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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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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.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sen. Franken to stump for Del. Senate nominee Coons
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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Slate:
Trick 2: Misdirection  —  Every great illusionist masters …
Discussion: The Plum Line and National Review
Wall Street Journal:
Leahy's Supreme Tie-Breakers
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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.
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Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Angle: “I'm not sure I can win” …
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.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama cuts ad for Rep. Cao's challenger
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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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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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Senate GOP predicts six-seat gain as Republicans offer caution
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
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: Salon, CNN, Hot Air and Washington Monthly
 
 
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Matt Vasilogambros / Iowa Independent:
Pence rallies social conservatives, sidesteps 2012 questions
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Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Legislators Are Among 7 Arrested in Alabama
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Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
Hooker-plagued former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, host of new CNN talk show …
BBC:
Ex-UN official says Taliban infiltrating Afghan forces
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Wall Street Journal:
Peace Doesn't Keep Itself
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Sara Jerome / Hillicon Valley:
Guide arms Tea Party members with anti-net-neutrality talking points
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Science Foundation Backs Climate-Change Play
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Nicholas Carlson / Clusterstock:
The New York Observer Is Close To Buying Dealbreaker, But Bess Levin …
BBC:
‘German militants’ killed in Pakistan drone attack
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Gateway Pundit
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.
Discussion: Power Line and The Blaze