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10:40 PM ET, October 14, 2010

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Amie Parnes / The Politico:
FAST FOOD FOR FLOTUS … ALSO ON CLICK  —  While back in her home state of Illinois, Michelle Obama set aside time to vote.  —  Gavin Newsom and Sarah Palin have been deemed the most datable politicians.  —  Vic Snyder will shave to raise funds for Joyce Elliott.
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.
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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 Thursday.  —  U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson had said at a hearing last month …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Florida judge: Fight against insurance mandate can proceed
Discussion: Politics Daily and National Review
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 …
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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
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Christine O'Donnell can't name Supreme Court case  —  Republican Christine O'Donnell was tripped up during Wednesday night's Delaware Senate debate, seemingly unable to name a recent Supreme Court decision with which she disagrees.  (See: O'Donnell Goes Deep Debating Coons)
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Christine O'Donnell says GOP has left her
Discussion: The Note and FrumForum
Fhardingj / CNN:
NRSC to give another $1.8 million to Fiorina
Discussion: The Politico
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Why Christine O'Donnell Could Be More Dangerous Than Sarah Palin
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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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 …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Alaska Senate
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!
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 …
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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Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Entering tonight's debate, poll shows Angle ahead of Reid
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 Hill, The Note and Capitol Alert
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Megan Carpentier / TPMDC:
California NOW President: ‘Meg Whitman Could Be Described As A Political Whore’
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
The New Career of a Madman: Johnson Shrieks, “My site gave Geller her ‘break’ on the web”  —  UPDATE: LGF FLASHBACK!  The Guardian's new columnist can't scrub fast enough:  —  It get's better  —  And this — this is rich.  —  Talk about a hot mess.  Chuck Johnson has penned …
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Charles Johnson / Guardian:
Pamela Geller and the bloggers of hate | Charles Johnson
Rupert Murdoch / Commentary:
‘The Aim Is to Make Israel a Pariah’  —  Last night, Rupert Murdoch gave an extraordinary speech at an Anti-Defamation League dinner in which he revealed, yet again, that he is a true and selfless friend of the Jewish people and of Israel.  Here is the text:
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: New Pakistani Taliban Operative Feared Inside U.S. After Times Square Failure  —  Senior U.S. officials are concerned over recent intelligence indicating that the Pakistani Taliban, which orchestrated the failed Times Square bombing, may have successfully placed another operative inside …
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.
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
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 …
New York Post:
Planned Parenthood a tenant  —  By FREDRIC U. DICKER in Albany and REBECCA ROSENBERG in Niagara Falls, NY  —  Tweet  —  Carl Paladino, a strong opponent of abortion, doesn't let his religious beliefs get in the way of making a quick profit.  —  The Buffalo bomb-thrower …
 
 
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Dave Levinthal / OpenSecrets.org:
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama Seeks Stay on Don't Ask, Don't Tell Ruling
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The Michael Oher story may have been amazing, but was it unique?
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Disgusted voters, the silent majority
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Marilyn Werber Serafini / Washington Post:
GOP pollster warns candidates on ‘repeal and replace’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
The Pink House  —  The White House is going pink.
Discussion: CNN and Pat Dollard
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Yes, voters do care about secret cash funding elections!
Discussion: Daily Kos, Hullabaloo and Balloon Juice
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Washington Post , please define “unsubstantiated”
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
NPR:
‘Nonpolitical’ Groups Target Democrats In Ad Blitz
Discussion: Guardian
Aaron Carroll / The Incidental Economist:
How flawed is life expectancy?
Discussion: Yglesias
National Review:
Islam and the West  —  There need not be a basic conflict …
Discussion: Cold Fury