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4:50 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
NY Daily News:
Bible-thumping heckler identified as David Serrano calls President Obama ‘the Antichrist’  —  A bizarre Bible-thumping heckler called President Obama “the Antichrist” as the Secret Service dragged him out of a presidential fund-raiser Monday.  —  The bearded young man …
Susan Crabtree / TPMDC:
Heckler Screamed ‘Anti-Christ’ At Obama Before Being Whisked Away
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Colby Hall / Mediaite:   President Obama Called ‘Antichrist’ By Heckler At Los Angeles Fundraiser
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” …
Julie Mason / The Politico:
POTUS testy in BET interview
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 …
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 …
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.
A.Killough / CNN:
Axelrod acknowledges ‘titanic struggle’ for Obama bid
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.
A.Killough / CNN:
CNN Poll: Majority say neither party's policies good for country  —  Washington (CNN) - A new national survey suggests there are no winners in the public's eye when it comes to the constant wrangling between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill.  —  A CNN/ORC International Poll released …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Forbes Subscriptions  —  Yesterday a purported independent trader going by the name Alessio Rastani appeared on BBC and said some delicious things, namely that he's been dreaming about a recession and that Goldman Sachs rules the world.  —  Gawker promptly called him a “sociopath.”
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
The Republicans Can Win, but They Can't Lead  —  ORLANDO — Jon Huntsman, poor dear, truly is a lost soul.  He came here this weekend, for the Florida presidential debate and the ensuing straw poll, running what appeared to be a complicated simulacrum of a national presidential campaign.
Shushannah Walshe / Politics:
Santorum: ‘Slow and Steady’ Will Win Iowa
Discussion: GOP 12 and Daily Kos
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.
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.
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 …
Goldman Sachs Draws Up Deeper Cuts  —  Goldman Sachs, bracing for what could be one of its worst quarters since it went public 12 years ago, is preparing to expand its cost-cutting initiative by hundreds of millions of dollars, a move that could lead to additional job losses at the Wall Street bank.
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.
Philip Aldrick / Telegraph:
UBS rogue trader to hit City bank bonuses  —  Bankers across the City of London are preparing to have their bonuses slashed in the wake of the rogue trader scandal at UBS.  —  Kweku Adoboli was arrested by City of London Police earlier this month  —  Banks are already under regulatory pressure …
Discussion: Business Insider and Dealbreaker
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Lost Decade?  —  If you want a big swig of despair, listen to the people who know something about the global economy.  Roger Altman, a former deputy Treasury secretary, is arguing that America and Europe are on the verge of a disastrous double-dip recession.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Super Committee's Cuts Anything But Automatic … WASHINGTON — The 12-member super committee created to slash the federal deficit is powered by the threat that if it doesn't come up with $1.2 trillion in savings, automatic, across-the-board cuts will be instituted to reach that same goal, with half of those cuts hitting the Pentagon.
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Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
Did the Founding Fathers Screw Up?
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David Magee / International Business Times:
Sarah Palin Threatens Lawsuit, But Don't Hold Your Breath
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Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Freddie Mac's Loan Deal With Bank of America Is Called Flawed
Brad Friedman / Salon:
Diebold voting machines can be hacked by remote control
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
Malia Wollan / New York Times:
A ‘Diversity Bake Sale’ Backfires on Campus
Mackenzie Weinger / Reuters:
Official: Iran to send ships near U.S. coast
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Gene Healy / Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: The Agitator
Paul Krugman:
Stimulus Tales  —  Dean Baker is upset with David Brooks — not for the first time.
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Barack Obama Just Can't Please Everyone
Discussion: Attackerman
Wayne Slater / Trail Blazers Blog:
Inside Team Perry: How do we right the ship?
Alison Fitzgerald / Bloomberg:
Executives Expect Scandal From Undisclosed Campaign Donations
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Wall Street Journal:
Blue-State Math Is Boon to Obama, Target for GOP
Discussion: Democratic Strategist