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7:55 PM ET, October 10, 2010

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N. Gregory Mankiw / New York Times:
I Can Afford Higher Taxes.  But They'll Make Me Work Less.  —  AN important issue dividing the political parties is whether to raise taxes on those earning more than $250,000 a year.  Democrats say these taxpayers can afford to chip in a bit more.  Republicans say raising taxes …
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Mankiw's Taxes  —  Greg Mankiw admits that he could afford to pay higher tax rates, but says that higher rates do affect his incentives to take on more work: … Do you see the card he palmed?  Basically, the effect of letting the Bush cuts expire is so tiny that the only way to make it noticeable …
Discussion: Emptywheel
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Karl Rove: Obama has an ‘enemies list’  —  Karl Rove charged Sunday that President Barack Obama has an “enemies list,” after the White House escalated its argument that Rove and others are orchestrating a flood of midterm-election ads paid for by unknown donors.
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Brad / Think Progress:
Gillespie Claims NY Times And Wash. Post Have ‘Refudiated’ ThinkProgress On Secret Corporate Spending  —  On Face the Nation this morning, host Bob Schieffer grilled both White House advisor David Axelrod and GOP strategist Ed Gillespie on the millions of dollars being secretly funneled …
CNN:
Axelrod signals White House opposition to foreclosure moratorium  —  Washington (CNN) — The Obama administration opposes a moratorium on home foreclosures, but wants problems involving improper paperwork resolved as quickly as possible, senior adviser David Axelrod said Sunday.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Raw Story
The Huffington Post:
DNC Makes Major Ad Buy Accusing Chamber Of Potentially ‘Stealing’ Election  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Ratcheting up the debate over the influence of outside groups in congressional elections, the Democratic National Committee has made a major ad purchase pushing the case that the November elections …
Jimmy So / CBS News:
Axelrod Hits Out at Foreign Money in Elections
Discussion: The Politico and The Daily Caller
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
No ‘brainwashing’ on homosexuality (Updated)  —  Carl Paladino, who's made a few stops in heavily religious Jewish areas of Brooklyn today, has said during at least one stop that he will veto a gay marriage bill if he is governor, a pledge he made on another visit with Orthodox Jews a few weeks ago.
New York Times:
Outraged, and Outrageous  —  Top row from left: RT America; Atlas Shrugs; ABC News; Atlas Shrugs.  Second row: Fox News; Canadian Broadcasting Company; Atlas Shrugs; MSNBC.  Third row: CNN; Atlas Shrugs (Three photos).  Bottom Row: CBS NEWS; CNN; Atlas Shrugs (2 photos).
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Number of Competitive House Races Doubles from Recent Years  —  The House forecast that we released on Friday establishes an over-under line for Republican gains at a net of 47 or 48 seats.  But, as I noted at the end of the article, the confidence interval on this forecast is very wide.
Emptywheel:
Remember cramdown?  It was a proposed change to bankruptcy law that would have allowed judges to modify the mortgages on primary homes for people entering bankruptcy.  Supporters of the change argued that cramdown would provide an important stick to force lenders into modifying loans …
Discussion: Grasping Reality … and Corrente
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Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Government had been warned for months about troubles in mortgage servicer industry
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Ian M. / Think Progress:
After Embracing Privatizers, Tenthers, Tea Partiers, & An Ex-Witch, Cantor Distances GOP From Nazi Reenactor  —  Appearing today on Fox News Sunday, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) finally revealed just how extreme a GOP candidate needs to be in order to be rejected by their party leadership.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE GOP TO LOVE OBAMA IN 2026.... In light of the news that Democrats love to see former President Bill Clinton out on the campaign trail, while former President George W. Bush keeps a much lower profile, it's almost amusing to see Republicans decide maybe the Big Dog wasn't so bad after all.
Discussion: Ballot Box and Associated Press
ABCNEWS:
‘This Week’ Transcript: McMahon, Blumenthal, Lagarde and Musharraf  —  AMANPOUR (voice-over): Welcome to viewers here and around the world.  I'm Christiane Amanpour.  And at the top of the news this week, a “This Week” exclusive, inside North Korea, Bob Woodruff from Pyongyang …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Washington Post:
Beyond the tea party: What Americans really think of government  —  If there is an overarching theme of election 2010, it is the question of how big the government should be and how far it should reach into people's lives.  —  Americans have a more negative view of government today than they did a decade ago, or even a few years ago.
Associated Press:
‘SNL’ hits O'Donnell again  —  WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — “Saturday Night Live” has taken another jab at Christine O'Donnell - and the Delaware Senate candidate says the riff on her recent television campaign ad “was really funny.”  —  In the ad that debuted this week, O'Donnell tells the camera, “I'm not a witch.”
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Jerry Brown: Mammograms not effective  —  Smelling blood after a Jerry Brown associate used the word “whore” in connection with Meg Whitman's campaign strategy, Republican sources have provided a 15-year-old video of the Democratic gubernatorial hopeful dismissing mammograms in an old interview.
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Jeff Dunetz / YID With LID:
Jerry Brown “There Is No Evidence That Mammograms Are Effective”
Discussion: theblogprof, Moe Lane and GayPatriot
 
 
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Nick Cohen / Guardian:
How radical Islam seduced the academics | Nick Cohen
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CNN:
8 arrested in string of anti-gay hate crimes in New York
Associated Press:
Jobs crisis extends to unemployed, lawmakers
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Ed Carson / Investor's Business Daily:
U.S. Won't Recover Lost Jobs Until March 2020 At Current Pace
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SUSAN COLLINS ON ‘DIVISIVENESS’.... Sen. Susan Collins (R) …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Balloon Juice
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Specialists' Help at Court Can Come With a Catch
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Darren Goode / The Hill:
Giannoulias, Kirk attack each other's integrity in Sunday morning TV debate
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Mr. Wen confesses  —  ON THE MATTER of its overvalued currency …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Van Hollen brushes off members' ads that seek distance from Obama, Pelosi
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
Lethal Force Under Law
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Russ Feingold and his GOP challenger Ron Johnson answer a question …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Melena Ryzik / New York Times:
Reverend Billy's Revelation: A Role for Money
Discussion: Power Line and Boing Boing