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9:45 PM ET, September 20, 2011

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Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Are rich taxed less than secretaries?  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama makes it sound as if there are millionaires all over America paying taxes at lower rates than their secretaries.  —  “Middle-class families shouldn't pay higher taxes than millionaires and billionaires,” Obama said Monday.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
On Average, The AP Is Useless  —  Much as it grieves me to rally to the defense of Barack Obama, the latest AP Fact Check on his proposed Buffet Rule tax on millionaires seems to deliberately miss the point of Obama's pronouncements.  From the AP:  —  WASHINGTON (AP) …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
Chart of the Day: ‘Buffett Rule’ Wouldn't Bring In Much Revenue  —  This week, President Obama announced a new way for the government to make more money: put a floor on the tax rates that millionaires face.  He coined the idea the “Buffett Rule,” after billionaire investor Warren Buffett …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:   DeMint: 'I'd love to see Buffett's tax returns'
David Brooks / New York Times:
Obama Rejects Obamaism  —  I'm a sap, a specific kind of sap.  I'm an Obama Sap.  —  When the president said the unemployed couldn't wait 14 more months for help and we had to do something right away, I believed him.  When administration officials called around saying that the possibility …
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Edward Morrissey / The Week Magazine:
Has Obama quit already?
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Budget analysts say Obama deficit plan is likely to miss its targets
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Perry Looks Better Against Romney Than Against Obama  —  Leads Romney by 10 points in “narrow down” but trails Obama  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Rick Perry leads Mitt Romney by 31% to 24% in a new USA Today/Gallup poll of Republican presidential nomination preferences.
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Washington Examiner:
York: Perry locked, loaded for Thursday's debate
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Alter vs. Suskind: Not longing for Clinton  —  On MSNBC, Jonathan Alter — the author of a more sympathetic book on Obama's first year than Ron Suskind's — offers a different theory of the White House:  —  ANCHOR: What about the claim he makes about Peter Orzag and Larry Summers saying they were “home alone” in the White House.
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Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
In early Obama White House, female staffers felt frozen out
Kevinliptak / CNN:   Longtime Obama aide to depart White House
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Rick Santorum contacted Google, says company spreads ‘filth’  —  A Google search for Santorum has generated some inappropriate results since gay columnist Dan Savage organized an online campaign to link graphic sexual terms to the socially conservative senator's name.
Seth Stern / Bloomberg:
$16 Muffins Found at U.S. Meetings  —  U.S. Justice Department agencies spent too much for food at conferences, in one case serving $16 muffins and in another dishing out beef Wellington appetizers that cost $7.32 per serving, an audit found.  —  “Some conferences featured costly meals …
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Bill Clinton scorches GOP field on climate change  —  Bill Clinton turned up the heat on the leading Republican presidential contenders Tuesday, saying their opposition to acknowledging climate change makes the country “look like a joke.”  —  “If you're an American, the best thing …
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Perry's Theocratic Foreign Policy: ‘As A Christian I Have A Clear Directive To Support Israel’  —  Today, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) held a news conference in New York City where he attacked President Obama's Middle East policies and called upon the United States to be more stridently supportive of the actions of the Israeli government.
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Ballot Box:
Israeli lawmaker: Perry will visit Israel
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
Emily Hauser / The Atlantic Online:
Troy Davis and the Reality of Doubt  —  By moving ahead with Davis's execution, Georgia's justice system is signaling that it cares little for either evidence or experts  —  A protester prays with others during a vigil outside the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles while a clemency hearing …
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Julian Pecquet / Healthwatch:
HHS spending bill stuck in impasse  —  Two conservative Republicans are holding up the Health and Human Services spending bill.  —  Two conservative Republicans are holding up the Health and Human Services spending bill.  —  The two lawmakers, Reps. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Cynthia Lummis …
Discussion: Left in the West
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Julian Pecquet / Healthwatch:
Health spending bill clears Senate panel over GOP's opposition to health law
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Alexandra Berzon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Alleges Full Tilt Poker Was Ponzi Scheme  —  The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday accused poker celebrities Howard Lederer and Christopher Ferguson among other executives of a major poker website of defrauding poker players out of more than $300 million.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Warren takes lead on Brown  —  Elizabeth Warren has had an incredibly successful launch to her Senate campaign and actually leads Scott Brown now by a 46-44 margin, erasing what was a 15 point deficit the last time we polled the state in early June.  —  Warren's gone from 38% name recognition …
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Texas GOP Rep On Cuts To Family Planning: ‘Of Course This Is A War On Birth Control’  —  The GOP's concerted campaign against women's health has resulted in about 1,000 anti-abortion bills in state legislatures across the country and numerous federal attempts to eradicate a woman's right to choose.
Discussion: NPR and The Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Gary Johnson's Big Breakthrough  —  The former New Mexico governor has just landed a spot in the next presidential debate Thursday night.  Howard Kurtz on why that could take the heat off Perry and Romney.
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Reid warns shutdown is possible  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday there is a chance that the government could shutter at the end of this month.  —  Criticizing House Republicans for the disaster relief provisions in their budget bill, Reid told reporters, “We're not going to cave on this.”
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and Don Surber
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Rep. Ryan: Rick Perry is right on Social Security  —  The Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee on Tuesday drew fire from Democrats for backing Texas Gov. Rick Perry's description of Social Security as a “Ponzi scheme.”  —  Social Security fits the technical definition of a Ponzi scheme …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Favor Jobs Plan Proposals, Including Taxing Rich  —  Majority say Obama's jobs plan will help economy at least “a little”  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans generally favor raising taxes on higher-income Americans and eliminating tax deductions for some corporations as ways of paying for President Obama's proposed jobs plan.
Reuters:
Solyndra execs will decline to testify at hearing  —  Solyndra LLC's chief executive and chief financial officer will invoke their Fifth Amendment rights and decline to answer any questions put to them at a Congressional hearing on Friday, according to letters from their attorneys obtained by Reuters.
Michael Graczyk / The Huffington Post:
Cleve Foster Case: U.S. Supreme Court Halts Texas Execution … HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A former Army recruiter who for the third time this year was hours away from his scheduled execution for the rape-slaying of a woman in Fort Worth nearly 10 years ago was granted yet another reprieve by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Chalk up Tennessee Republican Rep. Phil Roe's Tuesday morning actions to heroism: Roe saved a man's life with CPR after he flatlined in the Charlotte, North Carolina airport.  —  Roe, an obstetrician before he first ran for public office, was walking through the Charlotte terminal …
Conn Carroll / Campaign 2012:
Dean: Employers will drop coverage under Obamacare  —  Former Democratic National Committee Chairman, and doctor, Howard Dean backed a McKinsey & Co. survey today that found that almost a third of private-sector employers will drop their employee health insurance coverage …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Diane Cardwell / New York Times:
The Appraisal: A Glimpse at Bloomberg's Lavish Tastes at Home  —  He has been known to serve tuna on crackers during cocktail hour.  He prefers diners to power-breakfast spots like the Regency.  His sartorial style remains buttoned down, with a salmon-color crew neck and matching socks about as gaudy as it gets.
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Schweddy Balls Make AFA Squirm  —  The American Family Association affiliate OneMillionMoms is calling on activists to boycott Ben & Jerry's because of the company's new Schweddy Balls ice cream.  In an email, the group describes the legendary Saturday Night Live skit featuring People …
 
 
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Discussion: ThinkProgress, TPMDC and Daily Kos
David M. Drucker / Roll Call:
Alexander Steps Down; Thune Steps Up
New York Times:
S.E.C. Refers Ex-Counsel's Actions on Madoff to Justice Dept.
Discussion: Guardian and Booman Tribune
DPA / Haaretz:
‘Palestinians need just two more Security Council votes in bid for statehood’
Eric Scheiner / CNSNews:
Over $760,000 Stimulus Funds Go To Interactive Visual Dance
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review
New York Post:
‘Groundhog Day’ Bam is spinning his wheels
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Is Obama Becoming the President He Has to Be, Not the One He Wanted?
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Yahoo Appears To Be Censoring Email Messages About Wall Street Protests (Updated)
Discussion: US Politics
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Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
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Toronto Sun:
Take your secret Saudi threats and shove 'em
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Atlas Shrugs
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