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9:00 PM ET, October 13, 2010

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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Education of a President  —  On a busy afternoon in the West Wing late last month, President Barack Obama seemed relaxed and unhurried as he sat down in a newly reupholstered brown leather chair in the Oval Office.  He had just returned from the East Room, where he signed the Small Business Jobs Act …
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Scott Wong / The Politico:
Obama admission inspires GOP  —  Senate Republicans on Wednesday seized on President Barack Obama's admission to The New York Times that “there's no such thing as shovel-ready projects,” an acknowledgement they say suggests the administration's $814 billion economic stimulus plan is a failure.
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
President Obama Looks Forward — and Back  —  President Obama said that he expected Republicans to offer him more cooperation after November's elections, no matter the outcome.  —  In an hour-long interview with the Times's White House correspondent, Peter Baker, Mr. Obama predicted …
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Exclusive: Chamber Receives At Least $885,000 From Over 80 Foreign Companies In Disclosed Donations Alone  —  Last week, ThinkProgress published an exclusive story about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's foreign fundraising operation.  We noted the Chamber raises money from foreign-owned businesses for its 501 …
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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Chamber of Commerce: The White House Wants Our Donor Lists So Its Allies Can Intimidate Our Donors  —  Tuesday afternoon, I spoke with Bruce Josten, executive vice president for government affairs at the US Chamber of Commerce, about the White House pressing the Chamber to release its donors list …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Robert Gibbs, hypocritical transparency crusader  —  (updated below)  —  The controversy over Chamber of Commerce election funding raises a very real and important issue: the genuine threat posed to our political system by unknown funders who can pour massive amounts of money into negative ads while hiding who they are.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Rove-backed group raised $13M since attacks from Obama  —  The GOP-aligned American Crossroads said Wednesday it has raised over $13 million since coming under attack from President Obama.  —  The group and its campaign affiliate, Crossroads GPS, said it had easily surpassed …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Rove, Chamber ads widely debunked as false or misleading  —  Here's something important that's getting lost in the firefight over the money funding the ads by the U.S. Chamber and Karl Rove's groups: Many of the ads themselves have been debunked by independent fact checkers as false, grossly misleading, or marred with distortions.
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Swampland and Metro
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Obama is Rove's fundraiser-in-chief
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
The Hill:
THE HILL POLL: Republicans are up in 8 of 10 open House districts  —  Republicans are winning eight out of 10 competitive open House seats surveyed in a groundbreaking new poll by The Hill.  —  Taken on top of 11 GOP leads out of 12 freshman Democratic districts polled last week …
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Mark S. Mellman / The Hill:
Great uncertainty still lies before us
Discussion: The Huffington Post
PewResearch.org:
Cell Phones and Election Polls: An Update
Discussion: Politics Daily
Jon Cohen / Behind the Numbers:
Pew: cellphone bias may be bigger than in '08
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Christine O'Donnell fascination, examined  —  Tonight's Delaware Senate debate between marketing consultant Christine O'Donnell (R) and New Castle County Executive Chris Coons (D) will be carried live on CNN and co-moderated by the network's lead anchor Wolf Blitzer.
Discussion: CNN and Taegan Goddard's …
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Aharding / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: O'Donnell down 19 points in Delaware Senate battle
Discussion: Hot Air, Guardian and TPMDC
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rep. Castle won't make endorsement in Del. Senate race
Discussion: Hot Air, The Politico, Z on TV and The Note
Rebecca Dana / The Daily Beast:
Christine at the ‘Frat House’
Discussion: Gawker and Wonkette
Charles Ashby / Daily Sentinel:
Anti-Obama billboard raises eyebrows  —  Caricatures are racist and homophobic, local Dems say  —  A Grand Junction billboard depicting President Barack Obama as a terrorist, a gangster, a Mexican bandit and a gay man is getting national attention.  —  The billboard, erected along …
Felix Salmon:
The enormous mortgage-bond scandal  —  You thought the foreclosure mess was bad?  You're right about that.  But it gets so much worse once you start adding in a whole bunch of parallel messes in the world of mortgage bonds.  For instance, as Tracy Alloway says, mortgage-bond documentation generally …
Washington Post:
Michelle Rhee to announce resignation as D.C. schools chancellor on Wednesday  —  D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee will announce Wednesday that she is resigning at the end of this month, bringing an abrupt end to a tenure that drew national acclaim but that also became a central issue …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Pawlenty for Rhee
Discussion: The Note and The Page
First Read / msnbc.com:
Raese, missile defense, and ‘lasers in the sky’  —  From NBC's Shawna Thomas and Carrie Dann  —  INWOOD W.V.— West Virginia Republican candidate John Raese on Tuesday outlined his focus on national defense by calling for an extensive laser-based missile defense system.  —  A very extensive one.
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Emily Goodin / The Hill:
POLL: After forty years in Dem hands, Rep. David Obey's seat in jeopardy  —  Democrats are poised to lose Rep. David Obey's (Wis.) district — one of several long-held Democratic seats in danger of becoming Republican trophies this cycle.  —  The Hill 2010 Midterm Election Poll found …
Discussion: Pat Dollard and TPMDC
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The Hill:
THE HILL POLL: A district-by-district analysis of results and interactive map
Mike Flynn / Big Government:
Exclusive: Court Document Details Congressman's Past Spousal Abuse  —  Ohio Democrat Congressman Charlie Wilson was first elected to Congress in the Democrat wave year of 2006.  Prior to that, he had been a long-time member of the Ohio state legislature, first elected to the Ohio House in 1996 and the Ohio Senate in 2004.
NY Daily News:
GOP governor hopeful Carl Paladino cashed in on Buffalo gay clubs Cobalt, Buddies II  —  Carl Paladino says kids shouldn't be “brainwashed” into thinking it's okay to be gay or be taken to a “disgusting” gay pride parade.  —  But he had no problem when his son, William, ran Cobalt …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Dem's hippie ad: ‘Does not support Pelosi...voted with GOP 65% of the time’  —  As Democrats in conservative districts scramble to distance themselves from the national Democratic leadership, Georgia Rep. Jim Marshall outdoes the rest with what's a cultural attack ad aimed at contrasting him with Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
White House Meeting for Black Journalists Doesn't Stay Off-The-Record for Long  —  The White House is usually quite good at keeping a muzzle on the media after one of its off-the-record sessions with President Obama and senior members of his administration.  —  But not this week.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Awl
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
POLL: Majority of voters say they want a viable third party in American politics  —  A majority of likely voters think a viable third party would be good for American politics, according to a new poll of likely voters in 10 key open House districts.  —  Those voters are split, however …
Discussion: CNN
Pat Sajak / National Review:
Public Employees and Elections: A Conflict of Interest?  —  None of my family and friends is allowed to appear on Wheel of Fortune.  Same goes for my kids' teachers or the guys who rotate my tires.  If there's not a real conflict of interest, there is, at least, the appearance of one.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Majorities in U.S. View Gov't as Too Intrusive and Powerful  —  Independents largely side with Republicans in denouncing big government  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Record- or near-record-high percentages of Americans are critical of the size and scope of government, as measured by four Gallup trend questions updated in September.
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Wage cuts hurt, but they may be the only way to get Americans back to work  —  Last week, General Motors and the United Auto Workers announced agreement on a new two-tier wage structure that would allow the automaker to produce its next-generation subcompact car in Michigan rather than in South Korea.
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
GOP Congressional Candidate Walberg Suggests Using Impeachment To Get Obama's Birth Certificate  —  As ThinkProgress previously noted, Tim Walberg — a former GOP congressman and current Republican nominee for the House of Representatives from Michigan's seventh congressional district …
Jocelyn Noveck / Associated Press:
Obama's related to Palin  —  NEW YORK - President Barack Obama has family ties to none other than Sarah Palin, according to the genealogists at Ancestry.com, a discovery the family history site made when looking for connections between political foes.  —  And that's not all …
Nigel Jaquiss / blogs.wweek.com:
Dudley Says He “Was a Minority”; Black Lawmaker Disagrees  —  When Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Dudley addressed the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs' monthly “Coffee & Issues” breakfast on Sept. 24, he reprised a comment he'd made at an earlier interview with the Urban League of Portland.
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Just Admit it, Newspapers: You're Scared of Muslims  —  As Radley Balko noted in yesterday's Morning Links, the Washington Post and other newspapers pulled Wiley Miller's syndicated “Non Sequitur” cartoon from their comics pages two Sundays back, because Miller pulled a familiar-to-Reason-readers …
 
 
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Aharding / CNN:
Obama administration expected to appeal ruling on gays in military
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Fmr. Gov. Ventura: I Would Not Vote For Linda McMahon
Discussion: Politics Daily, Raw Story and TPMDC
Scott Swett / American Thinker:
Barbara Boxer, Code Pink's favorite Senator
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Dem touts healthcare law in new campaign ad
Discussion: CNN
Felix Salmon:
Geithner's bizarre foreclosure logic
Discussion: TalkLeft
John Carney / CNBC:
Let's Not Start Lionizing The Anti-Foreclosure Deadbeats
Discussion: Eschaton and TalkLeft
Dave Wedge / Boston Herald:
Rival blasts Barney Frank's swanky free jet ride
The Huffington Post:
Secret Donations Could Haunt 2012
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Steinhauer / The Caucus:
When Will It End?  —  Campaign-weary Americans may believe …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Sink continues to lead
Discussion: Riptide 2.0 and Naked Politics
Julian Borger / Guardian:
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