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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.
Fhardingj / CNN:
Trending: O'Donnell: ‘I am not a witch’
Ben Evans / Associated Press:
O'Donnell said China plotting to take over US
Mark Leibovich / The Caucus:
Send In the Clowns — and the Truth Squad
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
O'Donnell Ad Confronts Reports on Her Past
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
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Stunner: Minnesota's 8th CD in play; Update: “Great news, not surprising”  —  Or perhaps not so stunning, since Jim Oberstar has lived for almost 50 years in Washington DC rather than Minnesota's 8th CD.  The working-class, union, and most importantly pro-life district in the northeastern part …
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Scott / Power Line:
The wreck of the Jim Oberstar?  —  In “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” Gordon Lightfoot refers to “the gales of November” on Lake Superior.  In Minnesota the shores of Lake Superior lie within the Eighth Congressional District.  According to a poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies …
Discussion: DickMorris.com
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
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 …
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Glenn Beck:
Glenn Beck: Can abortion be a kindness?  —  Audio Available:  —  GLENN: The first thing I want to play for you, though, however, is an interview from an environmentalist who is on the BBC yesterday and she's talking about the compassionate thing today.  She believes the compassionate that abortion is compassionate.
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
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Associated Press:
Sen. Murkowski Asks Alaska Stations Not to Air Tea Party Ads  —  JUNEAU, Alaska — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's campaign is warning Alaska broadcasters not to air ads by a national tea party group that the campaign says are “littered with lies and intentional mischaracterizations” about her and her write-in campaign.
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!
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.
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
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
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 …
Mary Williams Walsh / New York Times:
Cities in Debt Turn to States, Adding Strain  —  Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, dodged financial disaster last month by getting money from the state to make a payment to its bondholders.  —  It did so even though the state warned that the money had to be used for city workers' pensions.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
New Fuel for Local Papers: Medical Marijuana Ads  —  COLORADO SPRINGS — When it hit the streets here last week, the latest issue of ReLeaf, a pullout supplement to The Colorado Springs Independent devoted to medical marijuana, landed with a satisfying thud.
Discussion: Romenesko
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Rail Service Expansion Imperiled at State Level  —  Republicans running for governor in a handful of states could block, or significantly delay, one of President Obama's signature initiatives: his plan to expand the passenger rail system and to develop the nation's first bullet-train service.
The Hill:
How to Keep Your Seat 101: Don't mention that you're a Democrat  —  With voters in an anti-incumbent mood and a national headwind against their party, some freshman Democrats are touting themselves as unaffiliated outsiders — and it may help them win reelection.
Discussion: Commentary
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.
The Hill:
K Street shops eye vulnerable Dems as potential recruits  —  K Street is scouring the ranks of lawmakers facing tough reelection races or retirement, looking to snag top-tier lobbyists.  —  With Republicans set to notch major gains in the midterm elections, possibly enough to retake control of Congress …
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
 
 
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Longtime U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards admits he's trailing in U.S. House …
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Scott / Power Line:
Get your hand out of my shower
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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