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7:20 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.
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama to Pocket-Veto Bill That Might Make It Easier to Foreclose on Homes  —  ABC News has learned that President Obama will not sign - or “pocket veto” — a bill that sailed through Congress that consumer groups warn would make it easier for banks to foreclose on homeowners.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Confluence
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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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
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
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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Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
David Plouffe on Sarah Palin: 'We won't get that lucky'  —  The Republican Party's tea party candidates are energizing a deflated Democratic base and could wreak havoc with the GOP's 2012 presidential primary process, David Plouffe, the architect of President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, said Thursday.
Discussion: CBS News and Hot Air
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Plouffe: Centrist Republicans considering a run should have their head examined
Discussion: CNN
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Federal judge upholds health care law  —  A federal judge in Michigan has upheld as Constitutional a provision in the health care reform bill requiring uninsured individuals to purchase insurance.  —  U.S. District Court Judge George Steeh ruled Thursday that the so-called individual mandate …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Michigan judge upholds health care law
Discussion: Swampland
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
Obamacare firesale: Three Catholic hospitals for sale in Pennsylvania
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 …
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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 and Clusterstock
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
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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 …
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 …
The Politico:
George Allen preps for 2012 Senate bid  —  Former Virginia Sen. George Allen is taking increasingly aggressive steps to lay the groundwork for a 2012 Senate comeback bid.  —  POLITICO has learned that Allen, the Republican who was ousted from his seat in 2006 by now-Democratic Sen. Jim Webb …
Discussion: Wonkette and HotAirPundit
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
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 …
Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
Toomey within margin of error in Sestak's district  —  Voters in Rep. Joe Sestak's (D) district prefer Sestak by a three-point margin over Republican Pat Toomey in the Keystone State's Senate race.  —  Forty-nine percent of voters in the state's 7th congressional district said they plan …
 
 
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Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Senate panel: U.S. money was funneled to Afghan warlords with links to violence
Discussion: The Politico
Ezra Klein:
Rep. Brad Miller: ‘There is no chance that Congress would pass more TARP’
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Guardian:
Barack Obama accused of exaggerating terror threat
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Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Sharp Jabs in Connecticut Senate Debate
Discussion: The Hill and TPMDC
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
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Discussion: Salon and News Hounds
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Media Matters: Criminal front group.
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Hide Him!
Dylan Lovan / Associated Press:
Southern Baptist leader on yoga: Not Christianity
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