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9:25 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.
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.
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Obama is Rove's fundraiser-in-chief
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
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
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
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 …
PewResearch.org:
Cell Phones and Election Polls: An Update  —  The latest estimates of telephone coverage by the National Center for Health Statistics found that a quarter of U.S. households have only a cell phone and cannot be reached by a landline telephone.  Cell-only adults are demographically …
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Jon Cohen / Behind the Numbers:
Pew: cellphone bias may be bigger than in '08
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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:
Rabbi Breaks With Paladino Over His Apology  —  Well, that didn't last long.  —  The alliance between the Republican Carl P. Paladino and an Orthodox rabbi from Brooklyn has fallen apart, with the rabbi denouncing Mr. Paladino on Wednesday for his apology over remarks he had made about homosexuality on Sunday.
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Gothamist and Wonkette
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
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’
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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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
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
POLL: After forty years in Dem hands, Rep. David Obey's seat in jeopardy
Discussion: Pat Dollard and TPMDC
 Earlier Items: 
The Huffington Post:
Secret Donations Could Haunt 2012
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Sink continues to lead
Discussion: Riptide 2.0 and Naked Politics
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Education in Context  —  An importance subtext in a lot …