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10:10 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:   After Turner Earthquake in Weiner District, Democrats' Civil War Against Obama Begins
Weiner votes for Weprin, says it would be ‘bad’ if Republican won
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.
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 …
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
First Read /
Perry ‘taken aback’ by debate crowd reaction
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
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?
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.
Ben White / The Politico:
Obama Is not the king of Queens - Jobs plan earns low marks - Breaking overnight: French banks downgraded - Issa to rip Obama on regulations  —  OBAMA IS NOT THE KING OF QUEENS - Huge blow to Dems and the White House last night with a shocking loss in Gotham.
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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Manu Raju / The Politico:
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Discussion: Daily Kos and Salon
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Bill Schneider / Reuters:
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Discussion: CNN
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Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
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Discussion: Nice Deb and The Hill