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9:55 AM ET, October 14, 2010

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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
O'Donnell Calls Coons a Marxist During Debate  —  Democratic candidate Chris Coons, left, and Republican candidate Christine O'Donnell wait for the start of a televised Delaware Senate debate at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del.  —  Christine O'Donnell, the Republican Delaware Senate candidate …
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Igor Volsky / Wonkroom:
In Debate, O'Donnell Likens Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell To Adultery  —  During this evening's Delaware Senate debate, Christine O'Donnell — who has a spotty record on LGBT rights — repeatedly compared allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military to “adultery” …
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 …
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Delaware Candidates Trade Jabs in Debate
Paul / Power Line:   The wrong bogeyman  —  Here's a sidebar to the debate tonight …
Rebecca Dana / The Daily Beast:
Christine at the ‘Frat House’
Discussion: Wonkette and Gawker
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Survey USA: Coons 54, O'Donnell 33
New York Times:
For Reid, No Shaking Tea Party Challenger  —  LAS VEGAS — Senator Harry Reid of Nevada first thought he could scrape his way to re-election by invoking his power as majority leader and reminding voters what that means for his home state.  When that didn't seem to work …
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Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Entering tonight's debate, poll shows Angle ahead of Reid  —  Gap remains within margin of error in battle for Senate seat  —  For the first time since Sharron Angle won the GOP primary, she's edging out U.S. Sen. Harry Reid in a new poll for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and 8NewsNow highlighting …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and TPMDC
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Wire and TPMDC
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Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Female Candidate Finds Tough Audience: Women
Discussion: New York Magazine
Fox News:
Obama: Republicans Will Have to Learn to Get Along With Me  —  President Obama reveals in a magazine article that he is weighing what to do if Republicans win the House majority next month, and has come up with a novel approach: Make the GOP work with him.  —  In a seeming twist …
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Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
Rabbi Breaks With Paladino Over 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.
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.”
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.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Awesome: White House attacks on Rove's group lead to massive influx of donations
Discussion: Nice Deb and The Daily Caller
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Obama is Rove's fundraiser-in-chief
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Dithering on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'  —  The Obama administration professes to oppose the odious and misguided policy of banning gay soldiers from serving openly in the military.  So it was distressing to hear that the Justice Department plans to appeal a federal court order …
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Robert Burns / Associated Press:   Gates Warns of Abruptly Ending 'Don't Ask'
Aharding / CNN:
Obama administration expected to appeal ruling on gays in military
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner a rubber stamp for Pelosi?  —  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 …
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
GOP-ers promised committee slots
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, TPMDC and Daily Kos
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 …
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: Overlawyered and TalkLeft
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Atrios / Eschaton:   “Perhaps”  —  I really don't get the complete lack of concern for property rights.
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 …
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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
Tony Pugh / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
How 2 civilian sleuths brought foreclosure problems to light  —  PALM BEACH, Fla. — More than a year before lenders, law firms and document companies began owning up to widespread paperwork problems with their foreclosure filings, Lisa Epstein and Michael Redman already knew that something was wrong — very wrong.
 
 
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Peter Ferrara / American Spectator:
So Much Worse Than Carter
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Anchorage Daily News:
Ex-mayor says Miller disciplined over ethics
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Chuck Norris / Townhall.com:
Chuck Norris 8 Steps To Rebuild America's Economy (Part 2)
Discussion: Whiskey Fire and Firedoglake
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Tea Party movement: Billionaire Koch brothers who helped it grow
New York Times:
Uphill in Wisconsin  —  When it came to the actual details …
Discussion: Salon, CNN and National Review
Geoffrey Dickens / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Matthews: Chilean Miners Would Be Dead if They Followed Tea Party's …
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Felix Salmon:
Geithner's bizarre foreclosure logic
Discussion: Emptywheel and TalkLeft
Mike Flynn / Big Government:
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