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6:40 PM ET, October 7, 2010

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Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Why President Obama is Not Signing H.R. 3808  —  Today, the White House announced that President Obama will not sign H.R. 3808, the Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act of 2010, and will return the bill to the House of Representatives.  The Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act …
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Scot J. Paltrow / Reuters:
Bank foreclosure cover seen in bill at Obama's desk  —  (Reuters) - A bill that homeowners advocates warn will make it more difficult to challenge improper foreclosure attempts by big mortgage processors is awaiting President Barack Obama's signature after it quietly zoomed through the Senate last week.
Michelle Malkin:
What the hell: How stealth banking bailout reached Obama's desk; Update: Here comes the first O-veto; White House: We'll work on it  —  Scroll for updates...  Both the left and right sides of the blogosphere are buzzing about a bipartisan TARP-style banking bailout bill that somehow reached …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama to Pocket-Veto Bill That Might Make It Easier to Foreclose on Homes
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Confluence
The Huffington Post:
Obama Will Not Sign Bill Seen As Cover For Bank Foreclosures
Jia Lynn Yang / Washington Post:
Obama won't sign bill that would affect foreclosure proceedings
Mike Allen / The Politico:
GOP ad casting call: ‘hicky’ W.Va. look  —  A Republican ad that shows a couple of regular-looking guys commiserating in a diner about West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) turns out to have been shot with actors, from a script, in Philadelphia.  —  But not just any actors …
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The Politico:
George Allen preps for 2012 Senate bid
Discussion: Wonkette and HotAirPundit
Jeremy P. Jacobs / Hotline On Call:
NRSC Pulling Controversial West Virginia Ad
Isabel Macdonald / The Nation:
Lou Dobbs, American Hypocrite  —  Research support for this article was provided by the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute.  —  In Lou Dobbs's heyday at CNN, when he commanded more than 800,000 viewers and a reported $6 million a year for “his fearless reporting and commentary,” …
Paul Krugman:
Tunnel Of Idiocy  —  Many reports that Chris Christie is about to scuttle the second rail tunnel under the Hudson.  If so, it's arguably the worst policy decision ever made by the government of New Jersey — and that's saying a lot.  —  The story seems to be that Christie wants to divert …
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New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie to kill N.Y.-N.J. rail tunnel project
Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
Governor of New Jersey Blocks Hudson Tunnel Project
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Christine O'Donnell's Second Ad Debuts  —  I liked Christine O'Donnell's opening ad line of “I'm not a witch,” for lumping all of the criticism of O'Donnell together and labeling it with the wackiest and most ridiculous one.  —  Here's the follow-up, which . . . well, decide for yourself.
Discussion: Hot Air, American Power and Weigel
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Fhardingj / CNN:
O'Donnell on the Maher tapes: 'I'm not saying that I'm proud...'
Discussion: newsfeed.time.com
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Waivers Address Talk of Dropping Health Coverage  —  As Obama administration officials put into place the first major wave of changes under the health care legislation, they have tried to defuse stiffening resistance — from companies like McDonald's and some insurers …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Biden: 'You're the dullest audience I've ever spoken to'  —  Vice President Joe Biden got a laugh from his audience at a Wisconsin fundraising event Thursday when he tried to rile the crowd about the economic collapse of 2008.  —  “We want to reward people who manufacture things in the United States …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
RNC circulates study that shows Dem tax plan is better for poor than GOP one  —  Okay, this is a bit in the weeds.  But it's worth it.  —  This morning the Republican National Committee blasted out a story from The Hill about a new nonpartisan study finding that the poor will be hit hardest …
Discussion: TPMDC, Daily Kos and Speakeasy
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Jay Heflin / The Hill:   Study: Expiration of Bush tax cuts will hit poorest hardest
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Dem candidate fires back after racy photos surface  —  Democratic Virginia House candidate Krystal Ball (yes, that's her real name) went on the offensive Wednesday after racy photos of her surfaced online this week.  —  The photos, which were taken at a costume party, show Ball wearing …
WTOP.com:
Three dozen fall ill at Obama rally in Md.  —  BOWIE, Md. - About three dozen people have been treated for illness during a rally featuring President Obama at Bowie State University.  —  Prince George's County Fire and EMS spokesman Mark Brady tells WTOP numerous ambulances have been sent …
Discussion: POWIP, Clusterstock and MyFox DC
Gallup:
Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment at 10.1% in September  —  Underemployment, at 18.8%, is up from 18.6% at the end of August  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, increased to 10.1% in September — up sharply from 9.3% in August and 8.9% in July.
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Stimulus Checks Sent to the Dead  —  The Social Security Administration sent about 89,000 stimulus payments of $250 each to dead and incarcerated people — but almost half of them were returned, a new inspector-general's report has found.  —  The agency was charged with distributing the one-time payments …
Celeste Katz / The Daily Politics:
RED ALERT: MAJOR CARL PALADINO CAMPAIGN T.V. ANNOUNCEMENT TOMORROW  —  ...But nobody knows what the hell it is!!!  —  You cannot make this stuff up!!!  —  Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino is planning to make some sort of major television announcement tomorrow at 5:13 p.m., my sources tell me.
Hotline On Call:
The Surprising Democratic Firewall  —  Actions speak louder than words.  That's why Democratic control of the House is looking more tenuous by the day.  As the party begins to build its firewall to prevent a GOP takeover, top strategists are working to salvage seats that few considered …
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Referencing TP Report, Obama Warns ‘Groups That Receive Foreign Money’ Are A ‘Threat To Our Democracy’  —  Pressure has been mounting on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce since a ThinkProgress investigation published Tuesday revealed that the right-wing business group may be using donations …
Dylan Lovan / Associated Press:
Southern Baptist leader on yoga: Not Christianity  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A Southern Baptist leader who is calling for Christians to avoid yoga and its spiritual attachments is getting plenty of pushback from enthusiasts who defend the ancient practice.  —  Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler …
Discussion: AlbertMohler.com
Stephen George / Nashville Scene:
U.S. Department of Justice visitors tell Muslims they have their back in the Murfreesboro mosque dispute  —  Danger Zoning  —  Over the summer months, Muslims in Murfreesboro — for three decades a virtually silent minority and a sliver of the city's population — have endured challenge …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and TPMMuckraker
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
REPUBLICANS STILL JUST DON'T LIKE THE UNEMPLOYED.... That Republican officials seem to actively dislike unemployed Americans isn't exactly new.  We're talking about a party that's waged war against jobless benefits and tried to kill jobs bills during a recession — which should tell the public quite a bit about the GOP's priorities.
Todd Purdum / Vanity Fair:
The Man Who Never Was  —  Desperate to keep his Senate seat, John McCain repudiated his record, his principles, and even his maverick reputation, entrenching himself as the anti-Obama.  Which raises the issue of whether the leader so many Americans admired—and so many journalists covered—ever truly existed.
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Senate panel: U.S. money was funneled to Afghan warlords with links to violence  —  The leading Senate panel on military affairs has found that several private security contractors in Afghanistan funneled money from their Pentagon contracts to warlords and strongmen linked to murder, kidnapping and bribery.
Discussion: The Politico
Ezra Klein:
Rep. Brad Miller: ‘There is no chance that Congress would pass more TARP’  —  I'd previously scheduled an interview with Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.) to talk about the financial regulation bill.  But Miller is known as one of the House's leading experts on the mortgage market, so given the news of the day …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sharron Angle ad: Harry Reid gives Viagra to predators  —  Nevada Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle is out with a harsh new ad Thursday, accusing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of approving funds to give Viagra to child molesters.  —  The ad begins with Angle and her husband walking hand …
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
Toomey within margin of error in Sestak's district
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Michigan judge upholds health care law
Discussion: Swampland
Guardian:
Barack Obama accused of exaggerating terror threat
Discussion: Hot Air and Raw Story
Nick Bilton / Bits:
What Did Microsoft and Adobe Chiefs Talk About?
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Hickenlooper still up big
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Spot
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
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Jack Brammer / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
As Kentucky Senate race tightens, Bill Clinton to campaign
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Hide Him!
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
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Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
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