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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Emanuel's ‘Glad to be home’ video filmed in Washington  —  Rahm Emanuel kicked off his campaign for mayor of Chicago with a homecoming video, filmed in front of a bookshelf with a vase and a family photograph.  —  “I was born here, and my wife Amy and I raised our three children here,” he says.
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Tennessee County's Subscription-Based Firefighters Watch As Family Home Burns Down  —  As ThinkProgress has noted, there are currently two competing visions of governance in the United States.  One, the conservative vision, believes in the on-your-own society, and informs a policy agenda …
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Slate:
How the Roberts Court disguises its conservatism.  —  It's dark and silent.  Reporters trickle into the grand ceremonial room from a door on the left; like everyone, they've been instructed that no recording devices of any sort are allowed.  A clutch of spectators, some of whom have been waiting for hours, enters at the rear.
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Kagan's recusals take her out of action in many of the Supreme Court's cases  —  Elena Kagan begins hearing cases as the Supreme Court's 112th justice Monday morning.  But anyone who wants to see her in action needs to be sharp.  —  Kagan will hear the first case argued before the court …
Wall Street Journal:
Leahy's Supreme Tie-Breakers
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Slate:
Trick 2: Misdirection  —  Every great illusionist masters …
Discussion: The Plum Line and National Review
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
It's the first Monday in October, time for people like Barry Friedman …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Ben Evans / Associated Press:
O'Donnell said China plotting to take over US  —  WASHINGTON — Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell of Delaware said in a 2006 debate that China was plotting to take over America and claimed to have classified information about the country that she couldn't divulge.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sen. Franken to stump for Del. Senate nominee Coons
Brian Alexander / msnbc.com:
Pretzel nation: Americans have sex in 41 combinations  —  We aren't as bland as we might think, new study shows  —  Americans are often portrayed as being bland sexual mopes, compared to say, the French.  But according to a new study, we actually routinely choose from more spicy combinations …
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Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
Condom Use Is Highest for Young, Study Finds
aolnews.com:
Survey on America's Sexual Habits: We're Getting Friskier
Discussion: Rough Sketch and Unfogged
The Note:
Joe Miller: End Federal Minimum Wage, ‘Defund Certain Components’ of EPA  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller was in Washington last week to raise money and meet with some of the same establishment Republicans who supported his opponent in his primary.
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Ominous new Gallup findings for Democrats: Blacks still love Obama, others not so much  —  The good news for President Obama is his popular support among blacks is holding steady at 91%.  —  The bad news is no other group of potential voters likes him that much.
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Gallup:
GOP Well Positioned Among Likely Midterm Voters  —  Voting preferences remain close among registered voters  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup's generic ballot for Congress among registered voters currently shows Republicans with 46% of the vote and Democrats with 43%, similar to the 46% to 46% tie reported a week ago.
Twitter Blog:
newtwitterceo  —  By all accounts Twitter is on a roll.  We've redesigned our web site to great user feedback.  Our user and usage numbers are growing at a rapid clip all around the world.  We've launched an early, but successful, monetization effort.  And, many top engineers …
BBC:
‘German militants’ killed in Pakistan drone attack  —  US drone attacks have increased during the past month  —  At least eight al-Qaeda militants - some of whom were German nationals - have been killed in a drone attack in Pakistan, officials have told the BBC.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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Michael Georgy / Reuters:
Drone strike kills 8 Germans in northwest Pakistan
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Kieran Crowley / New York Post:
Gay skydive teach axed for ‘gal grope’  —  Tweet  —  A skydiving instructor who joked with a female student that he couldn't be falling for her because he's gay has filed a discrimination suit, claiming he was cut loose from his job because of the quip.  —  Donald Zarda was strapped tightly …
Project Veritas:
Statement regarding CNN  —  Now that I've had a chance to watch CNN's “Right on the Edge” documentary, I'm happy to comment.  I apologize for not saying anything sooner, but don't want to comment until I have all the facts at my disposal.  —  As you can imagine in our line of work …
DownWithTyranny!:
Could Congressional Progressives Come Out Of The Midterms In A Stronger Position?  —  There's the roll-up-your-sleaves-and-get-to- work way to win elections and then there's the Inside-the-Beltway conventional wisdom about what candidates are supposed to do.  Inside the Beltway it's …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Open Left
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Chasing Fox  —  The loud, cartoonish blood sport that's engorged MSNBC, exhausted CNN—and is making our body politic delirious.  —  In the spring of 2006, a year and a half after he was hired to run CNN/U.S., Jonathan Klein went to his boss Jim Walton with an idea.  CNN was in trouble.
The Huffington Post:
West Virginia Conservative Foundation's New Ad Warns Of Rep. Nick Rahall's Outreach To Arab-Americans (VIDEO)  —  What's Your Reaction: … Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) is the target of a well-funded attack campaign by a conservative nonprofit called the West Virginia Conservative Foundation …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Fear and Favor  —  A note to Tea Party activists: This is not the movie you think it is.  You probably imagine that you're starring in “The Birth of a Nation,” but you're actually just extras in a remake of “Citizen Kane.”  —  True, there have been some changes in the plot.
Ambarish Kenghe / Google TV Blog:
Here comes Google TV  —  It's been almost five months since we introduced Google TV to the world at Google I/O, and today we're happy to give you an update on our progress.  For those who haven't yet heard of it, Google TV is a new way to think about TV: it's a platform that combines …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Gibbs won't rule out DNC appointment  —  White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday he loves his job, but he would not rule out a transition to chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).  —  Reports over the weekend indicated Gibbs was being considered for the DNC post …
Discussion: CNN and HotAirPundit
Jack Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
$69 million in California welfare money drawn out of state  —  Las Vegas tops the list with $11.8 million spent at casinos or taken from ATMs, but transactions in Hawaii, Miami, Guam and elsewhere also raise questions.  Officials say budget cuts hinder investigations.  —  Reporting from Sacramento —
Discussion: MyFox DC, Gateway Pundit and ParaPundit
T.W. Farnamand Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Interest-group spending for midterm up fivefold from 2006; many sources secret  —  Interest groups are spending five times as much on the 2010 congressional elections as they did on the last midterms, and they are more secretive than ever about where that money is coming from.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Blumenthal up 12  —  The race may be closer than it was six months ago but the truth remains: Richard Blumenthal is one of the strongest Democratic Senate candidates in the country, Linda McMahon is one of the weakest Republican ones, and Blumenthal holds a double digit lead.
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
AS THE WORLD BURNS  —  How the Senate and the White House missed their best chance to deal with climate change.  —  On April 20, 2010, Senators John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, and Joseph Lieberman, along with three aides, visited Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's chief of staff, at the White House.
 
 
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Mondale to Obama: Ditch the ‘idiot boards’
Discussion: Hot Air and MyFox DC
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Fighting for Homeowners: A Visit to a NACA Loan Modification Marathon
Matt Vasilogambros / Iowa Independent:
Pence rallies social conservatives, sidesteps 2012 questions
Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
Geert Wilders trial suspended after he attacks judge
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
11 Arrests in Alabama Investigation
Discussion: TalkLeft and TPMMuckraker
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
Hooker-plagued former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, host of new CNN talk show …
Wall Street Journal:
Peace Doesn't Keep Itself
Discussion: Democracy in America and RedState
Sara Jerome / Hillicon Valley:
Guide arms Tea Party members with anti-net-neutrality talking points
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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New York Times:
Science Foundation Backs Climate-Change Play
Nicholas Carlson / Clusterstock:
The New York Observer Is Close To Buying Dealbreaker, But Bess Levin …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama cuts ad for Rep. Cao's challenger
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Bruce Drake / Politics Daily:
Jerry Brown Gains in Poll on Heels of Meg Whitman's Maid Controversy
National Review:
Dim Idea  —  From the Oct. 18, 2010, issue of NR.