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11:25 AM ET, September 14, 2011


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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
For Democrats, It's 2010 All Over Again  —  The outcome of any individual election to the United States House, even in a highly partisan era where Congressional elections have a relatively strong correlation with presidential voting and national trends, is going to be determined based on a combination of local and national factors.
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Republican Bob Turner wins New York special election  —  Businessman Bob Turner (R) defeated state Assemblyman David Weprin (D) in the special election for the House seat held by former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner (D).  —  Turner's victory is regarded as an upset given the Democratic history …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Ridiculous NY-09 spin: “It's a very difficult district for Democrats”  —  Republicans won two House seats in a special election last night.  One, in Nevada, had been a relatively safe district, and Republican Mark Amodei cruised to victory over Democrat Kate Marshall as expected.
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
GOP Wins in NY House Race, Seen as Obama Rebuke  —  Republicans have scored an upset victory in a House race that started as a contest to replace Rep. Anthony Weiner after he resigned in a sexting scandal but became a referendum on President Barack Obama's economic policies.
New York Times:
Bob Turner Wins Anthony Weiner's House Seat  —  A little-known Republican businessman from Queens, channeling voter discontent with President Obama into an upset, won election to Congress on Tuesday from the heavily Democratic district in New York City last represented by Anthony D. Weiner.
Washington Post:
Republican wins Democratic New York House seat  —  With the outcome of his own reelection effort 14 difficult months away, President Obama suffered a sharp rebuke Tuesday when voters in New York elected a conservative Republican to represent a Democratic district that has not been in GOP hands since the 1920s.
Marc Ambinder /
White House Already Spinning Feared New York Loss  —  The White House is girding for a political loss in the heart of New York on Tuesday.  They're also spinning up an explanation that won't entirely result in the blame landing on the low popularity of the president.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Revenge of the Jews?  —  I've never been to a Republican victory party …
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:   After Turner Earthquake in Weiner District, Democrats' Civil War Against Obama Begins
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
GOP coasts to victory in Nevada race
Discussion: Power Line and The Politico
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Amodei defeats Marshall for Nevada congressional seat
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dan Senor / Wall Street Journal:
Why Obama Is Losing the Jewish Vote
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Shot in the Dark
Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:
Obama Approval Plummets on Jobs Plan: Poll  —  A majority of Americans don't believe President Barack Obama's $447 billion jobs plan will help lower the unemployment rate, skepticism he must overcome as he presses Congress for action and positions himself for re- election.
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Field Poll: Obama approval rating at 46% in state
Discussion: Daily Kos and Mediaite
Obama's approval rating falls in California: poll
Discussion: and JammieWearingFool
Emily Schultheis / Reuters:
Poll: Obama is still popular abroad
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Washington Post:
White House pressed on $500 million loan to solar company now under investigation  —  The Obama White House tried to rush federal reviewers for a decision on a nearly half-billion-dollar loan to the solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra so Vice President Biden could announce the approval …
Emails: Obama White House Monitored Huge Loan to ‘Connected’ Firm  —  Chris Gronet, right, talks about solar technology with President Barack Obama on a tour of the Solyndra solar panel company, in this May 26, 2010 file photo, in Fremont, Calif. (Paul Chinn/Pool/Getty Images)
USA Today:
Uncle Sam play venture capitalist?  See Solyndra  —  In March 2010, the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers issued a standard but stern warning about Solyndra, a California solar panel manufacturer: The company wasn't making money and never had, which raised “substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern.”
Discussion: Campaign 2012, Grist and ThinkProgress
Henry I. Miller / National Review:
Gardasil and the GOP  —  More than an hour into last night's debate, Rep. Michele Bachmann attacked Gov. Rick Perry on the HPV vaccination controversy — or more accurately pseudo-controversy.  It stems from an executive order issued by Perry in 2007 that required all Texas girls to receive Gardasil …
Ben Howe / RedState:
Bachmann Stayed Quiet on Mandatory Vaccinations While Serving Minnesota
Seth Abramovitch / Gawker:
Ron Paul's Campaign Manager Died of Pneumonia, Penniless and Uninsured  —  At CNN's Tea Party-indulging debate on Monday, Ron Paul, a medical doctor, faced a pointed line of questioning from Wolf Blitzer regarding the case of an uninsured young man who suddenly found himself in dire need of intensive health care.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Huntsman staffer says she is ‘sick and sad’ for the Republican Party after watching presidential debates  —  The behavior by some members of the audience at the most recent Republican presidential debates has at least one campaign staffer concerned about the future of the GOP.
Karin Tanabe / The Politico:
Al Gore calls out Colbert's ‘character’  —  He talked about global warming, his television projects and the days when Rick Perry was a Democrat, but the highlight of Al Gore's appearance on Tuesday night's “Colbert Report” was his giggle fit.  —  After the former VP talked about his new Current TV show …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
‘Supercommittee’?  More than stupor committee.  —  So what's so super about the “supercommittee”?  —  The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, as the supercommittee is known formally, held a first meeting last week that consisted entirely of speech-making by the panel members.
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Court backs district on teacher's religious banners  —  Saying a high school teacher has no right to “use his public position as a pulpit,” a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a San Diego County school district was on solid legal ground when it ordered a math instructor …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Wall Street Journal:
The 2013 Tax Cliff  —  Business had better enjoy the next 16 months.  —  President Obama unveiled part two of his American Jobs Act on Monday, and it turns out to be another permanent increase in taxes to pay for more spending and another temporary tax cut.  No surprise there.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Ryan J. Foley / Associated Press:
Testimony: Cain campaign concealed gay aide's role  —  IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Facing concerns from supporters in Iowa, Herman Cain's presidential campaign tried to conceal the role of a top adviser who had been ousted as leader of a gay pride group in Wisconsin amid a financial scandal, a former staffer has alleged in legal testimony.
Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
A Brown-Warren US Senate matchup could rival Weld-Kerry battle royale  —  Should Elizabeth Warren be fortunate enough to win the Massachusetts Democratic Party's US Senate nomination next year, state voters could see an election contest that rivals the concurrent presidential campaign.
Kim Severson / New York Times:
North Carolina Voters to Decide on Same-Sex Marriage  —  ATLANTA — North Carolina on Tuesday took a big step toward losing its status as the last state in the Southeast without a constitutional amendment making it clear that marriage is legal only when there is a bride and bridegroom.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Balloon Juice
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The big disconnect: Americans pessimistic of Obama on economy, but support his actual policies
Daniel Poneman / USA Today:
Opposing view: ‘Perfect storm’ sank Solyndra
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and The Hill
The Atlantic Online:
Vladimir Putin, Action Man
Discussion: News Desk
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Taliban and NATO in tweet battle
Discussion: Guardian
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Downloads Are Slowest in Idaho, Study Finds
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Hill Dems pick apart Obama jobs plan
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 Earlier Items: 
Ben White / The Politico:
Obama Is not the king of Queens …
Terry L. Jones / Opinionator:
The Terrifying Tigers  —  Lt. Col. Charles de Choiseul was not a happy man.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Obama's bill makes it illegal to discriminate against unemployed
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
Time for Germany to make its fateful choice
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Connecting the Dots: How the Left Works
Discussion: Big Government, Nice Deb and The Hill