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2:55 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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
David Weigel / Slate:
Pennsylvania Ponders Bold Democrat-Screwing Electoral Plan  —  Laura Olson reports on the happenings in Harrisburg, where Republicans now control all of the branches of government:  —  In other reports, Pileggi sounds awfully sanguine about the effect this would have on PA as a swing state.
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.
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Wins in Race to Replace Weiner
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Republican Bob Turner wins New York special election
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:   After Turner Earthquake in Weiner District, Democrats' Civil War Against Obama Begins
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.
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Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Field Poll: Obama approval rating at 46% in state
Discussion: Mediaite and Daily Kos
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:   Pessimism Surges as 72% See U.S. Economy on Wrong Course in Poll
National Enquirer:
WORLD EXCLUSIVE!  SARAH PALIN BOMBSHELL BOOK SHOCKING CLAIMS!  —  In a bombshell NATIONAL ENQUIRER world exclusive, the new issue of The ENQUIRER hitting newsstands today breaks major news on SARAH PALIN and her husband TODD, according to a new book.  —  Publishing sources familiar …
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Jack Dickey / Deadspin:
New Biography Claims Sarah Palin Had A One-Night Stand With Glen Rice In 1987  —  The National Enquirer grabbed some details from the upcoming Joe McGinniss Sarah Palin book, and this chunk is too delightful not to share with you immediately.  Apparently Palin had a fling …
Discussion: TBogg
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Gosh, Could Obamacare Be Working?  —  Need a reason to believe the Affordable Care Act is starting to work?  The Census Bureau just gave you a half million of them.  —  That's how many young adults had health insurance in 2010, as compared to 2009, according to the official estimates.
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Michelle Malkin:
Obama launches another snitch police squad
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.
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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 …
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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.
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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren vs. the banks
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Is It Weird Enough Yet?  —  Every time I listen to Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota talk about how climate change is some fraud perpetrated by scientists trying to gin up money for research, I'm always reminded of one of my favorite movie lines …
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
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.
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 NewsBusters.org
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 …
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
With Record Number Of Americans Falling Into Poverty, Rand Paul Says The Poor Are Getting Rich  —  Census data revealed today that a record 46.2 million Americans were living in poverty in 2010.  But in an aptly-timed hearing entitled “Is Poverty A Death Sentence,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) …
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.
 
 
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MyFoxPhilly.com:
Kidney Donor Mom Put Back On Salary
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Los Angeles Times:
U.S. poverty totals hit a 50-year high
Mike Allen / The Politico:
GOP WINS ANTHONY WEINER'S SEAT BY 8 POINTS …
Discussion: Grist and GOP 12
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Perry maintains double digit lead
Discussion: Guardian
CBS News:
Iran: U.S. hikers' release not “imminent”
Rich Calder / New York Post:
Fuhgeddaboutit! B'klyn Beep Marty retiring from politics
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Chuck Woolery Tries to Help the IRS and ‘Patriotic Millionaires’ Find a Love Connection
Discussion: Don Surber
Daniel Poneman / USA Today:
Opposing view: ‘Perfect storm’ sank Solyndra
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The Atlantic Online:
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Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Court backs district on teacher's religious banners
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Brian Knowlton / The Caucus:
Peter King in the Hot Seat — in London
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Wall Street Journal:
The 2013 Tax Cliff  —  Business had better enjoy the next 16 months.
Discussion: Betsy's Page