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7:55 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’
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Did Scott Brown staffers make anti-Indian gestures at a rally?
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Boston Herald:
Miner: Elizabeth Warren's biz ‘hypocritical’
Charley-On-The-Mta / Blue Mass Group:
Scott Brown staffers do “Indian war whoop”, “tomahawk chop” - YouTube
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.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney Says Obama Did Not Raise Taxes ‘In His First Four Years’  —  Mitt Romney has argued for months that President Obama raised taxes on middle class Americans and small businesses during his first term.  But during a rally in Ohio on Tuesday, the GOP presidential candidate inadvertently undermined …
Discussion: Election 2012 and Mediaite
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 …
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.
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Allen West to U.N.: U.S. ‘Angel of Death’  —  Florida Rep. Allen West ripped President Barack Obama's United Nations speech Tuesday, saying he would have told the U.N. that America would be an “Angel of Death” that wreaks “havoc and destruction” on anyone who attacks the U.S.
New York Times:
Obama's Speech to the United Nations General Assembly — Text  —  Following is a text of President Obama's speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, as released by the White House:  —  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentleman …
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Union-buster Walker calls for return of union refs  —  Below:  —  WBOY-TV  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) - If there's one thing that can unite political foes in Wisconsin, it just may be the Green Bay Packers.  —  Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who made a national name for himself …
Discussion: Washington Wire and BuzzFeed
Alicia Cohn / The Hill:
Ryan criticizes refs for call in disputed Green Bay Packers game
Discussion: CNN, and Politico
Steve Benen / Associated Press:
Scott Walker discovers the value of union workers
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Politico and
Maggie Haberman / Reuters:
Obama and Romney's Clinton love-fest
Discussion: Power Line and Marbury
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.
Adam C. Smith / The Buzz Florida Politics Feed:
Herald-Tribune runs seriously ugly and false anti-Obama ad  —  UPDATE: 6:10 p.m. A group of “concerned Sarasota citizens” say they'll protest outside the newspaper Thursday afternoon.  —  Get a load of the full page ad that ran in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune Sunday:  —  Other papers that ran the ad, according to the PAC:
Discussion: Riptide 2.0 and Mother Jones
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.
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Ralph Nader: Obama's a ‘war criminal’  —  It's no surprise that Ralph Nader isn't a fan of former President George W. Bush.  After all, the longtime activist ran against him in both 2000 and 2004.  But Nader's even less a fan of President Barack Obama, if only because he thinks Obama was capable of so much more.
Jonathan Liu / The Conference Board:
Consumer Confidence Survey® … The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® Increases in September.  Index Improves Nine Points.  —  The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had declined in August, improved in September.  The Index now stands at 70.3 (1985=100), up from 61.3 in August.
Chris Good / ABCNEWS:
Big PAC May Return to Akin Fold  —  A powerful conservative PAC said today that “circumstances have changed” and it is reconsidering its decision to withhold funds for Todd Akin's bid for a Missouri Senate seat, and Akin's campaign said today they expect other groups will also resume spending.
BBC ‘regrets Queen disclosure’  —  The BBC has apologised for revealing that the Queen raised concerns with ministers about the activities of the radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri.  —  The apology comes after security correspondent Frank Gardner told BBC Radio 4 details of a private conversation he had with the Queen.
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Suzanne Daley / New York Times:
Hunger on the Rise in Spain
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Shakesville and Gawker
Rasmussen Reports:
45% Think U.S.-Muslim Relations Worse Than Four Years Ago
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama ad: Romney ‘47 percent’ remark attacked ‘hard-working people’
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
SAT reading scores hit a four-decade low
John Paul Stevens / New York Review of Books:
Should We Have a New Constitutional Convention?
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Romney On Polls: ‘You Can Ask Questions And Get Any Answer You Want’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Vladimir Putin / Telegraph:
France set to ban the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ from official documents
US News:
Why We Should Care About America's Fading Economic Freedom
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Rising Health Costs Undermine Obama Pledge to Curb Trend
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP takes aim at ‘skewed’ polls
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
‘Every Person Is Afraid of the Drones’: The Strikes' Effect on Life in Pakistan
Campaign Stops:
We Are the 96 Percent  —  WHEN Mitt Romney told the guests …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Monthly
Noah Smith /
I'm from the economics profession, and I'm here to help.
Discussion: EconLog