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12:45 PM ET, October 4, 2010


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Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Angle: “I'm not sure I can win” if Ashjian's in, nat'l GOPers “have lost their principles,” need to “leave me alone”  — Team Angle on tape: Shows she is ‘blunt, plain spoken’ leader: Team Reid: ‘supreme hypocrisy’ by trying to make deal  —  That's just some of what GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle …
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Tales of the Sharron Angle tape
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Tell us what you really think, Ms. Angle
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Brown: Tea Partiers ‘do not seem to much like America the way we are’
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Weasel Zippers
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
DNC rakes in $16 million in September
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DNC boasts best fundraising month in 2010 cycle with $16M
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.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Kathleen Parker and Eliot Spitzer, CNN's duo of civil dispute  —  They are, somewhat self-consciously, an odd couple, the Northern pol and the Southern belle, the prosecutor and the journalist, the man trying to recover from disgrace and the woman graciously forgiving his sins.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Likely to Scale Back Legislative Plans
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.
Discussion: HillBuzz
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Busted- High School Students Admit They're Getting Class Credit to Attend Leftist One Nation Rally (Video)  —  How sad.  This leftist rally was a complete astroturfed sham.  —  No justice.  No Peace.  —  Not only were thousands of supporters given free rides by unions and the NAACP to the rally …
Jason Mattera / Human Events:
HUMAN EVENTS Reporter Assaulted at Leftist Rally
Aharding / CNN:
Trump says he's not behind mysterious NH poll  —  (CNN) - Business mogul Donald Trump is making clear he had nothing to do with a mysterious poll in New Hampshire that, accordant to TIME Magazine, asked Granite State voters about a potential Trump presidential bid.
Discussion: The Politico, Gawker and Wonkette
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Rahm's first meet and greet  —  Rahm Emanuel is out of the D.C. bubble and back home campaigning for mayor in Chicago.  —  So, whose brilliant idea was it to have him create a media logjam and block commuters trying to get to work?  —  I'm sure there were more than a few “$%%^&^! you!'s” muttered under the breath.
MyFox DC:
Emanuel To Get Reacquainted With Chicago
Discussion: theblogprof and HillBuzz
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
No More Minumum Wage?:  Alaska Republican Says Feds Overstep Constitution  —  GOP Senate Candidate Hopes to Scale Back Federal Government's Power  —  Alaska's Joe Miller now has the solid support of the Republican establishment, but in an exclusive interview with ABC News …
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 …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Democrats seize on signs of hope  —  Once-despondent Democrats now believe that they may be able to avert a total midterm wipeout, as a series of important states now appears to be trending in their direction or growing more competitive.  —  The bad news: In a sign of how hostile …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Graham Bowley / New York Times:
Cheap Debt for Corporations Fails to Spur Economy  —  As many households and small businesses are being turned away by bank loan officers, large corporations are borrowing vast sums of money for next to nothing — simply because they can.  —  Companies like Microsoft are raising billions …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Half Sigma
Steven Rattner / Financial Times:
How an unloved bail-out saved America  —  America's troubled asset relief programme - better known as Tarp - died on Sunday, at the age of two.  The causes of death were bitter politics and financial illiteracy.  Hatched in the post-Lehman bankruptcy panic, Tarp allowed Barack Obama …
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Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
Iowa Democrats Bracing for Bloodbath in 2010 State House Elections
W. James Antle III / Enter Stage Right:
Remembering Joe Sobran
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Jacob Gershman / Wall Street Journal:
Paladino Turns to Policy
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Ezra Klein:
Infrastructure: The best deal in the economy
Albert R. Hunt / New York Times:
In Congress, the Minority Is Just That
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Patrick O'Connor / Bloomberg:
Rendell Says He'd Like to Succeed Emanuel, Not Expecting Offer From Obama
Discussion: CNN
Steve Kingstone / BBC:
Rousseff falls short of outright win in Brazil election
Discussion: PoliBlog
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Disloyal Dems: Will Pelosi strike back?
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Richard Norton-Taylor / Guardian:
British intelligence denies US terror warnings sparked by new info
Discussion: Michelle Malkin