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6:25 PM ET, October 12, 2010


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Associated Press:
Judge Orders Injunction on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'  —  SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge issued a worldwide injunction Tuesday stopping enforcement of the “don't ask, don't tell” policy, ending the military's 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops.  —  U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips' landmark ruling …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Judge bans 'don't ask' policy worldwide  —  A federal judge has ordered the Defense Department to halt all enforcement worldwide of the “don't ask, don't tell” policy regarding gays in the military.  —  U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips issued the injunction (text here) …
Andrew Harmon / Advocate:
Judge Bars DADT Enforcement  —  A federal judge has blocked enforcement of “don't ask, don't tell” and has instructed the Defense Department immediately to “suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation, or other proceeding” related to the policy.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Sharron Angle raised $14 million in 3rd quarter  —  Former Nevada state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle raised $14 million over the last three months for her race against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  AP Photo/Cathleen Allison  —  Updated, 5:21 pm  —  Former Nevada state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle …
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Fox News Polls: GOP Sees Senate Chances Improve  —  The race for the Senate continues to heat up as Republicans lead for two seats currently held by Democrats — Nevada and Washington — while another Republican has closed into striking distance for an open seat in Connecticut.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Reid holds a small lead
Discussion: National Review and TPMDC
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
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Poll: Obama leads Palin by 16 in 2012 test
The Huffington Post:
Ken Buck Explained To Alleged Rape Victim Why He Wouldn't Take Her Case (AUDIO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A five-year-old rape case that was never prosecuted is suddenly causing major ripples in the Colorado Senate race and headaches for Republican candidate Ken Buck.
Michelle Malkin:
Smearing Ken Buck
The Note:
Colorado Senate Candidate Ken Buck Faces Questions About Rape Case
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Diana Olick / Realty Check with Diana Olick:
Foreclosure Fraud: It's Worse Than You Think  —  There has been plenty of pontificating over the ramifications of foreclosure freezes on troubled borrowers, foreclosure buyers and the larger housing market, not to mention lawsuits, investor losses and bank write downs.
Tony Perkins / Washington Post:
Christian compassion requires the truth about harms of homosexuality  —  The media has recently been filled with reports of several recent suicides by teenagers who are reported to have been victims of “anti-gay” bullying.  Some homosexual activist groups lay blame at the feet …
The Sound You Hear is Kay Graham Weeping.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
White House Is Lifting Ban on Deepwater Drilling  —  Updated  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that it was immediately lifting a moratorium on deepwater drilling that was imposed after the BP oil spill, as new rules are put in place that are intended to prevent another disaster.
Jeremy P. Jacobs / Hotline On Call:
Paladino Curses Eric Holder  —  It's already been a rough week for Republican Carl Paladino's New York gubernatorial campaign and it looks like the hits are going to keep on coming.  —  In a previously unreleased video obtained by Hotline On Call, Paladino has some choice words …
Jillian Rayfield / TPMDC:
Rich Iott Defends Nazis He Dresses Up As: ‘They Were Doing What They Thought Was Right’ (VIDEO)  —  Ohio Congressional candidate Rich Iott got grilled by Anderson Cooper last night on his rather unusual hobby of dressing up as a member of the 5th SS Wiking Panzer Division, a unit in the German army during World War II.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Paralysis of the State  —  Sometimes a local issue perfectly illuminates a larger national problem.  Such is the case with the opposition of the New Jersey governor, Chris Christie, to construction of a new tunnel between his state and New York.  —  Christie argues that a state …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Rep. Bright ad: My constituents 'don't want a liberal running the House'  —  Rep. Bobby Bright (D-Ala.) took aim at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in his latest campaign ad, saying, “I've heard my constituents and they don't want a liberal running the House.  They want a conservative.”
Discussion: The Politico
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
You just keep leaning forward, Keith  —  Yesterday we showed you Keith Olbermann's contribution to MSNBC's great new “Lean Forward” campaign.  You know, the one that's going to turn everything around and make people watch their channel.  Why would they want to miss this?
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Offshore Wind Power Line Wins Backing  —  Correction Appended  —  WASHINGTON — Google and a New York financial firm have each agreed to invest heavily in a proposed $5 billion transmission backbone for future offshore wind farms along the Atlantic Seaboard that could ultimately transform the region's electrical map.
Ezra Klein:
The irrelevance of the liberal ‘brand’  —  There is perhaps no surer signal that Democrats are about to suffer a terrific defeat than to see liberals begin discussing how to define, redefine, or otherwise burnish their “brand.”  So far as I'm concerned, this falls firmly in the “doesn't matter” category of American politics.
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.
Jim VandeHei / The Politico:
The race that says it all  —  OSHKOSH, WI.  — Until last fall, Ron Johnson was just an intensely private guy with a good business and a nice house on Lake Winnebago.  He kept a stack of Wall Street Journals next to his bed, folded just right so he wouldn't forget to read columnist Dan Henninger on this or Paul Gigot on that.
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Murkowski names Democrats as senators she admires  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who is running as a write-in candidate for reelection, named two Democrats Monday night when asked which senators she most admires.  —  The incumbent senator was ousted by Tea Party-backed candidate Joe Miller …
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
Economic Misconceptions  —  Students typically come to an economics class with many misconceptions, not just random errors but systematic biases (see especially Caplan 2002).  —  Bill Goffe recently (2009) surveyed one of his macro principles classes and found, for example …
Laura Rozen / The Politico:
Researcher: Suicide terrorism linked to military occupation  —  Robert Pape, a University of Chicago political science professor and former Air Force lecturer, will present findings on Capitol Hill Tuesday that argue that the majority of suicide terrorism around the world since 1980 has had a common cause: military occupation.
Ezra Klein:
Rattner: ‘This is how Congress keeps their foot on the neck of the executive branch’  —  America's auto industry seems healthy today.  Sales are up, and so are profits.  GM is readying an IPO.  “An apology is due to Barack Obama,” wrote the Economist, which opposed the government's intervention into the automobile market.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Forget the Birthers, Here Come the DNAers  —  Man, here I thought that with Nazi re-enacters, witches, and tea baggers insisting they have a higher security clearance than the Commander in Chief, we had reached as low and as ridiculous as we could possibly get.  How sad that reality proved to be so much worse than my pessimism:
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Robert James Bidinotto / Big Government:
Will the ‘Ruling Class Right’ Rescue Vulnerable Dems?
Discussion: Riehl World View and AmSpecBlog
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Russ Feingold and the 42 percent problem
Discussion: National Review
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Manchin retakes lead
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Rubio continues to lead
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Hatch Complains It Would Be ‘Idiocy’ To Cut Funding For Stimulus-Funded Project
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
The rise of the ‘ordinary’ elite
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Ed Lavandera / CNN:
Woman, 101, to become U.S. citizen with help of 69-year-old document
Anger About the Economy Fuels Republican Advantage
Dan Klein / Tablet Magazine:
Jews in the Senior Chamber
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Commentary