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12:20 PM ET, October 14, 2010

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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Why Christine O'Donnell Could Be More Dangerous Than Sarah Palin  —  Because she has the idiot bravado of the talk show regular.  —  I write this 2/3rds of the way into her “debate” with Chris Coons in Newark, Delaware.  Sarah Palin was wounded by Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson …
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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 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Christine O'Donnell says GOP has left her
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Christine O'Donnell-Chris Coons debate: Full transcript
Discussion: RedState
Paul / Power Line:   The wrong bogeyman  —  Here's a sidebar to the debate tonight …
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
POLL: Voters more likely to see Dems 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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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 Huffington Post:
Pelosi To Progressives, Pundits: Don't Blame Us For Senate's Shortcomings  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urged progressives and pundits alike not punish House Democrats in the 2010 elections for the lethargy and shortcomings of the Senate.
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
I CAN THINK OF A FEW LETTERS I'D LIKE TO BUY.... Pat Sajak is perhaps best known as the host of the television game-show “Wheel of Fortune,” but those who keep up with conservative media outlets also recognize Sajak as a prominent far-right activist.  —  How far-right?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Eschaton
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Jillian Rayfield / TPM LiveWire:
Pat Sajak: Should Public Employees Always Be Allowed To Vote?
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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Dan / Riehl World View:
Murkowski Camp: No Comment On Senator's Alleged History Of Cocaine Abuse
Anchorage Daily News:
Ex-mayor says Miller disciplined over ethics
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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.
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 …
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Chris Matthews: Tea party miners would have killed each other  —  If the trapped Chilean miners had subscribed to the tea party's “every-man-for-himself” philosophy, “they would have been killing each other after about two days,” MSNBC host Chris Matthews said on his “Hardball” show Wednesday night.
Discussion: New York Times and Althouse
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Geoffrey Dickens / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Matthews: Chilean Miners Would Be Dead if They Followed Tea Party's …
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 …
Morgen / Verum Serum:
Jerry Brown Flashback: Solution to the Immigration Problem is to “Slow Down the Process of Modernization in Mexico”  —  They don't call him Moonbeam for nothing:  —  Click here to view the embedded video.  —  Source: CSPAN … For someone so concerned about the elimination of anyone's liberty …
Discussion: GayPatriot and Left Coast Rebel
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.”
Suzanne Kapner / Financial Times:
Wells adds to crisis over home seizures  —  The US mortgage foreclosure crisis deepened as it emerged that Wells Fargo may have used practices that prompted rivals to halt home repossessions, and JPMorgan Chase said banks might be fined over the issue.  —  Bank of America …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Casting agent attacks GOP over ‘hicky’ ad; claims political cover-up  —  A Philadelphia talent agent says the National Republican Senatorial Committee unfairly blamed her for controversial language about West Virginians that was used in the casting call for a political ad — and claims she has been the victim of a political cover-up.
Discussion: The Plum Line
Front Page Magazine:
Wilders' Trial: Win One, Lose One  —  Posted by Robert Spencer on Oct 14th, 2010 and filed under FrontPage.  You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0.  You can skip to the end and leave a response.  Pinging is currently not allowed.  —  Robert Spencer is a scholar …
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
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
Nick Baumann / MoJo Articles:
Tea Party Frontrunner: Abolish Public Schools  —  In California, GOP congressional candidate David Harmer wants to eliminate public education.  But you won't hear him touting his extreme views on the campaign trail.  —  Post Comment  —  It's fairly common for conservative political candidates …
 
 
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Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Few signs at tea party rally expressed racially charged anti-Obama themes
Discussion: Verum Serum
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Top GOP-ers plan to draft Haley Barbour to run for RNC chair instead …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Democratic Polling Improves in Key Senate Races, Lengthening G.O.P. Takeover Odds
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Don Surber
Courtney Schlisserman / Bloomberg:
Initial Jobless Claims in U.S. Rose 13,000 Last Week to 462,000
Michael B. Oren / New York Times:
An End to Israel's Invisibility
Discussion: Yglesias
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Another Dem lawmaker backs off supporting Pelosi, wants Blue Dog for speaker
James Hamilton / Econbrowser:
Why is the Fed doing this?  —  Most observers now seem convinced …
Discussion: Fortune
Sam Ritchie / Blog of Rights:
ICE Deports Non-Spanish Speaking American Citizen to Mexico
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Tony Pugh / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
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Chuck Norris / Townhall.com:
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