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12:50 PM 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Revenge of the Jews?  —  I've never been to a Republican victory party (or any event in Howard Beach!) where black velvet yarmulkes were as plentiful as they were at Bob Turner's event last night, and there are few elections in which the Jewish politics I've always covered with interest are going to get spun quite this hard.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Hill Dems pick apart Obama jobs plan  —  President Barack Obama's new jobs plan is hitting some unexpected turbulence in the halls of Congress: lawmakers from his own party.  —  As he demands Congress quickly approve his ambitious proposal aimed at reviving the sagging economy …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Hot Air
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.
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 …
Marc Ambinder /
White House Already Spinning Feared New York Loss
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:   After Turner Earthquake in Weiner District, Democrats' Civil War Against Obama Begins
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Amodei defeats Marshall for Nevada congressional seat
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Washington Post:
Republican wins Democratic New York House seat
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
GOP coasts to victory in Nevada race
Discussion: The Politico and Power Line
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
Emily Schultheis / Reuters:
Poll: Obama is still popular abroad
Discussion: CNN and Outside the Beltway
Obama's approval rating falls in California: poll
Discussion: and JammieWearingFool
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 …
USA Today:
Uncle Sam play venture capitalist? See Solyndra
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Green
Emails: Obama White House Monitored Huge Loan to ‘Connected’ Firm
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.
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.
Discussion: Shakesville and
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
New York Times:
U.S. Scrambles to Avert Palestinian Vote at U.N.  —  WASHINGTON — The United States faced increasing pressure on Tuesday as the Palestinian quest for statehood gained support from Turkey and other countries, even as the Obama administration sought an 11th-hour compromise that would avoid a confrontation at the United Nations next week.
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.
Detroit Free Press:
Underwear bomber shouts 'Osama's alive' as he enters court during jury selection  —  The 24-year-old Nigerian student who is accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound jetliner on Christmas Day 2009 showed up for jury selection today in a foul mood.  —  “Osama's alive,” Umar Farouk …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Campaign 2012
Nick Baumann / Mother Jones:
The GOP's Genius Plan to Beat Obama in 2012  —  If Pennsylvania Republicans and their buddies in other states execute a plan to change election rules, Obama has a one-way ticket to Losertown.  —  Post Comment  —  Republican state legislators in Pennsylvania are pushing a scheme that …
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 …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Perry courts religious voters, calls for defense of ‘Christian values’  —  LYNCHBURG, Va. — Republican presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry used his speech to a packed audience at the conservative evangelical Liberty University to discuss his own faith - and to call for more Christian influence on America.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
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.
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Daniel Poneman / USA Today:
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Discussion: Cafe Hayek and The Hill
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Ben White / The Politico:
Obama Is not the king of Queens …
Wall Street Journal:
The 2013 Tax Cliff  —  Business had better enjoy the next 16 months.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Obama's bill makes it illegal to discriminate against unemployed
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
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