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1:20 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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
CNN: Chris Coons “can barely contain his disdain for his opponent”  —  Just a single line in a post from Gloria Borger, but it echoes the assessment of pretty much everyone I follow on Twitter.  The Daily Caller agrees: … Geraghty says that Coons was “terrible” and repeats another claim …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Christine O'Donnell says GOP has left her
Discussion: FrumForum
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Christine O'Donnell-Chris Coons debate: Full transcript
Discussion: RedState
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Another Dem lawmaker backs off supporting Pelosi, wants Blue Dog for speaker
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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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:   Angle, Reid ready to spar in Las Vegas ring
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Entering tonight's debate, poll shows Angle ahead of Reid
Discussion: National Review and TPMDC
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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Anchorage Daily News:
Ex-mayor says Miller disciplined over ethics
Discussion: Salon and Talking Points Memo
Dan / Riehl World View:
Murkowski Camp: No Comment On Senator's Alleged History Of Cocaine Abuse
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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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 …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and TPMDC
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Yo, Rich Whitey!
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
National Republican Senatorial Committee fires ad maker over ‘hicky’ term  —  The National Republican Senatorial Committee fired Jamestown Associates, a media consulting firm, and apologized to the voters of West Virginia on Thursday after committee officials learned that the firm was responsible …
Discussion: The Plum Line and TPMDC
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
 
 
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National Review:
Islam and the West  —  There need not be a basic conflict …
Discussion: Cold Fury
Ezra Klein:
Steve Pearlstein: 'It's better to take the pain and move on with it'
Patrick Poole / Pajamas Media:
Congressional Muslim Staffers Hosted Second Al-Qaeda Cleric on Capitol Hill
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
First lady casts early ballot
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Unexpected Turns for Suit Over 'Don't Ask' Rule
Discussion: Firedoglake, CNN and AMERICAblog Gay
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Few signs at tea party rally expressed racially charged anti-Obama themes
Discussion: Verum Serum
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Democratic Polling Improves in Key Senate Races, Lengthening G.O.P. Takeover Odds
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Don Surber
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Chris Matthews: Tea party miners would have killed each other
Discussion: New York Times, RedState and Althouse
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NY Daily News:
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