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12:40 PM ET, September 24, 2011


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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.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Gawker
Emily Friedman / Politics:
GOP Candidates React to Booed Gay Soldier
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
As Perry sags, Christie in spotlight  —  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 to big-money backers …
Discussion: New York Post and The Page
Jim Meyers /
Chris Christie Reconsidering 2012 Run, Will Decide in Days  —  More ways to share...  Mixx  —  Stumbled  —  LinkedIn  —  Vine  —  Buzzflash  —  Newstrust  —  Technocrati  —  Forward Article  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is reconsidering his decision not to enter …
Juana Summers / The Politico:
Web verdict on Perry: Brutal  —  The conservative commentariat spoke with near-unanimity Friday on Rick Perry's debate performance: The Texas governor didn't just lose, he bombed.  —  There was no election-ending gaffe or singularly disqualifying remark.  But his second consecutive weak …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Debates Appear To Be Hurting Rick Perry
Rasmussen Reports:
New Hampshire GOP Primary: Romney 39%, Perry 18%, Paul 13%
The Politico:
Elizabeth Warren's campaign revises pay from TARP panel  —  The campaign for Democratic Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren said Friday she had been paid $192,722 for serving as chairman of a congressional committee that monitored the 2008 federal bank bailout, three times as much as had originally been acknowledged.
The Politico:
Warren's TARP panel under scrutiny
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 …
Steven F. Hayward / Weekly Standard:
President Solyndra  —  And his mean green wealth-wasting machine.  —  The spectacular collapse of Solyndra has all of the trappings of an epic Washington scandal, with serial revelations of embarrassing and potentially improper White House machinations to secure a $535 million federal loan guarantee …
Discussion: Power Line News:
Problems For The President: Americans Give Him Lowest Approval Rating Ever  —  This week's Economist/YouGov Poll is full of bad news for President Barack Obama.  The frontrunners for the GOP nomination in the 2012 contest are pulling very close to him in head-to-head matchups …
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 …
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 .
Melissa Vega / WOAI-TV:
Teacher calls local Tea Party president a Nazi  —  SAN ANTONIO - Tempers flared during a town hall meeting on the Dream Act Tuesday night.  During the meeting a high school government teacher from John F. Kennedy called the local Tea Party president a Nazi.  —  The exchange was recorded and posted on You tube.
Discussion: theblogprof and The Jawa Report
Lauri Apple / Gawker:
Snobby Illiterati to Protest Wall St. ‘Hippies’ With Champagne Toast  —  As the first week of the #occupywallstreet protest against corporate stuff draws to a close, some classy capitalists have decided to dust off their favorite Nixon-era jargon and hold a champagne-soaked counter-protest of their own.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Gothamist
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Partisanship flares again, thwarts passage of stopgap funding bill
New York Times:
Putin Will Seek Russian Presidency in 2012
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Midwest Farmers Are on Alert Against Pig Thieves
Ian Sample / Guardian:
Faster than light particles found, claim scientists
New York Times:
U.S. Presses Europe to Stop Spread of Greek Debt Crisis
Discussion: Gawker, Firedoglake and CBS Minnesota
Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
Prince George's Del. Alston indicted on theft charges
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Rohrabacher's mea culpa for changing Wednesday vote: 'I'm chickens—t'
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
CRUNCH TIME: House GOP Jams Senate With Government Funding Bill, Partisan Budget Cuts For Disaster Aid
Bill Clinton: Netanyahu isn't interested in Mideast peace deal
Discussion: Guardian and The Atlantic Online
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
As Mississippi Debates Extreme ‘Personhood’ Amendment, Advocates Ask Where Are The Dems?
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Maddow Blog