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4:05 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.
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.”
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
The Other Jerry Brown Insult: Police Chiefs Don't Read  —  Jerry Brown was caught on audio agreeing with an aide who called Meg Whitman a “whore.”  (Audio below at 1:55)  —  Understandably, all the attention is focused on the “whore” comment.  But there was another Brown insult which has not received any attention.
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 …
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.
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
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Policy at Its Worst  —  We can go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and threaten to blow Iran off the face of the planet.  We can conduct a nonstop campaign of drone and helicopter attacks in Pakistan and run a network of secret prisons around the world.  We are the mightiest nation mankind has ever seen.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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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 …
Imre Beke Jr / New York Post:
Portrait of endangered NY Democrat  —  Tweet  —  For a sense of how big the Republican wave may be on Election Day, consider a normally safe Northeastern Democrat — Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-Ulster), a liberal who's held the seat since 1992 and never faced serious opposition.
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
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 …
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
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
National security shuffle: Jones out, Donilon in
Timothy F. Geithner / Washington Post:
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner tackles five myths about TARP  —  Born at the peak of the financial crisis in 2008, the Troubled Asset Relief Program expired last week, ending what was perhaps the most maligned yet most effective government program in recent memory.
Discussion: Economist's View
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Government spending rises 9%
Discussion: WhoSaidYouSaid and GayPatriot
 
 
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John Mangels / Metro:
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Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Weekly Address: Strengthening Education, Not Cutting It
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Obama says GOP wants to ‘cut education by 20 percent’
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Darlene Superville / ABCNEWS:
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Orange County Register:
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