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10:35 AM ET, October 5, 2010

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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
What Did I Tell You About Her?  —  Christine O'Donnell's first TV ad of the general election campaign:  —  The American Spectator, July 27: … With a smile like that, she's awfully hard to hate.  The Castle campaign tried to demonize her and it backfired.  Maybe Baldy the Tax-Hiking Wanker will have better luck.
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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.
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.
Sean Alfano / NY Daily News:
Tea Party darling Christine O'Donnell in first ad: 'I'm not a witch'  —  Tea Party darling Christine O'Donnell may be brewing more ridicule for her fledgling Senate campaign after releasing her first TV ad.  —  “I'm not a witch,” O'Donnell deadpans into the camera at the start of the 30-second ad released Monday.
Mark Leibovich / The Caucus:
Send In the Clowns — and the Truth Squad
Fhardingj / CNN:
Trending: O'Donnell: ‘I am not a witch’
Levi Johnston / Washington Post:
Democrats gain in poll but GOP still leads as midterm elections near  —  Less than a month before the midterm elections, the political landscape remains strongly tilted toward Republicans, although Democrats have made modest improvements with voters since their late-summer low point, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
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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.
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 …
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Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Mondale: Obama's teleprompters are ‘idiot boards,’ …
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
On the right, hateful words are fired like bullets  —  I still ride a bike.  I do 12 miles, several days a week, and as I do so I listen to music — the Pandora service on my iPhone.  I have created a station that plays folk rock.  Lately, it has repeatedly played the Neil Young song “Ohio” …
Scott / Power Line:
The wreck of the Jim Oberstar?  —  In “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” Gordon Lightfoot refers to “the gales of November” on Lake Superior.  In Minnesota the shores of Lake Superior lie within the Eighth Congressional District.  According to a poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies …
Discussion: DickMorris.com and Weekly Standard
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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 …
Glenn Beck:
Glenn Beck: Can abortion be a kindness?  —  Audio Available:  —  GLENN: The first thing I want to play for you, though, however, is an interview from an environmentalist who is on the BBC yesterday and she's talking about the compassionate thing today.  She believes the compassionate that abortion is compassionate.
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
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Wall Street Journal:
Frank's Own Battle Erodes Help for Fellow Democrats  —  It's the kind of political year in which even Rep. Barney Frank is being forced to break a sweat.  —  The Massachusetts Democrat, one of Congress's most well-known members, usually wins re-election by steamrolling his opponents.
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Obama: Fiscal Situation “Untenable”  —  You don't say, Mr. President. … Keen government observers and other Jane's Addiction fans know what's coming next: The big “but”: … A-ha.  Because nothing says “competitive edge” like “doubling spending while failing to improve results.”
National Journal Online:
Inside The Shadow GOP  —  A network of independent Republican allies represent the leading edge of the new world of campaign finance.  —  by Peter H. Stone, Center for Public Integrity  —  For many powerful GOP operatives and allied fundraisers, the luncheon last April felt like one part reunion …
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Associated Press:
Sen. Murkowski Asks Alaska Stations Not to Air Tea Party Ads  —  JUNEAU, Alaska — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's campaign is warning Alaska broadcasters not to air ads by a national tea party group that the campaign says are “littered with lies and intentional mischaracterizations” about her and her write-in campaign.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Midwest Democrats rip Senate foes  —  Three Midwestern Democrats launched biting ads against GOP Senate candidates Tuesday, targeting the Republicans with variations on this message: My opponent is an unethical insider who just can't be trusted.  —  Indiana Rep. Brad Ellsworth …
Discussion: WISH-TV and CNN
Mike DeBonis / Mike DeBonis on Local Politics:
Hacker infiltration ends D.C. online voting trial  —  Last week, the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics opened a new Internet-based voting system for a weeklong test period, inviting computer experts from all corners to prod its vulnerabilities in the spirit of “give it your best shot.”
Jillian Rayfield / TPMMuckraker:
Missouri Tea Partiers, Joe The Plumber Join Movement Against ‘Radical’ Anti-Puppy Mill Legislation  —  Dog bites man or man bites dog?  —  A conservative group in Missouri is picking up the backing of the Tea Party and Joe The Plumber in its quest to stop the Humane Society …
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Rail Service Expansion Imperiled at State Level  —  Republicans running for governor in a handful of states could block, or significantly delay, one of President Obama's signature initiatives: his plan to expand the passenger rail system and to develop the nation's first bullet-train service.
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Who's Got West Wing Juice?  Look to Flickr  —  Pete Rouse has a lot of work to do if he wants to match the influence that Rahm Emanuel had as President Obama's chief of staff.  —  That's the conclusion from a highly unscientific survey of the White House Flicker feed …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Federal judge charged with buying drugs from stripper  —  A longtime federal judge was freed on a $50,000 bond Monday after his arrest on federal charges that he bought cocaine and other illegal drugs while involved in a sexual relationship with an exotic dancer for the past several months.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
U.S. Military Orders Less Dependence on Fossil Fuels  —  With insurgents increasingly attacking the American fuel supply convoys that lumber across the Khyber Pass into Afghanistan, the military is pushing aggressively to develop, test and deploy renewable energy to decrease its need to transport fossil fuels.
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 …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Wanted: More Fraud, Abuse in Government Spending  —  A new government report says the stimulus was virtually free of waste, fraud, and abuse.  This is supposed to be good news.  I'm not so sure.  —  The report, which Vice President Joe Biden officially delivered to the president on Friday …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Samizdata.net
Rosalind Helderman / Virginia Politics Blog:
Cuccinelli reissues global warming subpoena to U-Va.  —  Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has sent a new civil subpoena to the University of Virginia, renewing a demand for documents related to a work of a former university climate scientist that was stymied when a judge blocked his previous request in August.
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 were available …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Centrist Democrats may reign in House  —  If Democrats retain a slim hold on the House next year, a handful of the party's most conservative members could find themselves in the catbird seat, wielding wide influence over the Democratic agenda.  —  In that scenario, the finicky Blue Dog Coalition …
Discussion: CQ Politics and DownWithTyranny!
Arthur Laffer / Wall Street Journal:
The Bill Gates Income Tax  —  If Washington's most famous billionaires are really worried about their state's finances, they'd write personal checks to the government and leave everyone else alone.  —  Framed on a wall in my office is a personal letter to me from Bill Gates the elder.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
 
 
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Year of the missing candidate
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Paul Riede / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Carl Paladino's tale of helping defuse 1970 Syracuse University …
Mary Williams Walsh / New York Times:
Cities in Debt Turn to States, Adding Strain
The Hill:
How to Keep Your Seat 101: Don't mention that you're a Democrat
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Adam Sorensen / The Page:
Sounding Like a Candidate!
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
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Charles Ferguson / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Larry Summers and the Subversion of Economics
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Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi: GOP attacks are a ‘compliment’
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Did The Wave Crest?  —  We've got another new congressional generic just out today.
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