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8:35 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: 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
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'
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.
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
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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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 …
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
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.
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Conn Carroll / Campaign 2012:
Dean: Employers will drop coverage under Obamacare
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Pajamas Media