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11:45 PM ET, September 29, 2011


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Linette Lopez / Business Insider:
A Massive Union Just Voted To Side With The Wall Street Protesters  —  According to Daily Kos, The New York Transit Workers Union (TWU) voted to support the Wall Street Protestors at their meeting last night.  —  A member of TWU Local 100 told a reporter that they would join the protest Friday at 4PM.
Matt Sledge / The Huffington Post:
NYC Transit Union Joins Occupy Wall Street
Daily Mail:
Ladies and gentleman, we are currently cruising down Wall Street because we are fed up with our bosses!
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Agonist
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Joe Biden: The economy belongs to us, not Bush  —  Vice President Joe Biden said in a live interview with Miami public radio station WLRN Thursday that the Obama administration - not the Bush administration - now has ownership of the struggling U.S. economy.
Steven Nelson / The Daily Caller:
Biden: Voters should blame Obama, not Bush, for economy  —  Vice President Joe Biden told Florida radio station WLRN on Thursday that voters should hold President Barack Obama, not former President George W. Bush, accountable for the poor state of America's economy.
Jonathan Turley / Los Angeles Times:
Obama: A disaster for civil liberties
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.
Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
Onion takes heat from Capitol Police after tweets about gunfire
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Wait, Is Malaise French for “Soft”?  —  Obama speaking in Orlando: … Interesting perspective.  I wonder where America could have lost its competitive edge.  It couldn't possibly have anything to do with a government that blows billions on green energy boondoggles while making it harder …
Discussion: White House Dossier
Jared A. Favole / Washington Wire:
Obama: U.S. Has Become a ‘Little Soft’  —  President Barack Obama on Thursday said the U.S. has lost some of its competitive edge and gotten a “little soft.”  —  Mr. Obama, in an interview with WESH-TV in Orlando, said his administration has been tough on the country's trading partners and tried to strengthen U.S. manufacturing.
WESH, President Talk Jobs Act, NASA, Rail
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 …
Michelle Malkin:   Adventures in liberal tolerance, part 999,901
Stephen Gutowski / MRCTV:   Liberals Try to Remove Anti-Obama Signs in New Orleans
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.
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
House GOP Unveils Plan To Cut NPR, Job Training And Education Programs … WASHINGTON — Setting a collision course with Democrats that could drag out for months, House Republicans on Thursday unveiled plans to cut federal money for job training, heating subsidies and grants to better-performing schools.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The other big jobs fight
First Read /
Irony alert: Romney cites wrong Brit in defense of flip-flops  —  By NBC's Garrett Haake and Jo Ling Kent  —  Speaking to a New Hampshire Town Hall audience of more than 250 yesterday, Mitt Romney addressed perceptions that he is a flip-flopper by quoting from a political leader he often cites on the trail, Winston Churchill.
Economist:   Economics A-Z terms beginning with K
OBAMA'S SENIOR ADVISOR VALERIE JARRETT: THE POINT OF GOVERNMENT IS TO GIVE PEOPLE A LIVELIHOOD SO THEY CAN PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILIES  —  Order By:  —  I thought we were against slavery  —  Log in to Reply  —  wow freakin wow.  —  She needs to read the Constitution!
Hugo Chavez in hospital ‘for kidney failure’  —  Hugo Chavez, who has been fighting cancer, was rushed to a military hospital for emergency care following kidney failure, according to reports.  —  Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez  —  The leftist, staunchly anti-US stalwart Chavez went …
Discussion: Power Line and Pajamas Media
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 …
More from Capital Flows  —  Frank Miniter, who wrote this piece …
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 …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
More Than 300,000 Ohio Voters Submit Petition Suspending Gov. Kasich's Anti-Voter Law  —  Earlier this year, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) signed a sweeping bill intended to make it harder to vote in his states' elections.  Kasich's anti-voter law drastically cuts back on early voting and erects …
Eva Rodriguez / Washington Post:
Obama may have more than five votes to uphold health-care law  —  The Obama administration's decision on Wednesday to seek review of a lower court's ruling on the constitutionality of its signature health-care program almost guarantees a Supreme Court decision by next June.  And the administration is predicting victory.
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.
O.Kay Henderson:
Gingrich chides reporter for asking him about campaign $$ (AUDIO)  —  During a Q&A session with reporters this afternoon, Seema Mehta of The LA Times asked Gingrich about his fundraising for the quarter.  —  AUDIO of Mehta & Gingrich … AUDIO: Q & A with reporters
Discussion: The Page
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Durbin says Democrats don't currently have the votes for Obama jobs bill  —  Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said, at the moment, Democrats in Congress don't have the votes to pass President Obama's jobs bill, but Durbin added that that situation would change.
Discussion: Fox News, and Hot Air
UW-Stout Chancellor Doubles Down on Censorship of ‘Firefly’ and Anti-Fascism Posters  —  The chancellor of University of Wisconsin-Stout (UWS) has declared that he will not defend faculty First Amendment rights from censorship.  UWS censored theater professor James Miller's poster featuring …
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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Issa questions White House pressure in Ford's decision to pull ad  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said Thursday that he was “deeply concerned about undue political pressure exerted by the White House” in a letter to the Ford Motor Company on Thursday.  —  The House Oversight Committee …
Discussion: HotAirPundit
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Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Mortgage modifications are still messed up, 4 years later
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Bachmann's cash crunch
Discussion: Business Insider, The Page and Gawker
Bernanke Says High U.S. Unemployment Poses ‘National Crisis’
David Charns / Associated Press:
Congress still a bit short on social media savvy
Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
Huntsman campaign moves HQ to New Hampshire
Discussion: CNN
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Huckabee to Interview Romney on His Show
Discussion: The Daily Caller, GOP 12 and Daily Kos
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Obama administration widens challenges to state immigration laws
Discussion: Guardian
 Earlier Items: 
Sam Baker / Healthwatch:
Draft spending bill would defund Obama healthcare law
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Mitt Romney to report raising up to $13 million, lower than previous quarter and 2008 pace
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Americans reject the right's bogus ‘class warfare’ charge