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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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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Rebecca Dana / The Daily Beast:
Christine at the ‘Frat House’  —  Voters get their best look yet at Tea Party star Christine O'Donnell in tonight's Senate debate.  Rebecca Dana talks to her neighbors about her burning ambition, feuds, and the Christian rocker she lives with.  —  Before Tea Party darling Christine O'Donnell came …
Discussion: Gawker and Wonkette
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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
Aharding / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: O'Donnell down 19 points in Delaware Senate battle
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 …
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 …
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Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
An Angry Rabbi Breaks With Paladino
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Gothamist and Wonkette
Jon Cohen / Behind the Numbers:
Pew: cellphone bias may be bigger than in '08  —  In a new analysis sure to add to the uncertainty about the upcoming election, the Pew Research Center reports that a large number of pre-election polls might be biased.  —  Polls that don't interview people on cellphones …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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PewResearch.org:
Cell Phones and Election Polls: An Update
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 …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Raese Mangles Ethnic Names, Calls Justice Sotomayor ‘Sarah Manorgan’  —  In an interview touting his plan to repeal the minimum wage, West Virginia GOP Senate candidate John Raese also slipped up by calling the man he wants to replace, Senator Carte Goodwin, by the wrong first name.
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First Read / msnbc.com:
Raese, missile defense, and ‘lasers in the sky’
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.
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.
Michael / Petrelis Files:
WH's Jarrett: Dead Gay Bully Victim  —  Made ‘Lifestyle Choice’  —  The last time I heard anyone use the obnoxious phrase “lifestyle choice” to describe a gay person's sexual orientation was during the Bill Clinton presidency when the gays were accused of wanting “special rights.”
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Pawlenty for Rhee  —  Tim Pawlenty weighs in:  —  Our nation's capital is losing a superwoman in education.  —  Michelle Rhee's resignation is more evidence of the corrosive impact of teachers' unions in American schools.  Despite — or maybe because of — the early success of her school reforms …
Discussion: The Note and The Page
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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.
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.
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 …
Mark S. Mellman / The Hill:
Great uncertainty still lies before us  —  For months, the narrative has been imprinted on our brains: Weighed down by an economy that still feels mired in recession and a president whose popularity is sagging as a result, Democrats face electoral Armageddon in November.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Adam Zielinski / WLS-AM 890:
Military ballots may not count in Illinois  —  CHICAGO (WLS) - The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether the state of Illinois missed the deadline for mailing absentee ballots to members of the military and other overseas American voters as part of a new federal overseas voting law.
Discussion: Right Wing News
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.
New York Times:
Ex-Overseer of Auto Industry Accepts Ban in S.E.C. Deal  —  Steven Rattner, the former car czar, has agreed to a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission over kickback claims involving the New York State pension fund, a person with knowledge of the negotiation said Wednesday.
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, Ballot Box and Prairie Weather
Aharding / CNN:
Obama administration expected to appeal ruling on gays in military  —  By:  —  CNN's Terry Frieden and Xuan Thai  —  Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration is expected to appeal as soon as Wednesday a federal judge's ruling that halted the Defense Department from enforcing its policy …
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 …
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
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
Dave Wedge / Boston Herald:
Rival blasts Barney Frank's swanky free jet ride  —  U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, immersed in one of the toughest political fights of his career, took a free private jet to the Virgin Islands courtesy of a Maine congresswoman's billionaire fiance — whose company received a $200 million federal bailout, the Herald has learned.
 
 
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Scott Swett / American Thinker:
Barbara Boxer, Code Pink's favorite Senator
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Dem touts healthcare law in new campaign ad
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John Carney / CNBC:
Let's Not Start Lionizing The Anti-Foreclosure Deadbeats
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The Huffington Post:
Secret Donations Could Haunt 2012
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