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9:40 AM ET, September 14, 2011


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The Politico:
Twin defeats spark Democratic fears  —  HOWARD BEACH, N.Y. — The Democratic Party's rare loss of a congressional seat in its urban heartland Tuesday, accompanied by a blowout defeat in a Nevada special election, marked the latest in a string of demoralizing setbacks that threatened to deepen …
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 …
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.
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.
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
GOP wins in NY House race, seen as Obama rebuke  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans have scored an upset victory in a House race that became a referendum on President Barack Obama's economic policies.  —  Retired media executive and political novice Bob Turner defeated Democratic state Assemblyman David Weprin …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Republicans win Weiner's seat  —  Republican Bob Turner won former Rep. Anthony Weiner's (D-N.Y.) House seat on Tuesday, a bad sign for President Obama and down-ticket Democrats heading into next year's election.  —  Turner was leading Democrat David Weprin by 53 percent to 47 percent …
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.
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
GOP coasts to victory in Nevada race
Discussion: The Politico
The Atlantic Online:
Bob Turner Wins New York 09 Special Election
Discussion: PolitickerNY, Israpundit and Ballot Box
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
In NY-9 special election, Dems race to stave off an upset
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
Ben White / The Politico:
Obama Is not the king of Queens …
CNN Poll: President gets no bounce from speech, but disapproval rating peaks
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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)
Mr. Jeffrey Zients / House Energy …:
Committee Launched an Investigation into Obama's Hallmark Stimulus Jobs Program in February …
Discussion: Washington Post and Green
Andrew Stiles / National Review:
WH Pressured OMB on Solyndra Decision
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 …
First Read /
Perry ‘taken aback’ by debate crowd reaction
Ben Howe / RedState:
Bachmann Stayed Quiet on Mandatory Vaccinations While Serving Minnesota
Bryan Preston / Pajamas Media:
Sarah Palin's Alaska Took Federal Funds to Increase Access to Gardasil
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: Balloon Juice and Runnin' Scared
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
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Phony War on Unemployment  —  Even Robert Reich admits Obama's so-called jobs bill was “never really serious.”  —  During his historic address to a joint session of Congress last week, President Obama announced that his $447 billion Stimulus Jr. “jobs” bill “will be paid for.”  How?
David Catanese / The Politico:
Warren launching Senate bid Wednesday  —  Consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren will formally launch her U.S. Senate candidacy in Massachusetts Wednesday morning, her campaign confirmed to POLITICO Tuesday.  —  Warren has been testing the waters with a listening tour over the last month …
Quinnipiac University:
Virginia Voters Back Tougher Abortion Rules, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Gov. McDonnell's 3-1 Approval Is One Of Best Scores  —  By an overwhelming 55 - 22 percent, Virginians support a new law requiring abortion clinics to be regulated like hospitals, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
Todd Gregory / Media Matters for America:
Shockingly Petty: News Corp. Outlets Attack Obama Over Paper Clip  —  In the annals of mindless partisan sniping, this may place at the top.  —  This morning, Fox & Friends joined the New York Post in attacking President Obama for using a paper clip.  Read that again: They attacked Obama for using a paper clip.
Discussion: US Politics, Daily Kos, Gawker and Wonkette
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Wisconsin unions start feeding on each other  —  If you want a good measure of how deeply the collective bargaining bill in Wisconsin has disrupted public sector unions, there is no better example than the Wisconsins Education Association Council (WEAC).  —  Last month WEAC announced that it was laying off 40% of its staff.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Obama's bill makes it illegal to discriminate against unemployed  —  President Obama's American Jobs Act, which he presented to Congress on Monday, would make it illegal for employers to run advertisements saying that they will not consider unemployed workers, or to refuse to consider or hire people because they are unemployed.
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Peter King in the Hot Seat — in London
Discussion: Daily Kos and Salon
Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:
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Judicial Watch:
DOJ Protects Teachers With Unacceptable English Skills
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Bill Schneider / Reuters:
It's Perry vs. New Deal
Discussion: CNN
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