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10:30 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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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.”
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
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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Timothy R. Homan / Bloomberg:
Unemployment Probably Rose as U.S. Companies Limited Hiring  —  Unemployment probably climbed in September for a second consecutive month as slower U.S. growth prompted companies to limit hiring, economists said before a report today.  —  The jobless rate rose to 9.7 percent from 9.6 percent in August …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Weasel Zippers
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John Pomfret / Washington Post:
China's Liu Xiaobo wins Nobel Peace Prize
Discussion: Da Techguy's Blog and AmSpecBlog
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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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 …
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Alex Leary / The Buzz:
Sierra Club endorses Crist and Meek, and Meek says no thanks
Discussion: Mother Jones and Ben Smith's Blog
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  —  Dobbs Says He Never Purposefully Hired Contractor That Employed Illegal Workers  —  Lou Dobbs, the former CNN anchor who reportedly relied on illegal immigrants to care for his horses and properties, said a “smear piece” …
Discussion: Mediaite, sara in italy and 24Ahead
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
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.
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
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 …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner: Voters need a new GOP majority in Congress
Discussion: The Politico and Politics Extra
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Pete Rouse braces White House for GOP gains  —  Week One of the Pete Rouse era in the White House is in the books — and West Wingers already notice the difference from the Rahm Emanuel days:  —  The interim chief of staff emails when he wants to summon a staffer - no more hollering for them to get the hell in here right away.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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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
Business Week:
Can Terry McAuliffe Sell Electric Cars?  —  The Democratic political veteran says his MyCar will save American manufacturing and create jobs.  Skeptics see a strategy to win the Virginia statehouse  —  Photographers and tourists swarmed former President Bill Clinton as he admired …
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.
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Liz Benjamin / Capital Tonight:
'Andrew's Prowess Is Legendary' (Updated)
Discussion: New York Magazine
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Caught Spying on Student, FBI Demands GPS Tracker Back  —  A California student got a visit from the FBI this week after he found a secret GPS tracking device on his car, and a friend posted photos of it online.  The post prompted wide speculation about whether the device was real …
Discussion: Engadget and Balloon Juice
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.
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 …
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
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
72,000 stimulus payments went to dead people  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 89,000 stimulus payments of $250 each went to people who were either dead or in prison, a government investigator says in a new report.  —  The payments, which were part of last year's massive economic recovery package …
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 …
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
GOP Widens Lead in Generic House Ballot, CBS Poll Finds  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Republicans have widened their lead against Democrats among likely voters in the generic ballot for the House …
 
 
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Fox News:
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Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Cahill files lawsuit alleging dirty political tricks in Mass.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
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Quinnipiac University:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: Don Surber and Mediaite
Sady Doyle / The Atlantic Online:
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Paul Krugman:
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Discussion: Modeled Behavior and Eschaton
Paul Bedard / US News:
Sarah Palin Takes A Big Step Toward 2012 Run for President
Fhardingj / CNN:
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Discussion: The Politico and newsfeed.time.com
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Christine O'Donnell's Second Ad Debuts