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5:45 PM ET, October 14, 2010

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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
POLL: Voters more likely to see Democrats as dominated by extremists  —  Likely voters in battleground districts see extremists as having a more dominant influence over the Democratic Party than they do over the GOP.  —  This result comes from The Hill 2010 Midterm Election Poll …
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
It's an attack ad that writes itself: The House Republican leader, Rep. John Boehner (Ohio), votes with liberal Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) a majority of the time.  —  The statistic seems impossible to believe, given the ferocity with which Boehner denounces Pelosi, the progressive champion …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Christine O'Donnell says GOP has left her
Discussion: The Note, CNN and FrumForum
Tom Brown / Reuters:
Judge lets states' healthcare suit go forward  —  (Reuters) - U.S. states can proceed with a lawsuit seeking to overturn President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare reform law, a Florida judge ruled on Thursday.  —  U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson had already indicated at a hearing …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Lawsuit against health care bill will be heard  —  A federal judge in Florida has allowed key parts of a lawsuit against the federal health care overhaul to proceed, presaging a long legal battle over the legislation.  —  Judge Roger Vinson of Florida's Northern District, a Reagan appointee …
The Note:
Florida Judge Rules Health Care Challenge Can Continue
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Dave McKinney / Chicago Sun Times:
Whitney is ‘Whitey’ on some ballots  —  SPRINGFIELD — The last name of Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney is misspelled as “Whitey” on electronic-voting machines in nearly two dozen wards — about half in predominantly African-American areas — and election officials said Wednesday …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Yo, Rich Whitey!  —  Rich Whitney is the Green party candidate for governor in Illinois this year.  But there's been a small matter of a typo on the state's electronic voting machines.  On electronic voting machines in 23 wards — about half of which are predominantly African-American districts …
Eric Lach / TPMDC:
Illinois Candidate's Name Misspelled As ‘Rich Whitey’ On Electronic-Voting Machines
Discussion: Wonkette
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Why Christine O'Donnell Could Be More Dangerous Than Sarah Palin  —  Because she has the idiot bravado of the talk show regular.  —  I write this 2/3rds of the way into her “debate” with Chris Coons in Newark, Delaware.  Sarah Palin was wounded by Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson …
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Since Dick Cheney shot him, Harry Whittington's aim has been to move on  —  AUSTIN — Nearly five years on, Harry Whittington still speaks with a slight flutter in his voice — a “warble,” he calls it, inadvertently choosing a bird metaphor.  His easy East Texas drawl changed forever …
Ezra Klein:
Why don't the markets care about the foreclosure crisis?  —  The foreclosure mess really looks pretty bad.  Here's one vision of the worst-case, bad-case and even not-so-bad scenarios.  They're all grim.  Here's a “doomsday scenario.”  The words “TARP” and “two” are getting thrown around a lot …
Discussion: Felix Salmon and Prairie Weather
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Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
Foreclosure-Gate's Doomsday Scenario
Dana Davis Rehm / NPR:
Why Can't NPR Staff Go To ‘Rally To Restore Sanity’ Or ‘March To Keep Fear Alive’?  —  The answer is they can - if they are assigned to cover the events.  —  But news staff and others covered by NPR's ethics policy should not go.  —  We've received enormous attention from media …
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
News outlets caution staffers about Stewart-Colbert events
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Unexpected Turns for Suit Over 'Don't Ask' Rule  —  The timing could not have been worse.  Just as the Log Cabin Republicans' lawsuit challenging “don't ask, don't tell” was finally racing out of judicial limbo in 2009, the group was in disarray.  —  The prominent gay and lesbian conservative organization …
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Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Pentagon will obey injunction on gay ban for the time being
Discussion: The Politico
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Why the Reid-Angle debate matters so much  —  Debates, like newspaper endorsements, tend to be a slightly overrated commodity in politics.  —  Typically, debates are mundane affairs watched closely by small groups of partisans on each side — factors that virtually ensure they are not …
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New York Times:
Bankers Ignored Signs of Trouble on Foreclosures  —  At JPMorgan Chase & Company, they were derided as “Burger King kids” — walk-in hires who were so inexperienced they barely knew what a mortgage was.  —  At Citigroup and GMAC, dotting the i's and crossing the t's on home foreclosures …
Shaggles / Media Matters for America:
Beck calls on his listeners to donate to Chamber of Commerce, says he's in for $10K  —  From the October 14 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Glenn Beck Program:  —  Please upgrade your flash player.  The video for this item requires a newer version of Flash Player.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Glenn Beck asks listeners to give Chamber its biggest fundraising day ever
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Few signs at tea party rally expressed racially charged anti-Obama themes  —  A new analysis of political signs displayed at a tea party rally in Washington last month reveals that the vast majority of activists expressed narrow concerns about the government's economic and spending policies …
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
After O'Reilly's Rants About How ‘Muslims Killed Us On 9/11!’  Goldberg And Behar Storm Off Set  —  This morning, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly appeared on The View and chatted with the hosts about a variety of the day's issues.  At one point, the discussion turned to the topic of Park 51 …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Murkowski backers worry about spoilers  —  As Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) makes her write-in bid for Senate official, filing paperwork with state elections officials Wednesday, she faces a new concern—some backers worry that opponents are searching for a way to torpedo her campaign …
Discussion: The Note and Liberty Pundits Blog
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Yes, voters do care about secret cash funding elections!  —  It has become an article of faith among certain Beltway inside-game commentators that there's no way the Dem attack on secret money funding elections could ever have a prayer of working.  Surely the issue is too esoteric …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Charles Johnson / Guardian:
Pamela Geller and the bloggers of hate  —  My site gave Geller her ‘break’ on the web.  These days, I work hard to stop such extremists drowning out the moderate majority  —  If you happened to read the Sunday New York Times last weekend, you might have seen Anne Barnard and Alan Feuer's profile …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Jihad Watch
Wall Street Journal:
Capitalism Saved the Miners  —  The profit = innovation dynamic was everywhere at the mine rescue site.  —  It needs to be said.  The rescue of the Chilean miners is a smashing victory for free-market capitalism.  —  Amid the boundless human joy of the miners' liberation, it may seem churlish to make such a claim.
NPR:
‘Nonpolitical’ Groups Target Democrats In Ad Blitz … This election season, more money than ever is flowing from supposedly nonpolitical groups into TV ad campaigns.  —  Americans for Job Security ad targeting Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA)  —  Most of the ads are negative …
Discussion: Guardian
Quinnipiac University:
Blumenthal Opens Up Double-Digit Lead In Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Connecticut Poll Finds; Independent Voters Shift Back To Democrat  —  Reversing a months-long decline in his lead in the Connecticut U.S. Senate race, Democratic State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has opened up a 54 …
John Rossomando / The Daily Caller:
Republicans plan January takedowns of Obama's ‘czars’  —  Republicans will have President Barack Obama's czars and his use of regulatory powers to circumvent congressional inaction on issues such as cap and trade in GOP crosshairs if the party takes control in January.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media
Michael P. McDonald / The Huffington Post:
Early Voting Off to a Fast Start in Democratic Areas of Ohio  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  Ohioans have been casting their ballots for the 2010 midterm elections since Sept. 28.  Voters in other states have also begun casting their ballots.  By and large, these ballots are dribbling in …
NY Daily News:
Mystery shiny objects floating over Manhattan spark UFO frenzy  —  A mysterious shiny object floating high over Manhattan's West Side set off a flurry of reports and wild speculation Wednesday that a UFO was flying over the city.  —  Police and the FAA said they began getting flooded …
Laura Roberts / Telegraph:
India's richest man Mukesh Ambani moves into £630m home  —  The richest man in India, Mukesh Ambani, has moved into his new home in Mumbai which is 27 storeys high and worth £630m.  —  Ambani, his wife and three children have moved into the building which is named Antilia, after a mythical Island.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Nick Seaver / AMERICAblog Gay:
MTV wants ‘light’ questions for Obama at today's youth townhall.  Why?  —  At 4pm ET today, President Obama is participating in a “youth town hall” with MTV, CMT and BET.  Last week I submitted my name to be a participant and was called back for the second round of “casting” (their word …
 
 
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Marilyn Werber Serafini / Washington Post:
GOP pollster warns candidates on ‘repeal and replace’
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
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Gallup:
Lower- and Middle-Income Spending Lowest Since January '08
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
‘Are You Guys Eventually Going To Disclose?’  Chamber Responds Bluntly, ‘No!’
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Valerie Jarret apologizes for remark about gay teen
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Islam and the West  —  There need not be a basic conflict …
Discussion: Cold Fury
Ezra Klein:
Steve Pearlstein: 'It's better to take the pain and move on with it'
Discussion: Yglesias
Front Page Magazine:
Wilders' Trial: Win One, Lose One
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