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10:40 PM ET, September 24, 2011


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St. Petersburg Times:
Herman Cain wins Presidency 5 straw poll  —  ORLANDO — In a stunning upset Saturday, Herman Cain won Florida's Presidency 5 straw poll, a vote of 2,657 Republican activists that in past years has predicted the party nominee.  —  Cain, the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza who charmed the three …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Cain upsets Perry at Florida straw poll  —  Businessman Herman Cain scored a major upset Saturday, winning the Florida straw poll and creating a new set of problems for Texas Gov. Rick Perry.  —  The final tally: Cain carried 37% of the vote, Perry 15% and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney 14%.
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 …
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 …
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Cain wins an upset victory in Florida presidential straw poll  —  Herman Cain pulled off a shocking upset victory in Florida's Presidency 5 Straw Poll on Saturday.  The Georgia businessman won more votes than the Republican primaries frontrunners — Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — combined.
The Huffington Post:
Herman Cain Wins Florida Straw Poll Ahead Of 2012 … Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain came out on top in the Florida straw poll on Saturday.  —  The former CEO of Godfather's Pizza won the test of conservative strength with roughly 37 percent of the vote.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Daily Kos
Kevinliptak / CNN:
TRENDING: Cain upsets Perry as winner of Florida straw poll
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Arlette Saenz / Politics:
Rick Perry Takes His Chances on Florida Straw Poll
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 and The Strata-Sphere
Father upset over homework promoting polygamy, Islam  —  COBB COUNTY, Ga. — A father's complaint that his daughter's homework promotes the Muslim faith could lead to a lesson change in Cobb County.  —  Channel 2's Tom Regan talked to the father who showed him where his daughter's homework …
Discussion: Right Wing News and Jihad Watch
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
Marisa Schultz / Detroit News:
McCotter: ‘Democratic Party not progressive’  —  Mackinac Island— Two days after the onetime White House hopeful dropped his presidential run, U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter told a breakfast crowd House Republicans will not back away from reforming entitlement programs, like Medicare and Social Security.
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake and AMERICAN FUTURE
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.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
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Discussion: CNN
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
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Discussion: Economix
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama plays a round of golf with Clinton
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and CNN
Paul Vitello / New York Times:
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Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Phillip Longman / Foreign Policy:
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