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5:05 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 …
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.
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AndrewHalcro.com:
Searching for Joe Miller's character
Jeanne Devon / The Huffington Post:
Internal Emails Suggest Palin to Run for President
Discussion: Fox News, GOP 12, US News and Daily Kos
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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Democracy 21:
Democracy 21 and Campaign Legal Center Call on IRS to Investigate Crossroads GPS to Determine If Group is Improperly Claiming 501(c)(4) Tax Status to Avoid Disclosing its Donors to the Public  —  In a letter to the Internal Revenue Service today, Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center called …
Discussion: The Politico and USA Today
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Campaign watchdogs want IRS to probe Rove's American Crossroads
Discussion: The Politico and DCCC
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.
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.
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 …
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)
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 …
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 …
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.”
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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 …
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
Colby Itkowitz / Pennsylvania Ave.:
New MCall/Muhlenberg poll: Toomey up by 7  —  The two Republicans running for statewide office in Pennsylvania maintain their solid leads exactly four weeks before Election Day, according to a new Morning Call/Muhlenberg College released Tuesday.  —  Among likely Pennsylvania voters …
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.”
Discussion: Wonkette
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
Jim O'Sullivan / Congressional Connection Poll:
Americans See Congress As ‘Bickering,’ And Unproductive  —  Public perception that Washington feuding is on the rise and has escalated to historic levels.  —  It was one of President George W. Bush's admitted disappointments in his presidency: his inability to “change the tone in Washington …
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.
 
 
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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
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Rand Paul Ad Features Obama Impersonator
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
 Earlier Items: 
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
After Firefighters Watched Home Burn, Obion County Expands …
Jan Crawford / CBS News:
Kagan Leaves a Mark on Her First Day
Wall Street Journal:
Frank's Own Battle Erodes Help for Fellow Democrats