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4:20 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.
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Opinionator:
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.
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Mitt Romney to report raising up to $13 million, lower than previous quarter and 2008 pace
Discussion: The Caucus, Business Insider and GOP 12
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.
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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
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 …
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Michelle Malkin:   Adventures in liberal tolerance, part 999,901
Stephen Gutowski / MRCTV:   Liberals Try to Remove Anti-Obama Signs in New Orleans
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.
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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 …
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 …
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Richard A. Serrano / Los Angeles Times:
ATF Fast and Furious guns turned up in El Paso
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 …
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: ANIMAL, Runnin' Scared and Gothamist
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
GOP's Solyndra probe threatens to ensnare Energy Secretary Chu  —  The controversy over a $535 million loan guarantee to the now-bankrupt California solar firm Solyndra is threatening to dim the star of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, a physicist and Nobel Prize winner who has rarely been thrust into the political spotlight.
Discussion: The Politico and JammieWearingFool
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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. ”
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Americans reject the right's bogus ‘class warfare’ charge  —  It's become an article of faith among conservatives — and even some neutral commentators — that Obama'a newly aggressive populism and call for tax hikes on the rich is “class warfare,” a nakedly partisan play for the Democratic base …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Peyton M. Craighill / Washington Post:
Fewer than 1 in 3 say Obama favors the ‘have-nots,’ but many say GOP helps the ‘haves’
Discussion: THEROOT.COM and Daily Kos
KFSN-TV:
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.
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.
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer Will Seek Health Care Law Waiver To Establish Single Payer In His State  —  Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) wants to design his own universal health care system.  —  As ThinkProgress previously reported, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) made history earlier this year …
Sam Baker / Healthwatch:
Draft spending bill would defund Obama healthcare law  —  House Republicans released a draft spending bill Thursday that would cut off funding for many parts of the healthcare reform law, though the bill remains deadlocked in the Appropriations Committee.  —  The draft legislation would attempt to derail implementation of the law.
Discussion: The Politico, Daily Kos and TPMDC
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: The Huffington Post
Scottrose / pamshouseblend.firedoglake.com:
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 …
Daily Mail:
Ladies and gentleman, we are currently cruising down Wall Street because we are fed up with our bosses!  Pilots stage protest  —  Wall Street saw yet another surge in protesters today - as hundreds of Continental and United Airlines pilots demonstrated in New York City's financial district.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Agonist
New York Post:
Exclusive: Crook busted after robbing same bank for third day in row  —  Now that's customer loyalty.  —  A greedy bank robber starred in his own criminal version of “Groundhog Day” — holding up the same downtown Sovereign branch on three consecutive days before he was finally busted yesterday, police sources told The Post yesterday.
Discussion: Gothamist
Mariah Blake / Washington Monthly:
Revisionaries  —  How a group of Texas conservatives is rewriting your kids' textbooks.  —  Don McLeroy is a balding, paunchy man with a thick broom-handle mustache who lives in a rambling two-story brick home in a suburb near Bryan, Texas.  When he greeted me at the door one evening last October …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 
 
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Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
After demise of 'don't ask,' activists call for end to military ban on transgenders
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Alan Simpson faults Obama's ‘abrogation of leadership’
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Business Insider
John Zaremba / Boston Herald:
President's illegal uncle giggles in court
Tony Romm / The Politico:
Lawmakers want FTC probe of Facebook
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
Wall Street Journal:
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The Hill:
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 Earlier Items: 
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
The Politico:
Obama's health reform law rests with the Supreme Court
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and ABCNEWS
Nina Bernstein / New York Times:
Companies Use Immigration Crackdown to Turn a Profit
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Interns File Suit Against ‘Black Swan’ Producer