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12:00 PM ET, September 23, 2011

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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 …
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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 …
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.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Gay soldier booed at GOP debate, candidates stay mum  —  Some members of the GOP debate audience booed a gay soldier who asked via video whether the Republican candidates would reinstitute the recently repealed “don't ask, don't tell” policy of banning openly gay soldiers.
Discussion: NPR, The Politico and Gay Politics
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.
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Romney: Opposing illegal immigration requires ‘a heart and a brain’
Discussion: CNN
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Special Editorial: Yikes
Discussion: The Page and Hit & Run
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Why I doubt Romney would repeal Obamacare
New York Times:
Republican Presidential Candidates Debate
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and msnbc.com
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.
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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 …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
GOP Ups Ante Big Time In Government Shutdown Fight
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Daily Kos and Firedoglake
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.”
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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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 …
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Solyndra executives repeatedly invoke the Fifth  —  Solyndra executives repeatedly invoked the Fifth Amendment this morning as House lawmakers pressed them to answer questions about the company's financial collapse and any hopes of repaying their $535 million federal loan guarantee.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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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Arlette Saenz / Politics:
HPV Vaccine Fact Check: Perry Misstated Relationship With Dying Woman  —  Although Rick Perry said at a debate on Thursday that he was “lobbied” by a 31-year-old woman suffering from cervical cancer to require young girls to receive the HPV vaccine, he did not meet the cancer patient until …
Investor's Business Daily:
We're Sinking Under Obama's Policies  —  Economy: The head-scratching continues as stocks take another leg down.  Why, they ask, must the market be so negative?  With an economy buckling under leftist incompetence, what, we ask, is there to be positive about?
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Obama offers some ‘No Child’ waivers  —  President Barack Obama on Friday pressed forward with the most significant change to No Child Left Behind since the Bush-era law overseeing elementary schools was enacted nearly a decade ago, outlining his plan to let states avoid some of the law's strictest provisions …
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Discussion: Politics and Business Insider
Jim Forsyth / Reuters:
Fancy last supper requests off the menu on Texas death row  —  (Reuters) - The Texas prison system abolished on Thursday the time-honored tradition of offering an opulent last meal to condemned inmates before their executions, saying they will get standard prison fare instead.
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 …
 
 
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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
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Paul A. Gigot / Wall Street Journal:
Christie's Next Showcase
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Tim Mak / The Politico:
DOJ: No full severance for 'don't ask' service members
Discussion: Associated Press
Andrew Harmon / Advocate:
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Becomes First Republican to Cosponsor DOMA Repeal
Discussion: The Hill and Ben Smith's Blog
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
House liberal breaks with Obama on UN vote
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Discussion: Bloomberg and Healthwatch
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Patti Domm / CNBC:
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Eli Clifton / ThinkProgress:
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