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2:55 PM ET, October 1, 2010


 Top Items: 
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’  —  Cuban-American anchor Rick Sanchez came on Stand Up! with Pete Dominick today for a loose exchange on current events, media, and journalism.  Throughout much of the interview, the discussion touched on race.  To our surprise, at various points …
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 …
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.”
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
The Meltdown Accelerates — at the Very Top
Discussion: Hot Air
Laura Berman / Detroit News:
Assistant AG suspended over gay-bashing blog  —  Attorney General Mike Cox changed his stance Thursday, suspending Andrew Shirvell after the assistant attorney general attracted national attention for a controversial blog that ridicules and denounces a University of Michigan student leader …
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.
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 …
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
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
In Midterms, Dems Gain With Young Voters, Slip With Hispanics
Discussion: Firedoglake, CNN and Hot Air
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
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.
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:
Dem senator: Tea Party is a ‘long-term force in this country’  —  A Democratic senator up for reelection in 2012 said he's not counting on the Tea Party movement to fade away by then.  —  Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) said he anticipates the Tea Party movement — a crowd of grassroots conservative activists …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
The Hill:
2012 hopefuls are not showing the Tea Party candidates the money
Discussion: Think Progress, Erick's blog and GOP 12
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Coalition Picks Maliki in Move That May End Iraq Stalemate  —  BAGHDAD — Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq appeared almost assured of a second term in office on Friday after winning the support of an anti-American Shiite Islamic movement whose return to political power could reshape relations with the United States.
Discussion: Commentary and The Page
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.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
News Corp. gave $1 million to pro-GOP group  —  News Corp., the parent company of Fox News, contributed $1 million this summer to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the business lobby that has been running an aggressive campaign in support of the Republican effort to retake Congress, a source close to the company told POLITICO.
Quinnipiac University:
Despite Annoying Ads, Scott Leads In Florida Gov Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Obama Approval 16 Points In The Hole  —  Republican Rick Scott holds a 49 - 43 percent lead over State Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, the Democrat, in the race to become Florida's next governor …
Wall Street Journal:
The Twister of 2010  —  America's political landscape will never be the same.  —  On a recent trip to Omaha, Neb., I found a note prominently displayed in my hotel room warning of the possibility of “extreme weather” including “tornadic activity.”  The clunky euphemism was no doubt meant …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“You Elected Me To Do What Was Right”  —  Obama's speech to Gen44 tonight knocked my socks off.  It's streaming on CSPAN here.  If you've forgotten why many of you worked your ass off for this guy, and felt hope for the first time in many years, watch it.  He deserves criticism when necessary …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
G.O.P. Stays on Upswing in Senate Forecast  —  Republican chances of taking over the Senate have improved again in this week's forecast.  They are now 22 percent — up from 18 percent last week and 15 percent two weeks ago.  Republican chances are now approaching the point where they stood prior …
Texas Politics:
Perry says he “confronted” Obama on border security  —  The Script:  —  Gov. Rick Perry provides the voice-over  —  “Securing our border is Washington's responsibility, but it's Texas' problem.”  —  “I recently confronted Barack Obama with detailed steps to reduce drug cartel violence along the border.”
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Senate votes to turn down volume on TV commercials  —  WASHINGTON - Legislation to turn down the volume on those loud TV commercials that send couch potatoes diving for their remote controls looks like it'll soon become law.  —  The Senate unanimously passed a bill late Wednesday …
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Robert Costa / National Review:
Bolton for President: A ‘Goldwater Conservative’
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Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
7 major lenders ordered to review foreclosure procedures
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Rep. Broun Claims Federal Government Will Be Calling Your House Every …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
The Politico:
Karl Rove reprises role as Democrats' bogeyman
Discussion: Power Line
Jim Shella / WISH-TV:
Bayh donates $500K to Ind. Democratic Party
Discussion: Ballot Box and Ben Smith's Blog
Brad Reed / Crooks and Liars:
The bealach to serfdom
Discussion: Wonk Room and BBC
 Earlier Items: 
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
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Brendan Scott / New York Post:
Paladino: Uh, what smear??
Sam Hananel / The Huffington Post:
Feds Sue Fox News Over Reporter Catherine Herridge's Charges …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Angry Voters  —  Republicans in Congress are incredibly unpopular.
Discussion: The New Republic
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
A GOP unknown is in striking range of Barney Frank
Discussion: Commentary and sisu