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7:15 PM ET, October 9, 2010

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Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Oh, Dear: Blumenthal Does Know How To Create Jobs  —  And he's created them — through his lawsuits.  —  “Businesses welcome them.”  —  Linda McMahon, your next commercial is waiting.  —  Thanks to Laura “Shanty Trollop” W.  —  Add-on from lauraw: I recently saw Linda McMahon …
Discussion: Moe Lane and Maggie's Farm
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:   Scott Brown to Connecticut
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 …
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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.
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.
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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CNN:
Angle: Two American cities under Sharia law  —  (CNN) - Nevada GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle told a crowd of Tea Party rally-goers last week that two cities — Dearborn, Michigan and Frankford, Texas — are under Sharia law, the sacred law of Islam.  —  “We're talking about a militant …
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 …
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
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Marine Who Has Barney Frank Worried  —  In a district where Scott Brown won, Sean Bielat mounts a serious challenge.  —  Fall River, Mass.  —  'I don't consider myself a tea party candidate," Sean Bielat tells me over dinner. “  I don't know what it means.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and sisu
Brian Doherty / Hit & Run:
Baby Snatching: It's Hilarious When We Just Don't Like Their Kind  —  A fascinating culture-war blog entry plus comments at Wonkette, well worth reading for people confused as hell as why Sarah Palin is able to succeed selling a sense of “they hate us but really we are more than OK” to lots of Americans.
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.
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Obama hits links for 52nd golf day  —  President Obama hit the golf course Saturday for what, by CBS News' Mark Knoller's calculation, was his 52nd such outing since taking office.  —  According to the White House pool report, Obama went golfing Saturday with his usual partners …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
John Markoff / New York Times:
Google Cars Drive Themselves, in Traffic  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Anyone driving the twists of Highway 1 between San Francisco and Los Angeles recently may have glimpsed a Toyota Prius with a curious funnel-like cylinder on the roof.  Harder to notice was that the person at the wheel was not actually driving.
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Vilified or Not, Pelosi Insists She's Winning  —  SAN FRANCISCO — While polls were showing her to be among the country's most disliked politicians, Democrats were ducking her on the campaign trail and the Republican Party chairman was riding around in a “Fire Pelosi!” bus, the speaker of the House was checking out mattresses.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Conspiracy theorists find validation from Glenn Beck  —  Glenn Beck has a friend in California.  —  “I would've never started watching Fox News if it wasn't for the fact that Beck was on there,” says this friend, Byron Williams.  “And it was the things he did, it was the things he exposed, that blew my mind.”
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Atlantic Online
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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Mark Knoller / CBS News:
Obama Casts Republicans as Slurpee Sippers
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Macroeconomics: Can Anyone Play This Game?
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Timothy F. Geithner / Washington Post:
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner tackles five myths about TARP
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Policy at Its Worst  —  We can go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Constellation Energy shelves plan for Calvert Cliffs reactor
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John Mangels / Metro:
Kent State tape indicates altercation and pistol fire preceded …
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’
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Darlene Superville / ABCNEWS:
Obama: GOP Plan to Cut Funding Will Hurt Education
Sarah Wheaton / New York Times:
Voting Test Falls Victim to Hackers
Alan Rappeport / Financial Times:
Summers calls for infrastructure spending