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5:30 PM ET, September 25, 2012


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Sen. Scott Brown staffers caught on video chanting Indian war whoops, making tomahawk chops  —  Rally video surfaces after campaigns release ads about Warren's heritage  —  Brown staffers caught chanting Indian war whoops  —  Staffers for Sen. Scott Brown chanted Indian “war whoops” …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Really, Scott Brown?  —  I've been wondering about this for a few days.  Scott Brown has made the ‘controversy’ over Elizabeth Warren's purported Native American heritage a centerpiece of the final lap of the campaign.  Indeed, his staffers went so far today as to taunt Warren with “tomahawk chops” mocking her claims.
Discussion: Blue Mass Group
Eric Kleefeld / Talking Points Memo:
Warren Ad: Scott Brown ‘Attacking My Family’ On Native American Claims
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Dems: GOP staffers mocked Warren with chants, ‘chops’
Charley-On-The-Mta / Blue Mass Group:
Scott Brown staffers do “Indian war whoop”, “tomahawk chop” - YouTube
Boston Herald:
Miner: Elizabeth Warren's biz ‘hypocritical’
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Racial Politics: Scott Brown Staffers Mock Warren With ‘Tomahawk Chop’ And ‘War Whoop’
Discussion: Mediaite and Election 2012
Elizabeth Hartfield / ABCNEWS:   Mass. Senate Race: Elizabeth Warren Represented Coal Mining Co.
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan Demands Return Of Unionized NFL Referees: ‘It Is Time To Get The Real Refs’  —  The Green Bay Packers lost on a controversial last-second play that was ruled incorrectly by scab officials Monday night, leading Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan (also from Wisconsin) …
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:   Union-buster Walker calls for return of union refs
Alicia Cohn / The Hill:
Ryan criticizes refs for call in disputed Green Bay Packers game
Discussion: CNN, Politico and
Steve Benen / Associated Press:
Scott Walker discovers the value of union workers
Washington Post:
Washington Post polls: Obama lead in Ohio, edge in Fla. hamper Romney path to victory  —  President Obama has grabbed a significant lead over former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in Ohio and holds a slender edge in Florida, according to two new polls by The Washington Post.
Romney Campaign Challenges The Polls  —  Adviser says internal polling says the race is much tighter than the public polls suggests.  “We are, by any stretch, within the margin of error in Ohio,” says Beeson.  —  Image by Brian Snyder / Reuters  —  DAYTON, Ohio — Amid a flurry …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney's problem: Ohio, Ohio, Ohio  —  Of all the hurdles in Mitt Romney's path, there is none as daunting - or as alarming to other members of his party - as the state of Ohio.  —  This morning's Washington Post poll found Obama leading Romney by 8 points in the Buckeye State.
Congressman Allen West / Facebook:
The President continues to offer up apologies....When tolerance becomes a one way street it leads to cultural suicide...  In his speech today to the United Nations, President Obama stated six times that the attacks across the Islamic world are attributed to a silly video.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Conservative Mind  —  When I joined the staff of National Review as a lowly associate in 1984, the magazine, and the conservative movement itself, was a fusion of two different mentalities.  —  On the one side, there were the economic conservatives.  These were people that anybody …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Brooks Misses the Boat
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Madonna strips for Obama, offers profanity-laced endorsement  —  Madonna offered a profanity-laced endorsement of President Obama at her concert Monday night, which involved the singer stripping down to her underwear to reveal the president's name written on her body.
Kia Makarechi / The Huffington Post:
Madonna: Obama Is ‘A Black Muslim In The White House,’ Deserves Votes (VIDEO) … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Madonna, Video, Madonna MDNA Tour, Political Hollywood, Madonna Barack Obama, Madonna Obama, Madonna Obama Black Muslim, Madonna Obama Endorsement, Madonna Obama Muslim, Madonna Obama Tattoo, Mdna, Mdna Tour, Entertainment News
Associated Press:
Romney Says Clinton Can ‘Do a Man a Lot of Good’  —  Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney is unlikely to win Bill Clinton's vote, but that doesn't mean he can't soak up a bit of the popular former president's luster.  —  The two men stood side by side Tuesday as Clinton introduced Romney …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama meets (briefly) with Yemeni president, UN chief
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Bill Clinton: ‘Red flag’ on Mitt Romney's plan
Discussion: Associated Press, Daily Kos and CNN
New York Post:
Anti-Muslim posters spark subway fears  —  The NYPD ramped up security at 10 subway stations yesterday after the MTA was forced to install a controversial ad campaign branding enemies of Israel “savages,” sources told The Post.  —  The 46- by 30-inch ads — which the MTA unsuccessfully tried to block …
Alex Pareene / Salon:
The website where Mitt Romney's winning in a landslide  —  At UnSkewed Polls, “liberal media bias” is removed from every survey that shows Obama ahead.  Guess who wins?  —  I present, the best new website on the political Internet.  UnSkewed Polls finally removes the …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP takes aim at ‘skewed’ polls  —  The Romney campaign and other Republicans say polls showing President Obama with a significant lead over their candidate are inaccurate.  —  They argue many mainstream polls skew in Obama's favor because of sample sizes that base 2012 turnout projections on 2008 …
Discussion: and Daily Kos
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Mitt Romney Was Joking About Airplane Windows  —  The internet was tickled silly yesterday when it learned that Mitt Romney lacks an even basic understanding of the airplanes he has flown on probably thousands of times at this point in his 65-year life.  It seemed almost unthinkable that a guy …
Tiffany Hsu / Los Angeles Times:
Bacon, pork shortage ‘now unavoidable,’ industry group says  —  LA Times Columnist David Lazarus discusses details of the U.S. bacon shortage  —  Might want to get your fill of ham this year, because “a world shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidable,” according to an industry trade group.
David Weigel / Slate:
Defining Wonkishness Down  —  I'm noticing a pattern in coverage of Paul Ryan.  Yesterday's NYT and WaPo gripe-collecters on how conservatives wanted to “unleash” the candidate were a taster.  The next wave of Ryan story is the “the wonk is loosed” piece.  When you see just how the “wonkishness” is being defined, it's fairly amusing.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
NEWS FLASH  —  RYAN: PREVENTING GAY PEOPLE FROM MARRYING IS A ‘UNIVERSAL HUMAN’ VALUE |  Paul Ryan reiterated his opposition to marriage equality, during a town hall in Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday.  “The things you talk about like traditional marriage and family and entrepreneurship.
Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Harry Reid: Mitt Romney is not the face of Mormonism  —  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he agrees with a fellow Mormon who wrote recently that Mitt Romney has “sullied” the LDS faith and that the GOP presidential candidate is “not the face of Mormonism.”
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Vladimir Putin / Telegraph:
France set to ban the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ from official documents
Chris Good / ABCNEWS:
Big PAC May Return to Akin Fold
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story
Adam C. Smith / The Buzz Florida Politics Feed:
Herald-Tribune runs seriously ugly and false anti-Obama ad
Discussion: Riptide 2.0 and Mother Jones
US News:
Why We Should Care About America's Fading Economic Freedom
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Ralph Nader: Obama's a ‘war criminal’
Elizabeth Titus / Politico:
Booker prediction: Texas Gov. Castro
Discussion: Texas on the Potomac
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Thomas Fitzgerald /
Obama has strong lead in Pa., Mercyhurst U. poll finds
Discussion: First Read and Washington Post
Shumway / American Foundation for Equal Rights:
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Melissa Healy / Los Angeles Times:
Stressful at the top? Not really, study finds
Discussion: Firedoglake, Mother Jones and Gawker
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
‘Every Person Is Afraid of the Drones’: The Strikes' Effect on Life in Pakistan
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
‘Ending Our War on Schedule’
Discussion: Wired and Washington Free Beacon
Noah Smith /
I'm from the economics profession, and I'm here to help.
Discussion: EconLog