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8:55 PM ET, September 27, 2011


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Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Five Things Conservative Voters Would Hate About Chris Christie  —  Did you hear the news?  Chris Christie is going to save the Republicans from Rick Perry, who was supposed to save them from Mitt Romney but turned out to be a completely inept debater and a traitor on issues like illegal immigration …
Fox News:
Sources: Christie Definitely a ‘No’ for 2012  —  Chris Christie say he has finally made a definitive decision, once and for all, not to run for president in 2012, sources close to the New Jersey governor told Fox News on Tuesday.  —  Despite the intensity that has heightened in recent days …
Chris Megerian / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie won't enter presidential race, his brother insists  —  ST. LOUIS — Members of Gov. Chris Christie's inner circle said today he won't run for president, batting down increased speculation that spiked on Monday when former Gov. Tom Kean said Christie was thinking about throwing his hat in the ring.
Ari Fleischer / CNN:
It's too late for Chris Christie to run
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:   Christie source: Run still possible
Jbfrank / Raleigh News & Observer:
Perdue suggests suspending Congressional elections for two years — was she serious?  —  UPDATED: File this in the random-things-politicians-say file.  —  Speaking to a Cary rotary club today, N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue suggested suspending Congressional elections for two years so that Congress …
Daniel Howes / Detroit News:
Ford pulls its ad on bailouts  —  'Didn't take the money' boast ruffles feathers  —  For the only Detroit automaker that “didn't take the money” of the federal auto bailouts, Ford Motor Co. keeps paying a price for its comparative success and self-reliant turnaround.
Michelle Malkin:
Chicago on the Potomac: White House reportedly takes Ford to woodshed over anti-bailout ad …
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
‘Nightmare’ in Libya: 20,000 Surface-to-Air Missiles Missing  —  U.S. officials had once thought there was little chance that terrorists could get their hands on many of the portable surface-to-air missiles that can bring down a commercial jet liner.  —  But now that calculation is out the window …
Steven Ertelt /
Congress to Investigate Planned Parenthood Abortion Business  —  A Congressional committee has taken the first steps in investigating the Planned Parenthood abortion business over abuses ranging from financial disparities to its compliance with federal regulations on taxpayer funding to concerns …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems hammer GOP's Planned Parenthood funding probe
Teds Take:
Class Warfare - Yuck!  —  Let me get this on the record.  —  My dad was a waiter.  My mom was a secretary.  Neither attended college.  I grew up in Brooklyn, NY and Lowell, Massachusetts.  I attended public schools.  My parents - in their best year - earned $31,000 combined.
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Billionaire Owner of Washington Wizards Wants Obama to Stop Calling Him Rich
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
O-bummer!  MTV tunes out prez campaign  —  President Obama's re-election campaign wants to connect with young Americans and reached out recently to MTV for help — but the cable network turned them down, sources tell The Post.  —  The president's Get Out the Vote campaign, run by Buffy Wicks …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Mediaite and Don Surber
Susan Crabtree / TPMDC:
Heckler Screamed ‘Anti-Christ’ At Obama Before Being Whisked Away  —  A heckler disrupted opening remarks President Obama was giving at a House of Blues event in Los Angeles Monday night.  —  Obama had just told the event's master of ceremonies Tyler Ferguson, an actor on the TV show Modern Family …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Crooks and Liars
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Palin ‘on the Verge’ of a Decision About Presidential Run  —  Sarah Palin has been quiet recently.  Surprisingly quiet.  —  Ms. Palin, a one-time Alaska governor, is reportedly just days away from deciding whether to run for president.  —  In the meantime, her Twitter feed and Facebook page have gone silent for the last 10 days.
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
The Republicans Can Win, but They Can't Lead
Discussion: The Impolitic and The Mahablog
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House GOP wants to cash out dollar bill  —  Several House Republicans have introduced legislation to retire the dollar bill and replace it with a mandated dollar coin.  A couple of senators, however, have introduced a competing measure to protect the paper dollar from, as they say, the “unpopular one dollar coin.”
America Live / Fox News Insider:
Megyn Kelly Responds to ‘The View’ Co-Host Joy Behar's Interview With VP Joe Biden on “Boo-ing” in Fox News/Google Debate After Gay Soldier Asks Question  —  On Tuesday's episode of the talk show “The View,” co-host Joy Behar asked guest Vice President Joe Biden about “booing” …
Alexander Mooney / The 1600 Report:
Oops!  White House fails basic geography test  —  Looks like someone in the White House press office needs to brush up on his or her U.S. geography.  —  The press office issued credentials to those reporters and photojournalists who are covering the president's trip this week to Washington state, California, and Colorado.
Bill Carter / New York Times:
MSNBC Is Close to Falling to Third Place in Cable News Ratings  —  How badly has MSNBC been hurt by the loss of Keith Olbermann?  Enough, apparently, to be on the verge of falling back into third place among the cable news networks.  —  The ratings results for the month of September show that CNN …
Hoover Institution:
Obama's Jobs Bill: Read It and Weep  —  by Richard A. Epstein (Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow and member of the Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity Task Force)  —  An infernal mish-mash of taxes, subsidies, and regulations.  —  The dim news about the current economic situation …
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
U.S. Health Insurance Cost Rises Sharply, Study Finds  —  The cost of health insurance for many Americans this year climbed more sharply than in previous years, outstripping any growth in workers' wages and adding more uncertainty about the pace of rising medical costs.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Rick Perry's Revisionist Take On The Original Tea Party  —  In a move reminiscent of Sarah Palin's infamous revisionist take on Paul Revere's midnight ride, Rick Perry doesn't seem to actually know what the original Tea Party of the 1770s was about:  —  Contrary to Perry's assertion …
Brad Friedman / Salon:
Diebold voting machines can be hacked by remote control  —  Exclusive: A laboratory shows how an e-voting machine used by a third of all voters can be easily manipulated  —  It could be one of the most disturbing e-voting machine hacks to date.  —  Voting machines used by as many as a quarter …
Discussion: The Impolitic and The BRAD BLOG
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Huntsman Spot in Oct. 18 Debate Endangered  —  Jon Huntsman, the former governor of Utah, has been in every presidential debate since he threw his hat in the ring last June.  —  Now, that may change.  —  CNN, which is hosting a debate in Las Vegas on Oct. 18, has set criteria for participation …
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Three reasons the White House is taking health reform straight to Supreme Court  —  It's now likely the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the nation's health reform law by June 2012.  —  The Justice Department said Monday night it would not ask a federal appeals court in Atlanta to review …
Wall Street Journal:
As Federal Crime List Grows, Threshold of Guilt Declines  —  For centuries, a bedrock principle of criminal law has held that people must know they are doing something wrong before they can be found guilty.  The concept is known as mens rea, Latin for a “guilty mind.”
Ann Marlowe / Wall Street Journal:
The Truth About Who Fights for Us  —  In 2007, only 11% of enlisted military recruits came from the poorest U.S. neighborhoods.  —  It should no more be necessary to write this article than to prove that there were Jews killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11.  And yet the mythology refuses to die.
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog
Shira Schoenberg / Boston Globe:
Obama aide Axelrod acknowledges hurdles to president's reelection  —  GOFFSTOWN , N.H.- With a still-foundering economy and Americans increasingly fed up with the government, President Obama's top campaign strategist today acknowledged the difficulties the incumbent president will face.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The NRA's self-parody  —  It can't be easy for the National Rifle Association right now.  They have, to a very real extent, simply won the larger debate.  It's over — no one is working on gun control legislation.  President Obama, considered by the NRA to be a terrible threat, has actually expanded gun rights.
Sources: President Obama tried to save Troy Davis from execution  —  President Obama candidly Friday took a little time to explain how he tried to save Troy Davis and why he did not say anything about his controversial execution, two sources told Redding News Review.
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Was the Associated Press transcription of Obama's CBC speech ‘racist’?  —  By most accounts, President Obama gave a fiery speech at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's annual awards dinner in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, telling blacks to “quit crying and complaining” …
Elizabeth Warren's Voodoo Economics  —  The liberal Senate candidate sets fire to a straw man.  —  Elizabeth Warren is cheesed off.  —  Received wisdom says conservatives are the ones driven by anger—Republicans took the House last year because 2010 was another “year of the angry white male,” and all that.
Roger Ailes / The Daily Beast:
Why Herman Cain Is Angry  —  The GOP long shot is thrilled about his surprise win in Florida's straw poll.  But he tells Patricia Murphy he's still ticked off at not being taken seriously—and the media's fixation on the Romney vs. Perry storyline.
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Rep. King reaps Somali praise for Muslim hearings
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
David Nir / Daily Kos:
Daily Kos/SEIU State of the Nation Poll: Huge support for Buffett Rule
Discussion: ThinkProgress and TPMDC
Agence France Presse:
US ‘deeply disappointed’ by Israel settler homes plan
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Shantal Parris Riley /
Archbishop Dolan speaks out against same-sex marriage
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Shushannah Walshe / Politics:
Ed Koch Endorses Obama Despite Earlier Misgivings
 Earlier Items: 
Matt O'Brien / The New Republic:
Why Did Republicans Turn Against the Fed?
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
Did the Founding Fathers Screw Up?
Discussion: Democracy in America
David Magee / International Business Times:
Sarah Palin Threatens Lawsuit, But Don't Hold Your Breath
Philip Aldrick / Telegraph:
UBS rogue trader to hit City bank bonuses
Discussion: Business Insider and Dealbreaker
Mackenzie Weinger / Reuters:
Official: Iran to send ships near U.S. coast
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Weasel Zippers
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