UN to appoint Earth contact for aliens — THE United Nations was set today to appoint an obscure Malaysian astrophysicist to act as EarthÂ's first contact for any aliens that may come visiting. — Mazlan Othman, the head of the UN's little-known Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa) …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The American Pundit
Doug Mataconis / Outside the Beltway: U.N. To Appoint Obscure Scientist As Official “First Contact” Representative
Stephan Tawney / The American Pundit: Bizarre: UN to Appoint Ambassador to Aliens
Ed Barnes / Associated Press:
Citizens' Group Helps Uncover Alleged Rampant Voter Fraud in Houston — Voter selects candidate for U.S president in voting booth, Nov. 4, 2008. — When Catherine Engelbrecht and her friends sat down and started talking politics several years ago, they soon agreed that talking wasn't enough.
Discussion: Commentary, Gateway Pundit, Confederate Yankee, Right Wing News, Weasel Zippers and Doug Ross
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary: If You Want Something Done Right
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Democrats Unleash Ads Focusing on Rivals' Pasts — WASHINGTON — Democratic candidates across the country are opening a fierce offensive of negative advertisements against Republicans, using lawsuits, tax filings, reports from the Better Business Bureau and even divorce proceedings to try …
Discussion: CNN, The Caucus, Pirate's Cove, Wake up America, Commentary, Prairie Weather and The Page
Janie Lorber / The Caucus: Sunday Word: Visual Age at 50
William Teach / Pirate's Cove: Fish Wrap Exposes Democrats Negative, Personal Ads, Chides Them Gently
Susan Duclos / Wake up America: New York Times Reports Democratic Desperation
John Steele Gordon / Commentary: Mourning in America — I confess to a weakness for puns.
Prairie Weather: Digging deep into Republican candidates' pasts (and present) and coming up with dirt
CNN Poll: Nearly three-fourths say recession not over — Washington (CNN) - Economic experts may believe the recession is over, but try telling that to the public. — Seventy-four percent of Americans believe the economy is still in a recession, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Doug Mataconis / Outside the Beltway: Recession Over ? Most People Don't Think So
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Boehner's Top Aide Is Little Known — WASHINGTON — Representative John A. Boehner and Barry Jackson cut an odd figure. — Mr. Jackson, the chief of staff to Mr. Boehner, the House Republican leader from Ohio, is shaggy-haired and dough-faced, pale to Mr. Boehner's preternatural tan.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, GayPatriot and JustOneMinute
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin: NYT Shocker: John Boehner's Top Aide Not Well Known Like Other Top Aides
B. Daniel Blatt / GayPatriot: Has NYT ever run article, “Pelosi's Top Aide is Little Known”?
Ben Smith / The Politico:
They're gay, conservative and proud — NEW YORK — Even among the gays, the right is on the rise. — The broad surge in the conservative grassroots made it as far as PayPal founder Peter Thiel's grand apartment overlooking New York's Union Square Tuesday night, where about 150 backers …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
New Proof Wall Street Knew Its Mortgage Securities Were Subpar: Clayton Execs Testify — WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? — During a little-noticed hearing this week in Sacramento, Calif., a firm hired by Wall Street to analyze mortgages given to borrowers with poor credit, which were then packaged …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Boehner: Tax cuts punt 'most irresponsible thing I've seen' in D.C. — House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) called Congress' inability to act on the Bush-era tax cuts before leaving for the campaign recess the “most irresponsible thing I've seen since I've been in Washington, D.C.”
Lena H. / Washington Post:
Invasion of stink bugs has homeowners, farmers seeking relief — Shaped like shields and armed with an odor, dime-size brown bugs are crawling into area homes over windowsills, through door crevices and between attic vents in such numbers that homeowners talk about drowning them in jars of soapy water …
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Mediaite and Gawker
Frances Martel / Mediaite: Actual Stink Bugs (Not Politicians) Flocking To Washington, DC
Richard H. Thaler / New York Times:
What the Rich Don't Need — WANT to give affluent households a present worth $700 billion over the next decade? In a period of high unemployment and fiscal austerity, this idea may seem laughable. Amazingly, though, it is getting traction in Washington.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Brown leads Whitman 49%-44% in poll — Boxer leads Fiorina 51%-43% in Senate race, survey finds. Both Republicans are hampered by voters' negative impressions of them, poll says. — Democrat Jerry Brown has moved into a narrow lead over Republican Meg Whitman in their fractious contest for governor …
Discussion: Daily Kos, American Power, The Reaction, The Caucus and The Political Carnival
Steve Singiser / Daily Kos: Polling and Political Wrap-Up, 9/25/10
Donald Douglas / American Power: Seriously? Brown Leads Whitman 49%-44% in New Poll
Michael J.W. Stickings / The Reaction: Good news in California polling
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus: Poll Shows Boxer Out Front in California; Governor's Race Is Tight
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Slouching Toward Washington — Holy Roddy McDowall. — Christine O'Donnell doesn't understand why monkeys can't turn into people right before her eyes. — Bill Maher continued his video torment of O'Donnell by releasing another old clip of her on his HBO show on Friday night …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org, Mediaite and Daily Kos
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org: Dowd: 'Christine O'Donnell Better Hope They Don't Bring Back Witch Burning'
Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite: Maureen Dowd: Obama Let The “Nutters Get A Foothold”
DemFromCT / Daily Kos: Abbreviated Pundit Round-up
John Harwood / New York Times:
Obama, Empathy and the Midterms — MY homework for an hourlong interview with President Obama last week began with reviews of his earlier speeches and interviews, and conversations with economists and political operatives. It ended around a dinner table. — That's where, over salad and swordfish …
Discussion: American Power
Donald Douglas / American Power: Empathy? Bill Clinton Says Dems Should Blame the GOP
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Rove Returns, With Team, Planning G.O.P. Push — WASHINGTON — In 2004, the Republican master strategist Karl Rove led weekly sessions at his Washington residence where, over big plates of his butter-smothered “eggies” and bacon slabs, he planned the re-election of President George W. Bush …
Discussion: Politics Daily, FrumForum and Washington Post