set in 1922.
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Christine O'Donnell Says She ‘Never’ Posted LinkedIn Profile That Has Wrong Education Info  —  Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell (R-DE) has issued a statement saying the wrong information on her LinkedIn profile was posted by someone else.  She's asked that LinkedIn remove the profile …
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Steven Thrasher / Village Voice:
White America Has Lost Its Mind  —  The white brain, beset with worries, finally goes haywire in spectacular fashion  —  About 12:01 on the afternoon of January 20, 2009, the white American mind began to unravel.  —  It had been a pretty good run up to that point.
Associated Press:
U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Eight Iranian Officials  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration stepped up pressure against Iran's government on Wednesday, slapping financial and travel sanctions on eight Iranian officials and accusing them of taking part in rampant human rights abuses.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Dems retreat to coasts as GOP rules vast interior  —  Here's an exercise for some evening when you're curious about big nationwide trends in this year's elections.  —  Get an outline map showing the 50 states and take a look at the latest poll averages in pollster.com in each race for senator and governor.
Mike / Rortybomb:
Florida's Foreclosures Nightmare  —  Given that the IMF and others believe a large part of the “structural unemployment” in our country is related to the struggling housing market and underwater and barely-hanging on homeowners, what is to be done?  One option is to allow for options …
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Reps. Bachmann, King allege fraud in black farmers settlement  —  House Republicans on Wednesday charged that a multibillion-dollar settlement with black farmers supported by the Obama administration was rife with fraud.  —  At a press conference in the Capitol Visitor Center …
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.
Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Deadlocked in fight for Obama's Illinois Senate seat  —  (CNN) - The battle for President Barack Obama's old Senate seat remains a deat heat, according to a new poll.  A CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday also indicates the Illinois gubernatorial battle is all tied up.
Discussion: The Capitol Fax Blog
 
 
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Tea Party Has Elites on the Run
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CNN:
Christie: Republicans must ‘put up or shut up’
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Discussion: The Politico
Peter Daou:
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In Praise of Frozen Vegetables
Monica Potts / American Prospect:
More on “No Wedding, No Womb.”  —  Today on the Michael Eric …
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Heather Mac Donald / Secular Right:
Dinesh D'Souza's poison