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2:25 PM ET, September 29, 2011


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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Perry Slumps in Polls, but Not to Romney's Gain  —  There have been three scientific national polls released of Republican voters since the Sept. 22 debate: a CNN poll that was conducted over the last weekend, and polls by Fox News and Economist/YouGov released on Wednesday.
Is This Man the G.O.P.'s Best Bet for 2012?  —  Gail Collins: David, are you reconciled to the fact that Mitt Romney is going to be the Republican presidential nominee?  —  David Brooks: Oh, I went through that phase a few weeks ago after the debate at the Reagan library.
The Politico:
Complex calendar gives Mitt edge
Discussion: CNN, Los Angeles Times and GOP 12
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: GOP Race Top Tier Now Romney, Perry and Cain
Serena Williams / The Onion:
Congress Takes Group Of Schoolchildren Hostage  —  WASHINGTON—Brandishing shotguns and semiautomatic pistols, members of the 112th U.S. Congress took a class of visiting schoolchildren hostage this morning, barricading themselves inside the Capitol rotunda, where they remain at press time.
Elizabeth Flock / Washington Post:
The Onion's tweets about Capitol gunfire prompt panic, mockery  —  The Onion, a satirical news Web site and newspaper known for its ability to elicit peals of laughter, isn't getting too many guffaws on this one.  The site tweeted Thursday:  —  The site also posted the news to its Facebook page.
Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
Onion takes heat from Capitol Police after tweets about gunfire
Discussion: The Politico
New York Post:
Christie seriously considering presidential bid after GOP prodding  —  By JOSH MARGOLIN in New York and S.A. MILLER in Washington  —  After months of hedging, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is giving serious thought to jumping into the ring for a GOP presidential run — and could make his decision next week, The Post has learned.
Joel Siegel / ABCNEWS:
Chris Christie: Is New Jersey Governor Too Overweight to Become President?  —  For Chris Christie, there was no way around it.  “In case you haven't noticed, I'm slightly overweight,” he said during a debate in his successful campaign for governor.  —  Two years later, Christie is the man …
John Rossomando / The Daily Caller:
More solar companies led by Democratic donors received federal loan guarantees  —  A Daily Caller investigation has found that in addition to the failed company Solyndra, at least four other solar panel manufacturing companies receiving in excess of $500 million in loan guarantees …
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
GOP's Solyndra probe threatens to ensnare Energy Secretary Chu
Discussion: The Politico and JammieWearingFool
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Crony Socialism: Obama Gives $737 Million to Solar Firm Linked to the Pelosi Clan
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Democrats Dispirited About Voting in 2012  —  Republicans' enthusiasm for voting matches 2004 and exceeds 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In thinking about the 2012 presidential election, 45% of Democrats and independents who lean Democratic say they are more enthusiastic about voting than usual …
Michael Lewis / Vanity Fair:
California and Bust  —  The smart money says the U.S. economy will splinter, with some states thriving, some states not, and all eyes are on California as the nightmare scenario.  After a hair-raising visit with former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who explains why the Golden State has cratered …
Maya Rodriguez / WWL-TV:
Anti-Obama sign in Uptown neighborhood draws controversy  —  NEW ORLEANS — There are several political signs attracting all kinds of attention in one Uptown neighborhood.  —  On Wednesday, crowds gathered at the corner of Calhoun and Coralie streets, looking at several signs depicting President Barack Obama …
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Janeane Garofalo: Racist Republicans Support Herman Cain  —  Janeane Garofalo: “Herman Cain is probably well liked by some of the Republicans because it hides the racist elements of the Republican party.  Conservative movement and tea party movement, one in the same. ”
New York Post:
A ‘Furious’ revelation  —  This just might be the smoking gun we've been waiting for to break the festering “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal wide open: the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives apparently ordered one of its own agents to purchase firearms with taxpayer money …
Joe Kemp / NY Daily News:
Shocking video shows attempted murder of teen outside Brooklyn McDonald's  —  Three toughs pulled off a choreographed plan to pass a gun between them like a hot potato before one of them opened fire at a teen outside a Brooklyn McDonald's - and all of it was caught on camera.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Gothamist
Jonathan Turley / Los Angeles Times:
Obama: A disaster for civil liberties  —  He may prove the most disastrous president in our history in terms of civil liberties.  —  President Obama failed to close Guantanamo Bay, continued warrantless surveillance and military tribunals and asserted the right to kill U.S. citizens he views as terrorists.
Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
Register exclusive: Newt Gingrich releases ‘21st Century Contract with America’  —  Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, with his wife, Callista.  (AP photo)  —  Republican Newt Gingrich, who has positioned himself as the idea guy in this presidential campaign, will today call for Americans …
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Man Is Held in a Plan to Bomb Washington  —  BOSTON — A 26-year-old man from a town west of Boston was charged Wednesday with plotting to blow up the Pentagon and the United States Capitol using remote-controlled aircraft filled with plastic explosives.  —  The suspect, Rezwan Ferdaus of Ashland …
Teacher penalizes students for saying “bless you”  —  FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — A Northern California teacher says he doesn't want to hear a common courtesy in his classroom.  —  He's even lowering students' grades if they say “bless you” after someone sneezes.
Wall Street Journal:
The Perils of Ignoring History  —  There is an optimistic scenario for the U.S. economy: Europe gets its act together.  The pace of world growth quickens, igniting demand for U.S. exports.  American politicians agree to a credible compromise that gives the economy a fiscal boost now and restrains deficits later.
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Scottrose /
Breaking: anti-gay N.C. Senator Forrester falsifies credentials - and an open letter to the lawmaker  —  NOTE FROM PAM: It's sad that a lawmaker, namely North Carolina State Senator James Forrester, is so blinded by ignorance and bigotry that he embarrasses himself — and his cause …
Associated Press:
Top Giuliani adviser meets with NH Republicans  —  CONCORD, N.H. — Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani dispatched a key emissary to New Hampshire on Wednesday to gauge their interest in his possible presidential bid.  —  One of the mayor's closest political advisers, Jake Menges …
Nina Bernstein / New York Times:
Companies Use Immigration Crackdown to Turn a Profit  —  The men showed up in a small town in Australia's outback early last year, offering top dollar for all available lodgings.  Within days, their company, Serco, was flying in recruits from as far away as London, and busing them from trailers …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
New York Times:
Killing the Recovery  —  The world has barely dug out of recession and the global economy is again slowing dangerously.  Most leaders seem eager to make things even worse.  —  Instead of looking for ways to reignite growth, Europe's leaders — and Republicans on Capitol Hill — are determined to slash public spending.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Radley Balko / The Huffington Post:
Why Americans Still Support The Death Penalty
Discussion: UrbanGrounds, Instapundit and Politics
Mariah Blake / Washington Monthly:
Revisionaries  —  How a group of Texas conservatives is rewriting your kids' textbooks.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Americans reject the right's bogus ‘class warfare’ charge
Discussion: Daily Kos
The Hill:
OVERNIGHT MONEY: Smooth sailing for the CR
Discussion: Daily Kos and Gawker
Larry Barker / KRQE-TV:
Couple in shock after drug raid
Discussion: Hit & Run and Boing Boing
Erica Pearson / NY Daily News:
Deportation would force 19-year-old and mom to leave ‘everything I know’, including dad and siblings
Discussion: Nation Now and New York Magazine
 Earlier Items: 
Skschust / CBS New York:
Protestors Continue ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Demonstration In Zuccotti Park
Discussion: The Agonist
The Politico:
Obama's health reform law rests with the Supreme Court
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and ABCNEWS
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Alabama Wins in Ruling on Its Immigration Law
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
Help Wanted: Busybodies With Cameras
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Interns File Suit Against ‘Black Swan’ Producer
Discussion:, Runnin' Scared and Gawker