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5:35 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.
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
When economic motives come into question
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Daily Kos
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Sen. Durbin slams GOP for sending message to the Federal Reserve
Discussion: The Politico
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Reality Check
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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
A.Killough / CNN:
Romney will return to Iowa, but campaign says ‘no change’ in strategy
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
GOP contenders refocus efforts in Iowa
Discussion: Iowa Caucuses
Rasmussen Reports:
National GOP Primary: Perry 28%, Romney 24%
Alicia M. Cohn / Ballot Box:
Perry fires back at Romney over Social Security
Discussion: CNN
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.
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.
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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Steven Thomma / MiamiHerald.com:
Poll finds Obama losing ground to Republicans
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
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?
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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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Do-Nothing Democrats?  —  Even Chuck Schumer has problems with Obama's tax plan.  —  President Obama's latest “pivot to jobs” has turned out to be more of a sharp left turn.  First he announced a new $447 billion stimulus of new spending and temporary tax cuts.
Discussion: BizzyBlog
Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
Forbes: Koch Brothers Now Worth $50 Billion  —  Forbes: Koch Brothers Now Worth $50 Billion |  Forbes estimates that Tea Party petrochemical scions Charles and David Koch have a fortune of $25 billion each, making them the fourth richest Americans, behind only Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Larry Ellison.
Discussion: Forbes.com, Gothamist and Hullabaloo
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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Sarah B. Boxer / CBS News:
Romney calls for a tax policy that will help “us” in the middle class
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David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
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