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, The American Pundit, The Blaze and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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
Meredith Jessup / The Blaze: United Nations to appoint alien ambassador
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: American Power, iOwnTheWorld.com, CNN, The Caucus, Wake up America, Prairie Weather, Pirate's Cove, Commentary, THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS and The Page
Donald Douglas / American Power: Democrats Unleash Ads Focusing on Rivals' Pasts
BigFurHat / iOwnTheWorld.com: When Progs Attack — Across the nation we are witnessing the shameful display.
Janie Lorber / The Caucus: Sunday Word: Visual Age at 50
Susan Duclos / Wake up America: New York Times Reports Democratic Desperation
Prairie Weather: Digging deep into Republican candidates' pasts (and present) and coming up with dirt
William Teach / Pirate's Cove: Fish Wrap Exposes Democrats Negative, Personal Ads, Chides Them Gently
John Steele Gordon / Commentary: Mourning in America — I confess to a weakness for puns.
Reliapundit / THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS: DEMOCRATS UNLEASH UNPRECEDENTED SLEW OF PERSONAL ATTACK ADS AGAINST GOP OPPONENTS
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
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, Right Wing News, Gateway Pundit, Confederate Yankee, Weasel Zippers and Doug Ross
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary: If You Want Something Done Right
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Candidate trips on birther issue — Tim Walberg, the former GOP congressman running to win back his Michigan seat from freshman Democratic Rep. Mark Schauer, says he doesn't know whether President Obama was born in America or if he is a Muslim. — Asked on a local call-in radio show whether …
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland
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
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: Firedoglake, Politics Daily, FrumForum and Washington Post
Glenn W. Smith / Firedoglake: Thoughts on the “Return” of Karl Rove
Dana Milbank / Washington Post: Tim Kaine's GOP cannibal quip: Unfair to the Donners
Brad Hamilton / New York Post:
A'jad monster's ball — Tweet — It was a strange week for the loony strongman from Iran. — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's six nights in New York featured a secret sit-down with militant minister Louis Farrakhan, heckling in a hotel bar, and a fear of being rubbed out that bordered on paranoia.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, JammieWearingFool and Weasel Zippers
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”?
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New Alan Grayson ad: My draft-dodging GOP opponent doesn't love America like I do — I hope this is the sleaziest ad of the year because, if it isn't, I don't want to see the one that is. Where to begin? Well, for starters, the photo of Teacups with the elderly man in the Marine Corps League hat suggests …
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com, Outside the Beltway, Babalú Blog, YID With LID, Gateway Pundit and The American Pundit
Doug Mataconis / Outside the Beltway: Alan Grayson Gets The Liar Of The Week Award
Drillanwr / Babalú Blog: You “Approved These Messages”? ... Really?
Jeff Dunetz / YID With LID: Alan Grayson's Nasty Campaign Lies
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit: Veterans Group Blasts Lib Alan Grayson - Demands He Take Down Dishonest Ad (Video)
Stephan Tawney / The American Pundit: It Gets Worse: Grayson Now Comparing Opponent to Taliban
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: Hot Air, L.A. NOW, Mock, Paper, Scissors, Daily Kos, American Power, The Reaction, The Political Carnival and The Caucus
Allahpundit / Hot Air: New polls show Fiorina and Paul fading …
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW: Obama popular in California, Times-USC poll finds
Tengrain / Mock, Paper, Scissors: Money Can'T Buy Me Love...
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
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.
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: No More Mister Nice Blog and American Power
Donald Douglas / American Power: Empathy? Bill Clinton Says Dems Should Blame the GOP
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
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Their Moon Shot and Ours — China is doing moon shots. Yes, that's plural. When I say “moon shots” I mean big, multibillion-dollar, 25-year-horizon, game-changing investments. China has at least four going now: one is building a network of ultramodern airports; another is building a web …
Discussion: Swampland and naked capitalism