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8:25 PM ET, October 14, 2010

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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 …
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
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 with which Boehner denounces Pelosi, the progressive champion …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Christine O'Donnell says GOP has left her
Discussion: The Note and FrumForum
Fhardingj / CNN:
NRSC to give another $1.8 million to Fiorina
Discussion: The Politico
Jeremy P. Jacobs / Hotline On Call:
NRSC Upping The Ante In Pennsylvania
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.
Tom Brown / Reuters:
Judge lets states' healthcare suit go forward  —  (Reuters) - U.S. states can proceed with a lawsuit seeking to overturn President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare reform law, a Florida judge ruled Thursday.  —  U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson had said at a hearing last month …
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Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Judge disses Dems' ‘Alice in Wonderland’ health defense
Discussion: Hot Air
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Florida judge: Fight against insurance mandate can proceed
Discussion: National Review
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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Ezra Klein:
Why don't the markets care about the foreclosure crisis?  —  The foreclosure mess really looks pretty bad.  Here's one vision of the worst-case, bad-case and even not-so-bad scenarios.  They're all grim.  Here's a “doomsday scenario.”  The words “TARP” and “two” are getting thrown around a lot …
Discussion: Felix Salmon and Prairie Weather
Dave McKinney / Chicago Sun Times:
Whitney is ‘Whitey’ on some ballots  —  SPRINGFIELD — The last name of Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney is misspelled as “Whitey” on electronic-voting machines in nearly two dozen wards — about half in predominantly African-American areas — and election officials said Wednesday …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Yo, Rich Whitey!  —  Rich Whitney is the Green party candidate for governor in Illinois this year.  But there's been a small matter of a typo on the state's electronic voting machines.  On electronic voting machines in 23 wards — about half of which are predominantly African-American districts …
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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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Alaska Senate
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 …
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Washington Post , please define “unsubstantiated”  —  The Beltway press coverage of the still-unfolding U.S. Chamber of Commerce story continues to be quite timid and overly deferential toward the powerful, pro-business lobbying group.  Legitimate questions have been raised about some of the money …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
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Dana Davis Rehm / NPR:
Why Can't NPR Staff Go To ‘Rally To Restore Sanity’ Or ‘March To Keep Fear Alive’?  —  The answer is they can - if they are assigned to cover the events.  —  But news staff and others covered by NPR's ethics policy should not go.  —  We've received enormous attention from media …
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
News outlets caution staffers about Stewart-Colbert events
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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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama Seeks Stay on Don't Ask, Don't Tell Ruling  —  WASHINGTON — Saying it is preparing to appeal a ruling striking down the law that bans gay men and women from serving openly in the United States military, the Obama administration on Thursday asked the federal judge who issued the ruling for an emergency stay of her decision.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Why the Reid-Angle debate matters so much  —  Debates, like newspaper endorsements, tend to be a slightly overrated commodity in politics.  —  Typically, debates are mundane affairs watched closely by small groups of partisans on each side — factors that virtually ensure they are not …
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Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
After O'Reilly's Rants About How ‘Muslims Killed Us On 9/11!’  Goldberg And Behar Storm Off Set  —  This morning, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly appeared on The View and chatted with the hosts about a variety of the day's issues.  At one point, the discussion turned to the topic of Park 51 …
Discussion: American Power
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Few signs at tea party rally expressed racially charged anti-Obama themes  —  A new analysis of political signs displayed at a tea party rally in Washington last month reveals that the vast majority of activists expressed narrow concerns about the government's economic and spending policies …
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
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
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 …
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 …
Marilyn Werber Serafini / Washington Post:
GOP pollster warns candidates on ‘repeal and replace’  —  As the November elections approach, House Republican leaders are trying to capitalize on public dislike of the new health-care law - about half of voters oppose it - by vowing to “repeal and replace” it.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
 
 
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Josh Levin / Slate:
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Aharding / CNN:
DCCC announces September fundraising boon
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Press Association:
Disgusted voters, the silent majority
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NPR:
‘Nonpolitical’ Groups Target Democrats In Ad Blitz
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National Review:
Islam and the West  —  There need not be a basic conflict …
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