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President Obama speaks during the Millennium Development Goals Summit at the U.N. headquarters in New York September 22, 2010. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

–As Alex notes, House Republicans have unveiled their new governing platform a la 1994′s Contract With America. Chris Good pulls out some bullet-points. Marc Ambinder thinks it invites a comparison between the parties at a time when the GOP is hoping for a simple referendum on the Democrats’ tenure. Ezra Klein accuses them of deficit peacockism, but applauds the gesture. The National Review’s editors are on board; Erick Erickson not so much.

–A wave of new health reform measures from PPACA go into effect today. Kate explains what’s what.

–The DISCLOSE Act makes a return to the Senate, but is unlikely to pass. Our friends at CNN report a pre-Election Day vote on the Bush tax cuts is looking less and less likely.

–Obama fires up the troops and heads over to the U.N. He’s set to do some Mideast peace cheerleading today.

–John Dickerson reads Woodward on Obama and hears echoes of Cheney.

–A new poll finds Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman still deadlocked in California’s governor’s race with both their negatives rising.

–Jockeying for the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial contest begins really early.

–The GQ profile of Rand Paul that immortalized “Aqua Buddha” is out in its entirety.

–Vegetables: Running in circles in Afghanistan.

–Side dish: A fantastic profile of Republican ad maven Fred Davis (of “Demon Sheep” fame).

–Dessert: One in five Americans believe Obama is a cactus.

What did I miss?

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