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7:25 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: CNN, The Note 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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Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Judge disses Dems' ‘Alice in Wonderland’ health defense  —  A federal judge in Florida on Thursday said he will allow some of the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the health care law to proceed — and criticized Democrats for making an “Alice in Wonderland” argument to defend the law.
Discussion: Hot Air
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  —  The documentation problems surrounding mortgages originated during the housing boom just get uglier and uglier.  One of the most recently surfaced worries is also one of the most serious.  Bank analyst Josh Rosner envisions a doomsday scenario …
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 …
Drudge Report:
FIRST LADY CAMPAIGNS INSIDE POLLING PLACE  —  First lady Michelle Obama appears to have violated Illinois law — when she engaged in political discussion at a polling place!  —  The drama began after Mrs. Obama stopped off at the Martin Luther King Center on the south side of Chicago to cast an early vote.
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Amie Parnes / The Politico:
FAST FOOD FOR FLOTUS
Jonathon M. Seidl / The Blaze:
GLENN BECK CALLS FOR ‘LARGEST DAY OF FUNDRAISING’ FOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  —  Fed up with unsubstantiated accusations claiming the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is funneling foreign money into political campaigns, Glenn Beck is encouraging his listeners to shower the Chamber with “record-breaking” support.
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Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Washington Post , please define “unsubstantiated”
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Glenn Beck asks listeners to give Chamber its biggest fundraising day ever
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
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
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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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
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Alaska Senate
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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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 …
Discussion: American Power
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 …
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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Limbaugh would be weak against Nelson  —  Rush Limbaugh's one of the most influential figures in American politics who's never run for office...but what if he did run for office?  His home state of Florida has an incumbent Democratic Senator up for reelection next cycle in Bill Nelson …
Discussion: Riptide 2.0 and Naked Politics
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.
Marilyn Werber Serafini / Washington Post:
GOP pollster warns candidates on ‘repeal and replace’  —  As the November elections approach, House Republican leaders are trying to capitalize on public dislike of the new health-care law - about half of voters oppose it - by vowing to “repeal and replace” it.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Push-Polling in Illinois?  —  Democratic operatives have apparently begun “push polling” in Illinois, trying to drive a wedge between conservative voters and Rep. Mark Kirk, the centrist Republican seeking the Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama.
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 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Arnold Schwarzenegger hits Jerry Brown, Meg Whitman  —  California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took to Twitter on Thursday to blast Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown for the way they have conducted their campaigns to replace him.  —  With approval ratings hanging …
Discussion: The Note, The Hill and Capitol Alert
 
 
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Tea partiers won't go when fun ends
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Press Association:
Disgusted voters, the silent majority
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Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Justice Dept. seeks stay on injunction of military gay ban
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Politico
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
The Pink House  —  The White House is going pink.
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 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Yes, voters do care about secret cash funding elections!
Discussion: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Gallup:
Lower- and Middle-Income Spending Lowest Since January '08
Jeremy P. Jacobs / Hotline On Call:
NRSC Upping The Ante In Pennsylvania
Michael P. McDonald / The Huffington Post:
Early Voting Off to a Fast Start in Democratic Areas of Ohio
CNN:
Party ad accompanies Obama pitch to younger voters
Discussion: The Politico
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
DNC chairman isn't ‘wild about’ Manchin's cap-and-trade TV ad
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Note