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10:20 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 Buffett 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'
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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Washington Examiner:
York: Perry locked, loaded for Thursday's debate
Edward Morrissey / The Week Magazine:
Has Obama quit already?  —  Judging by his plans for job creation and deficit reduction, the president has given up on policy accomplishments in favor of playing politics  —  The last few weeks of polling data have been so bad for Barack Obama that pundits have begun speculating whether …
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The Politico:   Moderate Democrats duck, cover on tax hikes
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
Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
In early Obama White House, female staffers felt frozen out
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.
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: CNN and Don Surber
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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.
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 …
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: Power Line and The Politico
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 …
Marist Poll:
9/20: 39% Approval Rating for Obama, Lowest of Presidency  —  President Barack Obama faces a litany of bad news.  The president's job approval rating, his favorability, and his rating on the economy have hit all-time lows.  To compound matters, three in four Americans still believe the nation …
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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 …
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Toronto Sun:
Take your secret Saudi threats and shove 'em  —  Saudi Arabia has hired lawyers to threaten Canadian broadcasters who dare to run a TV ad critical of Saudi conflict oil.  —  I know this because I am the volunteer chairman of EthicalOil.org, the non-profit website that promotes Canada's oilsands …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Atlas Shrugs
 
 
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Over $760,000 Stimulus Funds Go To Interactive Visual Dance
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