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8:55 AM ET, October 5, 2010

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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.
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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.
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.
Fhardingj / CNN:
Trending: O'Donnell: ‘I am not a witch’  —  Washington (CNN) - Playing off of her admission that she dabbled in witchcraft in high school, Delaware Senate Republican nominee Christine O'Donnell will launch her first television ad of the general election on Tuesday, in which she looks straight …
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
O'Donnell Ad Confronts Reports on Her Past
Mark Leibovich / The Caucus:
Send In the Clowns — and the Truth Squad
Discussion: First Draft and Rough Sketch
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.
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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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
GOP holds wide lead among likely voters in latest Gallup poll
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 …
Discussion: Blogcritics and National Review
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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.
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Tennessee County's Subscription-Based Firefighters Watch As Family Home Burns Down
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,’ …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media
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 …
Scott Baker / The Blaze:
UK Pundit to Shocked TV Host: Suffering Children Should Be Smothered  —  Advice columnists in Britain are known as “agony aunts” (or uncles).  Virginia Ironside is one.  Her latest bit of advice has drawn outraged reaction from television viewers who caught her comments on the BBC yesterday.
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Glenn Beck:
Glenn Beck: Can abortion be a kindness?
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
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
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 …
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.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Emanuel's ‘Glad to be home’ video filmed in Washington
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” …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and protein wisdom
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.
Discussion: Green and Associated Press
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi: GOP attacks are a ‘compliment’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday evening that she considers Republican attacks on her a “compliment” — evidence that she's done her job well.  —  Pelosi (D-Calif.) told a friendly audience at a banquet at Fortune magazine's …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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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.”
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and Threat Level
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!
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 …
BBC:
No joke as Brazil clown tops votes for Congress  —  Tiririca won far more votes than any other candidate  —  A Brazilian clown has had the last laugh by winning a seat in Congress with more votes than any other candidate in Sunday's elections.  —  Tiririca, or Francisco Oliveira Silva …
Discussion: Raw Story, iOwnTheWorld.com and Reuters
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.
 
 
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Discussion: Wonk Room
Michael Georgy / Reuters:
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