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8:10 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.
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 …
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
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: Guardian, Hot Air and TPMDC
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rep. Castle won't make endorsement in Del. Senate race
Discussion: Hot Air, Z on TV, The Politico and The Note
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 …
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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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
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
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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.
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.
Felix Salmon:
Geithner's bizarre foreclosure logic  —  Politico has the transcript of Tim Geithner's appearance on Charlie Rose last night: … I don't follow this logic at all.  Geithner is absolutely right that empty houses are a Bad Thing.  But he seems to think that a foreclosure moratorium would cause empty houses.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Key Dem accuses banks of ‘collusion’ in foreclosure controversy
Discussion: Moe Lane
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 …
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.
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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Sink continues to lead  —  Alex Sink continues to lead the Florida Governor's race by a 46-41 margin over Rick Scott.  —  The big story in this race is the independents.  In most states across the country Republicans are dominating with them but the intense unpopularity of Scott is making this contest an exception to that rule.
Discussion: Riptide 2.0 and Naked Politics
Julian Borger / Guardian:
Linda Norgrove: Navy Seal faces disciplinary action  —  Guardian learns commando hurled explosive device during rescue as he had not seen UK aid worker taking cover nearby  —  Startling details of the daring rescue mission that ended in the death of the British aid worker Linda Norgrove …
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 …
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 …
John Carney / CNBC:
Let's Not Start Lionizing The Anti-Foreclosure Deadbeats  —  Now that all fifty states have launched a joint investigation into fauxclosuregate, it's probably time to soberly address the fact that nearly everyone who has been ‘victimized’ by robo-signers and foreclosure mills is in default on their home loans.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Eschaton
Peter Ingemi / Examiner:
Massachusetts soon in a different column  —  Liberals who failed with One Nation to re-create the grass roots of the tea party or create the buzz of the democratic surge are now investing heavily into the John Stewart event as Arianna Huffington has provided 100 buses at a cost of $250,000 …
 
 
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The Huffington Post:
Secret Donations Could Haunt 2012
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Pat Sajak / National Review:
Public Employees and Elections: A Conflict of Interest?
Jennifer Steinhauer / The Caucus:
When Will It End?  —  Campaign-weary Americans may believe …
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