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3:15 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!
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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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.
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 …
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
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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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Rove-backed group faces allegations of tax abuse
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Watchdog Groups Ask I.R.S. to Investigate Crossroads GPS
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)  —  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 …
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'
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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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.
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:
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.
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.
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 …
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.”
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 …
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Fiscal Sustainability and Fiscal Rules  —  The recent deep recession and the subsequent slow recovery have created severe budgetary pressures not only for many households and businesses, but for governments as well.  Indeed, in the United States, governments at all levels are grappling …
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.
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 …
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.
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Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Rand Paul Ad Features Obama Impersonator
Ben Birnbaum / Washington Times:
Shultz to Obama: 'You're out of your mind'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Moonbattery
Tom Barton / Island Packet:
Graham warns Obama agenda ‘dead on arrival’ after mid-term election
Discussion: The Page and The Hill
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Worker Spoke of Jihad, Agency Says
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Newsweek:
Does Boehner Even Want to Win Big?
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Year of the missing candidate
Wall Street Journal:
Frank's Own Battle Erodes Help for Fellow Democrats
Scott / Power Line:
The wreck of the Jim Oberstar?
Discussion: Hot Air and DickMorris.com
Charles Ferguson / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Larry Summers and the Subversion of Economics
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Federal judge charged with buying drugs from stripper
Discussion: judicialwatch.org and TalkLeft