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11:10 AM ET, October 8, 2010

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Seema Mehta / PolitiCal:
An associate of Jerry Brown calls Meg Whitman a “whore” over pension reform (AUDIO)  —  In a private conversation that was inadvertently taped by a voicemail machine, an associate of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown can be heard referring to his Republican opponent Meg Whitman as a …
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Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Brown or aide is heard slurring Whitman  —  In a private conversation inadvertently captured on voicemail, someone calls the GOP candidate for governor a ‘whore,’ saying she made a deal to protect law enforcement pensions while seeking endorsements.  —  In a private conversation inadvertently captured …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and The Caucus
CNN:
Whitman campaign upset with ‘whore’ remark  —  The campaign for California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman wants an apology from her opponent, Jerry Brown, after his aide called the former eBay CEO a “whore”  —  (CNN) — The California governor's race has devolved into a skirmish over the word “whore.”
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Cuts in Government Led U.S. Economy to Lose 95,000 Jobs  —  The economy shed 95,000 nonfarm jobs in September, the Labor Department reported Friday, with most of the decline the result of the layoffs by local governments and of temporary decennial Census workers.
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CNBC:
Economy Sheds 95,000 Jobs; Rate at 9.6% as Easing Looms  —  The U.S. economy unexpectedly shed jobs in September for a fourth straight month as government payrolls fell and private hiring was less than expected, hardening expectations of further Federal Reserve action to spur the recovery.
Timothy R. Homan / Bloomberg:
Unemployment Probably Rose as U.S. Companies Limited Hiring
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Weasel Zippers
David E. Sanger / The Caucus:
Donilon to Replace Jones as National Security Adviser  —  President Obama will announce on Friday that Gen. James Jones, the national security adviser, is resigning and will be replaced by Thomas E. Donilon, the principal deputy national security adviser, senior administration officials said.
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Breaking: Jones stepping down  —  By:  —  (CNN) - The White House will announce Friday that National Security Adviser James Jones is stepping down, according to two senior administration officials.  Jones will be replaced by Deputy National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, the advisers said.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
James Jones resigns as National Security Council chief
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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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Great news: Federal judge finds ObamaCare mandate constitutional
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Think Progress:
ThinkFast: October 8, 2010  —  A new Labor Department report released …
Discussion: NPR and Wall Street Journal
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The End of the Tunnel  —  The Erie Canal.  Hoover Dam.  The Interstate Highway System.  Visionary public projects are part of the American tradition, and have been a major driver of our economic development.  —  And right now, by any rational calculation, would be an especially good time to improve the nation's infrastructure.
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Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
Christie Halts Train Tunnel, Citing Its Cost
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
A Florida Double Crist?  —  Kendrick Meek might drop out of the Florida senate race and thereby pave the path to victory for Charlie Crist.  —  TAMPA — Republican leaders in the Sunshine State are fretting that a deal may be in the works to get Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek …
Sarah Muller / msnbc.com:
Lou Dobbs: ‘I have done nothing illegal’  —  Lou Dobbs is firing back against claims of hiring undocumented workers.  In an exclusive interview on Msnbc's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday, the radio host said, “The bottom line is I have done nothing illegal.”
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ABCNEWS:
Lou Dobbs Refutes ‘Hypocrite’ Claims by The Nation
Discussion: Mediaite, sara in italy and 24Ahead
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Paladino Meltdown Watch.  —  Faced with a political race that didn't involve proving he hated Muslims more than the other candidate, Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino's candidacy has struggled to gain ground on Democrat Andrew Cuomo.  An initial Quinnipiac poll showed Paladino …
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Brendan Scott / New York Post:
Paladino: Andrew Cuomo's ‘prowess is legendary’
Bob Cusack / Ballot Box:
Rory Reid: Healthcare reform could end up hurting Nevada  —  Gubernatorial candidate Rory Reid (D) said Thursday that the new health reform law could hurt Nevada.  —  During a televised debate, Rory Reid, the son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), said he does not support the legal challenges against the health overhaul.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Colbert Democrats  —  A president's first midterm election is inevitably a referendum on his two years in office.  The bad news for Democrats is that President Obama's “reelect” number is 38 percent — precisely Bill Clinton's in October 1994, the eve of the wave election …
New York Times:
Flawed Foreclosure Documents Thwart Home Sales  —  OCALA, Fla. — Amanda Ducksworth was supposed to move in to her new home this week, a three-bedroom steal here in central Florida with a horse farm across the road.  Instead, she is camped out with her 7-year-old son at her boss's house.
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Washington Post:
Reston-based company MERS in the middle of foreclosure chaos
Jose Lambiet / Page2Live.com:
Sarah Palin in West Palm Beach: “I'll run for president if the American people want me to!”  —  Former vice-presidential hopeful and governor of Alaska Sarah Palin told a small studio audience during the taping of a Newsmax.com webcast Wednesday in West Palm Beach that she would run for president in 2012 if …
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin.com and GOP 12
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Paul Bedard / US News:
Sarah Palin Takes A Big Step Toward 2012 Run for President
Quinnipiac University:
Despite Anger At D.C., Dems Lead In All New York Races, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Women Propel Gillibrand To Double-Digit Lead  —  Democrats are surging in all New York statewide races as little-known Republican candidates struggle for name recognition, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
BUSTED!  Video Documents Role of Democrat Consultant Neal Rauhauser in Smear Campaign Against Tea Party  —  WARNING: This video is filled with profanity.  What it documents — including pedophilia-inspired Twitter attacks against children of a Tea Party supporter — involves a network of …
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com and Verum Serum
Washington Post:
Plouffe: For GOP, anything short of sweep would be ‘colossal failure’  —  Trying to reshape expectations for the midterm elections, David Plouffe said Thursday that the Republicans should be expected to make a full sweep of Congress - and key gubernatorial races - given the environmental advantages they have.
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Rep. Adler campaign accused of propping up ‘Tea Party’ candidate in N.J.  —  The campaign of Rep. John Adler (D-N.J.), who faces a serious GOP challenge this fall, is being accused of manufacturing a Tea Party candidate in New Jersey's 3rd congressional district to help the incumbent's reelection bid.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
The Real Israel Lobby  —  Now we know who constitutes the real Israel lobby: the American public.  Especially the Republican-leaning part of it.  —  Consider the results of a new poll, a survey of 1000 likely voters done October 3 to 5 by McLaughlin and Associates for the Emergency Committee for Israel.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Ian M. / Think Progress:
Joe Miller Received Medicaid Benefits He Thinks Are Unconstitutional  —  Alaska GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller has repeatedly claimed that federal health care benefits violate the Constitution.  It turns out, however, that “Mr. Noun, Verb, and Unconstitutional” doesn't actually think that the Constitution applies to himself.
Discussion: The Hill and Anchorage Daily News
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dems try to make Chamber the villain  —  President Obama led Democrats in a coordinated attack against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, painting the business lobby as a corporate interest standing against open elections and U.S. workers.  —  Obama criticized the Chamber …
Chicago Breaking News:
Elderly couple says they were terrorized by drug raid  —  An elderly couple says Cook County sheriff's police on a drug raid smashed into their Southwest Side house late Thursday night, terrorizing them before admitting they had the wrong house.  —  With her husband already asleep …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
DGA rides Fox backlash in 3Q - Raese ad: 'I'm not perfect' - Chamber goes up for Dems - Huck drops dough in Iowa - Finishing blow for Chafee?  —  FIRST IN SCORE - DGA'S WAR CHEST: The Democratic Governors Association took in $10 million during the third quarter of 2010, setting a new fundraising record …
Discussion: Think Progress
 
 
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
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Fox News:
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Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
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Lucy Madison / CBS News:
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Paul Krugman:
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