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9:55 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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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
Scot J. Paltrow / Reuters:
Bank foreclosure cover seen in bill at Obama's desk
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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CNN:
O'Donnell: I've been character assassinated  —  Newark, Delaware (CNN) — Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell is asking voters to give her a second look.  At a candidate forum sponsored by a group of local Republicans, O'Donnell blamed her campaign's recent troubles on unfair coverage in the “liberal media.”
Fhardingj / CNN:
O'Donnell on the Maher tapes: 'I'm not saying that I'm prou...'
Discussion: newsfeed.time.com
Jim Acosta / CNN:
O'Donnell to CNN: 'I've matured'
Discussion: The Political Carnival and TPMDC
Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
Governor of New Jersey Kills $8.7 Billion Train Tunnel  —  The largest public transit project in the nation, a commuter train tunnel under the Hudson River connecting New Jersey to Manhattan, was halted on Thursday by Gov. Chris Christie because, he said, the state could not afford its share of the project's rising cost.
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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 …
New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie to kill N.Y.-N.J. rail tunnel project  —  TRENTON — Two senior officials say Gov. Chris Christie today will kill the controversial $8.7 billion Hudson River rail tunnel project, which he says the state cannot afford to build.  —  According to the sources …
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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Ed White / The Huffington Post:
Michigan Federal Judge Rejects Challenge To Health Care Overhaul
Discussion: Politics Daily
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Michigan judge upholds health care law
Discussion: Swampland
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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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Connecticut down on Lieberman  —  There's one thing Democrats …
Paul Bedard / US News:
Sarah Palin Takes A Big Step Toward 2012 Run for President  —  Former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is raising new speculation in conservative circles that she is already preparing for a 2012 presidential bid.  In the latest and clearest example of her plans …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Plouffe: Centrist Republicans considering a run should have their head examined
Discussion: CNN
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
David Plouffe on Sarah Palin: 'We won't get that lucky'
Discussion: CBS News
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,” …
Drew Armstrong / Bloomberg:
McDonald's, 29 other firms get health care coverage waivers  —  Nearly a million workers won't get a consumer protection in the U.S. health reform law meant to cap insurance costs because the government exempted their employers.  —  Thirty companies and organizations, including McDonald's …
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Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Waivers Address Talk of Dropping Health Coverage
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 …
Liz Benjamin / Capital Tonight:
'Andrew's Prowess Is Legendary' (Updated)  —  Well.  It wasn't an apology, that's for sure.  —  UPDATE: The video has arrived!  —  The upshot:  —  Carl Paladino used his three-minute TV spot to defend his anger in response to the Post trying to take photographs of the daughter he fathered …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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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
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
MTV screening Obama's audience for views, looks  —  The Backstage.com listing:  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA TOWN HALL, MTV  —  MTV, BET and CMT are casting the audience for town hall meeting with President Obama.  Shooting Oct. 14, 4 p.m. in Washington, D.C.  —  Seeking—Audience Members: males & females, 18+.
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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 …
Foreclosure Fraud:
Exclusive Bombshell of Foreclosure Fraud - Full Deposition of TAMMIE LOU KAPUSTA Law Office of David J Stern  —  HEY JUDGE COX, THIS IS WHAT THE MOTION TO QUASH IS PROTECTING!  —  MY GOD!  —  WHERE ARE THE FEDERAL AGENTS!!! … This just in and it is unbelievable!
Discussion: The Market Ticker
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
GOP takeover of Congress would mean ‘hand-to-hand combat,’ Obama warns  —  A Republican majority would threaten policies to stabilize the economy, the president says during a radio interview, part of an effort to rally key Democratic constituencies.  —  Reporting from Washington …
Discussion: Hot Air, Weasel Zippers and Don Surber
Alex Leary / The Buzz:
Sierra Club endorses Crist and Meek, and Meek says no thanks  —  Because Democrats aren't conflicted enough over Kendrick Meek and Charlie Crist ... the Sierra Club said today it is endorsing both of them.  (News release below.)  —  UPDATE: Meek says no thanks.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Ben Smith's Blog
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
DC Waking Up to Escalating Foreclosure Train Wreck: Grayson Calls for FSOC to Examine Foreclosure Fraud as Systemic Risk  —  Wow, someone in DC has connected the dots: that the banks' failure to adhere to contractual and legal requirements in the residential mortgage backed securities market …
 
 
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Paul Krugman:
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Ezra Klein:
Rep. Brad Miller: ‘There is no chance that Congress would pass more TARP’
Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
Toomey within margin of error in Sestak's district
Guardian:
Barack Obama accused of exaggerating terror threat
Discussion: Hot Air and Raw Story
Edward Helmore / Guardian:
Daily Beast bids for Newsweek
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rep. Bright says he won't vote for Pelosi as Speaker of the House
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Stimulus Checks Sent to the Dead