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2:10 PM ET, October 13, 2010


 Top Items: 
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 …
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 …
Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
‘Spirit of Political Disclosure’?  White House Press Sec once part of group that refused to disclose donors  —  The White House plans to continue attacking groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other conservative organizations for not disclosing the names of donors behind political ads.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
20 DAYS OUT - Obama to Peter Baker: 'There's no such thing …
Rep. Eric Cantor / The Politico:
Cure D.C. spending: End earmarks
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Four Causes that Will Lead to a Democratic Election Nightmare  —  Locked in place.  —  The four causes of what's likely to be a landslide defeat for Democrats in the midterm election are now locked in place.  All that's left for Democrats in the final three weeks of the campaign is to trash Republicans …
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
The Hill:
THE HILL POLL: A district-by-district analysis of results and interactive map
Discussion: WisPolitics DC Wrap
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Groups Launch Massive Ad Blitz  —  Alliance Spends $50 Million on Competitive House Races Where Democrats Have More Money Now  —  An alliance of Republican groups is launching a $50 million advertising blitz this week in a final push to help the GOP win a majority in the House …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Rove-backed group raised $13M since attacks from Obama
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
The Politico:
Conservatives plan $50M ad blitz
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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 …
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.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Pearlstein on Wage Cuts
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
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 …
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, a discovery the family history site made when looking for connections between political foes.  —  And that's not all …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Paladino Says Sorry II  —  Judge for yourself.  But what this incident really indicates to me is the total conflation of religion and politics.  The speech Paladino gave was written in consultation with Orthodox Jewish rabbis: … So a Republican candidate doesn't exactly pander …
Discussion: driftglass
New York Times:
Paladino Apologizes for Remarks About Gays
Michael Hirschorn / The Atlantic Online:
Truth Lies Here  —  How can Americans talk to one another—let alone engage in political debate—when the Web allows every side to invent its own facts?  —  THIS PAST AUGUST, the left-leaning San Francisco-based Web site AlterNet posted a remarkable scoop: members of a group calling itself …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
Eric Dondero / Libertarian Republican:
MAINE: Nazi symbols spray-painted on Jewish Republican candidate's signs  —  Media Blackout!  —  From Eric Dondero:  —  Symbols of the National Socialist Party (NAZIs) such as the ones in the photo to the left, were recently spray-painted on signs of a Jewish Republican candidate for Maine State Senate.
Discussion: Right Wing News and Gateway Pundit
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 …
Christian Rudder / OkTrends:
Gay Sex vs. Straight Sex  —  Gay issues have been in the news a lot lately, from the debate over same-sex marriage in Congress to a sickening rash of gay-bashing here in New York City.  We see a lot of emotion out there, instead of information, and we wanted to provide some data-based context …
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Whitman and Brown's final debate a contentious one  —  The rivals for California governor continue their attacks on each other and stick to their talking points without offering details on how they would fix the troubled state.  —  Meg Whitman called Jerry Brown “the same old same old,” …
Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
Obama administration appeals gay marriage ruling  —  (Reuters) - The Obama administration decided on Tuesday to appeal a judge's rulings that prevented the U.S. government from banning same-sex marriages, a move that could undermine support among President Barack Obama's traditional liberal base ahead of a key election.
Nigel Jaquiss /
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
JPMorgan exits electronic mortgage tracking system  —  NEW YORK - JPMorgan Chase's CEO says the bank has stopped using the electronic mortgage tracking system used by major financial institutions.  —  Lawyers have argued in court proceedings that the system is unable to accurately prove ownership of mortgages.
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's outsized ego  —  Obama's arrogance problem isn't a matter of psychology but of strategy.  —  “That's all right, all of you know who I am,” President Obama joked last week when the presidential seal fell off his podium during a speech in Pittsburgh.
Discussion: The Agonist
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Gore vs. the Supreme Court: The justices and the ‘CSI effect’  —  In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the police, who investigate crime; and the district attorneys, who prosecute the offenders.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rep. Castle won't make endorsement in Del. Senate race  —  Nine-term Delaware Rep. Mike Castle, who lost his state's Senate GOP primary, said Wednesday that he won't endorse a candidate in the general election.  —  Castle, who is a centrist, stunningly lost to Tea Party-backed candidate Christine O'Donnell …
Discussion: The Note
In South Dakota: Another Sarah Palin?  —  A New Republican Star Takes on a Tough Democratic Incumbent  —  If money is any indication, the hottest Republican House candidate in the country is Kristi Noem.  The 38-year-old rancher has raised more campaign cash than any Republican house challenger in the country.
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Sen. Coburn Predicts The End Of Private Health Insurance
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Liu Xiaobo and the War for the Terms of Modernity
Ezra Klein:
What to do about state pensions
Discussion: The New Republic
 Earlier Items: 
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Geithner jabs at GOP for socialist ‘myth’ about Obama
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Midterms Are a Test for Obama's Ground Game
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NO WAY TO RUN A GOVERNMENT, CONT'D.... When President Obama …
Scott / Power Line:
Uncommon Knowledge with Victor Davis Hanson
Dr. Marc Siegel / NY Daily News:
Is there a doctor in the house? …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Kathryn Joyce / The Nation:
At Claremont Institute, Christine O'Donnell Was Taught ABCs of Homophobia