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1:25 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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Rebecca Dana / The Daily Beast:
Christine at the ‘Frat House’  —  Voters get their best look yet at Tea Party star Christine O'Donnell in tonight's Senate debate.  Rebecca Dana talks to her neighbors about her burning ambition, feuds, and the Christian rocker she lives with.  —  Before Tea Party darling Christine O'Donnell came …
Discussion: Gawker and Wonkette
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Delaware Senate Hopefuls Debate
Discussion: CNN and Gawker
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Survey USA: Coons 54, O'Donnell 33
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Christine O'Donnell fascination, examined
Discussion: Power Line and CNN
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Exclusive: Chamber Receives At Least $885,000 From Over 80 Foreign Companies In Disclosed Donations Alone  —  Last week, ThinkProgress published an exclusive story about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's foreign fundraising operation.  We noted the Chamber raises money from foreign-owned businesses for its 501 …
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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.”
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Education of a President  —  On a busy afternoon in the West Wing late last month, President Barack Obama seemed relaxed and unhurried as he sat down in a newly reupholstered brown leather chair in the Oval Office.  He had just returned from the East Room, where he signed the Small Business Jobs Act …
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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 …
Discussion: The Page
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Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun:
The blind hate that is financing Sharron Angle's run
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
POLL: Majority of voters say they want a viable third party in American politics
Discussion: CNN, Ballot Box and Prairie Weather
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 …
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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Hotline On Call:
The Real Story On Campaign Money
Atrios / Eschaton:
“Perhaps”  —  I really don't get the complete lack of concern  —  for property rights. … If Citi doesn't own the mortgage then the woman doesn't owe them any money.  If Citi doesn't own the mortgage then it isn't the case that “perhaps” they shouldn't foreclose on her, it's the case that they have no legal right to foreclosure.
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John Carney / CNBC:
Let's Not Start Lionizing The Anti-Foreclosure Deadbeats
Discussion: Overlawyered and TalkLeft
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.
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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
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.
Discussion: Right Wing News
First Read / msnbc.com:
Raese, missile defense, and ‘lasers in the sky’  —  From NBC's Shawna Thomas and Carrie Dann  —  INWOOD W.V.— West Virginia Republican candidate John Raese on Tuesday outlined his focus on national defense by calling for an extensive laser-based missile defense system.  —  A very extensive one.
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Mike Flynn / Big Government:
Exclusive: Court Document Details Congressman's Past Spousal Abuse  —  Ohio Democrat Congressman Charlie Wilson was first elected to Congress in the Democrat wave year of 2006.  Prior to that, he had been a long-time member of the Ohio state legislature, first elected to the Ohio House in 1996 and the Ohio Senate in 2004.
Paul / Power Line:
The wrong bogeyman  —  Here's a sidebar to the debate tonight between Chris Coons and Christine ODonnell (see the post below for a discussion of that debate).  One of the first things Coons said was that he has a proven record as a job creator by virtue, in part, of his ability as a County Executive …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Dem's hippie ad: ‘Does not support Pelosi...voted with GOP 65% of the time’  —  As Democrats in conservative districts scramble to distance themselves from the national Democratic leadership, Georgia Rep. Jim Marshall outdoes the rest with what's a cultural attack ad aimed at contrasting him with Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Pat Sajak / National Review:
Public Employees and Elections: A Conflict of Interest?  —  None of my family and friends is allowed to appear on Wheel of Fortune.  Same goes for my kids' teachers or the guys who rotate my tires.  If there's not a real conflict of interest, there is, at least, the appearance of one.
Julian Borger / Guardian:
Linda Norgrove: Navy Seal faces disciplinary action  —  Guardian learns commando hurled explosive device during rescue as he had not seen UK aid worker taking cover nearby  —  Startling details of the daring rescue mission that ended in the death of the British aid worker Linda Norgrove …
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
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The Atlantic Online:
Navy SEAL Grenade Killed British Aid Worker: Reports
Felix Salmon:
The enormous mortgage-bond scandal  —  You thought the foreclosure mess was bad?  You're right about that.  But it gets so much worse once you start adding in a whole bunch of parallel messes in the world of mortgage bonds.  For instance, as Tracy Alloway says, mortgage-bond documentation generally …
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
NPR staff told to stay away from Colbert, Stewart rallies if not covering them  —  From: [NPR chief executive] Vivian Schiller  —  Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 8:58 AM  —  Subject: FW: NPR Journalists and political activity  —  Please see Ellen Weiss' note to her staff below …
Geoffrey Dickens / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Matthews: Chilean Miners Would Be Dead if They Followed Tea Party's ‘Every Man for Himself’ Philosophy  —  Leave it to Chris Matthews to shoe-horn in a crass political point against the Tea Party, even in the midst of a heartwarming story like the rescue of the Chilean miners.
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Tea Party movement: Billionaire Koch brothers who helped it grow  —  Industrialists who own private company with annual revenues of £62bn have channelled millions of dollars to rightwing causes  —  It likes to present itself as a grassroots insurgency made up of hundreds of local groups intent on toppling the Washington elite.
Mark S. Mellman / The Hill:
Great uncertainty still lies before us  —  For months, the narrative has been imprinted on our brains: Weighed down by an economy that still feels mired in recession and a president whose popularity is sagging as a result, Democrats face electoral Armageddon in November.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Reuel Gerecht on Pamela Geller's Foul Anti-Muslim Ideology  —  In a recent New York Times interview, the blogger Pamela Geller leveled many serious charges against Islam; she stated that Muslims curse Jews and Christians during their five-times-a-day prayer; that the only good Muslim is a secular Muslim …
 
 
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John O'Connor / The State:
New Poll: Haley leads, but Sheheen's support more solid
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
GOP-ers promised committee slots
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, TPMDC and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Ex-Overseer of Auto Industry Accepts Ban in S.E.C. Deal
Aharding / CNN:
Obama administration expected to appeal ruling on gays in military
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Fmr. Gov. Ventura: I Would Not Vote For Linda McMahon
Discussion: Raw Story, Politics Daily and TPMDC
Felix Salmon:
Geithner's bizarre foreclosure logic
Discussion: TalkLeft
Dave Wedge / Boston Herald:
Rival blasts Barney Frank's swanky free jet ride
 Earlier Items: 
The Huffington Post:
Secret Donations Could Haunt 2012
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
White House Meeting for Black Journalists Doesn't Stay Off-The-Record for Long
Jennifer Steinhauer / The Caucus:
When Will It End?  —  Campaign-weary Americans may believe …
Peter Ingemi / Examiner:
Massachusetts soon in a different column
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Sink continues to lead
Discussion: Riptide 2.0 and Naked Politics