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8:45 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 …
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
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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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
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: newsfeed.time.com
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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.
Discussion: Hot Air, American Power and Weigel
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Plouffe: Centrist Republicans considering a run should have their head examined  —  Centrist Republican candidates thinking of running for office should “have [their] head examined,” President Obama's top political strategist said Thursday.  —  Obama's 2008 presidential campaign manager …
Discussion: CNN
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Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
David Plouffe on Sarah Palin: 'We won't get that lucky'
Discussion: CBS News
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
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
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
James Risen / New York Times:
Inquiry Finds Guards at U.S. Bases Are Tied to Taliban  —  WASHINGTON — Afghan private security forces with ties to the Taliban, criminal networks and Iranian intelligence have been hired to guard American military bases in Afghanistan, exposing United States soldiers to surprise attack …
Discussion: Cheat Sheet
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
Burn your VFW cards; Vote Vets runs VFW - PAC????  (UPDATE 2)  —  UPDATE 2 AT BOTTOM  —  Last night, we received an interesting email from Bev Perlson, who heads the Band of Mothers group.  She's got an awesome email list that is good for keeping up on what's going on around the country.
Sady Doyle / The Atlantic Online:
Does ‘It Gets Better’ Make Life Better for Gay Teens?  —  At first glance, it seems impossible that any reasonable person could have a problem with the It Gets Better project.  The outreach campaign, started by writer Dan Savage, is a wonderful thing; it's a series of brief …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Some in G.O.P. Find Soft Spot for Bill Clinton  —  WASHINGTON — Many Republicans with a deep animus for President Obama find their hearts aflutter with the memory of a former leader.  He was a compassionate conservative, a guy who cared about free trade, a man who reached across the aisle.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Balloon Juice
Paul Krugman:
Transit Economics  —  The usual suspects on the comment board are, inevitably, arguing that rail transit should pay for itself.  The obvious response is that road transit doesn't; why should only public transit have to self-finance, when private vehicles generally drive on free roads built and maintained out of taxes?
Discussion: Eschaton
 
 
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The White House:
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Sudeep Reddy / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Officials Mull Inflation as a Fix
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
RNC falls short of fundraising target with $9.7 million brought in for September
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Alex Leary / The Buzz:
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Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
Sound The Sharia Alarm! Campbell's Makes Halal Soups
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Paul Vitello / New York Times:
200-Year-Old Echoes in Muslim Center Uproar
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Connecticut down on Lieberman  —  There's one thing Democrats …
Ezra Klein:
Rep. Brad Miller: ‘There is no chance that Congress would pass more TARP’
Stephen George / Nashville Scene:
U.S. Department of Justice visitors tell Muslims they have their …
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