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1:20 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 …
Jeremy P. Jacobs / Hotline On Call:
NRSC Pulling Controversial West Virginia Ad  —  The NRSC is pulling its controversial West Virginia Senate ad that features actors posing as native West Virginians.  —  GOP sources said they expect the ad to be taken down in light of new reports that it was filmed in Philadelphia …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   O'Donnell asked for NRSC support at meeting with Cornyn
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,” …
Michelle Malkin:
What the hell: How stealth banking bailout reached Obama's desk  —  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 in the legislative rush before Congress adjourned for the midterm election break.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Open Congress
The Huffington Post:
White House Has ‘Concerns’ About Notarization Bill Seen As Foreclosure Cover
Joe Weisenthal / Clusterstock:   Senate Shockingly Passes Bill That Could Bail The Banks Out Of Foreclosure-Gate
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 …
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 Pershing / Washington Post:
NRA backs Democrats in key races, frustrating GOP  —  Not a lot of things have gone the Democrats' way this year, but dozens of their House candidates are getting a late boost from an unusual source: the National Rifle Association.  —  So far this year, the NRA has endorsed 58 incumbent House Democrats …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: ArtsBeat, Prairie Weather and alicublog
Associated Press:
Mario Vargas Llosa Wins Nobel Literature Prize
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
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.
Discussion:, The Awl and Wonkette
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.
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.
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Sarah Palin Favorable Rating Just 22 Percent  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Sarah Palin is viewed unfavorably by nearly 50 percent of Americans, a new CBS News poll finds …
Agence France Presse:
No talk of US-Cuba prisoner swap: US senator  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) - A top US senator just back from a five-day visit to Cuba to meet with officials there said he did not believe there was any chance of a prisoner swap between the United States and its communist neighbor.
Discussion: The Hill
Jack Brammer / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
As Kentucky Senate race tightens, Bill Clinton to campaign  —  FRANKFORT, Ky. — With some recent polls suggesting the Kentucky Senate race is a statisitical dead heat, former President Bill Clinton scheduled to visit Kentucky to campaign for Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Jack Conway.
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
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 …
Discussion: Politics Daily
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Crist pledges to ‘crash that Tea Party in Washington’  —  Gov. Charlie Crist (I) and Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) were on the attack during a debate in Florida's three-way Senate race Wednesday night, with most of their fire aimed at Republican Marco Rubio, who holds a double-digit lead in recent polls.
Discussion: CNN
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
At this point during the 2008 presidential cycle, candidates like John McCain and Mitt Romney were already jockeying for position and building their campaign teams, each attempting to sign the most talented operatives before the other guy did.  —  That is less the case in the current cycle …
Discussion: Don Surber and GOP 12
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: HotAirPundit
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.
Daniel J. Solove / The Huffington Post:
The Clementi Suicide, Privacy, and How We Are Failing Generation Google  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  The tragic suicide of Tyler Clementi has been raising awareness of the profound issue of privacy and young people.  Two students, Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei, have been criminally charged …
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Hide Him!  —  So much for “getting out there more” — which Democratic leaders allegedly implored the president to do.  In fact, Obama is avoiding big campaign events and swing-state districts for fear of burying those in his party who still have a fighting chance.
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 …
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