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8:15 AM ET, October 15, 2010

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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Mortgage Morass  —  American officials used to lecture other countries about their economic failings and tell them that they needed to emulate the U.S. model.  The Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s, in particular, led to a lot of self-satisfied moralizing.
Discussion: Opinionator 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 …
David S. Hilzenrath / Washington Post:
Worries over fast-tracked foreclosures send bank stocks plummeting  —  Stocks of major banks declined sharply Thursday amid concern that widespread corner-cutting in the foreclosure process could saddle the financial system with a costly and paralyzing mess.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
It's Time For Jail Terms  —  So I'm listening to Andrea Mitchell and Jim Cramer explain the Foreclosure Fraud Crisis as they wail and rend their garments about how terrible it will be for just everyone if these poor banks are held responsible for this problem because the whole economy will implode.
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 … 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.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Nevada Fight Night fizzles  —  LAS VEGAS - Republican Sharron Angle lashed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the only debate of the Nevada Senate race Thursday night, telling the Democrat to “man up” at one point and questioning how he got wealthy during his years in Congress.
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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: Law Blog and Althouse
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Megan Carpentier / TPMDC:
California NOW President: ‘Meg Whitman Could Be Described As A Political Whore’  —  Last week, the National Organization for Women and the PAC of the California NOW chapter took heat for their endorsement of state Attorney General Jerry Brown (D) over Meg Whitman (R) in the gubernatorial race …
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The Huffington Post:
Christine O'Donnell Tells GOPers: 'I've Got Sean Hannity In My Back Pocket'  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  WASHINGTON — Christine O'Donnell may not be a witch, but she knows how to use scare tactics to raise money, top Republican strategists and officials here tell me.
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Tea Party Set to Win Enough Races for Wide Influence  —  Enough Tea Party-supported candidates are running strongly in competitive and Republican-leaning Congressional races that the movement stands a good chance of establishing a sizeable caucus to push its agenda in the House and the Senate, according to a New York Times analysis.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and The Page
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Thomas Fitzgerald / Philly.com:
Armey: Toomey Triggered ‘Conception’ of Tea Party
Discussion: Daily Kos and Crooks and Liars
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
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 …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
From a Maine House, a National Foreclosure Freeze  —  DENMARK, Me.  — The house that set off the national furor over faulty foreclosures is blue-gray and weathered.  The porch is piled with furniture and knickknacks awaiting the next yard sale.  In the driveway is a busted pickup truck.
Discussion: The Big Picture
Marty Lamb for Congress:
McGovern Says Constitution is WRONG  —  Lamb Will Uphold Constitution  —  Holliston, MA ...Tonight, Marty Lamb, Republican candidate for Congress in Massachusetts Third District, was shocked at Congressman James McGovern's words and his attitude toward the U.S. Constitution.
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Barack Obama sees rise of ‘tribal attitude’  —  President Barack Obama thinks that the recession has caused a temporary increase in racial tension by stoking “tribal attitude” among people in economic distress.  —  During an hour-long town hall with young people simulcast on MTV …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The Hill
Wisconsin Radio Network:
Judge rules concealed carry ban unconstitutional  —  A Clark County judge says Wisconsin's ban on carrying concealed weapons is unconstitutional.  In the case, authorities charged a Sauk City man with carrying a concealed weapon, after he admitted he had a knife in his waistband.  He never threatened anyone.
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
Postcard From Palestine  —  This article appeared in the November 1, 2010 edition of The Nation.  —  Recommended by  —  Hebron  —  The first thing you notice when you drive into Hebron is the lack of cars.  Since 1997 this second-largest Palestinian city in the West Bank …
Discussion: Yglesias and American Prospect
Laura Rozen / The Politico:
World powers propose nuclear talks with Iran in November  —  World powers have proposed meeting with Iran in November to discuss its nuclear program, the top international negotiator said Thursday.  —  A spokesperson for European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton said she has proposed …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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.
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 …
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
Dave Levinthal / OpenSecrets.org:
Outside Political Spending Surging in 2010 Midterms  —  Business associations, unions and ideological groups have more than doubled their spending on political advertisements and messaging when compared to the entire 2006 federal midterm, a Center for Responsive Politics analysis indicates.
Discussion: Don Surber and The Politico
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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George F. Will / Washington Post:
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Fhardingj / CNN:
NRSC to give another $1.8 million to Fiorina
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Push-Polling in Illinois?
Josh Levin / Slate:
The Michael Oher story may have been amazing, but was it unique?
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Alaska Senate
Press Association:
Disgusted voters, the silent majority
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
The Pink House  —  The White House is going pink.
Discussion: Pat Dollard and CNN
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Yes, voters do care about secret cash funding elections!
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Washington Post , please define “unsubstantiated”
Discussion: Hullabaloo
NPR:
‘Nonpolitical’ Groups Target Democrats In Ad Blitz
Discussion: Guardian
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
After O'Reilly's Rants About How ‘Muslims Killed Us On 9/11!’
Discussion: American Power
Laura Roberts / Telegraph:
India's richest man Mukesh Ambani moves into £630m home
Discussion: New York Magazine