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10:20 AM ET, October 15, 2010

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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Mortgage Morass  —  American officials used to lecture other countries about their economic failings and tell them that they needed to emulate the U.S. model.  The Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s, in particular, led to a lot of self-satisfied moralizing.
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
It's Time For Jail Terms  —  So I'm listening to Andrea Mitchell and Jim Cramer explain the Foreclosure Fraud Crisis as they wail and rend their garments about how terrible it will be for just everyone if these poor banks are held responsible for this problem because the whole economy will implode.
David S. Hilzenrath / Washington Post:   Worries over fast-tracked foreclosures send bank stocks plummeting
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Nevada Fight Night fizzles  —  LAS VEGAS - Republican Sharron Angle lashed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the only debate of the Nevada Senate race Thursday night, telling the Democrat to “man up” at one point and questioning how he got wealthy during his years in Congress.
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Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun:
Reid lost the debate to Angle  —  Let's get the easy part out of the way first:  —  Sharron Angle won The Big Debate.  —  Angle won because she looked relatively credible, appearing not to be the Wicked Witch of the West (Christine O'Donnell is the good witch of the Tea Party) and scoring many more rhetorical points.
The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid & Sharron Angle Debate: Nevada Senate Candidates Face Off (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Caucus and WonkRoom
The Huffington Post:
Christine O'Donnell Tells GOPers: 'I've Got Sean Hannity In My Back Pocket'  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  WASHINGTON — Christine O'Donnell may not be a witch, but she knows how to use scare tactics to raise money, top Republican strategists and officials here tell me.
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Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Tea Party Set to Win Enough Races for Wide Influence  —  Enough Tea Party-supported candidates are running strongly in competitive and Republican-leaning Congressional races that the movement stands a good chance of establishing a sizeable caucus to push its agenda in the House and the Senate, according to a New York Times analysis.
Thomas Fitzgerald / Philly.com:
Armey: Toomey Triggered ‘Conception’ of Tea Party
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Daily Kos
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Monetary Policy Objectives and Tools in a Low-Inflation Environment  —  The topic of this conference—the formulation and conduct of monetary policy in a low-inflation environment—is timely indeed.  From the late 1960s until a decade or so ago, bringing inflation under control was viewed …
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Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Bernanke Signals Intent to Further Spur Economy  —  BOSTON — The Federal Reserve chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, sent a clear signal on Friday that the central bank was poised to take additional steps to try to fight persistently low inflation and high unemployment.
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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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
From a Maine House, a National Foreclosure Freeze  —  DENMARK, Me.  — The house that set off the national furor over faulty foreclosures is blue-gray and weathered.  The porch is piled with furniture and knickknacks awaiting the next yard sale.  In the driveway is a busted pickup truck.
Discussion: Emptywheel and The Big Picture
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Murkowski goes up with Stevens ads  —  Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski will start airing the long-awaited campaign ad featuring the late Sen. Ted Stevens this week.  —  In the ad, Stevens, who died in a plane crash earlier this year, tells voters, “We need Lisa,” according to footage of the advertisement obtained exclusively by POLITICO.
Mara Liasson / NPR:
NPR Poll Offers Sliver Of Hope For Democrats  —  With only 18 days left until Election Day, an NPR survey of likely voters in battleground districts found that while the overall field still tilts to the GOP, Democrats are closing the gap in some places.  —  The good news for Democrats …
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Blue No More: Colo. Dems Struggle for Votes  —  Tea Party-Favored Ken Buck in Close Race With Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet  —  When Barack Obama won Colorado in the 2008 election, many instantly declared it a new blue state.  All but two Republicans running for Congress lost to Democrats …
Discussion: The Note
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Second Sestak Comeback Is Unlikely  —  There's been some excitement this week about Pennsylvania, where two internal polls commissioned by Democrats show a tight Senate race.  One of the polls actually puts their candidate, Joe Sestak, ahead by 3 points; the other has him 1 point behind Pat Toomey.
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Barack Obama sees rise of ‘tribal attitude’  —  President Barack Obama thinks that the recession has caused a temporary increase in racial tension by stoking “tribal attitude” among people in economic distress.  —  During an hour-long town hall with young people simulcast on MTV …
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
The New Career of a Madman: Johnson Shrieks, “My site gave Geller her ‘break’ on the web”  —  UPDATE: LGF FLASHBACK!  The Guardian's new columnist can't scrub fast enough:  —  It get's better  —  And this — this is rich.  —  Talk about a hot mess.  Chuck Johnson has penned …
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Charles Johnson / Guardian:
Pamela Geller and the bloggers of hate | Charles Johnson
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Democrats' Primary Turnout Lowest on Record  —  Fueled by tea party activism and hotly contested races, Republican participation in this year's primary elections was up.  But Democratic participation fell to a record low, leaving overall voter turnout at the second lowest level ever for a midterm election …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Sweetness & Light
Megan Carpentier / TPMDC:
California NOW President: ‘Meg Whitman Could Be Described As A Political Whore’  —  Last week, the National Organization for Women and the PAC of the California NOW chapter took heat for their endorsement of state Attorney General Jerry Brown (D) over Meg Whitman (R) in the gubernatorial race …
Marty Lamb for Congress:
McGovern Says Constitution is WRONG  —  Lamb Will Uphold Constitution  —  Holliston, MA ...Tonight, Marty Lamb, Republican candidate for Congress in Massachusetts Third District, was shocked at Congressman James McGovern's words and his attitude toward the U.S. Constitution.
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
Postcard From Palestine  —  This article appeared in the November 1, 2010 edition of The Nation.  —  Recommended by  —  Hebron  —  The first thing you notice when you drive into Hebron is the lack of cars.  Since 1997 this second-largest Palestinian city in the West Bank …
John A. Boehner / New York Times:
Boehner's Path to Power Began in Southern Ohio  —  READING, Ohio — John A. Boehner, the House Republican leader, laments that the America he grew up in has been “snuffed out” by Democrats.  Yet Mr. Boehner's hometown seems virtually untouched by the decades that have passed since he lugged kegs …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Washington Post:
Black voters may be just as engaged as they were in 2008, polls show  —  Will black voters turn out in November?  —  Historically, black turnout for midterm elections has lagged behind the national average, but two new reports offer a bullish outlook for this year.
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Outlook for November 2nd  —  Larry J. Sabato, Director, U.Va. Center for Politics  —  As alert readers of the Crystal Ball will note, we have not changed our projection of +47 Republican net House seats in many weeks.  We made this prediction prior to Labor Day, and we were the first to say definitively …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and National Review
James Joyner / Outside the Beltway:
Modernizing Education  —  Ezra Klein submits this 11:40 video by Sir Ken Robinson on the need to transform education.  —  He contends that Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder is either a complete myth or grossly overdiagnosed.  Rather, the problem is that we're expecting kids used …
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
Cuomo tells gay activists he will legalize same-sex marriage, make ‘equality a reality’ in New York  —  Our Kate Lucadamo is on scene at the Empire State Pride Agenda's Fall Dinner, where just a short time ago, Andrew Cuomo told attendees he wants to make their hopes of legal same-sex marriage a reality.
Wisconsin Radio Network:
Judge rules concealed carry ban unconstitutional  —  A Clark County judge says Wisconsin's ban on carrying concealed weapons is unconstitutional.  In the case, authorities charged a Sauk City man with carrying a concealed weapon, after he admitted he had a knife in his waistband.  He never threatened anyone.
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Judge disses Dems' ‘Alice in Wonderland’ health defense  —  A federal judge in Florida on Thursday said he will allow some of the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the health care law to proceed — and criticized Democrats for making an “Alice in Wonderland” argument to defend the law.
 
 
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
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Rupert Murdoch / Commentary:
‘The Aim Is to Make Israel a Pariah’
Discussion: Power Line
Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: New Pakistani Taliban Operative Feared Inside U.S …
Dave Levinthal / OpenSecrets.org:
Outside Political Spending Surging in 2010 Midterms
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Limbaugh would be weak against Nelson
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