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5:40 PM ET, October 5, 2010

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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” …
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Michael C. Moynihan / Hit & Run:
The Worst Column of the Year: Congratulations Richard Cohen!  —  It is getting increasingly difficult to keep track of all the idiotic columns written about the Tea Party.  But as we become inured to all the hyperventilating from Frank Rich, Eugene Robinson, and Bob Herbert …
Jeanne Devon / The Huffington Post:
Internal Emails Suggest Palin to Run for President  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  ~Sarah Palin addresses the Conservative Patriots Group rally in Wasilla, Alaska on 9/11/10  —  It has long been speculated that former Alaska governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin would mount a bid for the White House in 2012.
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Jill Burke / Alaska Dispatch:
Joe Miller's wife took unemployment benefits after working for him  —  U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller confirmed Monday night that his wife — once hired to work as a part-time clerk for the same Alaska court in which he was serving as a U.S. magistrate judge — went on unemployment after she left the job.
AndrewHalcro.com:
Searching for Joe Miller's character
JSOnline:
NFL asks Feingold to take down ad  —  The National Football League has asked the Russ Feingold campaign to take down a newly released ad that uses footage from NFL games.  —  NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the Journal Sentinel that the league did not license the footage used in the ad.
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
NFL Tells Russ Feingold to Pull Campaign Ad
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
‘Likely Voter’ Gap Favors G.O.P. by 6 Points; Gallup's Model Sees It Bigger
Tina Brown / The Daily Beast:
Howard Kurtz Joins The Daily Beast  — trending topics - INNOVATORS SUMMIT - GET AMERICA BACK TO WORK - ELECTION ORACLE - FACEBOOK MOVIE - FASHION WEEK  —  Media and investigative reporter Howard Kurtz joins The Daily Beast as Washington Bureau Chief.  —  The Daily Beast turns two tomorrow …
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Erik Wemple / TBD All News:
Howard Kurtz to Daily Beast, leaves Washington Post (Interview)
Discussion: The Politico, Scocca and Romenesko
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Fox News Polls: GOP Poised to Gain or Hold Senate Seats in Key States  —  Democrats have a mountain to climb in West Virginia.  —  The latest Fox News battleground state surveys of five key states shows Republicans in good position to gain two seats and hold two seats left open by GOP retirements.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Campaign watchdogs want IRS to probe Rove's American Crossroads  —  Two campaign finance watchdogs have asked the IRS to investigate a conservative group backed by Karl Rove.  —  Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center argue Crossroads GPS, a conservative group spending heavily …
Discussion: The Politico and DCCC
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Democracy 21:
Democracy 21 and Campaign Legal Center Call on IRS to Investigate …
Discussion: The Politico and USA Today
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Rove-backed group faces allegations of tax abuse
Ezra Klein:
The output gap in two graphs  —  Neil Irwin (with graphics help from Alicia Parlapiano) has a series of interactive graphs explaining both what's wrong with the economy and how long it will take to fit itself at different rates of growth.  I've copied one of the first atop this post, and this comes from Neil's introduction:
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Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Why it doesn't feel like a recovery  —  The nation's economic woes boil down to this.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Hoffman drops out  —  A reader forwards this email from the NRCC about Doug Hoffman pulling out of the race in NY-23, which is hard to see as anything but a massive headache for Democratic Rep. Bill Owen and a major gain for Republican Matt Doheny:
Discussion: CNN and Swing State Project
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Nathan Brown / AdirondackDailyEnterprise:
Hoffman drops out (update)
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Bachmann foe: She isn't doing ‘@#%!’  —  So long, Minnesota Nice.  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann's Democratic opponent is going off color with a new ad using an expletive to describe her service to the district.  —  In a web-only 30-second video posted Monday, Democrat Tarryl Clark accused Bachman …
Jillian Rayfield / TPMMuckraker:
Missouri Tea Partiers, Joe The Plumber Join Movement Against ‘Radical’ Anti-Puppy Mill Legislation  —  Dog bites man or man bites dog?  —  A conservative group in Missouri is picking up the backing of the Tea Party and Joe The Plumber in its quest to stop the Humane Society of the United States …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Only one third of Democrats see this Congress' achievements as historic  —  What if the Dem base's lack of enthusiasm is rooted in the fact that Dems aren't even aware of how much Congress has accomplished in the last two years?  —  A new poll from Pew and National Journal contains …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Swampland
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Jim O'Sullivan / Congressional Connection Poll:
Americans See Congress As ‘Bickering,’ And Unproductive
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Exclusive: Foreign-Funded ‘U.S.’ Chamber Of Commerce Running Partisan Attack Ads  —  The largest attack campaign against Democrats this fall is being waged by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a trade association organized as a 501(c)(6) that can raise and spend unlimited funds without ever disclosing any of its donors.
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
After Firefighters Watched Home Burn, Obion County Expands Subscription-Only Fire Service To More Towns  —  As ThinkProgress reported yesterday, South Fulton Fire Department firefighters from Obion, Tennessee, last week stood by and watched as a family's home burned down because their services …
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Dana Milbank / The Huffington Post:
Mormon Prophesy Behind Glenn Beck's Message  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  In one of his first appearances on Fox News, Glenn Beck sent a coded message to the nation's six million Mormons — or at least those Mormons who believe in what the Latter-day Saints call “the White Horse Prophecy.”
CNN:
TRENDING: Obama-Clinton ticket ‘on the table,’ Woodward says  —  (CNN) - Some called a Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton pairing the “Dream Ticket” in 2008.  It didn't happen.  —  But what about 2012?  —  “It's on the table,” veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward told CNN's John King …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Pew Hispanic Center:
Latinos and the 2010 Elections: Strong Support for Democrats; Weak Voter Motivation  —  In a year when support for Democratic candidates has eroded, the party's standing among one key voting group-Latinos-appears as strong as ever.  Two-thirds (65%) of Latino registered voters say they plan …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Why Christine O'Donnell's New Ad Might Work  —  It begins with the candidate, to camera, announcing to voters that she, Christine O'Donnell, is not a witch.  One's temptation at this point would be to stop right here and begin to laugh like a hyena at a comedy show featuring the Dave Chappelle of hyenas.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
When Titans Clash  —  Another day, another software patent verdict: … Of course Apple doesn't like this verdict, but it's important to understand that the real victim here isn't Apple but hypothetical future Apple competitors who now will only be able to include “cover flow” functionality if they pay a ransom to David Gelertner.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
Every color but camo  —  Tweet  —  My daughter is looking through college-recruitment materials, and pretty much all of them go on at great length about “diversity.”  To judge from the brochures — not only the text but also the relentless photos of ethnically diverse students in various settings …
The Politico:
Newt Gingrich memo: ‘Paychecks vs. food stamps’  —  Newt Gingrich, the former Republican House speaker and now general chairman of American Solutions for Winning the Future, plans to send this memo Tuesday to candidates across the country suggesting a “closing argument” for the final month of the campaign.
Discussion: Political Insider and GOP 12
Ben Birnbaum / Washington Times:
Shultz to Obama: 'You're out of your mind'  —  Former secretary of state blasts Afghan withdrawal date  —  Reagan-era Secretary of State George Shultz blasted President Obama Monday night for his scheduled July 2011 date to begin withdrawing U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Moonbattery
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
That's Where the Money Is  —  It's beyond astonishing to me that John Boehner has a real chance to be speaker of the House of Representatives.  —  I've always thought of Mr. Boehner as one of the especially sleazy figures in a capital seething with sleaze.
 
 
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Ezra Klein:
Will America come to envy Japan's lost decade?
Kenric Ward / sunshinestatenews.com:
Poll: Rick Scott Takes Lead, ‘Favored to Win’
Discussion: Hot Air
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Why Do African-Americans Forgive So Easily? (UPDATED)
Discussion: Mother Jones
Colby Itkowitz / Pennsylvania Ave.:
New MCall/Muhlenberg poll: Toomey up by 7
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Ed Rendell to left on MSNBC: ‘Get over it’
Deborah Feyerick / CNN:
Times Square bomb plotter sentenced to life in prison
 Earlier Items: 
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Ways of Looking at Bank Profits
Tom Barton / Island Packet:
Graham warns Obama agenda ‘dead on arrival’ after mid-term election
Discussion: The Page and The Hill
Jan Crawford / CBS News:
Kagan Leaves a Mark on Her First Day
Arthur Laffer / Wall Street Journal:
The Bill Gates Income Tax
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Wall Street Journal:
Frank's Own Battle Erodes Help for Fellow Democrats