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9:00 PM ET, September 21, 2011

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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.
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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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Reality Check
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
When economic motives come into question
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GOP leaders to Fed: Let America suffer
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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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?
Evan McMorris-Santoro / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  TPM Tipster: Scott Brown Feeling The Heat Over Warren's Polling Bump
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 …
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Kim Severson / New York Times:
Last-Ditch Appeal Stalls Georgia Execution
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court blocks another Texas execution
Discussion: Hot Air and ThinkProgress
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
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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
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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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, The Raw Story and AmSpecBlog
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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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 …
Washington Examiner:
The math says Obama's speech was class warfare  —  “Middle-class families shouldn't pay higher taxes than millionaires and billionaires.  That's pretty straightforward.”  —  That's what President Obama said in his White House speech Monday on deficit reduction.  It was even more straightforward than he seemed to think.
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Rasmussen Reports:
National GOP Primary: Perry 28%, Romney 24%  —  As of now, the 2012 Republican Presidential Primary race is all about Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, with no other candidate reaching double-digit support.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey …
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A.Killough / CNN:
Romney will return to Iowa, but campaign says ‘no change’ in strategy
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.
Sarah B. Boxer / CBS News:
Romney calls for a tax policy that will help “us” in the middle class  —  MIAMI - Mitt Romney suggested Wednesday that he feels the pain of the middle class.  —  At a town hall meeting here, the millionaire GOP presidential contender told his audience that he favors a tax policy that will help …
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 …
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 …
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 Tuesday.
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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.
 
 
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Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
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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
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John Rossomando / The Daily Caller:
GOP leadership faces possible tea party revolt in 2012
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