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2:15 PM 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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Democrat Bastions Besieged by GOP  —  Republican challengers are suddenly threatening once-safe Democrats in New England and the Northwest, expanding the terrain for potential GOP gains and raising the party's hopes for a significant victory in next month's elections.
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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 …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Rush Limbaugh says there will never be equality because:"some people are just born to be slaves"  —  How dare you say there's racism in the Teabircher movement?  I'm so offended by that notion.  Isn't what Rush Limbaugh just soooooo true? … He's absolutely correct because there were many people that were born slaves in America.
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.
New York Times:
Lured Into a Trap, Then Tortured for Being Gay  —  He was told there was a party at a brick house on Osborne Place, a quiet block set on a steep hill in the Bronx.  He showed up last Sunday night as instructed, with plenty of cans of malt liquor.  What he walked into was not a party at all …
Anthony York / PolitiCal:
Jerry Brown announces NOW endorsement one day after Meg Whitman slur  —  Jerry Brown announced he has received the endorsement of the National Organization for Women, less than 24 hours after the emergence of a recorded message in which Brown can be heard in a conversation with advisors in which someone calls Whitman a “whore.”
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 …
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The Huffington Post:
Tom Donilon Would Be A ‘Disaster’ …
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Caucus
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
National security shuffle: Jones out, Donilon in
Fred Kaplan / Slate:   Why no one will miss Jim Jones, the departing national security adviser.
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 …
Washington Post:
Momentum builds for full moratorium on foreclosures  —  Senior Obama administration officials said Friday that a nationwide moratorium on foreclosure sales may be inevitable, despite their grave reservations about the impact a broad freeze would have on the nation's housing market and economic recovery.
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Scott Brown to Connecticut  —  (Updated 1:23 p.m. ET with Blumenthal campaign response)  —  (CNN) - Connecticut Republican Senate nominee Linda McMahon is getting a little extra help from Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown.  —  The two will hold a rally Saturday afternoon …
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Constellation Energy shelves plan for Calvert Cliffs reactor  —  Constellation Energy has shelved its proposal to build a new reactor at its Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant, Obama administration officials said Friday, even though the administration had decided to award the project a $7.5 billion loan guarantee.
Discussion: The Hill and The Volokh Conspiracy
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 Mangels / Metro:
Kent State tape indicates altercation and pistol fire preceded National Guard shootings (audio)  —  KENT, Ohio — A noisy, violent altercation and four pistol shots took place about 70 seconds before Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on antiwar protesters at Kent State University …
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Topic of Foreign Money in U.S. Races Hits Hustings  —  WASHINGTON — Ever since he raised the issue in his State of the Union speech nearly nine months ago — prompting head-shaking by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. of the Supreme Court — President Obama has been warning about the danger …
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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