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9:40 PM ET, September 28, 2011


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Rick Perry to Newsmax: I Regret ‘Heartless’ Comment on Immigration  —  More ways to share...  Mixx  —  Stumbled  —  LinkedIn  —  Vine  —  Buzzflash  —  Newstrust  —  Technocrati  —  Forward Article  —  Presidential candidate Rick Perry on Wednesday apologized for saying …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: GOP Race Top Tier Now Romney, Perry and Cain  —  Three September debates have shaken-up the race for the Republican presidential nomination.  Herman Cain has jumped into the top tier.  Rick Perry's stumbled.  Mitt Romney's holding steady.  —  And Michele Bachmann is hitting bottom.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney up in Florida  —  Rick Perry's led the Republican field in every Southern state that we've polled since he entered the Presidential race...until now.  Mitt Romney continues to lead the way in Florida with 30% to 24% for Perry, 10% for Gingrich, 8% for Ron Paul, 7% for Herman Cain …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Defiant Team Perry's plan: Hit harder  —  Rick Perry's widely panned debate performances?  Just a hiccup.  Any major changes in debate prep?  None planned.  His unexpected and deflating Florida straw poll loss last weekend?  Not a big deal.  —  Even as some of his supporters grow anxious …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Man arrested in ‘step-by-step’ plot to blow up Capitol, Pentagon  —  The FBI arrested and charged a man Wednesday for allegedly plotting to blow up the Capitol and the Pentagon.  —  The 26-year-old Massachusetts man, Rezwan Ferdaus, was arrested as part of an FBI sting operation …
Ryan J. Reilly /
FBI Arrests Man For Plotting To Attack Capitol, Pentagon With C-4 Loaded Remote Controlled Planes  —  Rezwan Ferdaus, a 26-year-old Massachusetts resident was arrested in an FBI sting on Wednesday after allegedly plotting to use large remote controlled model airplanes packed with C-4 plastic explosives …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Asks Supreme Court to Hear Case on Health Care Law  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to hear a case concerning the 2010 health care overhaul law.  The development, which came unexpectedly fast, makes it all but certain that the court …
Stephanie Cutter / White Blog:
Obama Administration Asks Supreme Court to Hear Health Care Lawsuit  —  Tens of millions of Americans are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act, including the parents of children with preexisting conditions, women getting mammograms with no out-of-pocket cost, seniors saving hundreds …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate Magazine:
The Supreme Court is less interested in ruling on Obama's health care law than you think.
Robert Costa / National Review:
Christie's Father: ‘I Think He Would Beat Obama’  —  Trenton, N.J. — Bill Christie, Gov. Chris Christie's father, tells National Review Online that his son will make the final decision about a presidential bid.  But as the governor mulls, he can count his father as one of many Republicans …
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
Kevinliptak / CNN:
TRENDING: Cain: Black community ‘brainwashed’ into voting for Dems
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Heresies of Chris Christie
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Waiting on Christie  —  Jonathan Martin writes that Rick Perry's …
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Energy Department approves $1 billion in solar loan guarantees  —  The Energy Department announced Wednesday that is has finalized more than $1 billion in loan guarantees for two separate solar projects.  —  The decision comes several weeks after Solyndra, a California-based solar manufacturer …
Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Solyndra Said to Have Violated Terms of Its U.S. Loan  —  Solyndra LLC had such steep financial problems in late 2010 that the company violated terms of its loan-guarantee agreement with the Department of Energy and technically defaulted on its $535 million loan, according to people familiar with the matter.
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What's behind the scorn for the Wall Street protests?  —  It's unsurprising that establishment media outlets have been condescending, dismissive and scornful of the ongoing protests on Wall Street.  Any entity that declares itself an adversary of prevailing institutional power is going to be viewed …
City Room:
Officer's Pepper-Spraying of Protesters Is Under Investigation  —  The police and Manhattan prosecutors are separately examining a high-ranking officer's use of pepper spray on a number of female protesters at a demonstration on Saturday.  —  Raymond W. Kelly, commissioner of the New York Police Department …
Charlie GrapskiFollow / Daily Kos:
Bologna's Second Attack with Pepper Spray
Stan Collender / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Tea Partiers Want A New Dollar Coin And Refuse To Listen To The Free Market In The Process  —  Over at TPM, Ryan Reilly has an intriguing post about the interest of some tea partiers for a new circulating dollar coin because it supposedly will save the federal government money.
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.
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Obama's Racial Crisis
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Al-Qaida calls on Ahmadinejad to end 9/11 conspiracy theories  —  Terrorist organisation's magazine reportedly says it is ‘ridiculous’ for Iran's president to blame the attacks on the US government  —  Al-Qaida has sent a message to the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad …
Discussion: Blog
Lee Ferran / ABCNEWS:
Al Qaeda to Iran: Stop Spreading 9/11 Conspiracy Theory
Noah Bierman / Boston Globe:
Setti Warren said to be quitting US Senate race  —  Newton mayor Setti Warren, whose US Senate campaign has been short on cash and eclipsed by the emergence of Elizabeth Warren, plans to announce tomorrow that he is dropping out, according to an early supporter who received a phone call this afternoon.
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
The Permanent Candidate  —  What's Driving Rick Perry?  —  The Tea Party movement had not yet fully impinged on the nation's consciousness when Rick Perry stepped to the podium outside Austin City Hall on April 15, 2009, to speak at a tax-day protest.  Wearing a big “DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS” …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
Rick Perry's wife says scrutiny faced during presidential campaign has been ‘intense’
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 …
Solyndra's $733M Plant Had Robots, Spa Showers  —  The glass-and-metal building that Solyndra LLC began erecting alongside Interstate 880 in Fremont, California, in September 2009 was something the Silicon Valley area hadn't seen in years: a new factory.  —  It wasn't just any factory.
Discussion: Cold Fury and National Review
Rick Richman / New York Sun:
Clinton, in a Sharp Turnaround, Warns Against Even Symbolically Recognizing Jerusalem as Capital of Israel  —  Secretary of State Clinton, in a sharp departure from her stance when she was a senator, is warning that any American action, even symbolically, toward recognizing Jerusalem …
Alexander Bolton / Healthwatch:
Sens. Lieberman, Coburn press for big supercommittee cuts to Medicare  —  Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) are pressing the deficit-reduction supercommittee to consider their proposal to cut more than $500 billion in Medicare spending over 10 years.
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State Department Keystone XL Hearings Run By TransCanada Contractor
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Associated Press:
AP Interview: Iraq-US training deal likely
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CNN Poll: Democrats and Republicans don't see eye-to-eye over Palestinian statehood
Discussion: The Politico and Hot Air
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Young wants to roll back all regulations since '91
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Judge OKs key parts of Alabama immigration law
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Ryan pitches voucher plan to replace Obama healthcare reforms
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
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Palin sends more mixed signals