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10:20 PM ET, September 10, 2012


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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Why the Chicago teachers strike is bad news for President Obama  —  For the first time in nearly three decades, Chicago public school teachers went on strike this morning.  At first glance, you might be tempted to think that what happens in Chicago has little to no effect on the politics of Washington and the presidential race.
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Ties Obama To Chicago Teachers' Strike
Dylan Matthews / Washington Post:
How teacher strikes hurt student achievement
Rosalind Rossi / Chicago Sun Times:
Chicago teachers strike for first time in 25 years; contingency sites ready, charters remain open
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
For the Romney campaign, it's forever 1980  —  Romney campaign pollster Neil Newhouse is out with a new memo arguing that despite whatever convention bounce Obama is getting, Mitt Romney is going to win the presidential race.  The crux of his case is that the Obama economy is simply too horrible …
CNN Poll: Obama up six points over Romney  —  (CNN) - A new survey indicates President Barack Obama moved up four points following the Democratic National Convention last week, and now has a six point advantage over his Republican challenger Mitt Romney.  —  According to a CNN/ORC International Poll …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
With GOP jittery, Romney faces test of resolve  —  Mitt Romney and his top aides are running an essentially faith-based campaign.  Whatever the polls say at the moment, whatever the pundits say, whatever some nervous Republicans say, Team Romney simply does not believe President Obama can win re-election in today's terrible economy.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
Memorandum: State of the Race
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Panic Attack  —  As Nate Silver noted over the weekend …
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
President Obama to Bob Woodward: ‘Mistake’ to Dress Down Paul Ryan to His Face in Budget Speech  —  President Obama told author Bob Woodward that he didn't know Rep. Paul Ryan was going to attend at a major speech he delivered last year on spending and debt, and says in retrospect that it was …
Manu Raju / Politico:
Reid mocks Ryan over marathon time misstatement [Updated]
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Russell Berman / Ballot Box:
Ryan to return to Washington Thursday for spending vote
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney Campaign Appears To Copy Text From Obama Website  —  You didn't write that!  Donation instructions for Romney's new “Victory Wallet” taken from Obama's “Quick Donate” feature.  The Obama version went up in March.  —  Source:  —  Source:
Quick Donate  —  Support the campaign with single-click donations …
Discussion: Election 2012
Kevin Cirilli / Reuters:
Scott Van Duzer, the Obama hugger: Shop facing boycott  —  The owner of a Florida pizza shop says people are boycotting his business because he bear-hugged President Barack Obama on Sunday.  —  “People are saying a lot of bad things and boycotting my restaurant,” Scott Van Duzer, 46, told POLITICO.
The Most Anti-Gay Piece Of Political Mail This Year  —  There is still time, but a mailer first reported by Politico and prepared in the name of “The Committee To Save The Erie County Republican Party” in New York has set a mighty low bar.  Republican state Sen. Mark Grisanti voted …
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
The Ghost of George W. Bush  —  Why Dubya will decide the winner this fall.  —  The conventions are over, but the individual who will determine the 2012 election didn't attend either of them.  His name is George W. Bush.  —  LM Otero / AP  —  Conventional wisdom holds that elections are about the future.
Obama's suds-'n'-sports regular-guy tour
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Why is Obama skipping more than half of his daily intelligence meetings?  —  President Obama is touting his foreign policy experience on the campaign trail, but startling new statistics suggest that national security has not necessarily been the personal priority the president makes it out to be.
Nick R. Martin / Talking Points Memo:
Arizona's Birtherpalooza Canceled Over Low Ticket Sales  —  Not even the promise of crooner Pat Boone singing oldies from a spinning stage could save what was intended to be the premier birther event of the year later this month in Arizona.  —  Organizers of the gala, which would have …
Discussion: Daily Kos
BuzzFeed:   Pat Robertson Encourages Man To Move To Saudi Arabia So He Can Beat His Wife
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Liberal group targets Ann Romney in new ads  —  A liberal political group is criticizing Ann Romney's comment that she and her husband “have not had a financial struggle in our lives.”  —  The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is launching online ads, first set to run in Ohio …
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Maryland Democrat quits congressional race amid vote fraud allegations  —  A Maryland Democratic candidate quit her congressional race Monday after her own party told state officials that she had committed fraud by voting in both Maryland and Florida in recent elections.
Insight: GM's Volt - The ugly math of low sales, high costs  —  (Reuters) - General Motors Co sold a record number of Chevrolet Volt sedans in August — but that probably isn't a good thing for the automaker's bottom line.  —  Nearly two years after the introduction of the path-breaking plug-in hybrid …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
NEWS FLASH  —  ROMNEY DOG-WHISTLES TO TENTHER EXTREMISTS: 'I'M AS CONSERVATIVE AS THE CONSTITUTION' |  During his interview yesterday with Meet the Press, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney made the rather odd statement he is “as conservative as the Constitution” …
Discussion: USA Today
Bill Maher:
Birther Control  —  Chris Matthews dressed down RNC Chair Reince Priebus last week for Romney's playing the race card with the birther joke, and the party doing it with the false welfare ads, constantly bringing up that he's a “European-style socialist,” etc.
Discussion: Politico, Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Poll: Bachmann in danger  —  A new survey provided exclusively to Salon shows the Minnesota congresswoman's lead down to just 2 points  —  Despite her national fan base and a massive war chest, Rep. Michele Bachmann may be in more danger than most suspect, with a new poll showing her lead diminished to just two points.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Dem poll: Rep. Bachmann in trouble
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senator: ‘Bomb Everybody Tomorrow’ Is ‘Typical’ Republican Policy  —  Between calls from leading Republicans to get ready for war with Iran, remain in Afghanistan and Iraq, and intervening militarily in Syria, it's no surprise that some on the left might label the GOP's approach to foreign policy “bomb everyone tomorrow.”
Discussion: Politico, Hit & Run, Applesauce and AEIdeas
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