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8:19 AM, Sep 20, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Lefty activist: Chris Coons harrassed me for my political activism

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Academic at University of Illinois: The students' "nativist display" on 9/11 of chanting "USA" at a football game is offensive to Muslims.

Fired up, ready to go: The president arrived late, forcing emcee Drucilla Winters of "The Young and the Restless" to awkwardly stall, asking the black tie audience, "So...have you had a good week... Do we have any 'Young and the Restless" fans here?"

Red flags for Dems: "Today, independents say they lean more toward the Republican Party than the Democratic Party, 50% to 25%, and that the Republican Party is closer to their views by 52% to 30%. This movement comes in spite of independents' generally negative views of the GOP—a majority of independents (54%) view the Republicans unfavorably, compared to 39% who have a favorable impression. (The poll also revealed that 48% of independents were either 'sympathetic to or supporters of the tea party.')"

Robert Samuelson: "Raising taxes in a weak economy doesn't make sense. Just consider this astonishing fact: These affluent households represent almost a quarter of all consumer spending, according to Zandi. Increasing their taxes, he estimates, would cost 770,000 jobs by mid-2012. Richard Curtin, director of the University of Michigan's Survey of Consumers, says his data suggest that uncertainty about the extension of the Bush tax cuts has already caused affluent buyers to cut their spending."

Pence wins Values Voters straw poll, Palin garners 7 percent.

If Friday afternoon is reserved for bad news, what's 9 p.m. Friday for? Murkowski fever!

Ouch: "No, I've made no commitments for speaker. Until we see the outcome of this election, I don't even know who will be running for speaker," [Chet] Edwards said in an interview while campaigning Saturday in this small town of 5,000 southwest of Waco.

Aww, Jon Stewart's snarky, empty performance art rally likely to stomp all over this earnest, lefty rally.

O'Donnell laughs off witchcraft flap.

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