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7:05 PM ET, September 11, 2013

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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Reflecting on the Colorado recalls  —  We did a poll last weekend in Colorado Senate District 3 and found that voters intended to recall Angela Giron by a 12 point margin, 54/42.  In a district that Barack Obama won by almost 20 points I figured there was no way that could be right and made a rare decision not to release the poll.
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Denver Post:
COLORADO SENATE PRESIDENT JOHN MORSE, STATE SEN. ANGELA GIRON OUSTED  —  An epic national debate over gun rights in Colorado on Tuesday saw two Democratic state senators ousted for their support for stricter laws, a “ready, aim, fired” message intended to stop other politicians for pushing for firearms restrictions.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Firm suppressed Colorado recall poll  —  Public Policy Polling (PPP) sparked controversy after the left-leaning firm declined to release a survey it conducted last weekend that accurately forecasted the successful recall of a Democratic state senator from Colorado.
Discussion: Business Insider and The PJ Tatler
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Colorado Lawmakers Ousted in Recall Vote Over Gun Law
Rick Klein / ABC News:
Colorado Recall Elections Chill Push for New Gun Laws
Discussion: Politico, Business Insider and The Week
David Kopel / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The Colorado Recalls Explained
David A. Lieb / Associated Press:
Mo. Lawmakers Deciding Veto Override on Gun Bill
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Sean Sullivan / The Fix:
The Colorado recalls dealt a serious blow to gun-control advocates. Here's why.
Discussion: Hot Air, New York Times and The Week
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
WSJ op-ed writer Elizabeth O'Bagy fired for resume lie  —  The Syria researcher whose Wall Street Journal op-piece was cited by Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain during congressional hearings about the use of force has been fired from the Institute for the Study of War for lying …
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Susannah George / BuzzFeed:
Controversial Syria Researcher Fired Over Doctorate Claim  —  Elizabeth O'Bagy's ties to the Syrian opposition had become an issue.  Think Tank founder says she had “no problem” with O'Bagy's affiliation.  —  A young researcher whose opinions on Syria were cited by both Senator McCain …
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
McCain Calls Russia's Syria Plan a Stall Tactic
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: Who would get blamed for government shutdown?  —  Washington (CNN) - With the clock ticking towards two crucial deadlines, a new national poll indicates congressional Republicans would shoulder more blame than President Barack Obama for a possible government shutdown.
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Dave Jamieson / The Huffington Post:
Trader Joe's To Drop Health Coverage For Part-Time Workers Under Obamacare: Memo  —  After extending health care coverage to many of its part-time employees for years, Trader Joe's has told workers who log fewer than 30 hours a week that they will need to find insurance on the Obamacare exchanges next year …
Paige Winfield Cunningham / Politico:
Obamacare enrollment rules for Hill staff may be delayed
Discussion: Reuters and National Review
John F. Harris / Politico:
Obama's Zig vs. Zag  —  Two weeks of zig-zag foreign policy by President Barack Obama — marching to war one moment, clinging desperately to diplomacy the next — culminated Tuesday night, appropriately enough, in a zig-zag address to the nation that did little to clarify what will come next …
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Who Do You Trust?  —  WASHINGTON — Vladimir Putin …
Discussion: Right Turn, Power Line, Mediaite and Slate
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Obama's speech may not have sounded novel, but the president may have helped his cause in unexpected ways.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
A new error in U.S. foreign policy.
Peter Lauria / BuzzFeed:
Exclusive: IAC And Daily Beast Editor Tina Brown To Part Ways  —  A source with direct knowledge of the situation says IAC does not plan to renew Tina Brown's contract when it expires in January.  A decision has not yet been made on the future of The Daily Beast.  —  Jason Kempin / FilmMagic
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Tina Brown to leave Daily Beast, start new company
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Guardian:
NSA shares raw intelligence with Israel  —  • Secret deal places no legal limits on use of data by Israelis  —  • Only official US government communications protected  —  • Agency insists it complies with rules governing privacy  —  • Read the NSA and Israel's ‘memorandum of understanding’
Tom Junod / Esquire:
THE FALLING MAN  —  Do you remember this photograph?  In the United States, people have taken pains to banish it from the record of September 11, 2001.  The story behind it, though, and the search for the man pictured in it, are our most intimate connection to the horror of that day.  —  SPECIAL OFFER
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
House GOP to delay vote on government funding measure  —  House GOP leaders have delayed a vote on a bill to avert a government shutdown until next week.  —  An aide to Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) confirmed the decision, which is designed to give GOP leaders more time to round up votes.
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Reuters:
Mark Zuckerberg to meet with top four House Republicans
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and AllThingsD
Rich Lowry / National Review:
NR v. Booker  —  Newark mayor Cory Booker has a very active imagination.  Eliana Johnson demonstrated that with her report on Booker's moving, highly detailed accounts of his involvement with “T-Bone,” a hard-luck drug dealer who Booker admitted to a friend is a fiction.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Lhota Hopes to Capitalize on Elite Dismay Over a Liberal Tilt  —  They are startled and unsure how to react.  “Terrifying,” is how one banker put it.  —  Many in New York's business and financial elite, stung by the abrupt ascent of Bill de Blasio, an unapologetic tax-the-rich liberal …
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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Luck and a Shrewd Strategy Fueled de Blasio's Ascension
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Ethics extends probe on three lawmakers, clears Tierney  —  The House Ethics Committee on Wednesday announced it was continuing investigations into charges that Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.), and Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) violated House rules.
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Meredith Somers / Washington Times:
‘2 Million Bikers’ roar into D.C. to honor 9/11, protest Muslim rally  —  Thousands of bikers from around the country roared into the D.C. area on Wednesday in a show of support for Sept. 11 victims and in solidarity against a controversial Muslim rally on the Mall.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Jawa Report
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP bill blocks food stamp users from buying junk food  —  Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday proposed legislation that would require people using federal food stamps to buy only healthy food.  —  The Healthy Food Choices Act, H.R. 3073, reflects a long-standing criticism …
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
WATCH: College Students Chase David Petraeus and Shout at Him on First Day of Class  —  Recent video shows former CIA director David Petraeus being chased down a New York City street by student activists at the City University of New York.  —  Petraeus was reportedly on the way to teaching …
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and Hot Air
 
 
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
CIA Director Pledges to Make Benghazi Survivors Available to Talk
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
White House calling union leaders ahead of vote on ObamaCare resolution
Discussion: Politico
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Tea Party Increasingly Unhappy with GOP Leadership
Discussion: Politico and The Fix
Mark Drajem / Bloomberg:
Obama Said to Ban New Coal Plants Without Carbon Controls
David Dayen / Salon:
The jerks got away with it! 5 years after economic collapse, they're still smiling
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New York Times:
Homeland Confusion  —  NO single event in the last half-century …
Peggy Noonan's Blog:
The Speech
Discussion: Hit & Run and TheBlaze.com
Nile Gardiner / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Barack Obama's Syria speech was an incoherent mess …