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10:15 PM ET, September 29, 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 …
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 …
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
October surprise: Meg Whitman's former maid admits she's an illegal alien  —  I'm surprised Gloria Allred didn't wait two days to hold the press conference so that it'd be a true October surprise.  —  Well played, Democrats.  Very well played. … Diaz had worked for the Whitmans for nine years when all of this allegedly went down.
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 …
Whitman campaign rocked by ‘abuse’ claims
Discussion: Online NewsHour
Evan Halper / PolitiCal:
Whitman housekeeper says she was fired, treated like ‘garbage’ [Updated]
Anthony York / PolitiCal:
Whitman says she was ‘stunned’ to learn housekeeper was undocumented
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
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
Ambush Filmmaker O'Keefe Tried To ‘Punk,’ ‘Seduce’ CNN Reporter
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
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) …
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
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: Democrats on top in California governor and Senate contests
Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Deadlocked in fight for Obama's Illinois Senate seat
Discussion: The Capitol Fax Blog
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Power To Kill American Citizens At War With The US  —  Massie is unpersuaded by Obama's defense of his assassination program: … But a single American al Qaeda terrorist in a foreign country actively waging war against us seems to me to be a pretty isolated example.
Discussion: Eunomia and Obsidian Wings
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Today in Assassination News . . .
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and News Desk
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.
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 …
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
Minnesota Public Radio:
MPR-Humphrey poll: Dayton has significant lead over Emmer  —  St. Paul, Minn. — A new Minnesota Public Radio News-Humphrey Institute poll shows Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton with a significant and growing lead over Republican Tom Emmer.  —  A month ago, the poll showed Dayton and Emmer deadlocked at 34 percent each.
The Atlantic Online:
Emanuel Has A Campaign Manager  —  White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel will have a campaign team ready when, as expected, he announces Friday he's leaving Washington to run for mayor of Chicago.  Unless Emanuel changes his mind at the last minute, which associates say is highly unlikely …
Discussion: MyDD
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 …
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 …
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 …
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