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11:55 AM ET, September 21, 2011

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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 …
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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,
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 …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Sen. Durbin slams GOP for sending message to the Federal Reserve
Discussion: The Politico
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
G.O.P. Urges No Further Fed Stimulus
CNBC:   GOP Leaders Warn Bernanke About Further Fed Action
Josh Boak / The Politico:
No more stimulus, Republican leaders say
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.
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Abu Muqawama / cnas.org:
Rick Perry on Israel and the Palestinians
New York Times:   House Republicans Discover a Growing Bond With Netanyahu
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  —  Billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett will help fundraise for President Obama's reelection campaign at two fundraising events in Chicago and New York respectively.  —  According to Crain's Chicago Business …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
David Shere / Media Matters for America:
AP “Fact Check[s]” Claim Obama Isn't Making
Discussion: Washington Monthly and News Hounds
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!
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
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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Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Obama's Push to Stop Palestine Statehood Bid
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 …
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Julian E. Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Expands Drone Flights to Take Aim at East Africa
Discussion: Guardian and ABCNEWS
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
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
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.
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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.
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.
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
Yafb / Rumproast:
I got your class warfare right here … She's doing well in the early polls running against Scott Brown for his Senate seat.  If she doesn't get it, can we in the UK have first dibs on her?
Discussion: Hullabaloo, TalkLeft and Balloon Juice
 
 
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Frank Lovece / Newsday:
Tony Bennett apologizes for 9/11 remarks
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court blocks another Texas execution
Discussion: Hot Air
Corey Boles / Washington Wire:
Cantor Tells Deficit Panel to Think Small
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
David Rogers / The Politico:
Senate targets NLRB in spending bill
Discussion: TPMDC and Pajamas Media
NY Daily News:
Deputy Mayor Robert Steel says he resides in New York City, but facts paint a different picture
Kbh / Keith Hennessey:
A fundamental fiscal deception
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Illinois among worst states to do business: Survey
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