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9:30 AM ET, September 28, 2011

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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 …
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Democrats Emerge From Closet, Oppose Democracy  —  How many Democrats are National Socialists at heart?  Quite a few, I suspect, and every now and then the Democrats' totalitarian urges break through to the surface.  Thus, we have the Governor of North Carolina, Bev Perdue, suggesting that we …
Discussion: Instapundit
Megan DeMarco / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie slams Obama, talks foreign policy during Reagan Library speech  —  In a highly anticipated speech at the Reagan Library tonight, Gov. Chris Christie criticized President Barack Obama for being what he called a “bystander in the Oval Office,” and painted Washington politics …
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Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
Chris Christie Presidential Speculation Ends Just As Quickly As It Spiked
Discussion: Politics, Salon and AlterNet
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Five Things Conservative Voters Would Hate About Chris Christie
Fox News:
Sources: Christie Definitely a ‘No’ for 2012
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker demands independent probe into Solyndra  —  A Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee is calling on the White House to appoint an independent investigator to examine the administration's decision to approve a $535 million loan guarantee for a now-bankrupt solar company.
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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Germany slams ‘stupid’ US plans to boost EU rescue fund  —  Germany and America were on a collision course on Tuesday night over the handling of Europe's debt crisis after Berlin savaged plans to boost the EU rescue fund as a “stupid idea” and told the White House to sort out its own mess before giving gratuitous advice to others.
Discussion: Business Insider
Daniel Howes / Detroit News:
Ford pulls its ad on bailouts
Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:
Why Establishment Media & the Power Elite Loathe Occupy Wall Street  —  Straw Poll on Direct Action (photo: Collin David Anderson)  —  Over the past ten days, hundreds of people have occupied Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan in New York as part of Occupy Wall Street.
Discussion: NPR, Jesus' General and The Raw Story
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Edward Schumacher-Matos / NPR:
Newsworthy? Determining the Importance of Protests on Wall Street
Discussion: Wonkette and Concurring Opinions
Charles Mead / Bloomberg:
Wall Street Protesters Joined by Susan Sarandon
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Blacks leave Obama  —  Behind the president's whining to the Black Caucus, begging them to “quit grumbling,” is a decline in his personal popularity among African-American voters that could portend catastrophe for his fading reelection chances.  —  According to a Washington Post/ABC News survey …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on CNN: Florida will likely hold Jan. primary, threatening presidential calendar  —  Washington (CNN) — Florida is now expected to hold its presidential primary on the last day in January 2012, a move likely to throw the carefully arranged Republican nominating calendar into disarray …
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
Timothy R. Homan / Bloomberg:
Obama Jobs Plan May Prevent 2012 Recession  —  President Barack Obama's $447 billion jobs plan would help avoid a return to recession by maintaining growth and pushing down the unemployment rate next year, according to economists surveyed by Bloomberg News.  —  The legislation …
Discussion: The Politico and Business Insider
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Palin sends more mixed signals  —  Sarah Palin, as often, sent ambivalent signals in her interview on Fox News last night.  —  The clip that everyone is buzzing about last night and this morning as a sign that she's leaning against a run: … I say “ambivalent signals” because …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Financial Times:
Split opens over Greek bail-out terms  —  By Peter Spiegel in Brussels and Quentin Peel in Berlin  —  A split has opened in the eurozone over the terms of Greece's second €109bn bail-out with as many as seven of the bloc's 17 members arguing for private creditors to swallow a bigger writedown …
Raghavan Mayur / Investor's Business Daily:
A President Who's Well-Liked Falls Well Short On Execution  —  President Obama faces head winds from independents, an important voting bloc for re-election in 2012.  Many of them think well of him personally, but they are disenchanted.  They don't like his policies, and they see him as inexperienced.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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” …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Mary Clare Jalonick / The Huffington Post:
Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak Is The Deadliest In A Decade; 16 Dead So Far … WASHINGTON — Health officials say as many as 16 people have died from possible listeria illnesses traced to Colorado cantaloupes, the deadliest food outbreak in more than a decade.
Beth Reinhard / NationalJournal.com:
Perry's Not the Only GOP Star to Support Tuition Breaks for Illegal Immigrants' Kids  —  GOP immigration debate shows rift between party establishment and conservative grassroots.  —  Ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush defended Texas Gov. Rick Perry's policy for children of illegal immigrants.
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
For David Plouffe, a top Obama adviser, a new strategy and old doubts  —  View Photo Gallery —  President Obama's reelection campaign and DNC together raised $86 million in the second quarter of 2011.  Outside of fundraising, the president is ramping up support for his reelection …
Discussion: Eschaton and The Page
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid playing for leverage with jobs bill  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has made it clear that he will not schedule a vote on President Obama's jobs package until after the upper chamber moves a China currency bill that the administration does not support.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Even Those Cleared of Crimes Can Stay on F.B.I.'s Watch List  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is permitted to include people on the government's terrorist watch list even if they have been acquitted of terrorism-related offenses or the charges are dropped, according to newly released documents.
Discussion: The Politico
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.”
Ali A. Akbar / Tea Party Brew:
A Tea Party Invitation to Morgan Freeman  —  My name is Ali Akbar.  I'm a 26 year-old African-American small business owner and a tea party activist.  I'm not writing to rake you over the coals in the way that many conservatives have done in the last 48 hours.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Paul Krugman:
Does Economics Still Progress?  —  In a few hours Sylvia Nasar and I will have an on-stage dialogue at the 92nd Street Y, centered around her new book The Grand Pursuit, which offers a set of fascinating portraits of the makers of economics.  (Irving Fisher invented the Rolodex?)
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.”
 
 
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Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
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Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
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Kevinliptak / CNN:
CNN Poll: Trust in government at all time low
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Al Goodman / CNN:
Police in Spain arrest 5 suspected of financing terrorists
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Los Angeles Times:
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WCVB-TV:
Protesters Greet Former Defense Secretary
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Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Perry's phony attack ad on changes to Romney's book
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 Earlier Items: 
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The NRA's self-parody  —  It can't be easy for the National Rifle Association right now.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Mother Jones
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Billionaire Owner of Washington Wizards Wants Obama to Stop Calling Him Rich
Hoover Institution:
Obama's Jobs Bill: Read It and Weep
Brad Friedman / Salon:
Diebold voting machines can be hacked by remote control
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Rick Perry's Revisionist Take On The Original Tea Party