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2:00 PM ET, October 7, 2010


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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 …
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
Jeremy P. Jacobs / Hotline On Call:
NRSC Pulling Controversial West Virginia Ad
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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,” …
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 …
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 …
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  —  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 President Obama's desk …
The Huffington Post:
White House Has ‘Concerns’ About Notarization Bill Seen As Foreclosure Cover
Discussion: Daily Kos
Joe Weisenthal / Clusterstock:
Senate Shockingly Passes Bill That Could Bail The Banks Out Of Foreclosure-Gate
Discussion: The Confluence
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
POLL: Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not drain swamp, key voters believe  —  Most voters think Congress's ethics have gotten worse in the past two years, according to a new poll in key battleground districts.  —  The finding suggests that people likely to have a big say in who controls the House …
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Gingrich Can't Figure Out Why Food Stamps Are Stimulative …
Discussion: CBS News, Firedoglake and CNN
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
NRA backs Democrats in key races, frustrating GOP
Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
New York Asks to Bar Use of Food Stamps to Buy Sodas  —  Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg sought federal permission on Wednesday to bar New York City's 1.7 million recipients of food stamps from using them to buy soda or other sugared drinks.  —  The request, made to the United States Department of Agriculture …
New York Times:
No Food Stamps for Sodas
Discussion: Opinion L.A. and YID With LID
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 …
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.
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.”
Discussion: TPMDC and The Political Carnival
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   O'Donnell asked for NRSC support at meeting with Cornyn
Aliyah Shahid / NY Daily News:
Naked Cowboy, Times Square staple, to run for President in 2012 as Tea Party candidate  —  Yee-huh?  —  The Naked Cowboy — Time Square's tighty-whitey wearing, guitar-toting tourist magnet — announced he's running for President in 2012... as a member of the Tea Party.
Discussion: Gothamist and The Reaction
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Tea Party Wants to Ambush More GOP Senators in 2012
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Obama Desperately Trying to Save His Own Senate Seat  —  (CNN) - Eager to prevent an embarrassing loss of his old Senate seat, President Obama is heading to Chicago Thursday for two fundraisers on behalf of Democratic Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias, and CNN has learned Obama …
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.
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 …
Jia Lynn Yang / Washington Post:
U.S. companies buy back stock in droves as they hold record levels of cash  —  For months, companies have been sitting on the sidelines with record piles of cash, too nervous to spend.  Now they're starting to deploy some of that money - not to hire workers or build factories, but to prop up their share prices.
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 …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Westboro Baptist Church politely shows the court how to be obnoxious.  —  Quick constitutional pop quiz: What do you hate?  (And by you, I mean you.)  —  If you answered: homosexuals, Jews, Catholics, the military, the pope, and more or less everyone except Fred Phelps …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Once Again- Greta Takes Down Gloria Allred: “You Know What Gloria... If You Can't Protect the Client You Shouldn't Do the Job” (Video)  —  Similar Situation - Similar Results  —  Greta Van Susteren and Gloria Allred went back at it tonight on FOX News.  Greta schooled the Brown supporter and democratic hack.
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Vargas Llosa Is Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature  —  The Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, whose deeply political work vividly examines the perils of power and corruption in Latin America, won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday.  —  Announcing the award in Stockholm …
Mark Levin / Facebook:
Media Matters: Criminal front group.  —  Who funds Media Matters?  Well, we know the loathsome George Soros was Media Matters' sugar daddy.  But it won't release its donor list, which it's not required to.  But it likes to play games with donor lists filed by others who are required to reveal names, like candidates.
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Jay Heflin / The Hill:
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Discussion: The Plum Line
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Jack Brammer / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
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Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Hide Him!
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Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
At this point during the 2008 presidential cycle, candidates …
Discussion: Don Surber and GOP 12
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Crist pledges to ‘crash that Tea Party in Washington’
Discussion: CNN
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