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4:55 PM ET, September 24, 2011


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The Politico:
Chris Christie back in spotlight as Perry sags  —  With the party's frontrunner sagging, Chris Christie is reconsidering pleas from Republican elites and donors to run for president in 2012, two Republican sources told POLITICO.  —  The New Jersey governor has indicated he is listening …
Josh Margolin / New York Post:
‘2nd thoughts’ for Christie on running  —  He's thinking about becoming the new face in the race.  —  New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie is considering a run for president, after getting lobbied hard from some of the GOP's top leaders and money men, according to a well-placed Republican source …
Discussion: Flower & Thistle
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
The Phony Solyndra Scandal  —  If Brian Harrison and W. G. Stover, the two Solyndra executives who took the Fifth Amendment at a Congressional hearing on Friday, ever spend a day in jail, I'll stand on my head in Times Square.  —  It's not going to happen, for one simple reason: neither they …
Steven F. Hayward / Weekly Standard:
President Solyndra  —  And his mean green wealth-wasting machine.
Discussion: Power Line
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
In FL straw poll, a late surge for Herman Cain  —  ORLANDO — There's no scientific polling, but talks with dozens of delegates who will vote in today's Florida straw poll suggest that many are making last-minute decisions to vote for Herman Cain.  —  What seems to be happening is this …
Anand Giridharadas / New York Times:
The Fraying of a Nation's Decency  —  CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS —, the books-to-diapers-to-machetes Internet superstore, is a perfect snapshot of the American Dream, circa 2011.  —  It grows by the hour, fueled by a relentless optimism that has made America America.  First it sold books.
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama plays a round of golf with Clinton  —  President Obama headed to Andrews Air Force Base on Saturday for a round of golf with one of the few people who might have some idea of the difficulties the president has been facing: Former President Bill Clinton.
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Poll finds Obama approval at historic low  —  President Barack Obama's approval ratings have fallen to a new low, with only 36 percent of Americans saying that they approve of the way he is handling his job overall, according to a new poll from the Economist/YouGov.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and The Hill
Phillip Longman / Foreign Policy:
The World Will Be More Crowded — With Old People  —  Actually, the children aren't our future.  —  Demography is not destiny, as is sometimes claimed.  The human race could be wiped out by a plague or an asteroid, or transformed by some new technology.  But no matter what …
Discussion: Greg's Opinion
Marie Rohde /
WisPolitics: Guv's spokesman, two others granted immunity in ongoing John Doe probe  —  Gov. Scott Walker's spokesman is one of three witnesses who have been granted immunity in an ongoing John Doe investigation that includes allegations of campaign law violations, according to records obtained by .
Philip Aldrick / Telegraph:
Multi-trillion grand plan to save the eurozone is being prepared  —  European officials are working on a grand plan to restore confidence in the single currency area that would involve a massive bank recapitalisation, giving the bail-out fund several trillion euros of firepower, and a possible Greek default.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Santorum condemns boos; Romney and Perry don't  —  It was one of the more jarring moments in Thursday night's debate.  Stephen Hill, a U.S. Army soldier serving in Iraq, asked whether he, as a gay American, would be able to continue serving if one of these Republican candidates won.
John Steele Gordon / Washington Post:
Five myths about millionaires  —  This past week, President Obama tried to sell his new “millionaires' tax” to the Rust Belt.  “What's great about this country is our belief that anyone can make it,” he said in Cincinnati on Thursday, praising “the idea that any one of us can open a business …
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
Obama Administration to Ban Asthma Inhalers Over Environmental Concerns  —  Remember how Obama recently waived new ozone regulations at the EPA because they were too costly?  Well, it seems that the Obama administration is would rather make people with Asthma cough up money …
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Paul Vitello / New York Times:
Oscar Handlin, Historian Who Chronicled U.S. Immigration, Dies at 95
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Partisanship flares again, thwarts passage of stopgap funding bill
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Putin Will Seek Second Stint as Russian President in 2012
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