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8:46 AM, Sep 13, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Change: "Two years after arriving in Washington on a message of hope and change, Democratic candidates are not extolling their party’s accomplishments, but rather distancing themselves from their party’s agenda."

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Michael Moore demonstrates once again that he really has his finger on the pulse of America.

Top TV words of the year: "The Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the success of the TV show 'Jersey Shore' made words like 'BP Spillcam' and 'Guido' among the most used words of the 2009-2010 TV season, according to a global language survey released on Thursday."

At Saturday night’s show Palin and Beck mocked Internet speculation that they would be making an announcement about a 2012 presidential run together. "I'd like to announce that in 2012, we will both be ... voting," Beck said.

"The used-car market is an important mechanism for redistributing wealth to low-income persons: The price of a car drops when it is driven out of the dealership, but much of its transportation value remains when it enters the used-car market. Unfortunately for low-income people, the average price of a three-year-old automobile has increased more than 10 percent since last summer. This is largely because the Car Allowance Rebate System, aka 'Cash for Clunkers,' which ended in August 2009, cut the supply of used cars."

Last-ditch Democrat strategy to turn out young people: Do it for Justin Bieber!

Big party week for the Obamas.

Finding tiny bright spots for Democrats.

Jerry Brown has a secret plan to balance the California budget. Like health care, you have to elect him to "find out what's in it."

Arthur Brooks and Paul Ryan: "As we move into this election season, Americans are being asked to choose between candidates and political parties. But the true decision we will be making—now and in the years to come—is this: Do we still want our traditional American free enterprise system, or do we prefer a European-style social democracy? This is a choice between free markets and managed capitalism; between limited government and an ever-expanding state; between rewarding entrepreneurs and equalizing economic rewards."

Michelle Obama's speech at Shanksville.

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