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8:50 AM ET, September 21, 2011

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Steven Thomma / MiamiHerald.com:
Poll finds Obama losing ground to Republicans  —  WASHINGTON — Look out President Barack Obama.  Even Sarah Palin's gaining on you.  —  A new McClatchy-Marist poll finds that Obama looks increasingly vulnerable in next year's election, with a majority of voters believing he'll lose to any Republican …
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Josh Boak / The Politico:
No more stimulus, Republican leaders say  —  Republican House and Senate leaders told Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to “resist further extraordinary intervention in the U.S. economy,” saying in a letter sent Monday that steps intended to boost growth might actually make things worse.
Discussion: CNN, Weasel Zippers and New York Times
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Real Time Economics:
Full Text: Republicans' Letter to Bernanke Questioning More Fed Action  —  The top four congressional Republicans sent the following letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Monday ahead of the central bank's two-day meeting that began today:  —  Dear Chairman Bernanke,
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Reid warns shutdown is possible
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and Don Surber
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.
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 …
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
On Average, The AP Is Useless
Discussion: Verum Serum and CBS Minnesota
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:   DeMint: 'I'd love to see Buffett's tax returns'
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.
J. David Hacker / Opinionator:
Recounting the Dead  —  Even as Civil War history has gone through several cycles of revision, one thing has remained fixed: the number of dead.  Since about 1900, historians and the general public have assumed that 618,222 men died on both sides.  That number is probably a significant undercount, however.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
U.S. assembling secret drone bases in Africa, Arabian Peninsula, officials say  —  The Obama administration is assembling a constellation of secret drone bases for counterterrorism operations in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula as part of a newly aggressive campaign …
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: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Marine Recruiters Visit Gay Center in Oklahoma  —  TULSA, Okla. — Master Sgt. Anthony Henry, a top Marine recruiting trainer for the southwestern United States, pulled up to Tulsa's biggest gay community center on Tuesday morning and left his Chevy where he could make a fast getaway.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Report: At least 200 murders in Mexico now linked to Fast & Furious weapons  —  A conservative estimate from this morning's conference call with Darrell Issa, via our Townhall cousin Katie Pavlich. … They're discovering more every day, you know.  But as I say, 200 is the conservative number.
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Los Angeles Times:
Mexico still waiting for answers on Fast and Furious gun program
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: Jesus' General
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Wade Goodwyn / NPR:
Gov. Perry Cut Funds For Women's Health In Texas
Discussion: Addicting Info and The Raw Story
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 …
Rich Shulman / PhotoBlog:
Barack Obama joins Open Government Partnership for group photo … Barack Obama joins Open Government Partnership for group photo  —  Rich Shulman writes  —  I don't know much about diplomatic protocols, but I would guess that waving during the group photo is something to avoid.
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Obama's Push to Stop Palestine Statehood Bid  —  Scrambling to head off a diplomatic clash, President Barack Obama will publicly push for the Palestinians to drop a statehood bid when he addresses the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday.  —  Obama will follow up his speech with separate meetings …
Discussion: The Politico
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DPA / Haaretz:
‘Palestinians need just two more Security Council votes in bid for statehood’
Global Grind:
The 411 On Death Row Inmate Troy Davis (PHOTOS)  —  It has been 20 years since Davis was convicted of the killing and on Tuesday morning, the 42-year-old death row inmate was been DENIED clemency by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole.  He is scheduled to be killed on Wednesday, September 21st at 7pm.
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Emily Hauser / The Atlantic Online:
Troy Davis and the Reality of Doubt
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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Kevinliptak / CNN:   Longtime Obama aide to depart White House
Dan Hirschhorn / The Politico:
Santorum: Perry ‘ignores reality’  —  Rick Santorum lambasted Rick Perry as a lightweight on Israel policy Tuesday, dismissing Perry's speech in New York as boilerplate rhetoric crafted by political handlers.  —  “I've forgotten more about Israel than Rick Perry knows about Israel,” …
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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.
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Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Solyndra execs to take the Fifth
BBC:
Phone hacking: Met police drop Guardian demands  —  Scotland Yard is investigating phone hacking at the News of the World  —  Scotland Yard has “decided not to pursue” its legal bid to force the Guardian to reveal the sources it used for stories about phone hacking.
Discussion: Business Insider
 
 
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Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
‘Just go be Joe’: Obama lets Biden loose on the campaign trail
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Huckabee Lauds Personhood Mississippi, Slams Avaricious “Abortion Industry”
Julian Pecquet / Healthwatch:
HHS spending bill stuck in impasse
Discussion: Left in the West and ThinkProgress
Michael Graczyk / The Huffington Post:
Cleve Foster Case: U.S. Supreme Court Halts Texas Execution
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Favor Jobs Plan Proposals, Including Taxing Rich
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Eric Scheiner / CNSNews:
Over $760,000 Stimulus Funds Go To Interactive Visual Dance
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Weasel Zippers
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Is Obama Becoming the President He Has to Be, Not the One He Wanted?
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Yahoo Appears To Be Censoring Email Messages About Wall Street Protests (Updated)
Discussion: ginandtacos.com and US Politics
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
CHART: Only Advanced Degree-Holders Saw Wage Gains In Last Decade
Discussion: Global Public Square
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Dean: Employers will drop coverage under Obamacare
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Pajamas Media
 

 
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