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5:55 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 …
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 …
Ari Fleischer / CNN:
It's too late for Chris Christie to run  —  Editor's note: Ari Fleischer, a CNN contributor, was White House press secretary in the George W. Bush administration from 2001 to 2003 and is the president of Ari Fleischer Sports Communications Inc.  —  (CNN) — I'm a Chris Christie fan.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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 …
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.
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:   Billionaire Owner of Washington Wizards Wants Obama to Stop Calling Him Rich
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 …
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: Crooks and Liars and Daily Kos
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
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
The birthing of Solyndra  —  Solyndra is trying to rival her big sister Katrina's ability to make the federal government look incompetent.  But whose baby is she?  —  Since the solar-energy company went belly-up a few weeks ago — leaving taxpayers on the hook for $535 million in loan guarantees …
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 …
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.”
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Wesley P. Hester / RTD Virginia Politics Blog:
Cantor wants answers on disaster aid request for Louisa  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-7th, is pushing for information on the status of Gov. Bob McDonnell's request for federal disaster assistance for Louisa County residents in the wake of an earthquake there last month.
Discussion: The Hill, TPMDC and Daily Kos
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.
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.
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
Did the Founding Fathers Screw Up?  —  Gridlock in Washington is no accident.  It's built into the Constitution.  —  The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation," Franklin Roosevelt declared as he campaigned for the presidency in the spring of 1932. "
Discussion: Democracy in America
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.
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.
Matt O'Brien / The New Republic:
Why Did Republicans Turn Against the Fed?  —  “Regarding the Great Depression: You're right, [the Federal Reserve] did it.  We're very sorry.  But thanks to you, we won't do it again.”  Those were then-Fed Governor and current Chairman Ben Bernanke's words to economist Milton Friedman in 2002 …
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 and Wonkette
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The NRA's self-parody  —  It can't be easy for the National Rifle Association right now.
Budget Committee:
The Optimist's Guide to Repeal and Replace
Discussion: National Review and Campaign 2012
Roger Ailes / The Daily Beast:
Why Herman Cain Is Angry
David Magee / International Business Times:
Sarah Palin Threatens Lawsuit, But Don't Hold Your Breath
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Blue Gal
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
The White House:
Remarks by the President at a DNC Event—Los Angeles, CA
Paul Krugman:
Stimulus Tales  —  Dean Baker is upset with David Brooks — not for the first time.
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Wayne Slater / Trail Blazers Blog:
Inside Team Perry: How do we right the ship?
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Super Committee's Cuts Anything But Automatic