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3:30 PM ET, October 19, 2010

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Ben Evans / Associated Press:
O'Donnell questions separation of church, state  —  WILMINGTON, Del. — Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell of Delaware on Tuesday questioned whether the U.S. Constitution calls for a separation of church and state, appearing to disagree or not know that the First Amendment bars the government from establishing religion.
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Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Christine O'Donnell: “Where in the Constitution is the Separation of Church and State?”  —  Updated: 11:51am ET.  —  Republican Senate Candidate Christine O'Donnell today challenged her Democratic opponent Chris Coons on his statement that the Constitution disallowed the integration of religion …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Christine O'Donnell questions separation of church, state
Discussion: National Review
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Christine O'Donnell unsure on separation of church and state
Discussion: CNN and Prairie Weather
Amy Cherry / WDEL 1150AM, Wilmington, DE:
O'Donnell and Coons face off in WDEL debate
Discussion: Politics Daily and USA Today
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
From Obama, the Tax Cut Nobody Heard Of  —  HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — What if a president cut Americans' income taxes by $116 billion and nobody noticed?  —  It is not a rhetorical question.  At Pig Pickin' and Politickin', a barbecue-fed rally organized here last week by a Republican women's club …
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
99 Dem House seats in danger  —  With two weeks remaining until Election Day, the political map has expanded to put Democrats on the run across the country - with 99 Democratic-held House seats now in play, according to a POLITICO analysis, and Republicans well in reach of retaking the House.
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Democrats' Grip on the South Continues to Slip  —  JONESBORO, Ark. — The Southern white Democrat, long on the endangered list, is at risk of being pushed one step closer to extinction.  —  From Virginia to Florida and South Carolina to Texas, nearly two dozen Democratic seats are susceptible …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Pennsylvania Senate tied  —  You can put Pennsylvania Senate back in the toss up category.  Joe Sestak leads Pat Toomey 46-45 in our newest poll of the race, erasing the 9 point deficit he had in an August PPP survey.  —  Toomey's support has remained stagnant over the last 2 months …
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Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Foreclosure freeze leads to uneasy politics for Democrats
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Oh, the pain!  Voters of all stripes — even Republicans …
Discussion: The Agonist
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Albany Governor Debate Verges on Farce  —  The moderators' questions were frequently ignored.  The candidates barely looked at one another.  One wore black gloves and spoke of himself repeatedly in the third person.  And Andrew M. Cuomo, the Democratic candidate and the race's front-runner, at times struggled to suppress laughter.
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Charleston Daily Mail:
U.S. Senate endorsement: John Raese  —  The nation is on the wrong track, and changing the Senate is essential  —  WEST Virginians must soon choose who will represent them in the U.S. Senate for the next two years.  The issue in the race is how Democrats have used their 59-41 majority …
Discussion: The Note and National Review
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Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Fox News Polls Track Close Races in Key States
Discussion: Hot Air, The Latest Word and TPMDC
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Democrats Remain Favored to Retain Senate
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gregg: Repeal not best tactic on healthcare law  —  A top Senate Republican suggested Monday night that the party's prevailing strategies to curtail the new healthcare law might not be good ideas.  —  Sen. Judd Gregg (N.H.), the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee …
Discussion: Wonk Room, Swampland and RedState
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Democrat says he's heard Pelosi won't run again for Speaker
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Just Coming Right Out & Saying It  —  There are a lot of subterranean efforts afoot around the country right now to suppress the vote of various racial minorities.  But a group styling itself Latinos for Reform is taking a more straightforward approach: they're running ads in Nevada asking Latino voters simply not to vote.
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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
That Sinking Feeling  —  Barack Obama seems to think he's done a pretty terrific job as president, but maybe he hasn't trumpeted his accomplishments effectively enough.  —  He told The Times's Peter Baker, in an interview for the Sunday magazine, “Given how much stuff was coming at us …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Daniel Webster 46, Devil 30, and Other Interesting House Polls  —  Ba-boom!  —  Summarizing the big poll dump the NRCC just provided the Washington Post:  — FL-8: Daniel Webster (R) 46, Alan Grayson* (D) 30  — PA 3: Mike Kelly (R) 56, Kathy Dahlkemper* (D) 39
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Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Miller admits borough disciplined him  —  LUNCH HOUR: Polling performed on co-workers' computers; then their caches emptied to hide act.  —  scockerham@adn.com  —  Republican U.S. Senate nominee Joe Miller acknowledged Monday that he was disciplined for violating the Fairbanks North Star …
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Michael Kinsley / The Politico:
Rich professors doth protest too much  —  President Barack Obama plans to raise taxes on “the rich,” and he defines rich as those making more than $250,000 a year.  Two professors at prestigious universities have started brush fires on the Web during the past couple of weeks by taking issue and offering themselves as examples.
Discussion: Right Wing News and Althouse
Luis Martinez / ABCNEWS:
Two Bullet Rounds Strike Pentagon Building  —  Building Sweep Finds Two Rounds Shot on the Side of Pentagon Facing I-395  —  Pentagon Police announced today that someone fired several rounds at the Pentagon early this morning and at least two of the bullets struck the building.  No one was hurt.
Discussion: Reuters and Wonkette
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CNN:
Bullets hit the Pentagon
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Gateway Pundit
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Obama the snob  —  After a series of ineffective public messages — leaving the political landscape dotted with dry rhetorical wells — President Obama has hit upon a closing argument.  —  “Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now,” he recently told a group of Democratic donors …
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
GOP targets Harry Reid for living at the Ritz  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) Washington address has emerged as an issue in his race against Republican Sharron Angle.  —  The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) went up with its first TV ad in Nevada on Tuesday …
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and Ben Smith's Blog
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Military recruiters told to accept gay applicants  —  WASHINGTON - A Pentagon spokeswoman says recruiters have been told that they must accept gay applicants, following a federal court decision striking down the ban on gays serving openly in the military.  —  Spokeswoman Cynthia Smith …
Mark Knoller / CBS News:
National Debt Up $3 Trillion on Obama's Watch  —  New numbers posted today on the Treasury Department website show the National Debt has increased by more than $3 trillion since President Obama took office.  —  The National Debt stood at $10.626 trillion the day Mr. Obama was inaugurated.
Kimball Perry / Cincinnati.com:
Lawsuit: CPS pushing Democrats  —  Three van loads of Hughes High students were taken last week - during school hours - to vote and given sample ballots only for Democratic candidates and then taken for ice cream, a Monday lawsuit alleges.  —  The complaint was made by Thomas Brinkman Jr. …
RushLimbaugh.com:
Helpless Liberals Watch as Obama Switches from Messiah to Demon  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: I don't care where you look today, folks.  Everywhere in the State-Controlled Media, this election is being reported as a Democrat disaster.  Anywhere from 55 to 70, maybe 80 seats in the House …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Aqua Buddha prank victim: Jack Conway ad is “over the top,” but accurate, raises legit questions  —  Dem Jack Conway's new ad hammering Rand Paul over his college excesses is accurate on the facts, and it's legit to raise questions about his past views as a way of probing whether his current posture …
 
 
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
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DCCC:
LOOKING AT THE POLLS...  Rahm Emanuel just sent this message to DCCC supporters:
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W. James Antle III / The Politico:
GOP's Latino woes not immigration
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