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3:10 PM ET, October 4, 2010


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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.
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.
MyFox DC:
Emanuel To Get Reacquainted With Chicago
Discussion: Gawker, theblogprof and HillBuzz
Michelle Malkin:   Rahm's first meet and greet
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.
Trick 2: Misdirection  —  Every great illusionist masters the skill of directing attention away from what's really happening and toward some diversion.  That's the pretty magician's assistant in the short cocktail dress.  The flapping snow-white dove.  The magician's patter.
Discussion: The Plum Line
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Leahy's Supreme Tie-Breakers
Discussion: protein wisdom and Betsy's Page
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Approval Averages 45% in September  —  Blacks, Democrats, liberals show greatest support for Obama  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama's job approval ratings remain below 50%, with an average 45% job approval score for the president in September.  That is a slight improvement from his term-low 44% average in August.
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 …
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.
Bruce Drake / Politics Daily:
Jerry Brown Gains in Poll on Heels of Meg Whitman's Maid Controversy … Democrat Jerry Brown's margin over Republican Meg Whitman in the California governor's race moved up a notch in a poll conducted following disclosures that Whitman had employed an illegal immigrant as a maid for nearly a decade.
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: CNN, Hot Air and Washington Monthly
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 …
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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Ben Evans / Associated Press:
O'Donnell said China plotting to take over US
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Brian Alexander /
Pretzel nation: Americans have sex in 41 combinations
Discussion: The Awl and Runnin' Scared
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
McMahon hammers Blumenthal over Vietnam statements
Discussion: CNN, The Note and The Fix
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Senate GOP predicts six-seat gain as Republicans offer caution
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Jane Black / Washington Post:
Public health advocates worry that dietary advice will get lost in translation
National Review:
Dim Idea  —  From the Oct. 18, 2010, issue of NR.
Discussion: The Blaze and Power Line
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Netanyahu: Israel, U.S. working quietly to resolve peace talks deadlock
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Israpundit
 Earlier Items: 
Asbury Park Press:
(2 of 2)  —  “There are all kinds of fights over what is a religion …
Discussion: Think Progress
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Tom Friedman Hates Democracy.
Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
Iowa Democrats Bracing for Bloodbath in 2010 State House Elections
W. James Antle III / Enter Stage Right:
Remembering Joe Sobran
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and National Review