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2:25 PM ET, October 5, 2010

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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.
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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.
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The Note:
Christine O'Donnell Ad: 'I'm Not A Witch'
Sean Alfano / NY Daily News:
Tea Party darling Christine O'Donnell in first ad: 'I'm not a witch'
Discussion: Haaretz and The Agonist
Brad Phillips / Mr. Media Training:
I Am Not a Witch: Christine O'Donnell's New Ad
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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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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.
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: Swing State Project
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Nathan Brown / AdirondackDailyEnterprise:
Hoffman drops out (update)  —  Statement tells voters to back Doheny; no elaboration given  —  SARANAC LAKE - Doug Hoffman has dropped out of the race to represent New York's 23rd Congressional District.  —  Hoffman's name will still appear on the ballot on the Conservative line; however …
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 …
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.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Soft Side  —  By now everyone has an image of Rahm Emanuel.  He's the profanity-spewing political street-fighter.  He's the guy who once sent a dead fish to a political opponent.  This past week, “Saturday Night Live” spoofed him as an abrasive pit bull.
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Who's Got West Wing Juice? Look to Flickr
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Ways of Looking at Bank Profits  —  Annie Lowrey reports on yesterday's conference on financial regulation implementation: … I think some of this interest in financial sector profitability is a bit misguided, but since people want to lay down markers in this regard I think it's worth trying …
Discussion: Speakeasy and Clusterstock
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Annie Lowrey / The Washington Independent:
Financial Reform in Peril
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 …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Facing South
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Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Disillusioned Hispanics May Skip Midterms, Poll Suggests
Discussion: Riehl World View
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Deborah Feyerick / CNN:
Times Square bomb plotter sentenced to life in prison  —  New York (CNN) — A judge in Manhattan sentenced Faisal Shahzad to life in prison for the botched Times Square car bombing as the 31-year-old Pakistani-American defiantly warned in court to “brace yourself, the war with Muslims has just begun.”
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
‘Likely Voter’ Gap Favors G.O.P. by 6 Points; Gallup's Model Sees It Bigger  —  Democratic poll-watchers were having a pretty good Monday.  Rasmussen Reports had shown Republicans with a relatively small 3-point advantage on the generic ballot — the narrowest advantage that Rasmussen has shown for Republicans in about a year.
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Jan Crawford / CBS News:
Kagan Leaves a Mark on Her First Day  —  There's been a lot of hyped-up consternation about whether Elena Kagan was ready to be a justice.  Among the nine, she is the only justice who hadn't first been an appeals court judge, and so the chatter among critics is that she would struggle because her learning curve was steep.
Fox News:
GOP Rep. Cao ‘Hurt’ After Obama Endorses Dem, Warns of Opponent's Ethics History  —  Republican Rep. Joseph Cao — in an act of either selfless concern or political expediency — says he “must” warn President Obama that the Democratic candidate he's endorsed in the race has a history of ethical problems.
Arthur Laffer / Wall Street Journal:
The Bill Gates Income Tax  —  If Washington's most famous billionaires are really worried about their state's finances, they'd write personal checks to the government and leave everyone else alone.  —  Framed on a wall in my office is a personal letter to me from Bill Gates the elder.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Wall Street Journal:
Frank's Own Battle Erodes Help for Fellow Democrats  —  It's the kind of political year in which even Rep. Barney Frank is being forced to break a sweat.  —  The Massachusetts Democrat, one of Congress's most well-known members, usually wins re-election by steamrolling his opponents.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Ed Rendell to left on MSNBC: ‘Get over it’  —  Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell says discouraged liberals need to “get over it” and support the Democratic Party, before they regret it.  —  “This isn't about President [Barack] Obama,” Rendell said on MSNBC's “Last Word” Monday night.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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
 
 
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Tom Barton / Island Packet:
Graham warns Obama agenda ‘dead on arrival’ after mid-term election
Discussion: The Hill and The Page
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Worker Spoke of Jihad, Agency Says
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Watchdog Groups Ask I.R.S. to Investigate Crossroads GPS
Newsweek:
Does Boehner Even Want to Win Big?
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Obama: Fiscal Situation “Untenable”
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Year of the missing candidate
 Earlier Items: 
Scott / Power Line:
The wreck of the Jim Oberstar?
Discussion: DickMorris.com and Hot Air
Mike DeBonis / Mike DeBonis on Local Politics:
Hacker infiltration ends D.C. online voting trial
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Federal judge charged with buying drugs from stripper
Discussion: judicialwatch.org and TalkLeft