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8:05 PM ET, September 29, 2010


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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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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’
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
‘Explosive allegations’ may rock CA race
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 …
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
Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Democrats on top in California governor and Senate contests
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.
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) …
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 …
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: and Jezebel
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 …
Kenric Ward /
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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Illinois remains close  —  The Illinois Senate race continues to be very close, but because Mark Kirk is doing a better job of consolidating his base than Alexi Giannoulias is he's taken a small lead after trailing by 2 points on PPP's previous two polls of the race.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Capitol Fax Blog
Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Deadlocked in fight for Obama's Illinois Senate seat
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.
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
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 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, News Desk and Salon
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Christine O'Donnell Says She ‘Never’ Posted LinkedIn Profile That Has Wrong Education Info  —  Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell (R-DE) has issued a statement saying the wrong information on her LinkedIn profile was posted by someone else.  She's asked that LinkedIn remove the profile …
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.
Raymond Hernandez / City Room:
House Passes 9/11 Health Care Bill  —  The House on Wednesday approved legislation to provide billions of dollars for medical treatment to rescue workers and residents of New York City who suffered illnesses from breathing in toxic fumes, dust and smoke at ground zero.
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Reps. Bachmann, King allege fraud in black farmers settlement  —  House Republicans on Wednesday charged that a multibillion-dollar settlement with black farmers supported by the Obama administration was rife with fraud.  —  House Republicans on Wednesday charged that a multibillion-dollar settlement …
Discussion: Big Government
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Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. / The Jawa Report:
Video: American Traitor Adam Gadahn Doesn't Like America …
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
The Backstory: How Obama got into the Clubb house
Discussion: The Politico
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
O'Donnell: God wouldn't let me quit Senate race
Discussion: TPMDC and The Political Carnival
 Earlier Items: 
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
In Praise of Frozen Vegetables
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Dems retreat to coasts as GOP rules vast interior
Heather Mac Donald / Secular Right:
Dinesh D'Souza's poison
Lymari Morales / Gallup:
Distrust in U.S. Media Edges Up to Record High