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10:30 PM ET, September 22, 2011

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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Obama and Perry, geese and ganders  —  The New York Times has an item this morning about tonight's Republican debate, and it featured this Getty Images photograph, taken before the start of last week's debate.  —  It wouldn't be especially interesting, except I also remember seeing this photograph several hundred times four years ago.
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Gallup:
More Voters Considering Romney Than Obama, Perry  —  Sixty-two percent would definitely vote for Romney or consider doing so  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More registered voters say they would definitely vote for Mitt Romney or might consider doing so (62%) than say the same about his two main rivals …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Agony of the GOP Establishment  —  Psst, pick the guy on the left.  —  The Republican establishment finds itself with a problem no party establishment wants to have.  It has a presidential race between a decent candidate, who could probably win the general election but is distrusted …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
N.H. poll shocker: Perry falls, Romney surges as does Jon Huntsman
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Handicapping the GOP Debate
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
The Night They Killed Troy Davis  —  Rutgers historian William Jelani Cobb was outside of the prison, last night, where Troy Davis was held and executed.  He filed this report while bearing “witness to a great evil.”  Jelani has guest-posted here before.  We're always happy to have him back offering …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Colorlines
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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Bill Clinton Weighs In On Troy Davis Execution … Bill Clinton , Capital Punishment , Death Penalty , Video , Clinton Global Initiative , Troy Davis Case , Bill Clinton Capital Punishment , Bill Clinton Death Penalty , Bill Clinton Troy Davis , Troy Davis , Troy Davis Execution , Troy Davis Execution Date , Politics News
Peter Wilkinson / CNN:
World shocked by U.S. execution of Troy Davis  —  London (CNN) — Troy Davis may be dead, but his execution Thursday in the American state of Georgia has made him the poster boy for the global movement to end the death penalty.  —  World figures, including Pope Benedict XVI …
Larry Flynt / TMZ.com:
Gunning for Rick Perry  —  Hustler Magazine publisher Larry Flynt is putting GOP Presidential candidate Rick Perry in his crosshairs ... he'll be offering up to $1 million for anyone who can prove Perry has had an illicit sexual liaison ... TMZ has learned.  —  The ad — which Flynt …
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Bill Clinton: Netanyahu killed the peace process  —  Who's to blame for the continued failure of the Middle East peace process?  Former President Bill Clinton said today that it is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — whose government moved the goalposts upon taking power …
Frank Jordans / Associated Press:
CERN claims faster-than-light particle measured … GENEVA (AP) — Scientists at the world's largest physics lab say they have clocked subatomic particles traveling faster than light, a feat that - if true - would break a fundamental pillar of science.  —  The readings have so astounded researchers …
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Steve Jones / Telegraph:
CERN scientists ‘break the speed of light’  —  Scientists said on Thursday they recorded particles travelling faster than light - a finding that could overturn one of Einstein's fundamental laws of the universe.  —  Antonio Ereditato, spokesman for the international group of researchers …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner chastises conservatives: You voted to spend more money  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) delivered a tough message to conservatives who rejected his government funding bill on Wednesday: You voted to spend more money.  —  Four dozen House Republicans broke ranks and opposed …
Discussion: The Politico, TPMDC, Guardian and Daily Kos
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Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Reid: Senate unlikely to vote Thursday on spending measure
Discussion: CNN
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
GOP Ups Ante Big Time In Government Shutdown Fight
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Oops, Obama touts his jobs plan today at an Ohio bridge that won't qualify  —  You know all those rusting bridges that President Obama wants to spend billions more dollars repairing to allegedly stimulate the economy?  —  He's headed out to one today which he's described as a …
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Fox News:
Obama Pressures Boehner, McConnell on Jobs Bill With Bridge as ‘Prop’
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Obama To Republicans: ‘Help Us Rebuild This Bridge’
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
Explosive Email Shows Anti-Palin Author McGinniss, Random House Likely Published Literary Hoax  —  The awful launch week for the over-hyped, expected bestseller The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, by controversial author Joe McGinniss, just got worse.  Much worse.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Great $16 Muffin Myth  —  I've been reading all day about the $16 muffins the Department of Justice served at one of its conferences, and I finally got curious about this.  Is it really true?  So I went to the DOJ Inspector General's website, got the report, and searched for “muffin.”
Tim Mak / The Politico:
U.S., allies walk out on Iran leader  —  Western diplomats walked out on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after he questioned what he called the “mysterious September 11 incident” during his fiercely anti-American diatribe.  —  “[Who used] the mysterious Sept. 11 incident as a pretext to attack Afghanistan and Iraq?”
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Eli Clifton / ThinkProgress:
Clinton: ‘There Is Not A Single Solitary Example’ Of A Country That Has Succeeded With A Tea Party Philosophy  —  Credit: Cibele Vieira / Clinton Global Initiative  —  Former President Bill Clinton blasted the “non-fact-based political debate” surrounding the Republican primary race …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Is Irish Austerity Paying Dividends?  —  Last year, the failure of Irish austerity was on the lips of every left-wing wonk in America.  Paul Krugman, the leader of this school of thought, has compared austerity to bloodletting and other such primitive medical quackery (a comparison he repeated a couple of days ago).
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
Voting to Hire a Chief Without Meeting Him  —  The mystery isn't why Hewlett-Packard is likely to part ways with its chief executive, Léo Apotheker, after just a year in the job.  It's why he was hired in the first place.  —  The answer, say many involved in the process, lies squarely with the troubled Hewlett-Packard board.
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Panic?  —  That's what we've been seeing on world markets since Thursday trading began in Asia; this morning it hit the US with the kind of sickening thud we remember too well from 2008.  Amid the general hurricane of bad economic news a few things stand out.
Discussion: Hot Air
Shelby Hodge / CultureMap Houston:
Michelle Obama dazzles in New York, wearing diamond bangles by H-Town's Katie Decker  —  That was no ordinary bling on the wrist of First Lady Michelle Obama at the DNC fundraiser in New York Tuesday night.  Those fancy diamond cuffs were the creation of 23-year-old Katie Decker …
Scott McPherson / Advocate:
MAP: Which Countries Enlist Gay Soldiers?  —  The United States is now one of 26 countries worldwide that welcome gays and lesbians in the military, according to the Palm Center.  —  The United States is now one of 26 countries worldwide that welcome gays and lesbians in the military, according to the Palm Center.
Hotline On Call:
Dem Poll: Obama Dragging Down His Own Party  —  One of the Democratic party's leading pollsters released a survey of 60 Republican-held battleground districts today painting an ominous picture for Congressional Democrats in 2012.  The poll shows Democratic House candidates faring worse …
Discussion: RedState, Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Five Million Dollar Man  —  How government unions rip off the taxpayer.  —  In his Labor Day speech in Detroit, Barack Obama issued a ringing endorsement of government employee unions: … From the president's hometown comes an example of what he is actually supporting.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Republicans demand Buffett's tax returns  —  The GOP is making a concerted effort to pressure billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett to release his tax returns to the public.  —  Republicans say Buffett — the public face of Obama's proposed “Buffett Rule” to increase taxes on the wealthy …
Financial Times:
EU to speed recapitalisation of 16 banks  —  By Brooke Masters in London, Peggy Hollinger in Paris and Alex Barker in Brussels  —  European officials look set to speed up plans to recapitalise the 16 banks that came close to failing last summer's pan-EU stress tests as part of a co-ordinated effort …
David Lat / Above the Law:
Judicial Diva Gone Wild?  Chief Judge Jones Tells Judge Dennis to ‘Shut Up’  —  Chief Judge Edith Jones: Underneath her robe beats a judicial diva's heart.  —  Can you enforce civility by being... uncivil?  That's the question being raised, over and over again, by federal judges from Texas these days.
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Rick Perry Rewrites His Own History Again, Claims He Never Considered Secession  —  Before he announced his presidential bid, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) was commendably honest about his radical view of the Constitution.  Perry repeatedly and proudly called Social Security and Medicare unconstitutional …
 
 
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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Santorum: Honoring God Is Essential To National Security
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Censure briefly forgotten as House leaders honor Rep. Charles Rangel
Discussion: The Politico
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Waste Perception  —  I'm fascinated by how stable perceptions …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Money & Company
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
GOP ready to pounce on Obama's plans for No Child Left Behind
Discussion: CNN
Dan Hirschhorn / The Politico:
Don't bet the House on Democrats
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
In Reversal, Bachmann's Struggles Now Include Money and Organization
Discussion: The Caucus and Daily Kos
Mike Jaccarino / NY Daily News:
‘Ground Zero mosque’ opens with no protests as art exhibit of world's kids goes on display
 Earlier Items: 
Rob Moritz / Arkansas News:
Missing moon rock found among Clinton's papers
Discussion: Politics, The Politico and Reuters
Paul Krugman:
What Profit Hath A Man Of All His Labor?
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
If we want to help tech companies, let's help tech companies
Spectator:
The great euro swindle
Discussion: Pajamas Media and National Review