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Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Tea & Crackers  —  How corporate interests and Republican insiders built the Tea Party monster  —  This is an article from the October 15, 2010 issue of Rolling Stone, available on newsstands on October 1, 2010.  —  It's taken three trips to Kentucky, but I'm finally getting …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Tea Kettle Movement
Discussion: Firedoglake and Balloon Juice
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Takeover: 71% of Republicans now tea-party supporters
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 …
Dan Barry / New York Times:
Obama's University Visit Was Not Simple  —  Would it be all right if the Leader of the Free World stopped by your campus for a little while?  —  He wants to surround himself with hordes of enthusiastic young people, toss out a few oratorical gems — as you know, he's got the gift — and reinvigorate his anxious political party.
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Obama to Students: 'We Can't Sit This One Out'
Discussion: Climate Progress
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
‘Stick With Me,’ Obama Urges Students
gary scott:
Christine O'Donnell didn't go to Claremont Graduate University either  —  Greg Sargent at the Washington Post's Plum Line has a story today that says Christine O'Donnell, Republican Senate candidate in Delaware, embellished her online resume to say she'd studied at Oxford University …
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Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Another School Says Christine O'Donnell Did Not Attend
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Another Christine O'Donnell embellishment: She misleadingly claims …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats, Obama differ over whether to lock in Bush's tax cuts  —  Senate Democrats are peeling away from President Obama over permanent extension of the middle-class tax cuts, saying that locking in low rates for the vast majority of taxpayers is an unaffordable luxury.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Gridlock, taxes are factors in September stock rally
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Stephanie Vallejo / Boston Globe:
Dukakis shared his strategy for midterm elections at the White House  —  WASHINGTON — Former Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis, the failed 1988 presidential nominee, recently visited the White House and delivered his strategy for the midterm elections: pound key precincts across …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
White House gets political advice from Dukakis
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Your Bad Economic News for the Morning  —  Earlier this year, government bond spreads in several European countries ballooned dangerously in response to the Greek debt crisis.  In May the EU came to the rescue, Greece agreed to a combined loan/austerity package, and spreads settled down.
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.
Discussion: Pharyngula and AMERICAblog Gay
Sjones / CNSNews:
Even if Bin Laden Had Been on the Gaza-Bound Flotilla, Israel's Actions Would Have Been Illegal, Says UN-Appointed Judge  —  The U.N. Human Rights Council is considering a report by the three-member commission that investigated the so-called “flotilla incident” - Israel's interception at sea …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Right Wing News
New York Post:
Blaming the voters  —  Tweet  —  On Oct. 24, 1996, Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole got up at a campaign rally and promptly lost it: “I wonder sometimes what people are thinking about, or if people are thinking at all,” he shouted.  “Wake up, America!”
Lymari Morales / Gallup:
Distrust in U.S. Media Edges Up to Record High  —  Perceptions of liberal bias still far outnumber perceptions of conservative bias  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the fourth straight year, the majority of Americans say they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly.
Heather Mac Donald / Secular Right:
Dinesh D'Souza's poison  —  Forbes magazine has now “fact-checked” Dinesh D'Souza's infamous September 27 cover story, “How Obama Thinks,” and has uncovered one “slight” misrepresentation, it says, of an Obama speech on the BP oil spill.  Such a “fact-checking” feint is irrelevant to this travesty …
Michelle Malkin:
Big Labor, not Tea Party, is workers' worst enemy  —  My column today sheds light on SEIU Local 1199, which is spearheading this weekend's disgruntled lefty protest in Washington.  As Big Labor's Tea Party-bashing rhetoric ramps up, it's time for workers to put the blame for their troubles …
Tom Curry / msnbc.com:
Progressives: Obama remarks are ‘condescending’  —  Activist: ‘The least he could do is acknowledge that progressives have legitimate concerns’  —  President Barack Obama's lecture to his supporters to snap out of their lethargy is getting a frosty reception from some on the left side of the Democratic coalition.
Allan Hall / Telegraph:
First World War officially ends  —  The First World War will officially end on Sunday, 92 years after the guns fell silent, when Germany pays off the last chunk of reparations imposed on it by the Allies.  —  The final payment of £59.5 million, writes off the crippling debt …
James Rosen / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Does DeMint have his eye on top Senate GOP post?  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Jim DeMint, in an unusual assertion of unilateral power, warned the other 99 senators that for the rest of their legislative session this year, all bills and nominations that are slated for unanimous passage must go through his office for review.
Robert Creamer / The Huffington Post:
Four More Reasons Why Democrats Will Retain Control of House and Senate  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  Over the last several weeks, the Pollster.com average of polls testing the generic choice of Republican versus Democrat for Congress has begun to close from a spread of almost 5% down to only 2.3% advantage to Republicans.
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Scott Wong / The Politico:
Dems embrace immigration fight
Daniel Woolls / Associated Press:
Spain arrests American al-Qaida suspect  —  MADRID - Spanish police have arrested a U.S. citizen of Algerian origin who is suspected of financing al-Qaida's North African affiliate, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday.  —  Mohamed Omar Debhi, 43, was arrested Tuesday in the town of Esplugues de Llobregat, a Barcelona suburb.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Jihad Watch
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Dogfight in Ohio Governor's Race  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland is statistically tied with Republican challenger John Kasich among likely voters …
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New York Times:
Hevesi Is Expected to Plead Guilty in Pension Case  —  ALBANY — Alan G. Hevesi, the former state comptroller, is poised to plead guilty to a felony corruption charge after a lengthy investigation into his office's rewarding of pension investment business to firms that provided financial benefits …
 
 
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