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4:45 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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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.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and US Politics
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
When economic motives come into question
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Sen. Durbin slams GOP for sending message to the Federal Reserve
Discussion: The Politico
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  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve announced a new plan Wednesday to stimulate growth by purchasing $400 billion in long-term Treasury securities with proceeds from the sale of short-term government debt, defying Republican demands to refrain from new actions.
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.
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama, at U.N., Explains Rationale for Opposing Palestinian Statehood Bid  —  UNITED NATIONS — President Obama declared his opposition to the Palestinian Authority's bid for statehood in the Security Council on Wednesday, throwing the weight of the United States directly in the path …
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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
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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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.
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.
Discussion: Nation Now, Mediaite and CBS New York
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Frank Lovece / Newsday:
Tony Bennett apologizes for 9/11 remarks
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 …
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.
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Obama's Tax on Millionaires  —  President Obama's proposal for a new tax on millionaires echoes a call in many countries struggling with budget deficits and overwhelming debts to make the wealthy pay more.  —  Britain and France have imposed new taxes on their highest earners — and Italy …
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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?
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
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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Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
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Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
Forbes: Koch Brothers Now Worth $50 Billion
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Jane E. Brody / New York Times:
Why Even Resolute Dieters Often Fail
Wall Street Journal:
Do-Nothing Democrats?  —  Even Chuck Schumer has problems with Obama's tax plan.
Discussion: BizzyBlog
Jim Snyder / Bloomberg:
Issa Sought U.S. Clean Energy Aid in the Past
John Rossomando / The Daily Caller:
GOP leadership faces possible tea party revolt in 2012
Discussion: The Other McCain
Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
Obama's popularity slips along with job approval in Washington Post poll
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
All the President's Frenemies  —  In publicly attacking Barack Obama …
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