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10:45 PM ET, October 9, 2010

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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.
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 …
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Humberto Fontova / Townhall.com:
Che Guevara; Guerrilla Doofus and Murdering Coward  —  Forty three years ago this week, Ernesto “Che” Guevara got a major dose of his own medicine.  Without trial he was declared a murderer, stood against a wall and shot.  Historically speaking, justice has rarely been better served.
Discussion: Power Line
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 says just soooooo true? … He's absolutely correct because there were many people …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
‘Professional left’ says Obama's needling strategy won't work  —  High-profile liberals say President Obama's attempts to badger Democrats into voting will not work this November.  —  Jane Hamsher, founder of the blog FireDogLake.com, told The Hill in an email Friday that the strategy …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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Anthony York / PolitiCal:
Jerry Brown announces NOW endorsement one day after Meg Whitman slur
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
Mark Knoller / CBS News:
Obama Casts Republicans as Slurpee Sippers  —  To hear President Obama tell it, Slurpees are the beverage of choice of obstructionist Republicans.  —  In each of 20 political speeches over the last two months, Mr. Obama has included a riff in which he portrays GOP leaders as sipping Slurpees …
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.
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
Toledo Blade:
Iott's Nazi re-enactments gain national attention  —  Republican U.S. House candidate Rich Iott received national attention Friday night he didn't seek.  —  Mr. Iott appears dressed in a Nazi uniform, along with several other men, in a photo that accompanies the lead item on theatlantic.com.
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.
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
China, Angered by Peace Prize, Blocks Celebration  —  BEIJING — The banquet organized Friday night to celebrate the news that the jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo had won the Nobel Peace Prize was over before it began.  —  While the two dozen bloggers, rights lawyers and academics …
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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Bshaw / Orlando Sentinel:
Cook Report moves Grayson race to ‘leans Republican’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal Online:
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Marine Who Has Barney Frank Worried
Discussion: The Last Tradition and sisu
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Conspiracy theorists find validation from Glenn Beck
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
Washington Post:
Momentum builds for full moratorium on foreclosures
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
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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’
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Sarah Wheaton / New York Times:
Voting Test Falls Victim to Hackers