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9:45 PM ET, October 6, 2010


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Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
TWS Exclusive: Todd Palin Responds to Miller Flap  —  Yesterday, the anti-Palin blog Mudflats leaked an email that Todd Palin had sent to several people, in which he complained about something Alaska Republican senatorial candidate Joe Miller had (not) said about Sarah Palin's qualifications for the presidency.
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Joe Miller: Palin is constitutionally-qualified  —  On Fox News this afternoon, Megyn Kelly read Todd Palin's email slamming Joe Miller to Miller himself, and asked — twice — whether Palin was qualified to be President.  —  Miller eventually said she was qualified, invoking …
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
The Lesson of Todd Palin's Leaked E-Mail
Discussion: GOP 12
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Poll: Sarah Palin woes could hurt Carly Fiorina
Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: 1 in 10 in Nevada say ‘none of the above’  —  (CNN) - Nevada voters get to do what most Americans don't: They can vote for “none of the above.”  —  And a new survey in the deadlocked battle between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican challenger Sharron
Discussion: Washington Wire, MyFox DC and Doug Ross
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
CNN poll: Reid down to ... 40%  —  It's still a nailbiter: Angle leads by just two thanks to Scott Ashjian and “none of the above” being on the ticket.  I can't believe, though, that Nevadans who go to the polls on election day in a razor-thin race with a chance to bounce the Senate majority leader …
Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Blunt up 53-40 percent over Carnahan  —  (CNN) - Rep. Roy Blunt holds a double digit lead over Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan in the state's Senate battle, according to a new poll.  —  A CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday indicates …
Discussion: Ballot Box and Gateway Pundit
Anill / Think Progress:
Angle And Vitter Use The Same Photo Of ‘Illegal Aliens’ In Racially-Tinged Attack Ads  —  Last month, Nevada senatorial candidate Sharron Angle (R) released an ad that portrayed opponent Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) as being the “best friend an illegal alien ever had.”
Adam Serwer / The Plum Line:
Sharron Angle's ‘Willie Horton’ ad
Ben Metcalfe Blog:
The .ly domain space to be considered unsafe  —  I would like to warn current and future owners of .ly domains of a concerning incident regarding the deletion of one of our prime domains ‘’ by (the domain registry and controlling body for the Libyan domain space '.ly').  —  In short:
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Judge Bars Major Witness From Terrorism Trial  —  Minutes before a major terrorism trial was about to begin, a federal judge barred prosecutors in Manhattan on Wednesday from using a key witness.  —  The government had acknowledged it learned about the witness from the defendant …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Ruling could be setback for civilian terror trials
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Michelle Obama adds Richard Blumenthal to calendar  —  First lady Michelle Obama will stump for Democrat Richard Blumenthal later this month — another sign that the party is sending in the cavalry to aide its Connecticut Senate candidate.  —  Obama will stop in the Nutmeg State on Oct. 18 …
Discussion: CNN
Fhardingj / CNN:   CNN/Time Poll: Democrats up by double digits in Connecticut Senate battle
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Making Verizon-Ready iPhone by Year End  —  Apple Inc. plans to begin mass producing a new iPhone by the end of 2010 that would allow Verizon Wireless to sell the smartphone early next year, said people briefed by Apple.  —  The new iPhone would be similar in design to the iPhone 4 currently sold …
Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
POLL: Republicans lead widely; Dems in danger but race for the House tight  —  In a poll of 12 hotly contested races that could decide who controls the House in the 112th Congress, Republican challengers are beating freshman Democrats in 11 — and in the last one, the race is tied.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Understanding and Misunderstanding the ‘Enthusiasm Gap’  —  I was an early adopter of the term “enthusiasm gap” in the context of this year's elections, having first applied it in August 2009 — a summer of town-hall protests and Tea Party rallies — to describe polling numbers for Democrats …
The University of Delaware:
Latest poll on Delaware Senate, House races shows Democrats with commanding leads despite Tea Party Republican Effort  —  CONTACT: Andrea Boyle, University of Delaware media relations, 302-831-1421,  —  Newark, DE - Newark, DE - Four weeks before Election Day 2010 …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Clinton laughs off VP rumors  —  (CNN) - Hours after White House press secretary Robert Gibbs poured cold water on the notion Hillary Clinton may take the VP slot ahead of the 2012 election, the secretary of state followed suit.  —  “I don't believe what I read,” Clinton said laughing during …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Denial and Speculation Follow Woodward's Hint of a Clinton-Biden Swap
The Note:
Arlen Specter To Campaign For Former Rival Joe Sestak  —  ABC's Michael Falcone reports:  —  For the first time, Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter will campaign for Joe Sestak, the congressman who ended his hopes for a sixth term in the U.S. Senate after hard-fought primary campaign.
Discussion: The Caucus and HotAirPundit
Publisher / Philadelphia Jewish Voice:
Specter Endorses Sestak
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Ohio Attorney General Sues GMAC, Seeks $25,000 per False Affidavit  —  This is big news.  I just got off a conference call with Richard Cordray, the Attorney General for the state of Ohio.  He has filed a lawsuit in Lucas County (Toledo) Common Pleas Court against GMAC Mortgage …
Deggans / St. Petersburg Times:
EX-CNN anchor Rick Sanchez releases statement, says comments “never intended to suggest any sort of narrow mindedness.”  —  Former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez just released a statement saying his comments from last week were not intended to be “narrow-minded” and “should not have been made.”
The Huffington Post:
Pelosi Stacked Deficit Commission To Protect Social Security  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Nancy Pelosi will be prepared to beat back a run on Social Security or Medicare if the deficit commission recommends cuts to the popular entitlement program following the November election.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jeremy P. Jacobs / Hotline On Call:
DCCC Reducing Ad Buys In Key Districts  —  With less than four weeks left to Election Day, the DCCC is reshuffling where it plans to air ads in the final weeks of the campaign - a key indicator of the its candidates' strength in key battleground states.  —  According to ad buy data confirmed …
Howard Kurtz:
A personal note  —  I've just discovered what it is like to become a media metaphor.  —  My announcement that I'm leaving The Washington Post after 29 years to join The Daily Beast, the two-year-old Web site founded by Tina Brown, triggered all sorts of coverage.
David Carr / New York Times:
At Flagging Tribune, Tales of a Bankrupt Culture  —  In January 2008, soon after the venerable Tribune Company was sold for $8.2 billion, Randy Michaels, a new top executive, ran into several other senior colleagues at the InterContinental Hotel next to the Tribune Tower in Chicago.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Romney Deathwatch, Continued  —  Politico has a good piece today on a subject I've been banging on for a while — the mortal blowinflicted upon Mitt Romney's presidential hopes by the health care debate.  In 2008, a system consisting of a regulated individual markets, an individual mandate …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Tea-Partiers: Christianists, Not Libertarians  —  A survey shows that the Tea Partiers are mostly socially conservative.  Well: duh. … They are the hardest of the hardest core and the notion that they care about actually cutting spending as a key priority when none …
Dan Gilgoff / CNN:
Christian group pulls support for event challenging homosexuality  —  CNN's Dan Gilgoff filed this report:  —  A national Christian organization will stop sponsoring an annual event that encourages school students to “counter the promotion of homosexual behavior” because the event has become …
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
STUDENTS GET NAKED FOR HEALTH CARE  —  We all know that sex sells and the folks at Campus Progress are using that to their advantage in a new video promoting youth involvement in the upcoming midterm elections.  —  “Back off my Coverage!” features college students bemoaning their lack …
Frank Ross / Big Journalism:
Great Moments in Media Buys: Col. Allen West Challenges Obama to a Debate  —  Gotta love this guy:  —  Now there's a debate we'd pay to see.  Who do you think would win?  —  Col. West?  —  Or the Commander-in-Chief?
Discussion: five feet of fury.
Dina Cappiello / Associated Press:
Panel: Gov't blocked scientists on spill estimate  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration blocked efforts by government scientists to tell the public just how bad the Gulf oil spill could become and committed other missteps that raised questions about its competence and candor during the crisis …
Peter Wallsten / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Look to Cultivate Pot Vote in 2012  —  Party Considers Legalization Efforts in Swing States Amid Signs California Measure Is Exciting Young, Liberal Voters  —  Democratic strategists are studying a California marijuana-legalization initiative to see if similar ballot measures could energize young …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Memo Hints at Name Change for  —  NBC Universal and Microsoft, the parents of, are holding high-level talks about a name change, something that could be a risky endeavor for the second most popular news Web site in the United States.  —  The two parents have determined …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
GOPers turn on Jim DeMint's hateful rant against gays and single moms  —  Sen. Jim DeMint, the crazy leader of the Teabirchers, once again put his stamp on the insane thinking that now dominates the conservative movement.  It's Anita Bryant all over again.  The hate of teh Gay and single moms …
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Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
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Discussion: Think Progress and Balloon Juice
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