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12:30 PM ET, September 25, 2011


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Washington Examiner:
York: How Cain won Florida  —  Adelaida Rosario (L), and Mercedes Sabina (R),react to the announcement of Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain winning Florida's straw poll at the Florida President 5 convention at the Orange County Convention Center on September 24, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.
Brian Browdie / NY Daily News:
Herman Cain, GOP presidential candidate, hits back at Morgan Freeman for calling Tea Party ‘racist’  —  GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, right, disputed actor Morgan Freeman's, left, claim on Friday that the Tea Party is ‘a racist thing.’  —  Herman Cain is hitting back at Morgan Freeman for calling the Tea Party racist.
Ron Fournier / Hotline On Call:
Romney trounces Perry in Michigan straw poll; Rubio the pick for VP  —  MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. - In a rout, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney trounced Rick Perry and the rest of the GOP field to win the National Journal Hotline/National Association of Home Builders Straw Poll …
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
No Surprise Here, Romney Wins Michigan Straw Poll
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Cain upsets Perry in Florida Republican straw poll
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Evan McMorris-Santoro /
TPM2012  —  Herman Cain Wins Shocker At Presidency 5 Straw Poll
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Cain upsets Perry as winner of Florida straw poll
Arlette Saenz / Politics:
Rick Perry Takes His Chances on Florida Straw Poll
The Huffington Post:
Herman Cain Wins Florida Straw Poll Ahead Of 2012
Discussion: Daily Kos and Crooks and Liars
Mark S. Smith / Associated Press:
Obama Tells Blacks to ‘Stop Complainin’ and Fight  —  In a fiery summons to an important voting bloc, President Barack Obama told blacks on Saturday to quit crying and complaining and “put on your marching shoes” to follow him into battle for jobs and opportunity.  —  And though he didn't say it directly, for a second term, too.
OBAMA LOSES COOL AT BLACK CAUCUS DINNER; ‘STOP COMPLAINING’ AND MARCH  —  President Barack Obama speaking at the annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Award Dinner in Washington DC.  Recently, members of the CBC have expressed concerns over the job situation in the black community during the Obama Presidency.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama seeks to rally black community behind jobs bill
William Galston / The New Republic:
Left Behind: How Democrats Are Losing the Political Center  —  If you don't think ideological perceptions matter in American politics, you need read no further.  If you do and you're a Democrat, there's something to worry about.  Even as the terms of the political debate in Washington …
Colin Moynihan / City Room:
80 Arrested as Financial District Protest Moves North  —  Police officers arrested protesters who had marched from Zuccotti Park to Union Square.  —  The police made scores of arrests on Saturday as hundreds of people, many of whom had been encamped in the financial district as part of a lengthy protest, marched north to Union Square.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Justice After Troy Davis  —  IT'S easy to see why the case of Troy Davis, the Georgia man executed last week for the 1989 killing of an off-duty police officer, became a cause célèbre for death penalty opponents.  Davis was identified as the shooter by witnesses who later claimed to have been coerced by investigators.
Michael Kazin / New York Times:
Whatever Happened to the American Left?  —  Michael Kazin is a professor of history at Georgetown, a co-editor of Dissent and the author of “American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation.”  —  SOMETIMES, attention should be paid to the absence of news.  America's economic miseries continue …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Small Donors Are Slow to Return to the Obama Fold  —  They were once among President Obama's most loyal supporters and a potent symbol of his political brand: voters of moderate means who dug deep for the candidate and his message of hope and change, sending him $10 or $25 or $50 every few weeks or months.
Evan McMorris-Santoro /
TPM2012  —  Welcome To The P5, Home Of The Telepromptered Obama Teleprompter Joke  —  ORLANDO, FL — Jokes about President Obama's Teleprompter are standard-issue at any Republican gathering these days.  And the Florida GOP's Presidency 5 straw poll is no different.
Chris Hastings / Daily Mail:
BBC turns its back on year of Our Lord: 2,000 years of Christianity jettisoned for politically correct ‘Common Era’  —  The BBC has been accused of ‘absurd political correctness’ after dropping the terms BC and AD in case they offend non-Christians.  —  The Corporation has replaced …
Discussion: Guardian, Biased BBC and Vox Popoli
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Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
Obama 2012 campaign's Operation Vote focuses on ethnic minorities, core liberals
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama plays a round of golf with Clinton
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers