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Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Why is This GOP House Candidate Dressed as a Nazi?  —  An election year already notable for its menagerie of extreme and unusual candidates can add another one: Rich Iott, the Republican nominee for Congress from Ohio's 9th District, and a Tea Party favorite, who for years donned …
Wall Street Journal:
Democrat Bastions Besieged by GOP  —  Republican challengers are suddenly threatening once-safe Democrats in New England and the Northwest, expanding the terrain for potential GOP gains and raising the party's hopes for a significant victory in next month's elections.
Discussion: The Other McCain
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Projected Republican Gains Approach 50 House Seats  —  It has become fashionable to speak of a Democratic comeback, but we're not really seeing one in our forecasting models.  Certainly there are some individual races — particularly on the East and West Coasts, as well as some gubernatorial contests outside …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Activism of Thomas's Wife Could Raise Judicial Issues  —  RICHMOND, Va. — As one of the keynote speakers here Friday at a state convention billed as the largest Tea Party event ever, Virginia Thomas gave the throng of more than 2,000 activists a full-throated call to arms for conservative principles.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
President Loses ‘Iron Hand,’ Gains Donilon  —  The key to understanding why President Obama picked deputy National Security Adviser Tom Donilon to replace Gen. James Jones has three grooves: one, Donilon is a civilian policy wonk loyal to the President who has been involved in every facet …
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The Huffington Post:
Tom Donilon Would Be A ‘Disaster’ …
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Fred Kaplan / Slate:   Why no one will miss Jim Jones, the departing national security adviser.
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
National security shuffle: Jones out, Donilon in
Michael Shain / New York Post:
CNN courts Couric  —  Tweet  —  Friends of Katie Couric are saying the chances of her remaining at CBS are getting slimmer.  —  CNN appears especially eager to sign Couric now that the new show starring ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer is off to a stumbling start.  —  Jeff Bewkes, the CEO …
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Constellation Energy shelves plan for Calvert Cliffs reactor  —  Constellation Energy has shelved its proposal to build a new reactor at its Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant, Obama administration officials said Friday, even though the administration had decided to award the project a $7.5 billion loan guarantee.
Discussion: The Hill and The Volokh Conspiracy
Sarah Wheaton / New York Times:
Voting Test Falls Victim to Hackers  —  Hackers infiltrated the District of Columbia's online voting system last week.  They changed all votes for mayor to Master Control Pro and elected HAL 9000 the council chairman.  The blaring University of Michigan fight song played whenever a new ballot was successfully cast.
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Obama says GOP wants to ‘cut education by 20 percent’  —  President Obama pitched education initiatives and funding as key to preparing kids for the jobs of the future, and accused congressional Republicans of standing in the way of goals to graduate more students from college.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Weekly Address: Strengthening Education, Not Cutting It  —  The President explains that even as we focus on creating jobs immediately, we must also ensure the economy is better for our children by investing in education - not cutting it by 20% as Congressional Republicans propose.
Ted Sherman / New Jersey Online:
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie agrees to reconsider Hudson River tunnel project  —  TRENTON — A day after Gov. Chris Christie axed the $8.7 billion Hudson River rail tunnel project over its soaring costs, a reprieve of sorts was granted.  —  Following a meeting in Trenton this afternoon …
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Christie Helped Lose Grant for Schools, Ex-Official Says
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
Christie to Review Options on Tunnel
Anthony York / PolitiCal:
Jerry Brown announces NOW endorsement one day after Meg Whitman slur  —  Jerry Brown announced he has received the endorsement of the National Organization for Women, less than 24 hours after the emergence of a recorded message in which Brown can be heard in a conversation with advisors in which someone calls Whitman a “whore.”
Darlene Superville / ABCNEWS:
Obama Hits GOP Proposal to Cut Education Spending  —  Obama promotes learning agenda, says he won't 'shortchange our children's education' like GOP  —  Offering voters a reason to keep Democrats in power on Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama says Republicans would cut education spending …
Discussion: The Politico
BBC:
US given one-month deadline to rescue Mid-East talks  —  Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (C) got backing in Sirte from Arab League ministers  —  Arab League ministers have given the US one month to rescue deadlocked Middle East peace talks.  —  The ministers, meeting in Libya …
Discussion: Biased BBC
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Johnson nets savings on prison labor  —  Republican Senate candidate Ron Johnson, who has campaigned against government subsidies to business, employs up to nine prison inmates at his plastics factories whose health care costs are paid by the state, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Daily Kos
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Rock-Throwing Palestinian Boy Hit by Car in Jerusalem  —  A group of masked boys converge on a car and begin throwing rocks at it in Jerusalem.  In the midst of the chaos, the car up-ends one of the rock-throwers and speeds off.  —  This website uses IntenseDebate comments …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Alan Rappeport / Financial Times:
Summers calls for infrastructure spending  —  Larry Summers, the outgoing director of the White House National Economic Council, said the US must ramp up spending on domestic infrastructure to drive the economic recovery.  —  Speaking at the Financial Times's View from the Top conference in New York …
John Dickerson / CBS News:
Harry Reid Pleads with Nevada: Remember All I've Done  —  This post originally appeared on Slate.  —  RENO, Nev.— It used to be that if you needed to get a divorce, you came here.  Harry Reid came to Reno to stop one.  Nevada voters want a split from the Senate majority leader …
Steven Jiang / CNN:
China blanks Nobel Peace prize searches  —  Beijing, China (CNN) — With news media across the globe reacting to this year's Nobel Peace Prize announcement, authorities in the winner's homeland are racing to delete his name from all public domains.  —  Type “Liu Xiaobo” — or “Nobel Peace Prize …
 
 
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John Mangels / Metro:
Kent State tape indicates altercation and pistol fire preceded …
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
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DSCC Moving Money Out of Missouri
Autria Thuman / FoxNews.com:
Bush: Elites “Didn't Think I Could Read a Book, Much Less Write One”
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
'Dick Blumenthal Can't Create Jobs.'
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Jarrett at gay rights gala draws rebuke from 'Don't ask, don't tell' opponents
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The IRS and the latest licensing outrage
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Wall Street Journal:
The Cap-and-Trade Crackup  —  A Virginia Democrat with a 'safe …
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