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2:45 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
Discussion: Shakesville and Jezebel
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Fake ACORN Pimp Tries to ‘Punk’ CNN's Abbie Boudreau
Discussion: Roger Ailes
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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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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:   The Morning Plum  —  * The Tea Party-fication of the GOP continues apace?
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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CNN:
‘Explosive allegations’ to be leveled against Whitman  —  (CNN) - California's hotly contested race for governor may be rocked Wednesday by new allegations being made against GOP nominee Meg Whitman by her former housekeeper.  —  The housekeeper has hired famed attorney Gloria Allred …
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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Justice: Webster up 7 over Grayson
Discussion: Nice Deb, The Blaze and Weekly Standard
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 and Michelle Malkin
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats, Obama divided over whether to lock in Bush's middle-class tax cuts
Discussion: CNN 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.
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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.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Gallup: Americans really distrust the media
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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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 …
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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.
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 …
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Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Another School Says Christine O'Donnell Did Not Attend  —  Claremont Graduate University tells TPM that Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell did not attend the Southern California school despite listing it under education on her LinkedIn profile.  —  Rod Leveque, a spokesman for the school, told TPM tonight:
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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
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.
Political Correction RSS:
Rep. Gohmert's Ingenious Welfare Reform Proposal  —  2 hours and 7 minutes ago — Walid Zafar  —  Speaking on the House floor last night, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) offered a Texas-style alternative to some of the most important social safety net programs.  In place of providing unemployment insurance …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Florida Dems aim death blow at Charlie Crist  —  Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is getting the full Arlen Specter treatment as he struggles to hold on to Democratic support in his independent bid for the U.S. Senate.  —  The Florida Democratic Party is throwing money behind a crushing new ad …
Discussion: CNN, TPMDC and The Awl
Peter Daou:
Liberal bloggers are bringing down Obama, part II: It's NOT the economy, stupid, it's Obama's character  —  My post, How a handful of liberal bloggers are bringing down the Obama presidency, provoked a range of responses and I'd like to address the dominant themes.  Here's an excerpt of the piece for context:
Monica Potts / American Prospect:
More on “No Wedding, No Womb.”  —  Today on the Michael Eric Dyson show, bloggers Christelyn Karazin and Jamilah Lemieux talked about the “No Wedding, No Womb” campaign.  Karazin, who is spearheading the effort, started it to “raise awareness” about high rates of out-of-wedlock births among black women.
Lauren Hepler / OpenSecrets.org:
Congressional Candidates Regularly Stray Far From Home in Search for Campaign Cash  —  At only 33 years old, John Waltz is a veteran of two wars — serving in the Navy for operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  —  Upon returning home to Kentucky and suffering seizures …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
CNN:
The Backstory: How Obama got into the Clubb house  —  By:  —  CNN White House Correspondent Suzanne Malveaux  —  Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - You ever wonder how families are selected to host President Obama's personal visits?  It might all come down to your backyard.
Discussion: The Politico
Jim O'Sullivan / Congressional Connection Poll:
Young People And Minorities Are All The President Has Left  —  Americans between ages 18 and 29 are significantly more likely to be satisfied with the overall state of the country than those who are 65 and older, according to the latest Society for Human Resource Management/National Journal …
 
 
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Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
Rahm Emanuel to begin mayoral campaigning this weekend
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid, Coburn in floor spat over shark bill
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
O'Donnell: God wouldn't let me quit Senate race
Discussion: TPMDC
Telegraph:
Rare pink hippo spotted
Discussion: The Blaze and Towleroad News #gay
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Delaware Race Is Bellwether: All Politics Is Now National
Steven Thrasher / Village Voice:
White America Has Lost Its Mind
 Earlier Items: 
delawareonline:
(2 of 2)  —  In addition, Ms. O'Donnell, who had no campaign …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Ballot Box
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
AIPAC disputes Sestak ad
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Commentary
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
In Praise of Frozen Vegetables
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sen. Nelson: GOP worries over Tea Party impeding tax-cut deal
Michelle Malkin:
Big Labor, not Tea Party, is workers' worst enemy
Heather Mac Donald / Secular Right:
Dinesh D'Souza's poison
Dan Barry / New York Times:
Obama's University Visit Was Not Simple
Discussion: Althouse