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12:30 PM ET, October 7, 2010


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Mike Allen / The Politico:
GOP casting call: ‘hicky’ W.Va. look  —  A new Republican ad that shows a couple of guys at the counter of a diner, wearing ball caps and plaid shirts as they take shots at West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D), was shot with actors, from a script, in Philadelphia.
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,” …
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 …
Discussion: National Review and protein wisdom
Michelle Malkin:
What the hell: How stealth banking bailout reached Obama's desk
Discussion: Open Congress
Joe Weisenthal / Clusterstock:   Senate Shockingly Passes Bill That Could Bail The Banks Out Of Foreclosure-Gate
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
The Atlantic Online:
Santorum Forums Iowa PAC  —  He's serious, folks.  Former Senator Rick Santorum is abetting speculation that he's planning a presidential run 2012 in a serious way.  Today, he's formed a political action committee in Iowa, called the Iowa Keystone Political Action Committee …
Discussion: Oliver Willis and GOP 12
Los Angeles Times:
Obama reshapes administration for a fresh strategy
Discussion: Parker Spitzer
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
2012 Watch: Santorum opens up PAC in Iowa
Discussion: The Politico
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
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 …
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
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
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Rand Paul: I Really Meant It When I Said Let's Have A $2,000 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
The U.S. Department of Labor:
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 …
Falk / The Investigative Project on Terrorism:
CAIR, Academic Scheme to Inflate Book Sales  —  University of Chicago political scientist Robert Pape, whose research finds religious extremism has a limited role in suicide bombings, is working secretly with a suspected Hamas front to pump up sales of his new book, the Investigative Project on Terrorism has learned.
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Breyer Says U.S. Supreme Court Doesn't Have Pro-Business Slant  —  Justice Stephen Breyer rejected the notion that the U.S. Supreme Court has a pro-business slant and said the court doesn't rule in favor of companies any more frequently than it has historically.
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 …
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 …
Federal subpoenas issued in John Edwards investigation  —  john edwards, rielle hunter, local/state  —  RALEIGH (WTVD) — The ABC11 Eyewitness News I-Team has learned federal prosecutors in Raleigh have issued a new round of subpoenas in their investigation of former NC Senator John Edwards.
Discussion: ABCNEWS, TalkLeft and Ben Smith's Blog
Timothy P. Carney / Associated Press:
Murkowski's ‘Alaska Mafia’ and the public dole  —  Once insurgent conservative Joe Miller knocked off moderate Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska's Senate primary, almost all Beltway Republicans lined up behind Miller.  But thanks to Alaska's unique political culture, there is a small cadre …
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Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
At this point during the 2008 presidential cycle, candidates …
Discussion: GOP 12
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Crist pledges to ‘crash that Tea Party in Washington’
Discussion: CNN
Ben Smith / The Politico:
David Axelrod, Elie Wiesel lament fanaticism
Discussion: Commentary and TPMCafe