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7:05 PM ET, September 29, 2010

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CNN:
Fake pimp from ACORN videos tries to ‘punk’ CNN correspondent  —  Editor's note: CNN takes an unprecedented look inside the young conservative activist movement in the documentary “Right On The Edge,” which airs Oct. 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. EST.  —  Lusby, Maryland (CNN) …
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Abbie Boudreau / CNN:
Our Documentary Takes A Strange Detour  —  (Programming note: “Right On The Edge” airs this Saturday and Sunday at 8 and 11 p.m. ET).  —  I've been a reporter for nine years.  My first official day on the job was on 9-11.  I was the bureau chief in Dubuque, Iowa, working as a one-man band.
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
James O'Keefe isn't a punk. He's worse.
Discussion: Speakeasy
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Fake ACORN Pimp Tries to ‘Punk’ CNN's Abbie Boudreau
Discussion: Mediaite and Roger Ailes
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
Ambush Filmmaker O'Keefe Tried To ‘Punk,’ ‘Seduce’ CNN Reporter
TMZ.com:
Meg Whitman's Housekeeper — ‘Explosive’ Allegations  —  UPDATE: Meg Whitman's campaign chairman, former California Governor Pete Wilson, tells TMZ he is unaware of any claim by Whitman's former housekeeper, but, “The timing of this is highly suspect.”  —  The former housekeeper for Meg Whitman …
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TMZ.com:
Meg Whitman: My Maid's Full of It  —  Meg Whitman's campaign just gave us documents suggesting that her former maid, Nicky Diaz Santillan, actually lied to Meg about her immigration status when she was hired back in 2000.  —  The documents, which Whitman claims Nicky filled out and signed …
TMZ.com:
Meg Whitman's Housekeeper: Undocumented  —  Meg Whitman's former housekeeper was an undocumented worker and claims working for the Republican candidate for Governor was a “nightmare.”  —  Nicky Diaz Santillan, Whitman's housekeeper of 9 years, held a news conference with her lawyer …
CNN:
‘Explosive allegations’ may rock CA race  —  (CNN) - California GOP gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman is facing a new hurdle Wednesday as her housekeeper of nine years prepares to make what are being called “explosive allegations” about the former eBay CEO.  —  The housekeeper …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Meg Whitman's nanny problem
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and TPMDC
Anthony York / PolitiCal:
Whitman says she was ‘stunned’ to learn housekeeper was undocumented
Discussion: Speakeasy and Daily Kos
Anthony York / PolitiCal:
Former Whitman housekeeper alleges she was treated like ‘garbage’
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Brown and Whitman go head to head
Discussion: msnbc.com and Online NewsHour
Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Murkowski deadlocked with Miller in Alaska  —  (CNN) - The wild three-way Senate race in Alaska now appears to be a two-person fight for the top spot, according to a new poll.  —  A CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday indicates that 38 percent …
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
GOP senators lash out at DeMint  —  South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint last week accused his Senate Republican colleagues of doing “everything” in their power to help Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski's write-in campaign against GOP nominee Joe Miller.  —  And he pounded them in a fundraising solicitation for doing …
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Poll: Murkowski Close in Alaska; Dems Pull Away in Calif.  —  From left: Joe Miller, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Scott McAdams  —  From left: Michael Dinneen / AP; J. Scott Applewhite / AP; Chris Miller / AP  —  In Alaska, Republican Lisa Murkowski is giving the GOP nominee for her Senate-seat, Joe Miller, a real race to contend with.
Discussion: Swampland, The Page, The Hill and The Buzz
Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Rubio opens Senate lead while governor's race stays a dead heat  —  (CNN) - Republican Marco Rubio has taken the lead in Florida's three-way battle for the Senate, according to a new poll.  The CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey also indicates that the state's gubernatorial battle is dead even.
Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Deadlocked in fight for Obama's Illinois Senate seat
Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Democrats on top in California governor and Senate contests
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Boehner surprise: Dems barely get votes to adjourn after floor speech  —  House Democrats on Wednesday barely won a 210-209 vote to adjourn the House without extending the Bush tax cuts.  —  Thirty-nine House Democrats voted against adjournment after Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) …
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Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Boehner calls to extend all Bush tax cuts but resists procedural move …
Discussion: The Note, ABCNEWS and Michelle Malkin
Steven Thrasher / Village Voice:
White America Has Lost Its Mind  —  The white brain, beset with worries, finally goes haywire in spectacular fashion  —  About 12:01 on the afternoon of January 20, 2009, the white American mind began to unravel.  —  It had been a pretty good run up to that point.
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Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Two senators put hold on women's museum  —  WASHINGTON — A letter from two senators is the only thing blocking congressional approval of a decade-long effort to build a women's history museum in the nation's capital.  —  Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Jim DeMint, R-S.C., have placed a …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid, Coburn in floor spat over shark bill
Tanya Somanader / Think Progress:
Coburn, DeMint Block National Women's History Museum Because 'Quilters …
Discussion: RHRealityCheck.org and Jezebel
Kenric Ward / sunshinestatenews.com:
Poll: Obama, Dems Poised to Lose Grayson House Seat  —  Republican Dan Webster jumps to a 7-point lead  —  In one of the most closely watched U.S. House races in the nation, Republican Daniel Webster now holds a 7-point lead over Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson in Central Florida's 8th Congressional District …
CNN:
Assistant attorney general blogs against gay student body president  —  (CNN) — For nearly six months, Andrew Shirvell, an assistant attorney general for the state of Michigan, has waged an internet campaign against college student Chris Armstrong, the openly gay student assembly president at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Carl Paladino alleges Andrew Cuomo affair  —  New York Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino alleged Tuesday that Democrat Andrew Cuomo was unfaithful to his ex-wife years ago, a stunning accusation that validated his earlier prediction that the race would be getting nastier.
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Obliterating a generation  —  Thanks to the leadership of President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid, the Democratic Party is facing the biggest defeat in midterm elections in the past 110 years, perhaps surpassing the modern record of a 74-seat gain set in 1922.
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Being Glenn Beck  —  Glenn Beck was sprawled out on his office couch a couple of weeks ago, taking — as self-helpers like to say ­— an inventory.  “I think what the country is going through right now is, in a way, what I went through with my alcoholism,” he told me.  “You can either live or die.
Mike / Rortybomb:
Florida's Foreclosures Nightmare  —  Given that the IMF and others believe a large part of the “structural unemployment” in our country is related to the struggling housing market and underwater and barely-hanging on homeowners, what is to be done?  One option is to allow for options …
Political Correction RSS:
Rep. Gohmert's Ingenious Welfare Reform Proposal  —  2 hours and 7 minutes ago — Walid Zafar  —  Speaking on the House floor last night, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) offered a Texas-style alternative to some of the most important social safety net programs.  In place of providing unemployment insurance …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
On Fox, where's the outrage?  —  James Rainey reads the Martin and Hagey story on Fox's employment of four Republican presidential contenders, and voices a pretty common sentiment:  —  A story that once might have prompted shock and outrage got very little play outside political circles.  Why?
Discussion: sisu and Los Angeles Times
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Dems retreat to coasts as GOP rules vast interior  —  Here's an exercise for some evening when you're curious about big nationwide trends in this year's elections.  —  Get an outline map showing the 50 states and take a look at the latest poll averages in pollster.com in each race for senator and governor.
CNN:
Christie: Republicans must ‘put up or shut up’  —  Washington (CNN) - The popular Republican governor of a traditionally blue state has a message for GOP candidates: “put up or shut up.”  —  “It's put up or shut up time for the Republican party once we get the opportunity to govern again …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Exclusive: Joe Miller Failed To File Personal Finance Disclosure As Required By Law, Could Face $50,000 Fine  —  Sarah Palin-backed Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller (R-AK), who defeated incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) in the primary in August, skyrocketed to power partially …
 
 
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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Reps. Bachmann, King allege fraud in black farmers settlement
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Earl Ofari Hutchinson / The Huffington Post:
ABC-TV More Than Happy to Dance Around Booing Palin
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Rasmussen Reports:
Tea Party Has Elites on the Run
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
CNN:
The Backstory: How Obama got into the Clubb house
Discussion: The Politico
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