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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 …
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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 …
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
AP-GfK Poll: Working-class whites shun Dems
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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  —  Healthcare reform is hurting the reelection chances of freshman Democrats in the House, according to The Hill/ANGA poll.  —  A majority of voters in key battleground districts favor repeal of the legislative overhaul Congress passed this year.
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.
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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
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Judge Bars Major Witness From Civilian 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 …
Discussion: National Review and Althouse
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, aboyle@udel.edu  —  Newark, DE - Newark, DE - Four weeks before Election Day 2010 …
Discussion: CNN, National Review, Daily Kos, Weigel and TPMDC
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:
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Let it Burn or Not?  Fulton Fire Department Follow-up: Updated with Mangu-Ward Video!  —  Here's a hot story - so hot, in fact, that when Reason's own Katherine Mangu-Ward blogged it on October 4, relatively few commenters could handle it - that supposedly demonstrates the uselessness …
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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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Matt Bai / New York Times:
Voter Disgust Isn't Only About 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 …
Brian Palmer / Slate:
Do Jews Really Control the Media? … Like This Story … - 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- The Weird Chinese City …
Leah Schnurr / Reuters:
Private sector sheds 39,000 jobs in September  —  Scott Stevenson stands outside the locked gate of a shuttered small manufacturing plant he once worked at in Ferndale, Michigan August 31, 2010.  REUTERS/Rebecca Cook  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Private employers unexpectedly cut 39,000 jobs …
Discussion: theblogprof and Hot Air
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 …
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
Spending on Campaign TV Ads Expected to Break Record  —  How many television commercials can $3 billion buy?  —  Enough to set a record for political spending on TV ads this election cycle, which is on track to hit $3 billion by the November election, breaking the previous highs …
Discussion: A Spork in the Drawer
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Tea parties stir evangelicals' fears  —  The rise of a new conservative grass roots fueled by a secular revulsion at government spending is stirring fears among leaders of the old conservative grass roots, the evangelical Christian right.  —  A reeling economy and the massive bank bailout …
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.
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.
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.
Jonathan H. Adler / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Why Oh Why Can't We Have Better EconProf Bloggers?  —  Would you consider it sound for one academic to attack a paper written by another, calling it (among other things) “obviously erroneous” and “simply stupid,” based upon a third-party representation of what it says?
Matt Yglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Do-Lots 111th Congress  —  Greg Sargent reports a striking finding: … This is sort of nuts.  Among other things, this congress passes a comprehensive overhaul of student loans.  It also mandated calorie labeling on chain restaurant menus nationwide.
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 …
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
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
Helene Stapinski / New York Times:
Spaghetti Tacos: Silly Enough for Young Eaters  —  IT started as a gag: spaghetti tacos.  —  On an episode of the hit Nickelodeon series “iCarly,” the lead character's eccentric older brother, Spencer, makes dinner one night.  Glimpsed on screen, the dish consists of red-sauce-coated pasta stuffed into hard taco shells.
Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:
Daily Kos: Ed Schultz Marred ‘One Nation’ Rally With ‘Fairy Tales and BS’ About God Bless the Troops  —  Not everyone at the Daily Kos was happy about the “One Nation” rally on Saturday.  The blogger “One Pissed Off Liberal” was upset with MSNBC host Ed Schultz for honoring the troops, and that God person:
Discussion: The Radio Equalizer
Michelle Malkin:
The two faces of Michelle Obama  —  My column spotlights the cronies and fat cats that First Lady Michelle Obama will raise money for over the next few weeks as she attempts to maintain her “I'm you!” populist pose.  Among her first beneficiaries: Shady banking buddy Alexi Giannoulias …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Joe Manchin Suddenly Decides to Sue the Obama Administration  —  Wow.  How much does West Virginia Senate candidate Joe Manchin have to distance himself from the Obama administration?  This much: … Any more distancing and Manchin will switch parties.  —  October surprise!
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Inhofe: GOP will win Senate majority, and I'll be EPW chairman  —  Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said he's counting on Republicans to win back the majority in the Senate, which would make him chairman of a key environmental panel.  —  Inhofe, the ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works …
David Weigel / Slate:
How conservative critics of conservatism are explaining the conservative comeback.  —  The Great Recession has done wonders for the Republican Party.  Two years after being tossed out of power at every level, it's about to waltz right back in, kicking aside the corpses of Democrats foolish enough …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and AmSpecBlog
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Terminator vs. Big Oil  —  The Terminator, a k a the Governator, is not happy.  And you shouldn't be either.  —  What has Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California incensed is the fact that two Texas oil companies with two refineries each in California are financing a campaign to roll …
 
 
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Health care past clings to Romney
John Stossel / Real Clear Politics:
Congress Can't Repeal Economics
Thomas Chatterton Williams / Wall Street Journal:
President Obama's ‘Rap Palate’
Discussion: protein wisdom and Wonkette
Jim O'Sullivan / Hotline On Call:
Taming The Tea Party? Insurgent Candidates Feted In Georgetown
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Whitman's ex-nanny believes housekeeper
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE GOP CAN COME UP SHORT, BUT STILL GET A MAJORITY. …
Discussion: The Plum Line
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Kevin McCarthy / Townhall.com:
Kevin McCarthy The Comeback Kids
Discussion: The Hill
Quinnipiac University:
Portman Holds 19-Point Lead In Ohio Senate Race, Quinnipiac …
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Black People Have Other Things to Worry About.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Michelle Malkin:
Obamacare waivers: Torquemada Sebelius spares McDonald's, unions
Discussion: Bloomberg
Peterhamby / CNN:
Palin: Abortion ‘essential’ issue in midterm elections
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Green Supremacists  —  An environmentalist fantasy of violent totalitarianism.
Discussion: Andrew Bolt and Big Journalism