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2:10 PM ET, September 26, 2011


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CNN Poll: Perry still at top but Romney stronger vs. Obama  —  Washington (CNN) - Despite his performances in the two most recent Republican presidential debates, a new national survey indicates that Texas Gov. Rick Perry remains on top of the field in the race for the GOP nomination.
Roanoke College:
RC Poll: Obama trails Republican front runners; Allen and Kaine in dead heat in Va poll  —  Jobs trump deficit; Virginians want political compromise  —  Conducted by The Institute for Policy and Opinion Research at Roanoke College  —  With 14 months remaining until the 2012 election …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How Lucky Is Mitt Romney?
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Trump blasts DNC ad, to meet with Romney Monday afternoon
Discussion: CNN
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama mocks Perry, Republican debates  —  President Obama broadened his attack on Republicans Sunday night, firing an indirect shot at Texas Gov. Rick Perry and condemning audience members at recent Republican debates.  —  At a fundraiser in San Jose, Calif., Obama said that some in the audience might …
Matt Negrin / The Politico:
Obama mocks Perry, GOP audiences  —  President Obama decided to criticize Rick Perry at a fundraiser in California on Sunday, mocking the governor of Texas for his position on global warming and also the audiences at the Republican debates who have applauded death and jeered a gay soldier.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jackie Calmes / The Caucus:
At Fund-Raisers, Obama Refers to Audiences at G.O.P. Debates
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Obama raps Perry as gov ‘whose state is on fire’
Rick Perry / The Daily Beast:
Roger's Reality Show  —  First, Ailes dialed back the Tea Party talk.  Now he's turning the GOP race into a political X-Factor—and steering the election agenda one more time.  —  It was part political spectacle, part American Idol, part YouTube extravaganza, a pure Roger Ailes production …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
New gaffe: Obama confuses Jews with janitors  —  President Obama spoke to the Congressional Black Caucus awards banquet over the weekend.  —  Those folks will stick with him in 2012, of course.  —  But they've been somewhat miffed in recent months that the first post-partisan president …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Express Historic Negativity Toward U.S. Government  —  Several long-term Gallup trends at or near historical lows  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A record-high 81% of Americans are dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed, adding to negativity that has been building over the past 10 years.
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Cain nearly quit campaign before Florida straw poll, calls Obama a ‘liar’  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — Not everyone needs to go to Disney World to have fun in central Florida.  —  After one of Herman Cain's strongest showings yet at a Republican presidential debate Thursday, and two days …
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Shutdown looms: Spotlight now on Senate after Boehner wrangled House GOP votes  —  With time running out, Congress returns Monday to try to pass a short-term funding measure to avert a government shutdown and avoid yet another market-rattling showdown over the federal budget.
Shutdown looms as Congress debates spending plan
Discussion: The Jawa Report and The Reaction
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Flood Victims Getting Fed Up With Congress
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Euro Zone Death Trip  —  Is it possible to be both terrified and bored?  That's how I feel about the negotiations now under way over how to respond to Europe's economic crisis, and I suspect other observers share the sentiment.  —  On one side, Europe's situation is really, really scary …
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
Videos Show Police Using Pepper Spray at Protest on the Financial System  —  For a few moments on Saturday, the confrontations between the police and the protesters just south of Union Square in Manhattan seemed fairly typical.  People pushed, the police shoved and arrests were made …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
‘Outrageous’  —  A Rick Perry spokesman pushed back on President Obama's use of the Texas wildfires in a fundraising speech last night to criticize the GOP frontrunner as a climate-change critic.  —  “It's outrageous President Obama would use the burning of 1,500 homes, the worst fires in state history …
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
California Democratic Party among Solyndra's creditors  —  Out of the hundreds of out-of-work employees, vendors, investors and other creditors in the bankruptcy of government-backed solar-panel maker Solyndra LLC, one name stands out: the California Democratic Party.
Washington Times:
Powerful lobbying  —  Beyond being listed as a creditor …
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Companies Get Gay-Rights Heat Over Christian Donations  —  The culture war over gay rights has entered the impersonal world of e-commerce.  —  A handful of advocates, armed with nothing more than their keyboards, have put many of the country's largest retailers, including Apple, Microsoft …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
ObamaCare And The Supreme Court Schedule  —  Apparently Monday is a big day for Team Obama, which can decide whether to delay a Supreme Court decision on ObamaCare until after the 2012 election:  —  Reporting from Washington—  Obama administration lawyers face a decision by Monday …
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Christie Courted, Still Says No  —  A determined cadre of Republican donors is casting wishful eyes on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in an 11th-hour push to persuade the former prosecutor to enter the 2012 presidential race.  —  The drive reflects lingering discontent in some GOP quarters …
Brad DeLong / The Huffington Post:
Review: Ron Suskind's Confidence Men  —  When I first learned in 2009 that Ron Suskind's next book was going to be about the making of a economic policy in the Obama administration, I looked forward to it.  Previous books about the making of economic policy had degenerated into unseemly hagiography …
Glen Carey / Bloomberg:
King Abdullah Gives Saudi Women Right to Vote for First Time  —  Sept. 26 (Bloomberg) — Saudi Arabia granted women the right to vote for the first time in its modern history as part of changes King Abdullah said will let them run in future municipal elections.
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Saudi Monarch Grants Women Right to Vote
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Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
New Colorado caucus date doesn't change Iowa's
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Alabama Town Orders Small Time Offenders To Attend Church — Or It Will Throw Them In Jail
DA looking at voter bribery accusations
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Pelosi and Reid at odds with Obama over trade
Discussion: Instapundit
Chuck Bennett / New York Post:
Cocaine ‘blow’ to economy
TPM2012  —  Romney, Harvard Grad With Harvard Advisers, Rips ‘Harvard Faculty Lounge’
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Revenge of the Jews, or of the economy?
Discussion: FrumForum and Weasel Zippers
Alexander Burns / Reuters:
Fla. GOP sweats over Social Security
Chris Greenwood / Daily Mail:
Terrorist we can't kick out: Released after half his sentence but still ‘a risk to the public’ …
Discussion: Hot Air, Jihad Watch and Pajamas Media
Eurozone rescue plan ‘emerging’ as IMF and Greece talk
Discussion: FT Alphaville and The Other McCain
The Huffington Post:
Spreading Freedom: Google And The War For The Web
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Politics
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
A Campaign Finance Ruling Turned to Labor's Advantage