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6:55 AM ET, October 15, 2010

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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.
Lauren Leamanczyk / Today's TMJ4:
First Lady Makes Surprise Visit To Milwaukee Diner  —  MILWAUKEE - First lady Michelle Obama thrilled staff and customers when she made a surprise visit to Miss Katie's Diner on the city's near west side.  —  Mrs. Obama met her cousin and her cousin's daughter for lunch at the restaurant.
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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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.
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.
Discussion: New York Times and The Page
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LATimes / Top of the Ticket:
Harry Reid - Sharron Angle debate: Topic-by-topic recap  —  Harry Reid - Sharon Angle debate, October 14, 2010  —  Reid's opening statement  —  Finally!  It's the closest, and most closely watched, race of the midterm elections, and now the long-awaited debate between the two virtually tied Senate candidates.
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 …
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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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Florida judge: Fight against insurance mandate can proceed
Discussion: Politics Daily and National Review
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.
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  —  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 …
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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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 …
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
Thomas Fitzgerald / Philly.com:
Armey: Toomey Triggered ‘Conception’ of Tea Party  —  Former Rep. Dick Armey (R.,Tex.), whose Freedom Works organization has helped the Tea Party grow, said Tuesday in Philadelphia that the movement was conceived the moment President George W. Bush endorsed Sen. Arlen Specter (then-R, now D) …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Crooks and Liars
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 …
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.
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
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
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)
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Alaska Senate  —  Alaska Senate: Miller (R), Murkowski Are Now Nearly Tied  —  Is Lisa Murkowski on the way to writing herself back in to the U.S. Senate?  —  A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Alaska shows Republican Joe Miller with 35% support and Murkowski …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
A historic shift in the making this election?  —  Voters seem to think Congress is like a weedy lot — that anything done to it will improve it — so they seem poised to produce something not seen since 1981-82.  Then, for the first time since 1952, a majority of senators were in their first terms.
Jonathan Capehart / PostPartisan:
Valerie Jarrett is no Tony Perkins  —  Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama, has taken her lumps since my video interview with her was posted yesterday.  We talked about infrastructure and her concern about the rash of nationally reported suicides of gay youth.
 
 
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