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2:20 PM ET, September 23, 2011

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Fox News:
TRANSCRIPT: Fox News-Google GOP Debate  —  This is a rush transcript from the Fox News-Google GOP Presidential debate on September 22, 2011 at the Orlando Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.  —  BRET BAIER, ANCHOR …
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goproud.org:
Rick Santorum Owes Gay Soldier an Apology  —  For Immediate Release  —  Joint Statement of Christopher R. Barron, Chairman of the Board and Jimmy LaSalvia, Executive Director  —  (Washington, D.C.) - “Tonight, Rick Santorum disrespected our brave men and women in uniform, and he owes Stephen Hill …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Audience Members At Fox News Debate Boo Gay Soldier (VIDEO)  —  ORLANDO, FL — Members of the crowd gathered for the Fox News/YouTube debate booed a video of a gay soldier in Iraq who asked if the nine presidential candidates on stage would work to “circumvent” the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Audience Members Of GOP Debate Boo Steven Hill, Gay Soldier Serving In Iraq  —  At Thursday night's Fox News/Google Republican Presidential Debate, the crowd was once again the star of an ugly moment.  Moderator Megyn Kelly introduced a question via Youtube from Stephen Hill, a soldier who's currently serving in Iraq.
Paul Waldman / TAPPED:
This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things, Affordable Care Act Edition
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Gay soldier booed at GOP debate, candidates stay mum
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Special Editorial: Yikes  —  THE WEEKLY STANDARD's official reaction to last night's Republican presidential debate: Yikes.  —  Reading the reactions of thoughtful commentators after the stage emptied, talking with conservative policy types and GOP political operatives later last evening and this morning, we know we're not alone.
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Michelle Malkin:
Video: Perry's cringe-worthiest debate moment  —  This is a gimme.  Seriously.  —  I mentioned Rick Perry's DREAM Act debate blunder in my round-up post.  —  It gets second place.  —  The cringe-worthiest moment, by a hair, was when Perry botched what should have been his most potent attack on Mitt Romney's chronic flip-flopping.
Joshua Altman / The Hill:
Perry: DREAM Act detractors have no heart
Arlette Saenz / Politics:
HPV Vaccine Fact Check: Perry Misstated Relationship With Dying Woman
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Fact checking the GOP debate in Orlando
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Perry: “I Don't Think You Have a Heart” If You Oppose In-State Tuition for Children of Illegal Immigrants
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Romney: Opposing illegal immigration requires ‘a heart and a brain’
Discussion: CNN
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Senate likely to reject House-passed spending bill; shutdown still possible  —  Washington lurched toward another potential government shutdown crisis Friday, as the House approved by a 219-203 vote a GOP-authored short-term funding measure designed to keep the government running through Nov. 18 …
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
House approves stopgap funding, Reid says Senate will block  —  The House early Friday narrowly approved a stopgap spending measure to keep the federal government running into October, as Republican leaders secured the votes of conservatives who rejected a similar bill a day earlier.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House lawmakers to leave town Friday
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Rush Limbaugh On Gary Johnson Joke: 'Guess I've Become Show Prep For The GOP Debates' … NEW YORK — Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson brought down the house at Thursday night's Fox News/ Google debate when he joked about how his “next-door neighbor's two dogs have created more shovel-ready jobs than this current administration.”
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Social Contract  —  This week President Obama said the obvious: that wealthy Americans, many of whom pay remarkably little in taxes, should bear part of the cost of reducing the long-run budget deficit.  And Republicans like Representative Paul Ryan responded with shrieks of “class warfare.”
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Herman Cain Won the Debate  —  Good Lord this was the worst debate I think I've ever watched.  —  The audio was terrible.  When the audience clapped the sound of the candidates faded away.  The charts and polling was silly.  Too many bells and whistles and too damn many candidates on the stage.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The ACA would not have killed Cain
Aaron Carroll / The Incidental Economist:
Passing the baton of irony
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
The Politico:
Texas toast?  Perry worries GOP  —  ORLANDO - The first line of Rick Perry's campaign obituary may have been drafted Thursday night: He got in too late.  —  It's not quite time for his camp to panic but in his third debate in a month - nearly as many as he's done in the entire decade he's served …
Lymari Morales / Gallup:
Majority in U.S. Continues to Distrust the Media, Perceive Bias  —  More perceive liberal bias than conservative bias  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The majority of Americans still do not have confidence in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly.
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Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Romney: Obama should convince others to oppose Palestinian statehood  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney raised the stakes in his effort to convince voters he is Israel's best friend among the GOP presidential field, arguing in an op-ed with former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) …
Discussion: The Politico
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The Daily Beast:
Obama Sold Israel Bunker-Buster Bombs  —  While Obama publicly pressured Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians over settlements, he secretly sold Jerusalem deep-penetrating bombs it had long sought.  Eli Lake previews an exclusive story appearing in Monday's Newsweek.
Jacob Weisberg / Slate Magazine:
His book about Obama is as spurious as the ones he wrote about Bush.  —  As an editor, you develop a B.S. meter—an internal warning system that signals caution about journalism that doesn't feel trustworthy.  Sometimes it's a quote or incident that's too perfect —a feeling I always …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
John Mearsheimer Endorses a Hitler Apologist and Holocaust Revisionist  —  Gilad Atzmon is a jazz saxophonist who lives in London and who has a side gig disseminating the wildest sort of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.  He is an ex-Israeli and a self-proclaimed “self-hater” …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Dead federal retirees are paid $120 million annually, report says  —  The federal government pays out millions of dollars to dead people each year — including deceased retired federal workers, according to a new report.  —  In the past five years, the Office of Personnel Management …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
New gaffe: Obama hails America's historic building of ‘the Intercontinental Railroad’ … That's what the president of the United States flat-out said Thursday during what was supposed to be a photo op to sell his jobs plan next to an allegedly deteriorating highway bridge.  —  A railroad between continents?
 
 
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