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9:25 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
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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Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Judge Rules Health Law Is Constitutional  —  A federal judge in Michigan on Thursday dismissed one of more than 15 legal challenges to the new health care law, becoming the first to rule that the law is constitutional.  —  Two other cases with higher profiles, one in Florida and one in Virginia …
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Michigan District Court Upholds Individual Mandate Against Challenge …
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.
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New York Times:
Nobel Peace Prize Given to Jailed Chinese Dissident  —  BEIJING — Liu Xiaobo, an impassioned literary critic, political essayist and democracy advocate repeatedly jailed by the Chinese government for his writings, won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in recognition of …
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Tania Branigan / Guardian:   Nobel peace prize goes to jailed Chinese dissident
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.
Discussion: Clusterstock and Calculated Risk
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Washington Post:
Reston-based company MERS in the middle of foreclosure chaos
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Why President Obama is Not Signing H.R. 3808  —  Today, the White House announced that President Obama will not sign H.R. 3808, the Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act of 2010, and will return the bill to the House of Representatives.  The Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act …
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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: Ben Smith's Blog
Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
Christie Halts Train Tunnel, Citing Its Cost  —  The largest public transit project in the nation, a commuter train tunnel under the Hudson River connecting New Jersey to Manhattan, was halted on Thursday by Gov. Chris Christie because, he said, the state could not afford its share of the project's rising cost.
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CNN:
N.J. governor kills Hudson River tunnel project
Discussion: New York Magazine
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
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.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Plouffe: Centrist Republicans considering a run should have their head examined
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Commentary
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 …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Christine O'Donnell's Second Ad Debuts  —  I liked Christine O'Donnell's opening ad line of “I'm not a witch,” for lumping all of the criticism of O'Donnell together and labeling it with the wackiest and most ridiculous one.  —  Here's the follow-up, which . . . well, decide for yourself.
Fhardingj / CNN:
O'Donnell on the Maher tapes: 'I'm not saying that I'm prou...'  —  Wilmington, Delaware (CNN) - Delaware Republican senate candidate Christine O'Donnell says she's “matured” since her now well-known appearances on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher back in the 1990's.
Discussion: The Politico and newsfeed.time.com
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Jim Acosta / CNN:
O'Donnell to CNN: 'I've matured'
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 …
Paul Bedard / US News:
Sarah Palin Takes A Big Step Toward 2012 Run for President  —  Former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is raising new speculation in conservative circles that she is already preparing for a 2012 presidential bid.  In the latest and clearest example of her plans …
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 …
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
Quinnipiac University:
Despite Anger At D.C., Dems Lead In All New York Races, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Women Propel Gillibrand To Double-Digit Lead  —  Democrats are surging in all New York statewide races as little-known Republican candidates struggle for name recognition, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
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
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 …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Betsy's Page
WTOP.com:
Three dozen fall ill at Obama rally in Md.  —  BOWIE, Md. - About three dozen people have been treated for illness during a rally featuring President Obama at Bowie State University.  —  Prince George's County Fire and EMS spokesman Mark Brady tells WTOP numerous ambulances have been sent …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner: Voters need a new GOP majority in Congress  —  Voters need a new party in control of the Congress to stand up to President Obama and address the nation's problems, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) will say Friday.  —  Boehner, the lawmaker who would likely become House speaker under …
Discussion: The Politico
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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Fox News:
Postal Union Election Delayed After Ballots Lost in the Mail
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Cahill files lawsuit alleging dirty political tricks in Mass.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Some in G.O.P. Find Soft Spot for Bill Clinton
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Balloon Juice
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Can Democrats spring an upset in Texas governor's race?
James Risen / New York Times:
Inquiry Finds Guards at U.S. Bases Are Tied to Taliban
Discussion: Cheat Sheet
Doug / RADAR:
EXCLUSIVE: Eliot Spitzer's Madam Says Former NY Gov Looks …
Discussion: Don Surber, Mediaite and Big Hollywood
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
72,000 stimulus payments went to dead people
Discussion: Power Line
The White House:
Statement by the President on the Intelligence Authorization Act
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Sudeep Reddy / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Officials Mull Inflation as a Fix
Discussion: protein wisdom
Sady Doyle / The Atlantic Online:
Does ‘It Gets Better’ Make Life Better for Gay Teens?
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
RNC falls short of fundraising target with $9.7 million brought in for September
Discussion: The Politico
Paul Krugman:
Transit Economics  —  The usual suspects on the comment board are …
Discussion: Modeled Behavior and Eschaton
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
Sound The Sharia Alarm! Campbell's Makes Halal Soups
Discussion: Creeping Sharia, Wonkette and Salon
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Connecticut down on Lieberman  —  There's one thing Democrats …