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12:40 AM ET, September 22, 2011

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Colleen Curry / ABCNEWS:
Troy Davis Execution Delayed  —  Troy Davis' execution was delayed tonight as the Supreme Court weighed arguments by Davis' legal team and the state of Georgia over whether he deserves a stay.  —  At 7:05 p.m. tonight, five minutes after his scheduled death, Davis' supporters erupted in cheers …
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Kim Severson / New York Times:
Request for Lie Detector Test for Davis Is DeniedTroy Davis  —  JACKSON, Ga. — Troy Davis, who was convicted of gunning down a Savannah police officer 22 years ago, was put to death by lethal injection Wednesday night, his life prolonged by several hours while the Supreme Court reviewed …
New York Times:
A Grievous Wrong  —  Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday for the 1989 killing of a police officer in Savannah, Ga. The Georgia pardon and parole board's refusal to grant him clemency is appalling in light of developments after his conviction: reports about police misconduct …
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court blocks another Texas execution
Discussion: Hot Air and ThinkProgress
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Shutdown?  House votes to reject short-term spending measure  —  The House on Wednesday afternoon surprised Republican leaders by rejecting a temporary spending bill allowing the government to operate through November 18.  —  The defeat was due to strenuous objections from Democrats …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
House Dems Whip Against GOP Government Funding Bill Over Disaster Relief
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Politico and Daily Kos
David Rogers / The Politico:
House conservatives revolt on spending bill
Discussion: Opinion L.A.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Battle Over Disaster Relief Foils Stopgap Spending Bill
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Views of Perry Turn More Negative Since First Debate  —  Whether Mitt Romney has gained ground on Rick Perry in the Republican primary race is questionable.  Polls released since Mr. Perry's first debate on Sept. 7 show him leading Mr. Romney by an average of 8 percentage points.
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Amy Davidson / Close Read:
Perry Takes the Subway  —  One of the first feelings I had when watching Rick Perry's new political ad was, oddly enough, nostalgia.  It struck me about three seconds in, with what I suppose was meant to be an ominous shot of an empty subway car, one of many images of the supposed devastation wrought …
Discussion: Ballot Box and Hot Air
Juana Summers / The Politico:
Mitt Romney strong in New Hampshire, Jon Huntsman gaining  —  Mitt Romney has maintained his decisive lead in New Hampshire while Jon Huntsman has begun to gain traction in a must-win state for both, according to a new Suffolk University/WHDH-TV survey.  —  In the poll of 400 likely Republican …
Discussion: CNN
David Catanese / The Politico:
The Warren announcement bump  —  Less than a week after formally launching her bid, Elizabeth Warren has leapfrogged Sen. Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race, according to new polling Tuesday.  —  Public Policy Polling puts the race at 46 percent to 44 percent in favor of Warren …
Discussion: Democracy in America
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘The underlying social contract’  —  This clip of Elizabeth Warren on the campaign trail in Massachusetts is making the rounds today, and for good reason.  First-time candidates don't usually articulate a progressive economic message quite this well.  (via Thers)
Evan McMorris-Santoro / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  TPM Tipster: Scott Brown Feeling The Heat Over Warren's Polling Bump
CBS Los Angeles:
OC Couple Threatened With $500-Per-Meeting Fines For Home Bible Study  —  MISSION VIEJO (CBS) — An Orange County couple has been ordered to stop holding a Bible study in their home on the grounds that the meeting violates a city ordinance as a “church” and not as a private gathering.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in August indicates that economic growth remains slow.  Recent indicators point to continuing weakness in overall labor market conditions, and the unemployment rate remains elevated.
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Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Fed Moves on Long-Term Interest Rates to Spur Growth
Elizabeth Mendes / Gallup:
In U.S., Significantly Fewer 18- to 25-Year-Olds Uninsured  —  Percentage of uninsured 26- to 64-year-olds increasing  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fewer young adults in the U.S. reported lacking health insurance coverage in each of the three quarters since the new healthcare law …
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JSOnline:
Largest state unions won't seek recertification by Thursday deadline  —  By Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - By the end of Thursday, the major state employee unions covering tens of thousands of workers will have effectively lost their official status.
Discussion: Verum Serum
Tony Bennett / Facebook:
A Statement from Tony Bennett  —  A Statement from Tony Bennett (clarifying comments made on yesterday's Howard Stern program):  —  I am so grateful to be an American and as a World War II veteran, I was proud to fight to protect our values, which have made America the greatest country on the planet.
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Frank Lovece / Newsday:
Tony Bennett apologizes for 9/11 remarks
Discussion: WJLA-TV, AmSpecBlog and The Raw Story
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
When economic motives come into question  —  We talked this morning about the top four congressional Republican leaders writing a joint letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.  The plea was pretty straightforward — the GOP leaders have decided to actively lobby Bernanke …
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David Frum / FrumForum:
The GOP's Bernanke Letter
Craig / Lead and Gold:
Why do journalists love twitter and hate blogging?  —  UPDATED:  —  Welcome Instapundit readers.  While you're here, why not check out the archives and blogroll?  And maybe add this blog to your RSS reader (pretty please?)  —  On this week's Reliable Sources Howard Kurtz had a brief …
Rolling Stone:
R.E.M. Break Up After Three Decades  —  Legendary rock band have ‘called it a day’  —  R.E.M. have announced that they have broken up after 31 years together.  “As lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band,” the band said in a statement on their official website today.
Jason Grotto / Chicago Tribune:
Law gives huge pension perks to union leaders  —  In all, 23 expected to collect combined $56 million in their lifetimes  —  Dennis Gannon, then-president of the Chicago Federation of Labor, speaks with a bullhorn in April 2010 outside the Willis Tower as he joins around union members …
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Explains Opposition to Palestinian Statehood Bid  —  Correction Appended  —  UNITED NATIONS — President Obama declared his opposition to the Palestinian Authority's bid for statehood through the Security Council on Wednesday, throwing the weight of the United States directly in the path …
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John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Study: Preserving defense capacity ‘imperative’ as DOD budgets shrink
Discussion: The Politico
William Booth / Washington Post:
35 bodies dumped in Mexican city as president begins effort to woo tourists
Discussion: LA Observed
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
In U.S., Slight Majority Now Blame Obama for U.S. Economy
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and USA Today
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Obama's favorability numbers start to drop among African Americans
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
After Taking Millions In Wall Street Cash, Romney Appoints Wall Street Front Group Chairman As Policy Adviser
Discussion: The Politico
Washington Examiner:
The math says Obama's speech was class warfare
New York Times:
American Hikers Leave Iran After Prison Release
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The Trouble With Businessmen
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
Forbes: Koch Brothers Now Worth $50 Billion
Discussion: Forbes.com, Gothamist and Hullabaloo
Wall Street Journal:
Do-Nothing Democrats?  —  Even Chuck Schumer has problems with Obama's tax plan.
Discussion: BizzyBlog
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
The “Christianist” Nightmare: It's Just A Bad Dream
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Ron Paul says he'd consider putting Dennis Kucinich in his Cabinet