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3:40 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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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
John Rossomando / The Daily Caller:
GOP leadership faces possible tea party revolt in 2012  —  Tea party activist David Lewis's announcement Friday that he plans to mount a primary challenge to House Speaker John Boehner could indicate a larger problem for the GOP leadership, and point to restlessness among an important segment of the tea party faithful.
Discussion: The Other McCain
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
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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Emily Goodin / GOP 12:
Palin suggests she'll make a 2012 decision by November  —  Sarah Palin seemed to give a November deadline for a decision on a 2012 bid.  —  Speaking to Sean Hannity on Fox News Tuesday night, Palin said there is still time but conceded that a deadline was rapidly approaching.
Alicia M. Cohn / Ballot Box:
Perry fires back at Romney over Social Security
Discussion: CNN
Rasmussen Reports:
National GOP Primary: Perry 28%, Romney 24%
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.
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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Andy Towle / Towleroad News #gay:   Obama Calls for All Countries to Stand Up for Rights of Gays and Lesbians in Address to UN General Assembly: VIDEO
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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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.
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?
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.
David Shere / Media Matters for America:
AP “Fact Check[s]” Claim Obama Isn't Making  —  The Associated Press attempted to “fact check” President Obama's call for the reform of the tax code, especially as it relates to the so-called Buffett Rule.  The White House describes the rule as the principle that “people making more than $1 million …
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David Kocieniewski / New York Times:   Obama's Tax on Millionaires
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.
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.
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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Ron Paul says he'd consider putting Dennis Kucinich in his Cabinet  —  Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) says he would consider putting the liberal congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) in his Cabinet if he wins the presidency in 2012.  —  Paul said his libertarian political philosophy helps him connect …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Do-Nothing Democrats?  —  Even Chuck Schumer has problems with Obama's tax plan.
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Jason Grotto / Chicago Tribune:
Law gives huge pension perks to union leaders
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Jim Snyder / Bloomberg:
Issa Sought U.S. Clean Energy Aid in the Past
Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
Obama's popularity slips along with job approval in Washington Post poll
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All the President's Frenemies  —  In publicly attacking Barack Obama …
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Recounting the Dead  —  Even as Civil War history has gone …
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