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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Emanuel's ‘Glad to be home’ video filmed in Washington  —  Rahm Emanuel kicked off his campaign for mayor of Chicago with a homecoming video, filmed in front of a bookshelf with a vase and a family photograph.  —  “I was born here, and my wife Amy and I raised our three children here,” he says.
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Daniel Foster / National Review:
Pay-to-Spray Firefighters Watch as Home Burns  —  Oy, this is bad for the libertarians: … That bolded paragraph is what really gets to me.  I have no problem with this kind of opt-in government in principle — especially in rural areas where individual need for government services and available infrastructure vary so widely.
Gallup:
GOP Well Positioned Among Likely Midterm Voters  —  Voting preferences remain close among registered voters  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup's generic ballot for Congress among registered voters currently shows Republicans with 46% of the vote and Democrats with 43%, similar to the 46% to 46% tie reported a week ago.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
GOP holds wide lead among likely voters in latest Gallup poll  —  Republicans have a significant lead over Democrats among likely voters in Gallup's generic ballot poll released Monday.  —  The figures show a much greater lead for Republicans among likely voters than registered voters …
Ben Evans / Associated Press:
O'Donnell said China plotting to take over US  —  WASHINGTON — Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell of Delaware said in a 2006 debate that China was plotting to take over America and claimed to have classified information about the country that she couldn't divulge.
Slate:
How the Roberts Court disguises its conservatism.  —  It's dark and silent.  Reporters trickle into the grand ceremonial room from a door on the left; like everyone, they've been instructed that no recording devices of any sort are allowed.  A clutch of spectators, some of whom have been waiting for hours, enters at the rear.
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
It's the first Monday in October, time for people like Barry Friedman …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Kevin Grandia / The Huffington Post:
Filmmaker Goes Undercover to Expose the Corporate Links to the Tea Party [video]  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  In his recently released documentary, [astro] Turf Wars, Australian filmmaker Taki Oldham goes undercover to try and answer the question: “Just how real are the roots of the tea party's supposed grassroots uprising.”
Discussion: Wonk Room
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Brian Alexander / msnbc.com:
Pretzel nation: Americans have sex in 41 combinations  —  We aren't as bland as we might think, new study shows  —  Americans are often portrayed as being bland sexual mopes, compared to say, the French.  But according to a new study, we actually routinely choose from more spicy combinations …
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aolnews.com:
Survey on America's Sexual Habits: We're Getting Friskier
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Blumenthal up 12  —  The race may be closer than it was six months ago but the truth remains: Richard Blumenthal is one of the strongest Democratic Senate candidates in the country, Linda McMahon is one of the weakest Republican ones, and Blumenthal holds a double digit lead.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Weigel and POLISING
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
McMahon hammers Blumenthal over Vietnam statements
Discussion: CNN, msnbc.com and Real Clear Politics
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Mondale to Obama: Ditch the ‘idiot boards’  —  Former Vice President Walter Mondale suggested in an interview today President Obama stop relying on “idiot boards” — teleprompters, that is — to deliver his message to the American people.  —  “He uses these idiot boards to read speeches in television …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Gibbs won't rule out DNC appointment  —  White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday he loves his job, but he would not rule out a transition to chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).  —  Reports over the weekend indicated Gibbs was being considered for the DNC post …
Discussion: CNN and HotAirPundit
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Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
Gibbs Vague on Path to End DADT
Project Veritas:
Statement regarding CNN  —  Now that I've had a chance to watch CNN's “Right on the Edge” documentary, I'm happy to comment.  I apologize for not saying anything sooner, but don't want to comment until I have all the facts at my disposal.  —  As you can imagine in our line of work …
Twitter Blog:
newtwitterceo  —  By all accounts Twitter is on a roll.  We've redesigned our web site to great user feedback.  Our user and usage numbers are growing at a rapid clip all around the world.  We've launched an early, but successful, monetization effort.  And, many top engineers …
Michael Georgy / Reuters:
Drone strike kills 8 Germans in northwest Pakistan  —  (Reuters) - A suspected U.S. drone strike killed eight militants of German nationality in northwest Pakistan on Monday, Pakistani intelligence officials said.  —  They died when two missiles from a suspected CIA pilotless aircraft struck …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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BBC:
‘German militants’ killed in Pakistan drone attack
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
DownWithTyranny!:
Could Congressional Progressives Come Out Of The Midterms In A Stronger Position?  —  There's the roll-up-your-sleaves-and-get-to- work way to win elections and then there's the Inside-the-Beltway conventional wisdom about what candidates are supposed to do.  Inside the Beltway it's …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit, TalkLeft and Open Left
The Note:
Joe Miller: End Federal Minimum Wage, ‘Defund Certain Components’ of EPA  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller was in Washington last week to raise money and meet with some of the same establishment Republicans who supported his opponent in his primary.
Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
Geert Wilders trial suspended after he attacks judge  —  Geert Wilders, the anti-Islam politician, told a Dutch court that he stood by his opinions that the Koran is a “fascist book” and Islam is as dangerous as Nazism, as he went on trial for inciting racial hatred.
Kieran Crowley / New York Post:
Gay skydive teach axed for ‘gal grope’  —  Tweet  —  A skydiving instructor who joked with a female student that he couldn't be falling for her because he's gay has filed a discrimination suit, claiming he was cut loose from his job because of the quip.  —  Donald Zarda was strapped tightly …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Ominous new Gallup findings for Democrats: Blacks still love Obama, others not so much  —  The good news for President Obama is his popular support among blacks is holding steady at 91%.  —  The bad news is no other group of potential voters likes him that much.
Jack Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
$69 million in California welfare money drawn out of state  —  Las Vegas tops the list with $11.8 million spent at casinos or taken from ATMs, but transactions in Hawaii, Miami, Guam and elsewhere also raise questions.  Officials say budget cuts hinder investigations.  —  Reporting from Sacramento —
Discussion: MyFox DC, ParaPundit and Gateway Pundit
Ambarish Kenghe / Google TV Blog:
Here comes Google TV  —  It's been almost five months since we introduced Google TV to the world at Google I/O, and today we're happy to give you an update on our progress.  For those who haven't yet heard of it, Google TV is a new way to think about TV: it's a platform that combines …
Bruce Drake / Politics Daily:
Jerry Brown Gains in Poll on Heels of Meg Whitman's Maid Controversy … Democrat Jerry Brown's margin over Republican Meg Whitman in the California governor's race moved up a notch in a poll conducted following disclosures that Whitman had employed an illegal immigrant as a maid for nearly a decade.
The Huffington Post:
West Virginia Conservative Foundation's New Ad Warns Of Rep. Nick Rahall's Outreach To Arab-Americans (VIDEO)  —  What's Your Reaction: … Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) is the target of a well-funded attack campaign by a conservative nonprofit called the West Virginia Conservative Foundation …
 
 
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Get your hand out of my shower
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Did The Wave Crest?  —  We've got another new congressional generic just out today.
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Pence's Priorities: Stopping Marriage Equality Is As Important As Fixing The Economy
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Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
11 Arrests in Alabama Investigation
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Hooker-plagued former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, host of new CNN talk show …
BBC:
Ex-UN official says Taliban infiltrating Afghan forces
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Wall Street Journal:
Peace Doesn't Keep Itself
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Science Foundation Backs Climate-Change Play
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama cuts ad for Rep. Cao's challenger
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Fear and Favor  —  A note to Tea Party activists: This is not the movie you think it is.
T.W. Farnamand Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Interest-group spending for midterm up fivefold from 2006; many sources secret
 

 
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