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4:35 PM ET, October 7, 2010

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
GOP ad casting call: ‘hicky’ W.Va. look  —  A Republican ad that shows a couple of regular-looking guys commiserating in a diner about West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) turns out to have been shot with actors, from a script, in Philadelphia.  —  But not just any actors …
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The Politico:
George Allen preps for 2012 Senate bid
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ABCNEWS:
NRSC Under Fire for West Virginia Ad Casting Call Looking For ‘Hicky’ Look
Jeremy P. Jacobs / Hotline On Call:
NRSC Pulling Controversial West Virginia Ad
Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Why President Obama is Not Signing H.R. 3808  —  Today, the White House announced that President Obama will not sign H.R. 3808, the Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act of 2010, and will return the bill to the House of Representatives.  The Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act …
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Scot J. Paltrow / Reuters:
Bank foreclosure cover seen in bill at Obama's desk  —  (Reuters) - A bill that homeowners advocates warn will make it more difficult to challenge improper foreclosure attempts by big mortgage processors is awaiting President Barack Obama's signature after it quietly zoomed through the Senate last week.
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama to Pocket-Veto Bill That Might Make It Easier to Foreclose on Homes  —  ABC News has learned that President Obama will not sign - or “pocket veto” — a bill that sailed through Congress that consumer groups warn would make it easier for banks to foreclose on homeowners.
Discussion: The Confluence and Taylor Marsh
Michelle Malkin:
What the hell: How stealth banking bailout reached Obama's desk; Update: Here comes the first O-veto; White House: We'll work on it  —  Scroll for updates...  Both the left and right sides of the blogosphere are buzzing about a bipartisan TARP-style banking bailout bill that somehow reached …
The Huffington Post:
White House Has ‘Concerns’ About Notarization Bill Seen As Foreclosure Cover
Discussion: Washington Post, TalkLeft and Daily Kos
Isabel Macdonald / The Nation:
Lou Dobbs, American Hypocrite  —  Research support for this article was provided by the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute.  —  In Lou Dobbs's heyday at CNN, when he commanded more than 800,000 viewers and a reported $6 million a year for “his fearless reporting and commentary,” …
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Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Waivers Address Talk of Dropping Health Coverage  —  As Obama administration officials put into place the first major wave of changes under the health care legislation, they have tried to defuse stiffening resistance — from companies like McDonald's and some insurers …
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Drew Armstrong / Bloomberg:
McDonald's, 29 other firms get health care coverage waivers  —  Nearly a million workers won't get a consumer protection in the U.S. health reform law meant to cap insurance costs because the government exempted their employers.  —  Thirty companies and organizations, including McDonald's …
Paul Krugman:
Tunnel Of Idiocy  —  Many reports that Chris Christie is about to scuttle the second rail tunnel under the Hudson.  If so, it's arguably the worst policy decision ever made by the government of New Jersey — and that's saying a lot.  —  The story seems to be that Christie wants to divert …
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New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie to kill N.Y.-N.J. rail tunnel project
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
Governor of New Jersey Blocks Hudson Tunnel Project
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Stranger …
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Bob Cusack / The Hill:
POLL: Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not drain swamp, key voters believe  —  Most voters think Congress's ethics have gotten worse in the past two years, according to a new poll in key battleground districts.  —  The finding suggests that people likely to have a big say in who controls the House …
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
NRA backs Democrats in key races, frustrating GOP
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
RNC circulates study that shows Dem tax plan is better for poor than GOP one  —  Okay, this is a bit in the weeds.  But it's worth it.  —  This morning the Republican National Committee blasted out a story from The Hill about a new nonpartisan study finding that the poor will be hit hardest …
Discussion: Daily Kos, TPMDC and Speakeasy
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Jay Heflin / The Hill:   Study: Expiration of Bush tax cuts will hit poorest hardest
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Maybe You Can Take It With You: Stimulus Checks Sent to the Dead  —  The Social Security Administration sent about 89,000 stimulus payments of $250 each to dead and incarcerated people — but almost half of them were returned, a new inspector-general's report has found.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Erick's blog
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Vargas Llosa Is Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature  —  The Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, whose deeply political work vividly examines the perils of power and corruption in Latin America, won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday.  —  Announcing the award in Stockholm …
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Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Mario Vargas Llosa Wins Nobel Prize in Literature!
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Dem candidate fires back after racy photos surface  —  Democratic Virginia House candidate Krystal Ball (yes, that's her real name) went on the offensive Wednesday after racy photos of her surfaced online this week.  —  The photos, which were taken at a costume party, show Ball wearing …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
REPUBLICANS STILL JUST DON'T LIKE THE UNEMPLOYED.... That Republican officials seem to actively dislike unemployed Americans isn't exactly new.  We're talking about a party that's waged war against jobless benefits and tried to kill jobs bills during a recession — which should tell the public quite a bit about the GOP's priorities.
Todd Purdum / Vanity Fair:
The Man Who Never Was  —  Desperate to keep his Senate seat, John McCain repudiated his record, his principles, and even his maverick reputation, entrenching himself as the anti-Obama.  Which raises the issue of whether the leader so many Americans admired—and so many journalists covered—ever truly existed.
Dylan Lovan / Associated Press:
Southern Baptist leader on yoga: Not Christianity  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A Southern Baptist leader who is calling for Christians to avoid yoga and its spiritual attachments is getting plenty of pushback from enthusiasts who defend the ancient practice.  —  Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler …
Discussion: AlbertMohler.com
Hotline On Call:
The Surprising Democratic Firewall  —  Actions speak louder than words.  That's why Democratic control of the House is looking more tenuous by the day.  As the party begins to build its firewall to prevent a GOP takeover, top strategists are working to salvage seats that few considered …
Stephen George / Nashville Scene:
U.S. Department of Justice visitors tell Muslims they have their back in the Murfreesboro mosque dispute  —  Danger Zoning  —  Over the summer months, Muslims in Murfreesboro — for three decades a virtually silent minority and a sliver of the city's population — have endured challenge …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and TPMMuckraker
CNN:
O'Donnell: I've been character assassinated  —  Newark, Delaware (CNN) — Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell is asking voters to give her a second look.  At a candidate forum sponsored by a group of local Republicans, O'Donnell blamed her campaign's recent troubles on unfair coverage in the “liberal media.”
Jia Lynn Yang / Washington Post:
U.S. companies buy back stock in droves as they hold record levels of cash  —  For months, companies have been sitting on the sidelines with record piles of cash, too nervous to spend.  Now they're starting to deploy some of that money - not to hire workers or build factories, but to prop up their share prices.
 
 
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Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Sharp Jabs in Connecticut Senate Debate
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Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
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Gallup:
Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment at 10.1% in September
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Top House Dem warns U.S. ‘unprepared’ for dirty-bomb attack
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