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The Harry Reid campaign is pushing a newly-released video of Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle, taped a year ago, of her opposing -- and apparently even mocking -- mandated health insurance coverage of autism.

The video, posted on the Nevada Democratic Party's YouTube account, shows Angle at a Tea Party Express rally in late August 2009: "...take off the mandates for coverage in the state of Nevada and all over the United States. But here, you know what I'm talking about, you're paying for things that you don't even need. They just passed the latest one, is every, everything that they want to throw at us now is covered under 'autism,'" Angle said using her fingers to make air quotes for the word "autism." "So that's a mandate that you have to pay for. How about maternity leave? I'm not gonna have any more babies, but I sure get to pay for it on my insurance. Those are the kinds of things that we want to get rid of."

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A 50-year-old Army veteran who was arrested after an eight-hour standoff with federal agents was charged on Wednesday with threatening to kill President Barack Obama. Officials said he planned to ignite a war between Muslims and Christians and "start an apocalypse," and his Facebook page showed that he planned to burn a Koran.

Roman Otto Conaway, 50, was arrested at his home in Fairview Heights, Illinois in the early morning hours Wednesday and was scheduled to appear in federal court on Thursday. During the standoff, Conaway allegedly said a bulky belt he wore and three storage containers on his property were packed with explosives, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

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Two new polls of the California gubernatorial race are out, and continue to show a tight race between Democratic state Attorney General Jerry Brown and Republican former eBay CEO Meg Whitman. A SurveyUSA poll shows Brown leading Whitman by three points, 46%-43%, while a Field Poll has the contest deadlocked, 41%-41%.

SurveyUSA's new findings paint a very different picture than the firm's September 1 poll of the race -- Whitman led in that survey, 47%-40%. There has not been a Field Poll conducted on the contest since a July 5 survey saw Brown leading 44%-43%. Yesterday, a Rasmussen poll produced a similarly narrow margin in the race, finding the Democrat leading 47%-46%. While Whitman led every mainstream poll conducted from August 11-September 11, Brown has not been seen trailing in a poll since.

The latest SurveyUSA poll's margin of error is ±4.0 percentage points, while the Field Poll's is ±4.1 percentage points. The TPM Poll Average still has Whitman ahead in the contest, leading 45.8%-44.4%.

For more on the race, check out TPMDC's full coverage here.

Two new polls of the New York gubernatorial race show Democrat Andrew Cuomo leading Republican nominee Carl Paladino -- though by widely varying margins.

A SurveyUSA poll shows Cuomo leading Paladino 49.0%-40.0% among likely voters, while a Siena poll puts Cuomo much farther ahead, with a 33-point lead over Paladino among registered voters.

This is the first SurveyUSA poll of the race. But Paladino has gained ground since the last Siena poll, taken in mid-August, when he trailed Cuomo by 42 points, 56%-14%. (Rick Lazio polled at 16%).

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President Obama has apparently reached the 'can't do anything right' portion of his presidency. Last night at a fundraiser in New York City President Obama was loudly heckled by a group of people protesting over AIDS funding and DADT. It's unclear how the protesters were allowed into the event, and why they weren't ushered out once they started yelling, but the end result is a large group of people hollering at the President, which truth be told is a little unnerving. Does anyone recall this happening to President Bush?

The protesters held signs up saying "Obama broken promises KILL" and "no retreat, fund AIDS" and yelled "President Obama" so loudly and consistently Obama was forced to respond, something he did rather calmly one might add, saying that "you don't need to yell" and noting that he had increased AIDS funding. Then he encouraged the DADT protesters to find a Republican event to yell at:

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Billionaire Warren Buffett thinks that the Bush-era tax cuts for the superrich have had their day. Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and one of the richest people in America, told Politico's Mike Allen after a small business program commencement ceremony at LaGuardia Community College, in Long Island City, Queens that it takes time for economic "wounds" to heal. He said he still supports President Obama.

"I'd vote for him all over again. ... I think he's got the same vision about America I do. ... I think he has the same social goals, very much, that I do," Politico reported.

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As if the Delaware Senate race wasn't crazy enough already, the Wilmington News Journal reports that Rep. Mike Castle, who lost the Republican primary last week in a stunning upset against conservative activist Christine O'Donnell, is not ruling out the possibility of mounting a write-in bid.

Castle, was previously a seeming Senator-in-waiting, with a strong lead in the polls against Democratic nominee Chris Coons -- a lead he still has, while O'Donnell seriously trails Coons. So is a Lisa Murkowski-style write-in bid in his future?

Castle told the paper that he "probably" would not run, but isn't ruling it out "simply because it's there, simply because I've had a number of people who've asked that I do that." If Castle were to run, he has until next Thursday, September 30, to declare his candidacy at the state Election Office. "I will consider it right up until the final moment but I'm not headed in that direction right now."

Jon Stewart appeared on Bill O'Reilly's show last night, and the two sparred over the Tea Party, Fox News and President Obama.

On Obama, O'Reilly argued that the President has "separated himself from the folks," which Stewart found endlessly hilarious. "That sounds like a meaningless thing to say," Stewart said, but added: "I agree with the sentiment that he ran as a visionary and he has led as a functionary."

Stewart also told O'Reilly that "the Tea Party scares you as much as it scares anybody."

"Look what they did to Rove," he said. "Oh that poor boy. The spanking that he received."

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Robert Spencer, the author of JihadWatch.org, says he first became aware of the threat of Sharia "after seeing repeated attempts to assert the primacy of Islamic law over American law." One of those early attempts, he told TPMmuckraker, came in late 2006, when Muslim cab drivers in Minnesota made news by refusing to take passengers carrying alcohol. The incidents resulted in the cabbies going to the back of the queue, letting passengers with booze get into another cab. Spencer has been one of a handful of neocons -- along with Frank Gaffney and Daniel Pipes, among others -- who have been sounding the alarm about Sharia law for years. They warn that Sharia, a system of laws defined by the Koran, is taking hold in the United States, and that it will eventually threaten the very Constitution. Their warnings, so long spoken from the fringe, are now at the heart of today's anti-mosque rhetoric. We started digging in the archives to find the origin of this fear. What we found may not be conclusive, but it shows a path that has lead to increasingly mainstream figures, like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, calling for a federal ban on Sharia law.

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Obama To Tell U.N. Mideast Talks Need World's Support Reuters reports: "President Barack Obama is to make a plea at the United Nations on Thursday for international support for the Middle East peace process, urging world leaders to make sure 'this time is different' from previous failed efforts...In excerpts of his address to the U.N. General Assembly released by the White House, Obama will specifically urge countries that have pledged support for the Palestinians to meet their obligations for both political and financial support and 'must stop trying to tear Israel down.'"

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will address the United Nations General Assembly at 10 a.m. ET. He will host a bilateral meeting at 11 a.m. ET with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. He will attend a luncheon at 1:15 p.m. ET, hosted by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. At 3:50 p.m. ET, the President First Lady will join former President Bill Clinton to address the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative. He will hold a bilateral meeting at 5:10 p.m. ET with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan. At 7:15 p.m. ET, the President and First Lady will host a reception in honor of the heads of delegations attending the United Nations General Assembly.

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