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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.
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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.
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 …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
It's the first Monday in October, time for people like Barry Friedman …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Wall Street Journal:
Leahy's Supreme Tie-Breakers
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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.
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.
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
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Tales of the Sharron Angle tape  —  Nevada Tea Party candidate Scott Ashjian admitted Sunday that he secretly recorded a conversation with Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle, at a meeting in which she asks him to get out of the race, and that he leaked the tape to a journalist.
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Kevin Grandia / The Huffington Post:
Filmmaker Goes Undercover to Expose the Corporate Links to the Tea Party [video]
Discussion: Wonk Room
Sara Jerome / Hillicon Valley:
Guide arms Tea Party members with anti-net-neutrality talking points
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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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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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air, MyFox DC and Pajamas Media
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 …
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, ParaPundit and Gateway Pundit
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Pence's Priorities: Stopping Marriage Equality Is As Important As Fixing The Economy  —  Rep. Mike Pence's (R-IN) surprise win of the presidential straw poll at the Values Voters summit last month has generated speculation that he is positioning himself for a White House bid as a champion …
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.
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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Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
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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
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
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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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Fear and Favor  —  A note to Tea Party activists: This is not the movie you think it is.
T.W. Farnamand Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Interest-group spending for midterm up fivefold from 2006; many sources secret
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
AS THE WORLD BURNS  —  How the Senate and the White House missed …