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1:55 PM ET, October 10, 2010

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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 …
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Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Government had been warned for months about troubles in mortgage servicer industry  —  Consumer advocates and lawyers warned federal officials in recent years that the U.S. foreclosure system was designed to seize people's homes as fast as possible, often without regard to the rights of homeowners.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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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Mark Townsend / Guardian:
English Defence League forges links with America's Tea Party  —  As the far-right group marches in Leicester, details are emerging of growing contacts with extremist US groups in a 'war on Islamification"  —  The English Defence League, a far-right grouping aimed at combating the …
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.”
Discussion: CNN and Gateway Pundit
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: GayPatriot and Moe Lane
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 …
Sebastian Thrun / The Official Google Blog:
What we're driving at  —  Larry and Sergey founded Google because they wanted to help solve really big problems using technology.  And one of the big problems we're working on today is car safety and efficiency.  Our goal is to help prevent traffic accidents, free up people's …
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Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Outflanked on Right, Coulter Seeks New Image  —  “I WROTE a new speech for the gays and I don't have it memorized yet!” said Ann Coulter, as she ducked into a hallway in the Union Square apartment of the venture capitalist Peter Thiel on a recent Saturday night, flicking a half-empty packet of Habitrol gum between her fingers.
Darren Goode / The Hill:
Giannoulias, Kirk attack each other's integrity in Sunday morning TV debate  —  Both Illinois Senate candidates attacked each other's honesty and integrity in a televised debate Sunday in their high-profile race to fill the seat left open by President Barack Obama.
Discussion: CNN
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
‘Professional left’ says Obama's needling strategy to get voters out 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 …
 
 
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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
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New York Times:
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Russ Feingold and his GOP challenger Ron Johnson answer a question …
Discussion: The Other McCain
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Conspiracy theorists find validation from Glenn Beck
Discussion: Washington Monthly