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10:00 AM ET, October 12, 2010


 Top Items: 
Foreign Money Flowing Into Campaign?  —  President Obama, Democrats Say There's Foreign Influence in Election, Scant Evidence to Prove Claims  —  To many Democrats, the accusation by President Obama and other party leaders that foreign money might be bank rolling some pro-Republican political …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Axelrod to US Chamber: What Are You Hiding That You Don't Want …
Los Angeles Times:
Some Democrats uneasy with attacks on Chamber of Commerce
Discussion: Don Surber and Oliver Willis
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Obama Loses Support in Poll as Joblessness Prompts Growing U.S. Discontent  —  Hope has turned to doubt and disenchantment for almost half of President Barack Obama's supporters.  —  More than 4 of 10 likely voters who say they once considered themselves Obama backers now are either less supportive …
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Republicans Prove Unpopular With Voters Against Obama in Poll
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gallup poll shows GOP isn't losing steam with likely voters
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Offering Donors Secrecy, and Going on Attack  —  The American Future Fund has spent millions on campaign advertising, taking on Democratic candidates like Rep. Bruce Braley.  —  Multimedia  —  Graphic  —  Behind Attack Ads, Hints of a Pattern  —  The latest on President Obama …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
For Democrats, Even ‘Safe’ Seats Are Shaky  —  ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio — Republicans are expanding the battle for the House into districts that Democrats had once considered relatively safe, while Democrats began a strategy of triage on Monday to fortify candidates who they believe stand the best chance of survival.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH.... Alabama Senator Richard Shelby (R) has refused to allow a vote on Peter Diamond's nomination to the board of governors of the Federal Reserve.  As far as the conservative lawmaker is concerned, MIT's Diamond, among the most accomplished economists of his generation, lacks the necessary qualifications.
Discussion: New York Times
Scott / Power Line:
The Stanford Daily's Two Minute Hate  —  Victor Davis Hanson recently noted some of the ironies and absurdities of the regime of affirmative action enforced in American institutions of higher learning.  The rationale of the affirmative action regime is of course “diversity.”  Regarding this rationale, Hanson wrote:
Discussion: Stanford Daily and F i a t Lux
Wall Street Journal:
Wall Street Pay: A Record $144 Billion  —  Financial Overhaul Has Affected Structure but Not Level; Revenue-to-Compensation Ratio Stays Flat  —  Pay on Wall Street is on pace to break a record high for a second consecutive year, according to a study conducted by The Wall Street Journal.
Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
Unrepentant, Paladino Calls Gay Parades ‘Disgusting’  —  Despite an uproar over his remarks about gays, Carl P. Paladino appeared on national television on Monday and expressed revulsion at gay pride parades.  —  Mr. Paladino restated his criticism of Andrew M. Cuomo, his Democratic opponent …
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Miller vows silence on background until election  —  Republican Senate nominee Joe Miller said this afternoon that he will not be answering any more questions about his personal background for the remainder of the campaign.  —  “We've drawn a line in the sand.
Banksy creates new Simpsons title sequence  —  The Simpsons, Thursday 21 October, 1930BST, Sky 1 HD and Sky 1  —  UK graffiti artist Banksy has created a controversial title sequence for long-running US animation The Simpsons.  —  The intro, which was shown in the US on Sunday …
Discussion: Politics Daily and PopWatch
Hetz Shahor / The Jawa Report:
North Carolina Muslim Admits Working with al Qaeda: “Proud to be an American Traitor” [Full text]  —  I think we can quit with the speculation about where he went and why  —  Update by Rusty: The full text of Khan's story can be found at the end of this post.  —  I'm reading the magazine now and will continue to update.
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Healthcare lobbyists seek to repair relationship with Republicans  —  House Republicans say healthcare groups that backed the Democrats' overhaul bill are trying to rekindle their hot-and-cold-relationship with the GOP.  —  The health industry's effort to make nice with Republicans …
ABC News:
Anger About the Economy Fuels Republican Advantage  —  GOP More PO'ed About Economy, and More Likely to Vote  —  Anger, thy name is Republican.  —  That's part of the takeaway from the latest ABC News/Yahoo! News poll.  Its results identify why the public's economic discontent is playing …
Discussion: The Page
The Politico:
Wall St. cash flow imperils Democrats  —  A shift in the flow of Wall Street money toward Republicans earlier this year has become a torrent in the final weeks of the campaign, according to lobbyists and business executives doling out the cash.  —  “Our target ratio for the 2010 cycle is 80-20 Republican …
Discussion: Clusterstock and Cheat Sheet
Wall Street Journal:
The 2010 Spending Record  —  In two years, a 21.4% increase.  —  Perhaps you missed it, but then so did the Washington press corps.  Late last week the Congressional Budget Office released its preliminary budget tallies for fiscal year 2010, and the news is that the U.S. government had another fabulous year—in spending your money.
Discussion: Commentary
Chris Ciarlo / KTVN-TV:
Woman Says She Worked for Sandoval Illegally  —  Ana Padilla used to be go by her middle name, Maritza.  She told us that was when she first came to the United States illegally.  —  “I come from Guatemala City in 1986,” said Padilla.  —  She told us after working in the States for about ten years …
Congressional candidate defends wearing Nazi outfit for re-enactment  —  (CNN) — A Republican candidate running for U.S. Congress says his past donning of a Nazi outfit was part of a historical lesson — and defended his background in military re-enactments.
Michael Wines / New York Times:
U.S. Alarmed by Harsh Tone of China's Military  —  BEIJING — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met his Chinese counterpart, Liang Guanglie, in Vietnam on Monday for the first time since the two militaries suspended talks with each other last winter, calling for the two countries to prevent “mistrust, miscalculations and mistakes.”
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Senate Republicans flood West Virginia airwaves with new ads  —  1. The National Republican Senatorial Committee is ramping up its commitment in the West Virginia Senate race with new radio and newspaper ads running today.  —  In the radio ads, Gov. Joe Manchin (D) is quoted saying he is …
Discussion: WTVQ-TV and WAVE-TV
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Health law's fate tied to state races  —  Republicans have made opposition to the Democrats' health care overhaul a central theme in their push to take back Congress.  But the fate of the law may actually depend more on the outcome of dozens of state-level races across the country.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Wonk Room
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
More Great Candidates to Support This Year  —  I've just finished up another great week of travel across our country.  From Florida to California, the feeling is unmistakable.  A commonsense grassroots movement is determined to get our country back to its founding principles and constitutional roots.
NY Daily News:
Board of Elections gaffe may nullify New York soldiers' overseas absentee ballots  —  The Board of Elections is facing another “royal screwup” - this time for failing to ship absentee ballots to New York troops serving overseas.  —  “Our troops sacrifice their lives to protect our freedoms.
Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
GetEqual Protests Obama  —  See more photos of the protest below.  —  A group of LGBT equality activists working to end “don't ask, don't tell” launched an elaborate protest early Monday evening as President Barack Obama attended a private Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fund-raiser …
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