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9:35 AM ET, October 8, 2010

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Seema Mehta / PolitiCal:
An associate of Jerry Brown calls Meg Whitman a “whore” over pension reform (AUDIO)  —  In a private conversation that was inadvertently taped by a voicemail machine, an associate of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown can be heard referring to his Republican opponent Meg Whitman as a …
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New York Times:
Nobel Peace Prize Given to Jailed Chinese Dissident  —  BEIJING — Liu Xiaobo, an impassioned literary critic, political essayist and democracy advocate repeatedly jailed by the Chinese government for his writings, won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in recognition of …
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John Pomfret / Washington Post:
China's Liu Xiaobo wins Nobel Peace Prize
Discussion: Da Techguy's Blog and AmSpecBlog
Tania Branigan / Guardian:   Nobel peace prize goes to jailed Chinese dissident
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Federal judge upholds health care law  —  A federal judge in Michigan has upheld as Constitutional a provision in the health care reform bill requiring uninsured individuals to purchase insurance.  —  U.S. District Court Judge George Steeh ruled Thursday that the so-called individual mandate …
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Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Judge Rules Health Law Is Constitutional
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Michigan District Court Upholds Individual Mandate Against Challenge …
Bob Cusack / Ballot Box:
Rory Reid: Healthcare reform could end up hurting Nevada  —  Gubernatorial candidate Rory Reid (D) said Thursday that the new health reform law could hurt Nevada.  —  During a televised debate, Rory Reid, the son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), said he does not support the legal challenges against the health overhaul.
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New York Times:
Flawed Foreclosure Documents Thwart Home Sales  —  OCALA, Fla. — Amanda Ducksworth was supposed to move in to her new home this week, a three-bedroom steal here in central Florida with a horse farm across the road.  Instead, she is camped out with her 7-year-old son at her boss's house.
Discussion: Clusterstock and Calculated Risk
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Washington Post:
Reston-based company MERS in the middle of foreclosure chaos
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Cuts in Government Led U.S. Economy to Lose 95,000 Jobs  —  The economy shed 95,000 nonfarm jobs in September, the Labor Department reported Friday, with most of the decline the result of the layoffs by local governments and of temporary decennial Census workers.
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
A Florida Double Crist?  —  Kendrick Meek might drop out of the Florida senate race and thereby pave the path to victory for Charlie Crist.  —  TAMPA — Republican leaders in the Sunshine State are fretting that a deal may be in the works to get Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek …
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Alex Leary / The Buzz:
Sierra Club endorses Crist and Meek, and Meek says no thanks
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
BUSTED!  Video Documents Role of Democrat Consultant Neal Rauhauser in Smear Campaign Against Tea Party  —  WARNING: This video is filled with profanity.  What it documents — including pedophilia-inspired Twitter attacks against children of a Tea Party supporter — involves a network of …
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com and Verum Serum
Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
Christie Halts Train Tunnel, Citing Its Cost  —  The largest public transit project in the nation, a commuter train tunnel under the Hudson River connecting New Jersey to Manhattan, was halted on Thursday by Gov. Chris Christie because, he said, the state could not afford its share of the project's rising cost.
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CNN:
N.J. governor kills Hudson River tunnel project
Discussion: New York Magazine
Washington Post:
Plouffe: For GOP, anything short of sweep would be ‘colossal failure’  —  Trying to reshape expectations for the midterm elections, David Plouffe said Thursday that the Republicans should be expected to make a full sweep of Congress - and key gubernatorial races - given the environmental advantages they have.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Plouffe: Centrist Republicans considering a run should have their head examined
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Colbert Democrats  —  A president's first midterm election is inevitably a referendum on his two years in office.  The bad news for Democrats is that President Obama's “reelect” number is 38 percent — precisely Bill Clinton's in October 1994, the eve of the wave election …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Betsy's Page
Celeste Katz / The Daily Politics:
RED ALERT: MAJOR CARL PALADINO CAMPAIGN T.V. ANNOUNCEMENT TOMORROW  —  ...But nobody knows what the hell it is!!!  —  You cannot make this stuff up!!!  —  Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino is planning to make some sort of major television announcement tomorrow at 5:13 p.m., my sources tell me.
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Liz Benjamin / Capital Tonight:
'Andrew's Prowess Is Legendary' (Updated)
Discussion: New York Magazine
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Christine O'Donnell's Second Ad Debuts  —  I liked Christine O'Donnell's opening ad line of “I'm not a witch,” for lumping all of the criticism of O'Donnell together and labeling it with the wackiest and most ridiculous one.  —  Here's the follow-up, which . . . well, decide for yourself.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Biden: 'You're the dullest audience I've ever spoken to'  —  Vice President Joe Biden got a laugh from his audience at a Wisconsin fundraising event Thursday when he tried to rile the crowd about the economic collapse of 2008.  —  “We want to reward people who manufacture things in the United States …
Quinnipiac University:
Despite Anger At D.C., Dems Lead In All New York Races, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Women Propel Gillibrand To Double-Digit Lead  —  Democrats are surging in all New York statewide races as little-known Republican candidates struggle for name recognition, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
Foreclosure Fraud:
Exclusive Bombshell of Foreclosure Fraud - Full Deposition of TAMMIE LOU KAPUSTA Law Office of David J Stern  —  HEY JUDGE COX, THIS IS WHAT THE MOTION TO QUASH IS PROTECTING!  —  MY GOD!  —  WHERE ARE THE FEDERAL AGENTS!!! … This just in and it is unbelievable!
Discussion: The Market Ticker
Paul Bedard / US News:
Sarah Palin Takes A Big Step Toward 2012 Run for President  —  Former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is raising new speculation in conservative circles that she is already preparing for a 2012 presidential bid.  In the latest and clearest example of her plans …
Sarah Muller / msnbc.com:
Lou Dobbs: ‘I have done nothing illegal’  —  Lou Dobbs is firing back against claims of hiring undocumented workers.  In an exclusive interview on Msnbc's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday, the radio host said, “The bottom line is I have done nothing illegal.”
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
GOP Widens Lead in Generic House Ballot, CBS Poll Finds  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Republicans have widened their lead against Democrats among likely voters in the generic ballot for the House …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Some in G.O.P. Find Soft Spot for Bill Clinton  —  WASHINGTON — Many Republicans with a deep animus for President Obama find their hearts aflutter with the memory of a former leader.  He was a compassionate conservative, a guy who cared about free trade, a man who reached across the aisle.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Balloon Juice
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
GOP takeover of Congress would mean ‘hand-to-hand combat,’ Obama warns  —  A Republican majority would threaten policies to stabilize the economy, the president says during a radio interview, part of an effort to rally key Democratic constituencies.  —  Reporting from Washington …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Can Democrats spring an upset in Texas governor's race?  —  AUSTIN- Democrats have a dream this year and it goes like this: It is election night.  As the cable news networks' electronic maps run red with Republican victories, three of the nation's most populous states - California, Florida and Texas - turn instead to blue.
 
 
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Fox News:
Postal Union Election Delayed After Ballots Lost in the Mail
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Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Cahill files lawsuit alleging dirty political tricks in Mass.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner: Voters need a new GOP majority in Congress
Discussion: The Politico
James Risen / New York Times:
Afghans Linked to the Taliban Guard U.S. Bases
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Doug / RADAR:
EXCLUSIVE: Eliot Spitzer's Madam Says Former NY Gov Looks …
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Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
72,000 stimulus payments went to dead people
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Statement by the President on the Intelligence Authorization Act
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Transit Economics  —  The usual suspects on the comment board are …
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Paul Vitello / New York Times:
200-Year-Old Echoes in Muslim Center Uproar
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Connecticut down on Lieberman  —  There's one thing Democrats …
Fhardingj / CNN:
O'Donnell on the Maher tapes: 'I'm not saying that I'm prou...'
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