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4:45 PM ET, October 1, 2010


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Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Rick Sanchez Calls Jon Stewart “A Bigot”; Says CNN Is Run By Jews  —  CNN's Rick Sanchez is not happy with being made fun of constantly on The Daily Show and Colbert Report.  It is from this jumping off point that he absolutely unleashed on Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, and at times his own network …
Stand UP!:
CNN's Rick Sanchez Calls Jon Stewart ‘Bigot’  —  [Update: Full audio now online (47:45).  Streaming sources coming soon.]  —  Cuban-American anchor Rick Sanchez came on Stand Up! with Pete Dominick today for a loose exchange on current events, media, and journalism.
The Huffington Post:
Rick Sanchez: Jon Stewart A ‘Bigot,’ Jews Run CNN & All Media  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  CNN's Rick Sanchez made controversial comments on a Sirius radio show Thursday, calling Jon Stewart a “bigot” and saying that CNN and the other networks are all run by Jewish people.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Sanchez: CNN run by the Jews  —  CNN just overhauled its executive roster.  Their on-air lineup may be about to change again, too.  Mediaite reports on what looks like a career flameout by host Rick Sanchez, who claims that his network is run by people who are a lot like Jon Stewart …
Paul Campos / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
Rick Sanchez's formula for achieving more balanced media coverage  —  Throw the Jew Down the Well. … I happen to have a fairly similar background to Sanchez in a number of ways.  Now it's always dangerous to generalize about other peoples' lives on the basis of one's own experiences …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Sanchez: Stewart “a bigot,” CNN run by Jews
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Obama: 'I'd appreciate a little break'  —  It's often remarked that President Obama has enjoyed a number of getaways, vacations, and mini-vacations during his 20 months in office.  But at a Democratic fundraiser Thursday night, the president said, “I'd appreciate a little break.”
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Palin jousts with Rouse
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
The Meltdown Accelerates — at the Very Top
Discussion: Hot Air News:
UPDATED: Assistant AG takes leave of absence after national attention over blog against U-M student body president  —  One would expect that the current Republican attorney general contender, along with Rick Snyder and other major GOP state candidates, had a word or two with Mike Cox.
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Insurer Cuts Health Plans as New Law Takes Hold  —  The Principal Financial Group announced on Thursday that it planned to stop selling health insurance, another sign of upheaval emerging among insurers as the new federal health law starts to take effect.  —  The company, based in Iowa …
Avery Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
Principal Financial Quits Writing Health-Care Policies
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Cato @ Liberty
Robert Shrum / The Week Magazine:
Democrats will hold the House and Senate  —  For Democrats, it's Rove time: rally the base and save Congress  —  Maybe I'm wrong.  —  In fact, maybe I'm really, really wrong, which is the reaction I hear when I dare even to broach this notion to commentators and political strategists in both parties.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Why is Obama sending troops to Afghanistan?  —  From the beginning, the call to arms was highly uncertain.  On Dec. 1, 2009, commander in chief Barack Obama orders 30,000 more Americans into battle in Afghanistan.  But in the very next sentence, he announces that an American withdrawal will begin after 18 months.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Armed Services chairman: Obama must not budge on Afghan withdrawal date
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
TARP Bailout to Cost Less Than Once Anticipated  —  WASHINGTON — Even as voters rage and candidates put up ads against government bailouts, the reviled mother of them all — the $700 billion lifeline to banks, insurance and auto companies — will expire after Sunday at a fraction of that cost …
Eco-fascism jumps the shark: massive, epic fail!  —  I predicted this morning that No Pressure - Richard Curtis's spectacularly ill-judged eco-propaganda movie for the 10:10 campaign - would prove a disastrous own goal for the green movement.  —  But what I could never have imagined …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Thune sees third party if GOP strays  —  Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said a third party similar to the Tea Party could emerge as early as 2012.  —  Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said a third party could emerge as early as 2012 if Republicans stray from their principles.
Discussion: The Hill and Erick's blog
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dem senator: Tea Party is a ‘long-term force in this country’
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Robert Bazell /
U.S. apologizes for Guatemala STD experiments  —  Government researchers infected patients with syphilis, gonorrhea without their consent in the 1940s  —  U.S. government medical researchers intentionally infected hundreds of people in Guatemala, including institutionalized mental patients …
Buffalo News:
Resembling reality TV  —  Political world abuzz as Paladino's blowup with tabloid reporter is viewed far and wide  —  The New York gubernatorial campaign took on the air of reality TV this week, culminating Thursday with Republican candidate Carl P. Paladino saying he isn't accusing his opponent of having had an extramarital affair.
Discussion: Capital Tonight and Politics Daily
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Uncanny Accuracy of Polling Averages*, Part 2: What the Numbers Say  —  This is the second article in a three-part series in which I'm addressing a question from a reader whom I'm calling Skeptical Sam.  —  Sam wondered why our election forecasts seem so confident.
Robert Costa / National Review:
Bolton for President: A ‘Goldwater Conservative’  —  John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, tells National Review Online that he is seriously considering a 2012 presidential run.  “I am a Goldwater conservative,” he says.  “I am not a professional politician.
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Report gives stimulus package high marks  —  The massive economic stimulus package President Obama pushed through Congress last year is coming in on time and under budget - and with strikingly few claims of fraud or abuse - according to a White House report to be released Friday.
Jennifer Wishon /
O'Donnell: 'God's Keeping Me in the Race'  —  In an exclusive interview with CBN News, Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell said God is keeping her in the race.  —  She made the statement before she stopped doing interviews at the advice of Tea Party power broker Sarah Palin.
Phillip Smith /
California Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill  —  Posted in: - Budgets/Taxes/Economics - Decriminalization - Marijuana — Personal Use - News Brief - State & Local Executive Branches - State & Local Legislatures  —  California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) …
Discussion: Dean's World
Ezra Klein:
The demographics of 2010  —  Some nice demographic polling out from Gallup today.  Over the past seven months, middle-age voters have been pretty stable in their preferences between Democrats and Republicans.  It's the young and the old who've diverged, with the young swinging toward …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Austerity Caucus  —  If I had as much money as Meg Whitman, I'd probably have a more exuberant house.  Hers is perfectly nice.  But at a time when other Silicon Valley moguls were installing underground squash courts, arcade-size game rooms and other gewgaws, she stuck with a New England-style colonial.
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Keach Hagey / The Politico:
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Mark Naymik / Metro:
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