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9:30 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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Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Delaware Candidates Trade Jabs in Debate  —  NEWARK, Del. — Swallowing nervously, Christine O'Donnell, the Tea Party favorite who is running for the Senate in Delaware, plunged into her first public debate Wednesday night with a jab at Chris Coons, her Democratic opponent, a former lawyer who is a county executive here.
Paul / Power Line:   The wrong bogeyman  —  Here's a sidebar to the debate tonight …
Igor Volsky / Wonkroom:
In Debate, O'Donnell Likens Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell To Adultery
Rebecca Dana / The Daily Beast:
Christine at the ‘Frat House’
Discussion: Wonkette and Gawker
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Survey USA: Coons 54, O'Donnell 33
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 …
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Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Entering tonight's debate, poll shows Angle ahead of Reid  —  Gap remains within margin of error in battle for Senate seat  —  For the first time since Sharron Angle won the GOP primary, she's edging out U.S. Sen. Harry Reid in a new poll for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and 8NewsNow highlighting …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.”
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.
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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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Awesome: White House attacks on Rove's group lead to massive influx of donations
Discussion: Nice Deb and The Daily Caller
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Obama is Rove's fundraiser-in-chief
Quinnipiac University:
Blumenthal Opens Up Double-Digit Lead In Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Connecticut Poll Finds; Independent Voters Shift Back To Democrat  —  Reversing a months-long decline in his lead in the Connecticut U.S. Senate race, Democratic State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has opened up a 54 …
Discussion: Washington Wire
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Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Female Candidate Finds Tough Audience: Women
Discussion: New York Magazine
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.
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 …
Fox News:
Obama: Republicans Will Have to Learn to Get Along With Me  —  President Obama reveals in a magazine article that he is weighing what to do if Republicans win the House majority next month, and has come up with a novel approach: Make the GOP work with him.  —  In a seeming twist …
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New York Times:
Dithering on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'  —  The Obama administration professes to oppose the odious and misguided policy of banning gay soldiers from serving openly in the military.  So it was distressing to hear that the Justice Department plans to appeal a federal court order …
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Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Gates Warns of Abruptly Ending 'Don't Ask'
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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 …
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
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
Wall Street Journal:
AOL, Firms Explore an Offer for Yahoo  —  AOL Inc. and several private-equity firms are exploring making an offer to buy Yahoo Inc., according to people familiar with the matter, devising a bold plan to marry two big Internet brands facing steep challenges.  —  Silver Lake Partners …
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.
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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
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.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner a rubber stamp for Pelosi?  —  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 …
The ChamberPost:
Grabbing at Straws Is Full-time Work  —  Having been roundly repudiated in the mainstream media over their allegation that the U.S. Chamber is using money from American Chambers of Commerce abroad (AmChams) to fund political ads, John Podesta and his folks at ThinkProgress have shifted …
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Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Exclusive: Chamber Receives At Least $885,000 From Over 80 Foreign …
 
 
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Anchorage Daily News:
Ex-mayor says Miller disciplined over ethics
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Chuck Norris / Townhall.com:
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New York Times:
Uphill in Wisconsin  —  When it came to the actual details …
Discussion: Salon, CNN and National Review
Geoffrey Dickens / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Matthews: Chilean Miners Would Be Dead if They Followed Tea Party's …
 Earlier Items: 
John O'Connor / The State:
New Poll: Haley leads, but Sheheen's support more solid
Felix Salmon:
Geithner's bizarre foreclosure logic
Discussion: Emptywheel and TalkLeft
Mike Flynn / Big Government:
Exclusive: Court Document Details Congressman's Past Spousal Abuse