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11:20 AM ET, October 6, 2010

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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.
Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
POLL: GOP leads widely, Dems in danger but race for 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.
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Bob Cusack / The Hill:
POLL: Distaste for healthcare law crosses party lines, 1 in 4 Dems want repeal
CNN:
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 in an interview Tuesday on John King, USA.
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
A Clinton-Biden swap ‘on the table’?  Absolutely not, says Axelrod.  —  A tantalizing notion has gained steam around Washington in recent months: President Obama will toss Vice President Biden off the ticket in 2012 and replace him with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Not So Hidden Influences … Like This Story Follow Slate's Fighting Words … - In 2008, Ross Douthat Said the GOP Needed To Change To Win.  What Does He Say Now?  - Finally, the Feds May Crack Down on Loathsome, Predatory Payday Lenders- The Beauty and Horror of the Shiloh Battlefield- Do Jews Run the Media?
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Brian Palmer / Slate:   Do Jews Really Control the Media?
Noah Kazis / Streetsblog New York City:
Chris Christie Expected to Kill ARC Transit Tunnel  —  Gov. Chris Christie is expected to kill the critical ARC transit tunnel project, reports say.  Photo: Star-Ledger.  —  The largest federal transit investment in American history is on its deathbed, reports Andrea Bernstein at Transportation Nation.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Angela Delli Santi / Associated Press:
N.J. stops 100 road, rail projects
Discussion: The Reaction
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Average Versus Typical  —  Michael Kinsley's Politico column debuted yesterday with an argument about why I'm wrong and the rigors of “intellectual honesty” demand so much more than accuracy.  And I agree with many of his points, there's more to life than accuracy.
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Political Punch:
Limbaugh Calls President Obama a ‘Jackass’  —  ABC News' Steven Portnoy reports:  —  Derision of the president on his program is nothing new, but Rush Limbaugh's tone today may have struck the ears of regular listeners as particularly disdainful, taking his contempt of the president to a new level.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Strains to Get Liberals Back Into Fold Ahead of Vote  —  WASHINGTON — With four weeks until Congressional elections that will shape the remainder of his term, President Obama is increasingly focused on generating enthusiasm within the base that helped put him in the White House two years ago …
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell: Michael Steele is dancing for his GOP ‘master’  —  I don't believe in reading racial tea leaves just for political gain, but what was Lawrence O'Donnell thinking?  Here's how he described RNC Chairman Michael Steele on his MSNBC program tonight:
The Politico:
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Obama will win in 2012  —  California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger predicted that President Barack Obama will win re-election in two years, especially if the Republican Party re-takes control of the House of Representatives in the November midterm elections.
Discussion: Guardian, Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
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Washington Post:
Taliban in high-level talks with Karzai government, sources say  —  Taliban representatives and the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai have begun secret, high-level talks over a negotiated end to the war, according to Afghan and Arab sources.  —  The talks follow inconclusive meetings …
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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AKMuckraker / The Mudflats:
Internal Email Suggests Palin to Run for President
The Huffington Post:
‘Likely’ Voters: How Pollsters Define And Choose Them  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  We have seen the “likely voter” polling problem rear its head several times in recent weeks, but few examples have been as vivid as three national surveys released in the last 24 hours.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Truth about the public option momentarily emerges, quickly scampers back into hiding  —  (updated below)  —  As I've noted before, the column of mine which produced the greatest level of hate mail and anger in the last year — both in terms of intensity and quantity — was this one from August …
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Michelle Malkin:
Obamacare waivers: Torquemada Sebelius spares McDonald's, unions  —  After an embarrassing leak about the dire potential consequences of forcing one of America's largest companies to abide by onerous Obamacare coverage mandates, HHS Secretary Kathleen “Torquemada” Sebelius decided that McDonald's …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Beck On Family's Home Burning Down As Firefighters Watched: ‘We Are Going To Have To Have These Things’  —  As ThinkProgress reported yesterday, last week South Fulton Fire Department firefighters from Obion, Tennessee, stood by and watched as the Cranick family's home burned down …
Associated Press:
Presidential seal falls off podium as Obama speaks  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - The presidential seal has fallen off President Barack Obama's podium and clattered to the stage as Obama delivered a speech to a women's conference.  —  The president was joking with the audience and getting some laughs when he realized what happened.
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Voter Disgust Isn't About the Issues  —  KEANSBURG, N.J. — If you tune in to any of this week's candidate debates around the country, or watch any of the ads that are beginning to dominate the airwaves, you will hear that next month's midterm elections are about all the things you probably thought …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Paul Krugman:
Monetary Versus Fiscal  —  Karl Smith has his own version of the models people are using to think about this crisis.  I don't have much disagreement, except that I would group the various non-Keynesian models together as all various attempts to see this as a supply problem …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
First Read / msnbc.com:
The midterms: Hey, big spenders  —  The New York Times editorial page: “The United States Chamber of Commerce ... is actively soliciting foreign money, and government enforcers seem to be doing nothing to stop it... The possible commingling of secret foreign money into these groups raises fresh questions …
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Black People Have Other Things to Worry About.  —  Jeffrey Goldberg wants to know two things: First, do Republicans actually believe they can win African American voters while supporting politicians who endorse Confederacy-worship, and second, how can African Americans in the South live surrounded …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Tea Parties Forge Alliances in Bid to Advance Agendas  —  RICHMOND, Va.—The tea-party movement is turning more professional.  —  Around the country, tea-party groups are building increasingly sophisticated political organizations and overcoming early bickering to push legislative platforms …
Quinnipiac University:
Portman Holds 19-Point Lead In Ohio Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Angry, Pessimistic Voters Back Republican  —  Republican Rob Portman remains far ahead of Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, 55 - 36 percent among likely voters, in Ohio's U.S. Senate race according to a Quinnipiac University …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Health care past clings to Mitt Romney  —  Six months ago, as the Republican base lined up against the Democratic health care overhaul, Mitt Romney stood by his signature achievement as Massachusetts governor, a comprehensive health care law that served as a model for the national program.
Samantha Cameron / Telegraph:
Top 100 most influential Right-wingers: 25-1  —  The final part of our list looking at who wields power on the Right of British politics.  —  Compiled by Iain Dale and Brian Brivati  —  Former Prime Minister  —  It took the election of a new Conservative Prime Minister to finally nail …
Discussion: Guardian and Iain Dale's Diary
The Huffington Post:
Moe Tucker, Velvet Underground Drummer, Stuns Fans With Tea Party Support (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  It's safe to assume that most Velvet Underground fans never imagined that “All Tomorrow's Parties” would end up referring to Tea Party rallies in Georgia.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Philly.com
 
 
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Helene Stapinski / New York Times:
Spaghetti Tacos: Silly Enough for Young Eaters
Todd Ruger / Local News from Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
Bank changes locks on occupied, foreclosed homes
Rashad Robinson / The Huffington Post:
Harms of Anti-Gay Rhetoric Lost as Media Fixates on Bishop Eddie Long Scandal
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Slams Pakistani Effort On Militants
Discussion: Commentary, New York Times and MyFox DC
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Frustrated House still waiting for Senate action on 420 bills
Discussion: The Caucus and Outside the Beltway
 Earlier Items: 
Peterhamby / CNN:
Palin: Abortion ‘essential’ issue in midterm elections
Discussion: The Politico, Shakesville and GOP 12
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Green Supremacists  —  An environmentalist fantasy of violent totalitarianism.
Discussion: Big Journalism
Michael Barone / Associated Press:
Dems turn on Obama over Iraq, Afghanistan, Gitmo
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Power Line
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Oliver Stone: Sarah Palin's a Moron, Know-Nothing; Compares Her to KKK