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6:55 AM ET, October 8, 2010

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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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Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Michigan District Court Upholds Individual Mandate Against Challenge by the Thomas More Law Center  —  Michigan federal district Judge George Caram Steeh just issued an opinion upholding the Obama health care plan's individual mandate against a challenge by the conservative Thomas More Law Center …
Kevin Sack / New York Times:   Judge Rules Health Law Is Constitutional
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 …
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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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama to Pocket-Veto Bill That Might Make It Easier to Foreclose on Homes
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.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and GayPatriot
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sharron Angle ad: Harry Reid gives Viagra to predators  —  Nevada Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle is out with a harsh new ad Thursday, accusing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of approving funds to give Viagra to child molesters.  —  The ad begins with Angle and her husband walking hand …
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
New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie to kill N.Y.-N.J. rail tunnel project
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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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
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
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 …
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 …
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
72,000 stimulus payments went to dead people  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 89,000 stimulus payments of $250 each went to people who were either dead or in prison, a government investigator says in a new report.  —  The payments, which were part of last year's massive economic recovery package …
Discussion: Power Line
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Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Stimulus Checks Sent to the Dead
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
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: POWIP, Clusterstock and Don Surber
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
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 …
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
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.
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
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
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 …
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
Alex Leary / The Buzz:
Sierra Club endorses Crist and Meek, and Meek says no thanks  —  Because Democrats aren't conflicted enough over Kendrick Meek and Charlie Crist ... the Sierra Club said today it is endorsing both of them.  (News release below.)  —  UPDATE: Meek says no thanks.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Gallup:
Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment at 10.1% in September  —  Underemployment, at 18.8%, is up from 18.6% at the end of August  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, increased to 10.1% in September — up sharply from 9.3% in August and 8.9% in July.
 
 
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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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Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
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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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