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3:55 PM ET, September 10, 2012


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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Why the Chicago teacher's 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.
Zaid Jilani / Progressive Change Campaign Committee:
Chicago's Teachers Just Went On Strike — Here's Everything You Need To Know About Why  —  During a press conference tonight the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) announced that it will be going on strike, its first action of the sort in 25 years.  —  Why are these 29,000 teachers and school workers …
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
U.S. Department of Education: 79% of Chicago 8th Graders Not Proficient in Reading
Xian Barrett / Teacher X:
Why I'm striking, JCB  —  CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard …
Rosalind Rossi / Chicago Sun Times:
Chicago teachers strike for first time in 25 years; contingency sites ready, charters remain open
John Fund / National Review:
Chicago Bled Dry by Striking Teachers' Unions
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Emanuel puts super-PAC fundraising job on hold
Discussion: CNN, Reuters and The Agonist
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 …
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Bob Woodward: ‘Gaps’ in President Obama's Leadership Contributed to Debt Deal Collapse  —  “Gaps” in President Obama's leadership contributed to the collapse of a “grand bargain” on spending and debt last year, with the president failing to cultivate congressional relationships that may have helped …
First Read:
First Thoughts: After Tampa and Charlotte
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Maddow Blog
Brian Tashman /
Pat Robertson: Since 'We Don't Condone Wife-Beating These Days' Husband Should ‘Move to Saudi Arabia’ to Beat Her  —  Mitt Romney this weekend stumped alongside televangelist Pat Robertson, not minding Robertson's legacy of incendiary, insensitive, heartless and apocalyptic rhetoric that has gotten him in trouble in the past.
Pat Robertson Encourages Man To Move To Saudi Arabia So He Can Beat His Wife  —  Romney ally is joking.  But, “something's got to be done,” he tells a man whose wife won't submit.  —  Televangelist Pat Robertson, who campaigned with Mitt Romney this past weekend in Virginia …
Romney Campaign Memo: Don't Panic  —  As Obama enjoys a hefty post-convention bump, Romney's pollster insists “the basic structure of the race has not changed significantly.”  —  Image by Brian Snyder / Reuters  —  BOSTON, Mass. — As new polls show President Obama opening up a wider lead coming …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Panic Attack  —  As Nate Silver noted over the weekend …
Geneva Sands / The Hill:
Obama team accuses Romney, Ryan of ‘ducking and dodging’ tax questions
Discussion: CNN
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Within Hours, Mitt Romney Takes Back Everything He Said About Preexisting Conditions  —  On national TV on Sunday morning, with millions of people watching, Mitt Romney told David Gregory that there were parts of Obamacare he actually liked.  In fact, he said, one of the goals of his health care plan …
Katrina Trinko / National Review:
Re: Romney and Obamacare
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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 9: Call It as You See It  —  I've been picking up some sentiment from analysts and journalists in my Twitter feed recently, who correctly note that polling around the party conventions can be volatile.  They suggest that we ought to wait for more data before concluding very much about the bounces …
FBI Arrests Trenton Mayor, Others in Corruption Probe  —  Details of the charges are expected to be released later Monday  —  Federal authorities arrested Trenton, N.J., Mayor Tony Mack and more than half a dozen other people early Monday in connection with an ongoing corruption probe, NBC 4 New York has learned.
Alex Zdan / New Jersey Online:
Trenton Mayor Tony Mack is arrested by FBI on corruption charge
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Cops: Woman pointed gun at Rep. Trey Gowdy  —  A woman was arrested Sunday evening for threatening freshman Rep. Trey Gowdy with a gun, according to police.  —  The South Carolina Republican was in the parking lot of his church in Spartanburg waiting for his daughter when Gloria Yvonne Brackett pointed …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Trey Gowdy Confronted At Gunpoint, Suspect Gloria Yvonne Brackett Arrested [UPDATED]
Discussion: The Hill and Jammie Wearing Fools
Mark Halperin / The Page:
The Troubles  —  The danger for the Romney campaign right now is the congealing conventional wisdom that the Republican emerged from Tampa and Charlotte meaningfully behind and is now facing some tough Electoral College reality.  —  This CW is driven by the post-convention polls showing …
Thomas B. Edsall / Campaign Stops:
The Ryan Sinkhole  —  Unlike the Republican platform, which has mostly been ignored outside of the abortion issue, the Paul Ryan budget is the core document of the 2012 campaign.  It is the most explicit expression of the Republican agenda, endorsed by the party's presidential candidate …
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.
Red Tape:
EXCLUSIVE: The real source of Apple device IDs leaked by Anonymous last week  —'s CEO, Paul DeHart talks with NBC's Kerry Sanders about a security breach at the company.  —  NBC's Kerry Sanders  —  A small Florida publishing company says the million-record database …
Klint Finley / TechCrunch:
GoDaddy Outage Takes Down Millions Of Sites, Anonymous Member Claims Responsibility  —  According to many customers, sites hosted by major web host and domain registrar GoDaddy are down.  According to the official GoDaddy Twitter account the company is aware of the issue and is working to resolve it.
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James Chapman / Daily Mail:
Boris Johnson lined up for safe seat in 2015 to fight Cameron for the top job
Discussion: Guardian and Spectator
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Why is Obama skipping more than half of his daily intelligence meetings?
Movies suffer worst box-office slump in a decade
Romney exaggerates meager comments on Afghanistan
Richard Eden / Telegraph:
Brad Pitt: Why my mother is wrong about Barack Obama and gay marriage
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Huisenga /
Obama Outraises Romney in August
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Charles Mahtesian / Reuters:
9 states where the race will be won
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads by 5 in Ohio