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1:55 AM ET, September 14, 2011


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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 …
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 …
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
In NY-9 special election, Dems race to stave off an upset  —  NEW YORK - Democrats here spent Tuesday in the final throes of a frantic, last-ditch effort to stave off a loss in the special election race to replace Anthony Weiner.  —  Democrat David Weprin, trailing Republican Bob Turner in multiple polls …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Politics
First Read /
Perry ‘taken aback’ by debate crowd reaction  —  TAMPA, FL — The morning after a sometimes-rocky appearance in front of a Tea Party debate audience, Gov. Rick Perry said he was “taken aback” by cheers from some crowd members on a hypothetical question of whether a young man who decides …
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 …
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Bachmann: I'm A-Goin' to Go Ahead and Push This Lunatic Vaccines=Autism Lie
Discussion: RedState and Outside the Beltway
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Bachmann: Gardasil causes “mental retardation”
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Bachmann claims HPV vaccine might cause ‘mental retardation’
Andrew Stiles / National Review:
WH Pressured OMB on Solyndra Decision
The Hill:
House GOP widening scope of Solyndra probe, wants answers from White House
Discussion: The Politico
Bill Schneider / Reuters:
It's Perry vs. New Deal  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry made his views pretty clear at the CNN-Tea Party Express debate Monday when he told Mitt Romney, “If what you're trying to say is that back in the '30s and '40s that the federal government made all the right decisions, I disagree with you.”
Discussion: CNN
Jaime Fuller / TAPPED:
Today in SAT Prep: Romney Is to Clinton as Perry Is to Obama
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Social Security hurting Perry?
Ross Douthat:
Rick Perry as Howard Dean
U.S. Census Bureau News:
Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010  —  Summary of Key Findings  —  The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that in 2010, median household income declined, the poverty rate increased and the percentage without health insurance coverage was not statistically different from the previous year.
Suzy Khimm / Washington Post:
The Great Recession in five charts
Discussion: Washington Monthly and
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Michele Bachmann: U.S. Immigration ‘Worked Very, Very Well’ Under The Asian Exclusion Act  —  Under Bachmann's Immigration Policy, Lt. Hikaru Sulu Would Not Be Allowed In The United States  —  In 1924, Congress passed a package of immigration laws — including the National Origins Act …
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:   West to Bachmann: Everglades are off limits
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.
Eric Kleefeld /
TPM2012  —  Elizabeth Warren Officially Launching Senate Campaign Against Scott Brown  —  Former White House financial reform adviser Elizabeth Warren will officially launch her campaign for U.S. Senate from Massachusetts on Wednesday, challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown, a source close to Warren told TPM on Tuesday.
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: Daily Kos, TPM LiveWire 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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Indecent  —  The moment from last night that keeps haunting me:  —  Look: in some ways the honesty is refreshing.  Yes, failing to get your own health insurance creates an obvious free-rider problem, and this is at the heart of the health insurance debate.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Connecting the Dots: How the Left Works  —  We wrote here and in several follow-up posts about the New York Times's outrageous front-page smear of Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.  Times reporter Eric Lichtblau falsely accused Issa of using his Congressional office to enrich himself.
Discussion: Nice Deb, The Greenroom and The Hill
CNN Poll: President gets no bounce from speech, but disapproval rating peaks  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama didn't score any political points with his speech on jobs to a joint session of Congress last Thursday.  According to a new CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Liberal Democrats announce jobs platform to the left of Obama's  —  Liberal House Democrats on Tuesday announced a jobs proposal to the left of President Obama's jobs package.  —  At a news conference, members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus said Obama's proposal was a good start …
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
IMF: Austerity boosts unemployment, lowers paychecks  —  These past few years, the Republican line on job creation has been simple: Cut government spending, tame the deficit, and unemployment will fall.  Maybe not tomorrow, maybe not the day after, but soon.
Paul Krugman:
The Death of the Confidence Fairy
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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GOP coasts to victory in Nevada race
Discussion: The Politico
New York Times:
U.S. Scrambles to Avert Palestinian Vote at U.N.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
David Graeber: On the Invention of Money …
Terry L. Jones / Opinionator:
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Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The meaning of political rituals like 9/11 Day
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Don't get mean on green energy innovation, Bill Gates warns Congress
Discussion: The Politico
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
Time for Germany to make its fateful choice
Mark Mooney / ABCNEWS:
Jacqueline Kennedy's Audio Tapes: ‘John John’ Says 'He's Gone to Heaven'
 Earlier Items: 
Jse / CBS San Francisco:
San Francisco Explores ‘Bird-Safe’ Building Standards
Russell Berman / The Hill:
CBO chief warns debt panel spending cuts could slow recovery
Andrew Harris / Bloomberg:
Judge Invalidates Health Care Act's Insurance-Buying Mandate
Shebshi / the Heartland:
Some real Shock and Awe: Racially profiled and cuffed in Detroit