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3:50 PM ET, October 14, 2010

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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 …
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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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Christine O'Donnell says GOP has left her
Discussion: New York Magazine, FrumForum and CNN
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 …
Eric Lach / TPMDC:
Illinois Candidate's Name Misspelled As ‘Rich Whitey’ On Electronic-Voting Machines
Discussion: Wonkette
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and National Review
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Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Entering tonight's debate, poll shows Angle ahead of Reid
Discussion: National Review, Barcepundit 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 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Felix Salmon
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Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
Foreclosure-Gate's Doomsday Scenario
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 …
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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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 …
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
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Unexpected Turns for Suit Over 'Don't Ask' Rule  —  The timing could not have been worse.  Just as the Log Cabin Republicans' lawsuit challenging “don't ask, don't tell” was finally racing out of judicial limbo in 2009, the group was in disarray.  —  The prominent gay and lesbian conservative organization …
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.
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?
NPR:
‘Nonpolitical’ Groups Target Democrats In Ad Blitz … This election season, more money than ever is flowing from supposedly nonpolitical groups into TV ad campaigns.  —  Americans for Job Security ad targeting Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA)  —  Most of the ads are negative …
Discussion: Guardian
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 …
Michael P. McDonald / The Huffington Post:
Early Voting Off to a Fast Start in Democratic Areas of Ohio  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  Ohioans have been casting their ballots for the 2010 midterm elections since Sept. 28.  Voters in other states have also begun casting their ballots.  By and large, these ballots are dribbling in …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republican Governors Association raises $30 million in three months  —  Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour helped the Republican Governors Association raise $30 million in the last three months.  Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images  —  The Republican Governors Association collected $30 million …
Discussion: The Page and ThinkProgress
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 …
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
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
NY Daily News:
Mystery shiny objects floating over Manhattan spark UFO frenzy  —  A mysterious shiny object floating high over Manhattan's West Side set off a flurry of reports and wild speculation Wednesday that a UFO was flying over the city.  —  Police and the FAA said they began getting flooded …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rep. Clyburn: Black vote could be ‘secret weapon’ for Dems in midterms  —  A large turnout by black voters could help stave off large losses for Democrats, Rep. James Clyburn said Thursday.  —  Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat, dismissed concerns that black turnout on Nov. 2 …
Discussion: The Politico and Associated Press
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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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Democrats tout financial advantage going into Election Day
Discussion: CNN
Jeremy P. Jacobs / Hotline On Call:
NRSC Upping The Ante In Pennsylvania
Charles Johnson / Guardian:
Pamela Geller and the bloggers of hate
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Jihad Watch
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
‘Are You Guys Eventually Going To Disclose?’  Chamber Responds Bluntly, ‘No!’
CNN:
Party ad accompanies Obama pitch to younger voters
Discussion: The Politico
Kevin Landrigan / Nashuatelegraph.com:
House candidate admits mistake on financial form
Discussion: Ballot Box and Daily Kos
Laura Roberts / Telegraph:
India's richest man Mukesh Ambani moves into £630m home
Discussion: New York Magazine
 Earlier Items: 
National Review:
Islam and the West  —  There need not be a basic conflict …
Discussion: Cold Fury
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Democratic Polling Improves in Key Senate Races, Lengthening G.O.P. Takeover Odds
Discussion: Don Surber and Prairie Weather
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Chris Matthews: Tea party miners would have killed each other
Discussion: New York Times, RedState and Althouse
Fox News:
Obama: Republicans Will Have to Learn to Get Along With Me