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1:35 PM ET, September 21, 2011

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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,
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David Frum / FrumForum:
The GOP's Bernanke Letter  —  I'm not shocked by much any more, but I am shocked by this: the leaders of one of the great parties in Congress calling on the Federal Reserve to tighten money in the throes of the most prolonged downturn since the Great Depression.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and US Politics
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
GOP Leaders Write Unprecedented Letter Urging The Federal Reserve To Keep Unemployment High  —  In a move without precedent in the modern era, Republican congressional leaders including House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell …
Discussion: Wake up America
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GOP leaders to Fed: Let America suffer  —  There are widespread expectations that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will today unveil the latest initiative intended to give the economy a boost.  Action is likely to come in the form of shifting funds into longer-term holdings …
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
G.O.P. Urges No Further Fed Stimulus
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Sen. Durbin slams GOP for sending message to the Federal Reserve
Discussion: The Politico
CNBC:
GOP Leaders Warn Bernanke About Further Fed Action
Discussion: Firedoglake
National / NationalJournal.com:
Obama's Speech to the UN General Assembly, As Prepared  —  President Obama delivered the following prepared remarks to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, Sept. 21.  —  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: I would like to talk …
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George Stephanopoulos / Politics:
UN Ambassador Susan Rice Fires Back at Mitt Romney and Rick Perry: Don't ‘Play Politics’ with Diplomacy  —  President Obama faces a diplomatic thicket at the UN this week, and it's drawing fire from the Republicans who want to replace him.  This morning on “GMA,” Obama's UN Ambassador fired back.
Alicia M. Cohn / Ballot Box:
Perry fires back at Romney over Social Security
Discussion: CNN
Rasmussen Reports:
National GOP Primary: Perry 28%, Romney 24%
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama, at U.N., Explains Rationale for Opposing Palestinian Statehood Bid
New York Times:
House Republicans Discover a Growing Bond With Netanyahu
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Israel Matzav
Rich Shulman / PhotoBlog:
Barack Obama joins Open Government Partnership for group photo  —  U.S. President Barack Obama waves while standing with other leaders during the Open Government Partnership event at the United Nations September 20 in New York City.  The United Nations General Assembly kicks off September 21 …
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Zombie / Pajamas Media:
Obama waving-hand gaffe picture NOT a hoax or a Photoshop after all!  —  Over the last few hours a photo has begun to circulate on the blogs showing Obama supposedly at the “Open Government Partnership” conference today committing an egregious gaffe by raising his hand to block the face of another world leader.
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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Steven R. Strahler / Chicago Business:
Buffett to headline blockbuster Obama fundraiser here  —  (Crain's) — Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is coming to Chicago to help raise money for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign at a $35,800-per-ticket fundraiser next month at the North Shore home of investment banker Byron Trott, according to a draft invitation.
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Warren Buffett to be featured at two Obama campaign fundraisers
Discussion: Gretawire and JammieWearingFool
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 …
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.
Frank Lovece / Newsday:
Tony Bennett apologizes for 9/11 remarks  —  Tony Bennett attends Tony Bennett's 85th Birthday Gala Benefit for Exploring the Arts at The Metropolitan Opera House.  (Sept. 18, 2011)  —  Tony Bennett apologized Tuesday for remarks he made in a radio interview Monday that blamed the United States for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Bill Clinton: No more taxes now  —  Former President Bill Clinton says now is not the time to hike taxes.  —  “I personally don't believe we ought to be raising taxes or cutting spending, either one, until we get this economy off the ground,” Clinton told Newsmax in an interview on Tuesday.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Steve Deace
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NewsMax.com:
Ex-President Clinton to Newsmax: Raising Taxes Won't Work
Discussion: Business Insider
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Dan Choi re-enlisting  —  More than two years after former infantry officer Daniel Choi came out on a talk show as a gay service member - an event that led to his discharge - the Iraq war veteran says he will re-enlist in the U.S. Army following Tuesday's repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Fox News:
U.S. Hikers Released From Iranian Prison, Flown Out of Country  —  TEHRAN - After more than two years in custody, the two American hikers jailed as spies in Iran were released on $1 million bail Wednesday and flown out of the country, the state's news agency reported.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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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.
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Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Fla. GOP: Don't let Johnson debate
Discussion: Business Insider and Campaign 2012
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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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple's Next Event to Be Held on October 4, Starring Its New CEO  —  That's the day Apple is currently expected to hold its next big media event, according to sources close to the situation, where the tech giant will unveil the next iteration of its popular iPhone.
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Economic pessimism deepens, and more blame Obama  —  WASHINGTON - Americans' pessimism about the economy and its future is deepening, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, and they are increasingly willing to hold President Obama responsible for hard times.  —  Eight of 10 say the economy …
 
 
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