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1:20 AM ET, September 30, 2010


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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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Meg Whitman's illegal alien maid problem  —  Not again.  —  From Zoe Baird to Michael Huffington to Linda Chavez to Bernie Kerik, the political class can't seem to follow the same tax and immigration laws everyone else is required to follow when it comes to hiring and paying their household help.
Anthony York / PolitiCal:
Former Whitman housekeeper alleges she was treated like ‘garbage’  —  The California governor's race took on a circus-like atmosphere Wednesday as a former housekeeper for Meg Whitman alleged the Republican gubernatorial nominee employed her for nearly nine years, even though Whitman knew the housekeeper was in the country illegally.
Meg Whitman's Housekeeper — ‘Explosive’ Allegations
Whitman campaign rocked by ‘abuse’ claims
Discussion: Online NewsHour
Evan Halper / PolitiCal:
Whitman housekeeper says she was fired, treated like ‘garbage’ [Updated]
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 …
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: The Page, Swampland, The Hill and The Buzz
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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Alaska Polls Suggest Murkowski Has Upside as Write-In
Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Democrats on top in California governor and Senate contests
Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Rubio opens Senate lead while governor's race stays a dead heat
Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Deadlocked in fight for Obama's Illinois Senate seat
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) …
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
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.
Celeste Katz / The Daily Politics:
Breaking: Carl Paladino Gets Into Confrontation With Albany Reporter …
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.
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Rep. Castle says no to write-in bid  —  Longtime Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) announced late Wednesday that he will not launch a write-in bid for Senate this fall, ceding the stage to Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell (R) and New Castle County Executive Chris Coons (D).
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Mike Castle won't run as a write-in candidate in Delaware
Discussion: The American Pundit and Hot Air
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) …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Democrats struggle to define own agenda
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Tanya Somanader / Think Progress:
Coburn, DeMint Block National Women's History Museum Because 'Quilters …
Discussion: and Jezebel
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid, Coburn in floor spat over shark bill
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
McDonald's May Drop Health Plan  —  McDonald's Corp. has warned federal regulators that it could drop its health insurance plan for nearly 30,000 hourly restaurant workers unless regulators waive a new requirement of the U.S. health overhaul.  —  The move is one of the clearest indications …
Discussion: Power Line and CBS News
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate blocks recess appointments with deal between Dems, GOP  —  Senate Democrats agreed Wednesday night to a Republican demand to block President Obama from making recess appointments while Congress is out of town campaigning for the midterm elections.  —  Democratic leaders have agreed …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Pajamas Media
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Today in Assassination News . . .  There has been much discussion lately of the legal questions surrounding the Obama administration's plan to assassinate U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaeda goon, Islamist propagandist, and general bum.  The Christian Science Monitor has a pretty good discussion here …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and News Desk
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Power To Kill American Citizens At War With The US
Discussion: Spectator, Eunomia and Obsidian Wings
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Compare and Contrast: Karl Marx' 10 Point Program of Communism and the Obama-Pelosi-Reid Agenda  —  According to Karl Marx, the following ten elements were requisite conditions for “a transition from capitalism to communism.”  —  1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
Discussion: Flopping Aces
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
Nominations Confirmed: September 29  —  Senators have unanimously confirmed the following nominees to serve in President Obama's Administration:  — Nancy Lindborg, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development for Democracy …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Rep. Charlie Melancon unleashes prostitution attack  —  Louisiana Rep. Charlie Melancon, running short on time to overcome Republican Sen. David Vitter's lead in the polls, is airing an unusual two-minute TV spot that attacks Vitter's prostitution scandal in lurid detail.
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 …
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The Atlantic Online:
Emanuel Has A Campaign Manager
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Minnesota Public Radio:
MPR-Humphrey poll: Dayton has significant lead over Emmer
Thomas Kaplan / DealBook:
Goldman Kicks Off National Advertising Campaign
Melissa McEwan / Shakesville:
Two Facts  —  1. When I wrote passionate criticisms …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Agonist
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Reps. Bachmann, King allege fraud in black farmers settlement
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Big Government
Dave Kehr / New York Times:
Arthur Penn, Director of ‘Bonnie and Clyde,’ Dies
CQ-Roll Call / The Eye:
McCain Offers $1 Million to NRSC
Earl Ofari Hutchinson / The Huffington Post:
ABC-TV More Than Happy to Dance Around Booing Palin
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Christie: Republicans must ‘put up or shut up’
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Obliterating a generation