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The Roundup for September 28, 2011

Is Chris Christie in the race yet? Sarah Palin? Hugh Hewitt? That 13 year-old kid from CPAC? Conservatives need a hero!

• David Axelrod admitted that the President has been “too eager” to reach a compromise with Republicans who want to see his demise. Ya think? Being the most reasonable guy in the room didn’t work, something even David Plouffe is starting to understand.

• Brad Johnson reports that the State Department hearings on the Keystone XL pipeline were run by a contractor for the pipeline company, TransCanada.

• A pretty good rundown of the Senate picture for 2012. Democrats are probably losing at least two seats (Nebraska and North Dakota), and will need pickups in Nevada and Massachusetts, with holds in places like Michigan, Montana, Missouri, Virginia and Wisconsin, to hold onto the Senate. Five of the seven likely Democratic nominees in the races I just mentioned are women.

• We always knew that big banks would try to make up for lost swipe fee money by adding on fees on routine bank services. That’s why moving your money is so attractive. See Bank Simple.

• Zach Carter has another trade story, this time about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the attempt by the White House (according to Carter, Bill Daley) to create a NAFTA for Asia.

• While Eric Cantor was demanding offsets for disaster relief funding and threatening to shut down the government, he was jawboning FEMA on the status of… disaster relief funding for his district.

• A poll in Pennsylvania shows that residents want to keep their electoral system the way it is. I personally don’t, but I think the whole country has to move together to abolish the Electoral College, rather than a distorting piecemeal approach.

• Syrian protesters could move toward a violent armed uprising after months of largely peaceful protest and repression, according to US Ambassador Robert Ford.

• Matt Yglesias has a Europe crisis FAQ. Quibbles: he calls it a debt crisis when it’s a banking crisis, and he blames government spending for Greece’s troubles, when the main problem in Greece is that nobody pays their taxes.

• The Super Committee had a six-hour closed-door meeting in the Capitol yesterday.

• John Judis on the Palestinian statehood bid and the US reversal from past practice on Arab self-determination.

• The Federal Reserve continues to fail at both of their core missions, on price stability and maximum employment. This has been a pattern of consistent failure for several years.

• Incredible story of a State Department employee investigated for simply linking to a Wikileaks document on his personal blog.

• Romney jumps in front in Florida, which will now be a key GOP state. I wonder if, after he secures the nomination, he’ll revert back to his support of fiscal and monetary stimulus, or if he’ll go with the same warmed-over stew of corporate tax cuts and deregulation. My money’s on the latter.

• Al Qaeda to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: stop being such a truther, you’re ruining our cred.

• The UN reports a 39% jump in attacks in Afghanistan this year. Winning!

• A deal has been reached to move 10 of the 27 pending judicial nominees in the Senate. Not good enough, but something.

• A judge struck down some of the Alabama immigration law, but upheld other portions, particularly a measure requiring public schools to keep a running tally of the immigration status of their students.

• Millions of Americans are doubling up households rather than forming their own, which is crushing housing demand. This is a much bigger deal than the minor improvement in economic statistics today.

• Grover Norquist penned a letter to Warren Buffett with an addressed envelope for him to send additional tax money to the US Treasury. This would be a better country if we could just decide our tax rate for ourselves, right?

• The Government Accountability Board in Wisconsin found wrongdoing by Waukesha County clerk Kathy Nickolaus in the state Supreme Court election in April, but said it did not effect the outcome.

• Good to see the White House keep moving on solar energy loan guarantees. That’s because it works.

• I’m torn. I want a Kindle Fire but I really can’t stand Amazon after the whole sales tax hubbub here in California. What to do?

• 17 1/2 years for one of the “Cash for Kids” judges in Pennsylvania who was getting paid to impose stiff sentences on juveniles.

• Google will pay you to put solar panels on your roof. Sort of.

• Turns out that Ali Abdullah Saleh pulled off the “I’m going to the airport for cigarettes” trick on the Saudis.

• So sad that Sly Stone is homeless on the streets of LA.

• Did the New York Times really publish this photo? It reminds me of Bugs Bunny dressing up as a buxom woman to distract his enemies, for some reason.

• Joe Biden figures the Red Sox have to make the playoffs, or he will be felled by an assassin’s bullet.

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