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2:40 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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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: New York Magazine and FrumForum
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 …
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  —  NPR, like many news organizations, restricts its journalists from taking political stands, making campaign contributions, or participating in marches and rallies that the network covers.  —  Those rules can apply more broadly than just to Democratic or Republican events.
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 …
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Dave McKinney / Chicago Sun Times:
Whitney is ‘Whitey’ on some ballots
Discussion: TPMDC and Outside the Beltway
Igor Volsky / Wonkroom:
In Debate, O'Donnell Likens Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell To Adultery  —  During this evening's Delaware Senate debate, Christine O'Donnell — who has a spotty record on LGBT rights — repeatedly compared allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military to “adultery” …
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
O'Donnell Calls Coons a Marxist During Debate
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Christine O'Donnell-Chris Coons debate: Full transcript
Discussion: RedState
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
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 …
Discussion: The Note and Liberty Pundits Blog
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Anchorage Daily News:
Ex-mayor says Miller disciplined over ethics
Discussion: Salon and 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 …
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
DNC chairman isn't ‘wild about’ Manchin's cap-and-trade TV ad  —  Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said he wasn't “wild about” West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin's (D) TV ad in which he shoots a copy of the cap-and-trade bill.  —  “The part that I most don't like is fixing what's bad …
Discussion: The Note and Ben Smith's Blog
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Democratic Polling Improves in Key Senate Races, Lengthening G.O.P. Takeover Odds
Discussion: Don Surber and Prairie Weather
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Glenn Beck asks listeners to give Chamber its biggest fundraising day ever  —  Conservative media personality Glenn Beck implored his listeners Thursday to flood the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with donations.  —  Beck, on his daily radio show, personally donated to the Chamber …
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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 …
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.”
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Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Valerie Jarret apologizes for remark about gay teen
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Capitalism Saved the Miners  —  The profit = innovation dynamic was everywhere at the mine rescue site.  —  It needs to be said.  The rescue of the Chilean miners is a smashing victory for free-market capitalism.  —  Amid the boundless human joy of the miners' liberation, it may seem churlish to make such a claim.
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.
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?
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 …
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
National Review:
Islam and the West  —  There need not be a basic conflict — but we should resist their aggressions.  —  It is certainly time that the West considered systematically whether it has irreconcilable differences with Islam.  The belligerence of many Islamic spokesmen and the unassimilable quality …
Discussion: Cold Fury
CNN:
Party ad accompanies Obama pitch to younger voters  —  Washington (CNN) - Hours before President Barack Obama holds a town hall simulcast on MTV, CMT, and BET as part of the Democratic party's drive to motivate younger voters to cast ballots in the midterm elections, the Democratic National Committee released …
Discussion: The Politico
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Religious group took alleged terrorist money  —  A group of Ohio ministers has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the organization that sponsors the National Prayer Breakfast because it received money six years ago from an alleged Islamic terrorist organization trying to finance illicit lobbying.
Discussion: Politics Daily
 
 
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Patrick Poole / Pajamas Media:
Congressional Muslim Staffers Hosted Second Al-Qaeda Cleric on Capitol Hill
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Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Few signs at tea party rally expressed racially charged anti-Obama themes
Discussion: Verum Serum and Weasel Zippers
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Chris Matthews: Tea party miners would have killed each other
Discussion: New York Times, RedState and Althouse
Front Page Magazine:
Wilders' Trial: Win One, Lose One
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
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ICE Deports Non-Spanish Speaking American Citizen to Mexico
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