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2:30 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 …
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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Wealthy, Influential and Pushing a Christie Bid for President
Alexander Trowbridge / The Politico:
Running? Chris Christie's many 'no's
Discussion: GOP 12
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 …
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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.
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 …
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Tim Mak / The Politico:
Huntsman: I'm ‘undervalued stock’
Discussion: Washington Wire and CNN
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 …
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Nancy-Ann DeParle / White House.gov Blog:
Health Insurance Premium Update
Discussion: Reuters and Healthwatch
DealBook:
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.
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Ben White / The Politico:
Obama out West: Opens slashing re-election effort …
Discussion: Business Insider
Alan Rappeport / Financial Times:
Coca-Cola chief criticises US tax rules
Discussion: Business Insider
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
Wall Street Demonstrations Test Police Trained for Bigger Threats  —  When members of the loose protest movement known as Occupy Wall Street began a march from the financial district to Union Square on Saturday, the participants seemed relatively harmless, even as they were breaking the law by marching in the street without a permit.
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Karen McVeigh / Guardian:
Occupy Wall Street: ‘Pepper-spray’ officer named in Bush protest claim
Ed Payne / CNN:
Wall Street protests enter 11th day
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
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.
Tom Hamburger / Los Angeles Times:
Obama advisors raised warning flags before Solyndra bankruptcy  —  Treasury chief Timothy F. Geithner and others were worried that the selection process for federal loan guarantees fell short and raised the risk that funds could be going to the wrong firms.  —  Reporting from Washington …
Discussion: Power Line, Hot Air and Washington Post
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Washington Post:
The birthing of Solyndra  —  Solyndra is trying to rival …
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.
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Axelrod: Next election will be a ‘titanic struggle’
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Blue-State Math Is Boon to Obama, Target for GOP  —  Amid those dark political clouds overhead right now, President Barack Obama can console himself with this silver lining: The electoral map remains stacked in favor of him and his Democrats.  —  In a close presidential election …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
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 …
Julie Mason / The Politico:
POTUS testy in BET interview  —  Making the cross face: Obama sits down with Emmett Miller  —  President Obama, slipping in the polls among black supporters and under fire from black Democratic leaders for policies they say fail to address black poverty and unemployment …
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.
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 …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Obama's jobs plan isn't top priority for Reid  —  President Obama still is pressing Congress to pass his jobs stimulus bill immediately, but his own party leaders in the Senate, where Democrats have a majority, have pushed that vote off yet again.  —  Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat …
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.
Discussion: GOP 12, Hot Air and Iowa Caucuses
 
 
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Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
In Thailand, an Innovative Fight Against Cervical Cancer
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Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Lawmakers seek added protections for bi-national gay couples
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
‘Nightmare’ in Libya: 20,000 Surface-to-Air Missiles Missing
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U.S. Health Insurance Cost Rises Sharply, Study Finds
Gene Healy / Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: The Agitator
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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?
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Campaign 2012
Alison Fitzgerald / Bloomberg:
Executives Expect Scandal From Undisclosed Campaign Donations
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Super Committee's Cuts Anything But Automatic
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Eschaton
The Charlotte Observer:
Wallace Kuralt's era of sterilization