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10:40 AM ET, October 9, 2010

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Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Why is This GOP House Candidate Dressed as a Nazi?  —  An election year already notable for its menagerie of extreme and unusual candidates can add another one: Rich Iott, the Republican nominee for Congress from Ohio's 9th District, and a Tea Party favorite, who for years donned …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Activism of Thomas's Wife Could Raise Judicial Issues  —  RICHMOND, Va. — As one of the keynote speakers here Friday at a state convention billed as the largest Tea Party event ever, Virginia Thomas gave the throng of more than 2,000 activists a full-throated call to arms for conservative principles.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
President Loses ‘Iron Hand,’ Gains Donilon  —  The key to understanding why President Obama picked deputy National Security Adviser Tom Donilon to replace Gen. James Jones has three grooves: one, Donilon is a civilian policy wonk loyal to the President who has been involved in every facet …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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The Huffington Post:
Tom Donilon Would Be A ‘Disaster’ …
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Caucus
Fred Kaplan / Slate:   Why no one will miss Jim Jones, the departing national security adviser.
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
National security shuffle: Jones out, Donilon in
The Politico:
James Jones never made it to President Obama's inner circle
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and CNN
New York Times:
Civilian Replaces General in Key Foreign Policy Job
Discussion: Nice Deb and National Review
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Projected Republican Gains Approach 50 House Seats  —  It has become fashionable to speak of a Democratic comeback, but we're not really seeing one in our forecasting models.  Certainly there are some individual races — particularly on the East and West Coasts, as well as some gubernatorial contests outside …
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Ted Sherman / New Jersey Online:
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie agrees to reconsider Hudson River tunnel project  —  TRENTON — A day after Gov. Chris Christie axed the $8.7 billion Hudson River rail tunnel project over its soaring costs, a reprieve of sorts was granted.  —  Following a meeting in Trenton this afternoon …
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Christie Helped Lose Grant for Schools, Ex-Official Says
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
Christie to Review Options on Tunnel
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Was Bush better president than Obama?  —  (CNN) - Americans are divided over whether President Barack Obama or his predecessor has performed better in the White House, according to a new national poll.  —  And a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday also indicates …
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Autria Thuman / FoxNews.com:
Bush: Elites “Didn't Think I Could Read a Book, Much Less Write One”
Michael Shain / New York Post:
CNN courts Couric  —  Tweet  —  Friends of Katie Couric are saying the chances of her remaining at CBS are getting slimmer.  —  CNN appears especially eager to sign Couric now that the new show starring ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer is off to a stumbling start.  —  Jeff Bewkes, the CEO …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Obama says GOP wants to ‘cut education by 20 percent’  —  President Obama pitched education initiatives and funding as key to preparing kids for the jobs of the future, and accused congressional Republicans of standing in the way of goals to graduate more students from college.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Darlene Superville / ABCNEWS:
Obama Hits GOP Proposal to Cut Education Spending  —  Obama promotes learning agenda, says he won't 'shortchange our children's education' like GOP  —  Offering voters a reason to keep Democrats in power on Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama says Republicans would cut education spending …
Discussion: The Politico
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Johnson nets savings on prison labor  —  Republican Senate candidate Ron Johnson, who has campaigned against government subsidies to business, employs up to nine prison inmates at his plastics factories whose health care costs are paid by the state, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Daily Kos
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Rock-Throwing Palestinian Boy Hit by Car in Jerusalem  —  A group of masked boys converge on a car and begin throwing rocks at it in Jerusalem.  In the midst of the chaos, the car up-ends one of the rock-throwers and speeds off.  —  This website uses IntenseDebate comments …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Sarah Wheaton / New York Times:
Voting Test Falls Victim to Hackers  —  Hackers infiltrated the District of Columbia's online voting system last week.  They changed all votes for mayor to Master Control Pro and elected HAL 9000 the council chairman.  The blaring University of Michigan fight song played whenever a new ballot was successfully cast.
John Dickerson / CBS News:
Harry Reid Pleads with Nevada: Remember All I've Done  —  This post originally appeared on Slate.  —  RENO, Nev.— It used to be that if you needed to get a divorce, you came here.  Harry Reid came to Reno to stop one.  Nevada voters want a split from the Senate majority leader …
Mike / Rortybomb:
Foreclosure Fraud For Dummies, 1: The Chains and the Stakes  —  The current wave of foreclosure fraud and the consequences for the economy are difficult to follow.  As such, I'm going to write a few posts to simplify what is going on so you can follow stories as they unfold.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
In spiked Vanity Fair piece, Jewish leaders worry about Obama  —  Prominent American Jewish leaders cast doubt on President Obama's policy in the Middle East in a long article posted today on Huffington Post by the writers Ed Klein and Richard Chesnoff.  —  The most striking material is from the Anti-Defamation League's Abe Foxman:
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Alan Rappeport / Financial Times:
Summers calls for infrastructure spending  —  Larry Summers, the outgoing director of the White House National Economic Council, said the US must ramp up spending on domestic infrastructure to drive the economic recovery.  —  Speaking at the Financial Times's View from the Top conference in New York …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Sarah Palin speaks to electability issue  —  Speaking to a group of well-connected Republicans at a private dinner in Florida this week, Sarah Palin implicitly addressed questions about her own electability by noting that critics also said Ronald Reagan couldn't win in 1980, three attendees told POLITICO.
 
 
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Slate:
Who Gets To Be a Feminist?
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Steven Jiang / CNN:
China blanks Nobel Peace prize searches
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Government spending rises 9%
Orange County Register:
Donna Brazille: Mystery funds undermine democracy
Discussion: sisu
Jeremy P. Jacobs / Hotline On Call:
DSCC Moving Money Out of Missouri
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
'Dick Blumenthal Can't Create Jobs.'
Discussion: Hot Air and Moe Lane
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Jarrett at gay rights gala draws rebuke from 'Don't ask, don't tell' opponents
Bloomberg:
LaHood Weighs Urging Ban on All Driver Phone Use in Cars
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 Earlier Items: 
Marist Poll:
10/8: Obama Approval Rating at 43%, but Majority of Voters Confident …
Discussion: The Hill
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Ohio AG Cordray: “What We're Seeing is a Systematic Fraud on the Courts of Ohio”
Dan Alban / The Daily Caller:
The IRS and the latest licensing outrage
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Wall Street Journal:
The Cap-and-Trade Crackup  —  A Virginia Democrat with a 'safe …
Discussion: Power Line and Shopfloor
Scott Baker / The Blaze:
GLENN BECK REVEALS HE'LL UNDERGO MEDICAL TESTS FOR COMBINATION OF CONDITIONS