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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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The Note:
Christine O'Donnell Ad: 'I'm Not A Witch'  —  ABC's Michael Falcone reports:  —  “I'm not a witch,” Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell assures voters, who may be concerned that she once “dabbled” in the dark arts, in a new ad released by her campaign on Monday.
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
It Has Come To This: O'Donnell Family Straightens Out Father's Bozo The Clown Career  —  Christine O'Donnell's campaign is facing yet another set of questions about her background, and this time it's on a really weird line of discussion — whether her father was Philadelphia's local Bozo the Clown.
Fhardingj / CNN:
Trending: O'Donnell: ‘I am not a witch’  —  Washington (CNN) - Playing off of her admission that she dabbled in witchcraft in high school, Delaware Senate Republican nominee Christine O'Donnell will launch her first television ad of the general election on Tuesday, in which she looks straight …
Mark Leibovich / The Caucus:
Send In the Clowns — and the Truth Squad
Discussion: Rough Sketch
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
O'Donnell Ad Confronts Reports on Her Past
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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Daniel Foster / National Review:
Pay-to-Spray Firefighters Watch as Home Burns  —  Oy, this is bad for the libertarians: … That bolded paragraph is what really gets to me.  I have no problem with this kind of opt-in government in principle — especially in rural areas where individual need for government services and available infrastructure vary so widely.
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
National Review Writers Defend County Whose Subscription-Only Firefighters Watched Home Burn Down  —  As ThinkProgress reported earlier this morning, South Fulton firefighters from Obion, Tennessee, last week stood by and watched as a family's home burned down because their services …
Discussion: Blogcritics and National Review
Lynn Sweet:
Rahm Emanuel: Experts say not a legal resident of Chicago, cannot run for mayor  —  BY ABDON M. PALLASCH  —  CHICAGO—The first question isn't: Can Rahm win?  It's: Can Rahm run?  —  Sunday, Rahm Emanuel announced in a video posted on a website that he is preparing to run for mayor of Chicago.
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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.
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.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
GOP holds wide lead among likely voters in latest Gallup poll
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
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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aolnews.com:
Survey on America's Sexual Habits: We're Getting Friskier
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
McMahon hammers Blumenthal over Vietnam statements  —  Connecticut GOP Senate nominee Linda McMahon is hammering Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal for his misstatements about his service record in Vietnam.  —  In a new ad, which McMahon's campaign says will air statewide …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Blumenthal up 12  —  The race may be closer than it was six months ago …
Discussion: Daily Kos, POLISING and Weigel
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Mondale to Obama: Ditch the ‘idiot boards’  —  Former Vice President Walter Mondale suggested in an interview today President Obama stop relying on “idiot boards” — teleprompters, that is — to deliver his message to the American people.  —  “He uses these idiot boards to read speeches in television …
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 …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
With Tagline, MSNBC Embraces a Political Identity  —  MSNBC, once the also-ran but now the No. 2 cable news channel, has a new tagline that embraces its progressive political identity.  —  The tagline, “Lean Forward,” will be publicly announced Tuesday, opening a planned …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Did The Wave Crest?  —  We've got another new congressional generic just out today.  This one from Rasmussen and it shows a 3 point spread for the GOP —  GOP 45%, Dems 42%.  But the context is important.  Last week Rasmussen had a 6 point margin.  And for most of the summer their number …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
Geert Wilders trial suspended after he attacks judge  —  Geert Wilders, the anti-Islam politician, told a Dutch court that he stood by his opinions that the Koran is a “fascist book” and Islam is as dangerous as Nazism, as he went on trial for inciting racial hatred.
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 …
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
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Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
Gibbs Vague on Path to End DADT
Susan Page / USA Today:
Elections are likely to trim number of women in Congress  —  GLENWOOD, Ark. — Blanche Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1992, a time when women gained so much ground in the House and Senate that it was dubbed the “Year of the Woman.”  —  Now, the Arkansas senator, who faces Republican John Boozman …
Tom Benning / Dallas Morning News:
Longtime U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards admits he's trailing in U.S. House District 17 re-election bid  —  tbenning@dallasnews.com  —  U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards admitted today that he trails in his bid for an 11th term - only a month out from Election Day.  —  “I'm the underdog,” …
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi: GOP attacks a ‘compliment’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday evening that she considers Republican attacks on her a “compliment” — evidence that she's done her job well.  —  Pelosi (D-Calif.) told a friendly audience at a banquet at Fortune magazine's …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kevin Grandia / The Huffington Post:
Filmmaker Goes Undercover to Expose the Corporate Links to the Tea Party [video]  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  In his recently released documentary, [astro] Turf Wars, Australian filmmaker Taki Oldham goes undercover to try and answer the question: “Just how real are the roots of the tea party's supposed grassroots uprising.”
Discussion: Wonk Room
 
 
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