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3:35 PM ET, October 11, 2010


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Mark Halperin / Time:
Why Obama Is in the Jaws of Political Death  —  Barack Obama is being politically crushed in a vise.  From above, by elite opinion about his competence.  From below, by mass anger and anxiety over unemployment.  And it is too late for him to do anything about this predicament until after November's elections.
Daily Mail:
Obama has the book thrown at him: Moment a missile narrowly misses the U.S. President's head during campaign rally  —  This is the astonishing moment a book was apparently hurled at the head of U.S. President Barack Obama during a campaign rally in Philadelphia.  —  The flying missile narrowly missed hitting the President today.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Man Streaks in Front of Obama for $1 Million  —  If billionaire Alki David is an honest man, the man who streaked in front of Barack Obama at the president's rally today in Philadelphia will be paid $1 million for his stunt.  The man who performed today's stunt, which captured the attention …
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
3 Share Nobel Economics Prize for Labor Analysis  —  The 2010 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science was awarded on Monday to Peter A. Diamond, Dale T. Mortensen and Christopher A. Pissarides for their work on markets where buyers and sellers have difficulty finding each other …
Ezra Klein:
Peter Diamond wins the Nobel Prize, continues being blocked by the Senate
Discussion: and Money & Company
Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
Paladino Laces Speech With Antigay Remarks  —  The Republican candidate for governor, Carl P. Paladino, told a gathering in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Sunday that children should not be “brainwashed” into thinking that homosexuality was acceptable, and criticized his opponent …
NY Daily News:
Carl Paladino accused of ‘stunning homophobia’ …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Mediaite
John Hamilton / Media Matters for America:
“Progressive Hunter”  —  Jailhouse Confession: How the right-wing media and Glenn Beck's chalkboard drove Byron Williams to plot assassination … Byron Williams' alleged domestic terror plot began in Groveland, a tiny Gold Rush town nestled high in the Sierras, three hours east of San Francisco.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Hey, Small Spender  —  Here's the narrative you hear everywhere: President Obama has presided over a huge expansion of government, but unemployment has remained high.  And this proves that government spending can't create jobs.  —  Here's what you need to know: The whole story is a myth.
Washington Post:
Obama continues attack on Chamber of Commerce  —  The White House intensified its attacks Sunday on the powerful U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its alleged ties to foreign donors, part of an escalating Democratic effort to link Republican allies with corporate and overseas interests ahead of the November midterm elections.
Wall Street Journal:
Shutting Up Business  —  Democrats unleash the IRS and Justice …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Commentary
Wall Street Journal:
Congressional Staffers Gain From Trading in Stocks  —  WASHINGTON—Chris Miller nearly doubled his $3,500 stock investment in a renewable-energy firm in 2008.  It was a perfectly legal bet, but he's no ordinary investor.  —  Mr. Miller is the top energy-policy adviser to Nevada Democrat …
Keka's Open Salon Blog:
White Men With Guns—Reconstruction Redux  —  I saw it.  But I couldn't believe it.  —  There I was, in a fast food drive through, behind a man whose back window decal, in small white letters, sent me a message that sent a chill down my spine—just as he'd hoped it would, no doubt.  It said:
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Manchin: If healthcare reform can't be fixed, ‘repeal the whole thing’  —  West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D), who is in a tough fight for a Senate seat, said Monday he'd support repealing the healthcare reform law if it can't be fixed.  —  Manchin, who's been falling behind in his race …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Joe Manchin takes aim at the cap and trade bill (literally)
Discussion: Raw Story
Ezra Klein:
Column: An ugly word for an ugly economy  —  You may not know the term “hysteresis.”  It's the “lagging of an effect behind its cause,” and it's an ugly word that sounds like a foot fungus.  It's also an ugly thing to have happen to your economy.  And it may be what's happening to ours.
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Fiorina, Whitman down tequila shots  —  California's top Republican candidates, Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina and gubernatorial hopeful Meg Whitman, took a timeout from taking shots at their opponents over weekend to take shots of tequila.  —  Appearing at the Hispanic 100 Lifetime Achievement …
David Montgomery / Rapid City Journal:
National Dems cut funding for Sandlin  —  Faced with tough races around the country, national Democrats are cutting back their financial investment in Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, who is fighting a tough challenge of her own from Republican Kristi Noem.  —  Earlier this year …
Discussion: Ballot Box and The Eye
Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
The President's Nun: Obamacare Scranton Scandal Explodes  —  Can you say “October Surprise”?  —  A mushrooming political battle over ObamaCare involving the White House, two incumbent Pennsylvania congressmen, three Catholic hospitals and a nun has just exploded in, of all places, Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Ben McGrath / New Yorker:
SEARCH AND DESTROY  —  Nick Denton's blog empire.  —  For years after starting Gawker Media, the online publishing network, in 2002, Nick Denton ran the company out of his apartment, in SoHo.  “He said, ‘If you run it out of your house, then no one expects anything,’ ” …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Incumbents Polling Below 50 Percent Often Win Re-Election, Despite Conventional Wisdom  —  Read enough polling commentary, and you're sure to encounter arguments like this one: … That was from The Hotline's Josh Kraushaar.  Here is Real Clear Politics' Sean Trende making a version of the same claim.
The Politico:
Newt Gingrich: On the edge or over the line?  —  In August, Newt Gingrich compared backers of a mosque near ground zero to Nazis putting up signs at the Holocaust museum.  In September, there was his assertion that President Barack Obama is motivated by a “Kenyan anti-colonial” worldview.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The View From My Window 2000 - 2010  —  Chris, Patrick and Zoe have asked many of my fellow bloggers out there to “toast or roast” the Dish's tenth anniversary tomorrow.  And it is traditional to respond to such a chorus with some brief remarks.  Because I am an easily embarrassed type …
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Strong Personalities Color Talks Between Newsweek, Daily Beast  —  Newsweek magazine and the Daily Beast news website are deep in talks over a possible combination and the likelihood of a deal is increasing, though some hurdles remain.  —  The key question hanging over talks is whether …
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Tea Party Republican dresses up like Nazi Waffen SS!
Discussion: CNN
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Thank You, Avigdor Lieberman
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Obama to Press for Infrastructure
Discussion: The Caucus and The Huffington Post
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Discussion: Althouse
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