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9:30 PM ET, September 30, 2010


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Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Gloria Allred Says Letter Is Proof Meg Whitman Knew Housekeeper Was Illegal  —  Meg Whitman Accuses Jerry Brown of Orchestrating ‘Smear’  —  Lawyer Gloria Allred released a letter today that she claims proves California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman knowingly employed an undocumented immigrant as her housekeeper.
Gloria Allred: Meg Whitman Is a Liar  —  Gloria Allred just went after Meg Whitman with a vengeance ... waiving a letter from the Social Security Administration sent to Meg back in 2003, putting Meg and her husband on notice there was a problem with their housekeeper's Social Security number — a sign she was here illegally.
Illegal Immigration:
ALIPAC Calls for Arrest of Candidate Meg Whitman & Nicky Diaz!  —  Contact: Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC)  —  In response to the explosive revelations that California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman employed illegal alien Nicky Diaz for nine years, ALIPAC is asking Immigration …
Seema Mehta / PolitiCal:
Whitman says she would take polygraph test to prove she didn't …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama 52%, Clinton 37% for 2012 Democratic Nomination  —  Clinton's support highest among conservative, less well-educated Democrats  —  PRINCETON, NJ — If Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were to challenge President Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2012 …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Romney, Palin at Front of GOP Presidential Field  —  Preferences for leaders similar among conservative, moderate/liberal Republicans  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin lead other potential candidates in Republicans' preferences for the party's 2012 presidential nomination.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Closing the book on Christine O'Donnell Oxford flap  —  By now you may have heard that the claim that Christine O'Donnell studied at Oxford has now turned up on a second O'Donnell online resume, this one from ZoomInfo.  —  I've got some more information on what happened from ZoomInfo …
The Huffington Post:
O'Donnell's Oxford Education Claim On Second Website Was Authored By Her, Says Site Spokesman  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Delaware Republican Senatorial candidate Christine O'Donnell has responded to accusations that she overstated her education in her resume by insisting …
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The Caucus:
Emanuel's Departure Set; Rouse to Replace Him  —  Updated President Obama will give his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, a send-off Friday as Mr. Emanuel officially announces his departure from the West Wing to run for mayor of Chicago, officials familiar with the decision said.
The Huffington Post:
Linda McMahon: ‘We Ought To Review’ The Minimum Wage  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Linda McMahon, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Connecticut, suggested Thursday that the U.S. ought to take a second look at the federal minimum wage.  —  “The minimum wage now in our country …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Jezebel
Marty Beckerman / Esquire:
Exclusive: Ben Wetmore Explains CNN Boat Sex Prank  —  On Wednesday CNN reported that right-wing provocateur James O'Keefe — the fake pimp whose YouTube video cost ACORN its federal funding, and who pled guilty to entering Senator Mary Landrieu's office under false pretenses — planned to …
John Hood / National Review:
Keep Miles (Away) O'Keefe
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Firedoglake
Vox Popoli:
Gay rights killed Clementi  —  The body count of the gay rights movement grows by one. … It was obvious from the start that the orientationally-challenged activists would attempt to blame Clementi's death on his roommate.  But the surreptitious filming of sexual activity …
Lisa W. Foderaro / New York Times:
Private Moment Made Public, Then a Fatal Jump  —  It started with a Twitter message on Sept. 19: “Roommate asked for the room till midnight.  I went into molly's room and turned on my webcam.  I saw him making out with a dude.  Yay.”  —  That night, the authorities say …
Sources: top Democrats want an aggressive Obama on the trail  —  (CNN) - Democratic congressional leaders used a White House strategy session Thursday to push President Barack Obama to be more aggressive in helping them campaign in the final weeks before November's elections …
Discussion: The Politico and Hot Air
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The new math adds up to losses for the Democrats
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Democrats defend agenda as they exit Hill
Discussion: The Note
NY Daily News:
New Yorkers outraged as bureaucrats order city to change lettering on every single street sign  —  The city will change the lettering on every single street sign - at an estimated cost of about $27.5 million - because the feds don't like the font.  —  Street names will change from all capital letters …
The Politico:
WSJ bombshell: McDonald's mulls dropping coverage - Schwarzenegger runs up against deadline for health exchange law - Health reform workforce board picked today - The SGR fight returns  —  DRIVING YOUR DAY: WILL SCHWARZENEGGER TERMINATE REFORM?  The California governor must decide today whether …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Sebelius: WSJ Report on McDonald's Health Insurance “Flat Out Wrong”
AKMuckraker / The Mudflats:
The Arrogance of Joe Miller (Updated With Blame)  —  You hear an awful lot from the Joe Miller campaign about Lisa Murkowski being “entitled” and acting like she's owed the senate seat.  It seems to bug them.  And it bugs a lot of Alaskans.  —  These Tweets from Joe Miller were captured …
Ivan Moore / Anchorage Press:
The Moore Report: New poll numbers
The Politico:
White House scorecard: MSNBC up, bloggers down  —  At one point not that long ago, Greenwald's critiques were taken as constructive criticism, in much the same way Maddow's are.  Marc Ambinder wrote in The Atlantic in May 2009 that “whereas the White House does not give a scintilla of attention …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and The Nation
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
Sen. Saxby Chambliss Just Called Me To Offer His “Sincerest Apologies”  —  I just got off the phone with Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who said he was calling to personally apologize for the “All faggots must die” comment left here on JMG last Tuesday.  I'll paraphrase what Chambliss said to me …
Trying to find out just why Carl's all the rage  —  Tweet  —  Why so angry?  —  Carl Paladino romped through the Columbus Day Parade in Howard Beach, Queens, like a hyperactive puppy, kissing women and men with equal abandon and handing out lollipops — he calls them “suckers” — from a trick-or-treat bag.
Jennifer Fermino / New York Post:
Paladino and Post reporter square off
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
J Street, Down the Rabbit Hole  —  Jeremy Ben-Ami, the founder and president of J Street, the liberal Jewish group, e-mailed Goldblog last night: “Reports of our demise (including from you) are greatly exaggerated....” He was referring to a question I posted earlier in the day …
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Middle class tax-cut issue backfiring on Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's urgent call for Congress to immediately extend tax breaks for the middle class was supposed to create a defining Democratic issue and cast Republicans as defenders of the rich on the eve of crucial midterm elections.
Discussion: Hot Air and Liberty Pundits Blog
Barton Gellman / Time:
Locked and Loaded: The Secret World of Extreme Militias  —  Camouflaged and silent, the assault team inched toward a walled stone compound for more than five hours, belly-crawling the last 200 yards.  The target was an old state prison in eastern Ohio, and every handpicked member of Red Team 2 knew …
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Grayson Attack Helps His Rival  —  Florida Republican Daniel Webster turned an attack advertisement from incumbent Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson comparing him to a member of the Taliban into a fund-raising tool — raking in $130,000 in the last two days, the Webster camp said.
Chicago Breaking News:
UIC faculty may jump into Ayers fray  —  University of Illinois at Chicago faculty leaders are weighing whether to ask the board of trustees to reconsider its controversial decision to deny emeritus status to retired professor William Ayers.  —  It's the latest twist in a showdown 40 years …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Charlie Butts /
U.N. ‘wactivist’ agenda made clear  —  The United Nations is pressing for acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle worldwide, which was made evident during a recent human rights meeting in Geneva.  —  A written statement from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on U.N. members to abolish laws that discriminate against homosexuals.
Alan Grayson: Hates Children, Hates Seniors, Loves Satan  —  “In context, out of context, whatever.”  In light of Alan Grayson's false attack ads against his Republican opponent Dan Webster, the editorial team approves this out-of-context message.
Discussion: National Review and Gateway Pundit
New poll indicates Sestak within reach of Toomey  —  (CNN) - Pennsylvania may be in for a nail-biter in November, according to the results of a new poll released Thursday.  —  Republican nominee Pat Toomey is leading Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democrat's nominee, 45 percent to 42 percent among likely voters …
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Jeremy P. Jacobs / Hotline On Call:
DSCC Cancels Ad Buy In Kentucky
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Paul Ryan hits Democrats over social security
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Despite Dearth Of Evidence, Right Wing Voter Fraud Fear Machine Carries On
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Cornyn: Del. Senate ‘not as competitive’ as other races for GOP
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sen. John Thune: Sarah Palin changes 2012 equation
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Luce on the Pledge  —  The FT's Ed Luce has a smart take on the Pledge to America:
Discussion: Financial Times and Guardian
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
R.I.P, TANF EMERGENCY FUND.... Readers probably got tired …
Eliot A. Cohen / Washington Post:
'Obama's Wars': The gang that couldn't shoot straight — or shut up

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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Messaging app Signal finally rolls out usernames in beta, letting users conceal their phone numbers; Signal still requires inputting a phone number to register

Tom Wilson / Reuters:
Circle no longer plans to mint USDC tokens on the Tron blockchain, effective immediately, to “ensure that USDC remains trusted, transparent, and safe”

Stephen Totilo / Game File:
An interview with Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer on Xbox growth, job cuts, and why getting rid of physical Xbox discs is “not a strategic thing for us”

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