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2:15 PM ET, October 15, 2010

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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.
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Tunku Varadarajan / The Daily Beast:
Why I'm Rooting for Sharron Angle  —  It's easy for a libertarian to wish for all-around Republican victories in the midterms.  What's more delicate is supporting political aberrations like Angle, Paladino, and O'Donnell.  By Tunku Varadarajan.  —  As the midterm elections approach …
Aharding / CNN:
Angle lands ‘low blow,’ says Reid  —  Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - Both sides landed some punches, but there didn't seem to be a knockout in the high stakes debate between Sen. Harry Reid and Sharron Angle Thursday night.  —  Still, Reid said at one point Angle had gone too far in attacking his wealth, calling it a “low blow.”
Discussion: Sweetness & Light and The Politico
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.
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Candidates play man-upsmanship
Discussion: Indecision Forever
The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid & Sharron Angle Debate: Nevada Senate Candidates Face Off (VIDEO)
Discussion: WonkRoom, The Caucus and RedState
LATimes / Top of the Ticket:
Harry Reid - Sharron Angle debate: Topic-by-topic recap
Clarence Page / Chicago Tribune:
What's so bad about elites?
Discussion: The Anchoress
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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David S. Hilzenrath / Washington Post:
Worries over fast-tracked foreclosures send bank stocks plummeting
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 sizable caucus to push its agenda in the House and the Senate, according to a New York Times analysis.
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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.
Matthew Continetti / Washington Post:
Five myths about Sarah Palin
Aharding / CNN:
Palin to once again help kick off Tea Party Express tour
Discussion: National Review
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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 …
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Glen Bolger / Public Opinion Strategies:
An In-Depth Look At Key Congressional Races — NPR Survey
Discussion: National Review
Jessica Taylor / The Politico:
Poll: Joe Manchin ahead by 10 points  —  Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin has opened up a double-digit lead over Republican John Raese in the West Virginia Senate special election, according to a new independent poll set for release Friday morning.  —  The Marshall University poll shows Manchin taking 48 percent …
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Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Outlook for November 2nd
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.
Scott Woolley / Fortune:
Carly Fiorina's troubling telecom past  —  Before she became the controversial CEO of HP, Senate candidate Carly Fiorina was a star at Lucent.  What does her time at the telecom disaster say about her?  —  Carly Fiorina while at Lucent  —  In the spring of 1999, Lucent Technology's star …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Swampland
DutchNews.nl:
Wilders not guilty on all counts - Update  —  The public prosecution department on Friday afternoon stated that Geert Wilders is not guilty of discriminating against Muslims.  Earlier on Friday it announced he should also be found not guilty of inciting hatred.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
How Romney made a bestseller  —  Mitt Romney boosted sales of his book this spring by asking institutions to buy thousands of copies in exchange for his speeches, according to a document obtained by POLITICO.  —  Romney's book tour ran from early March to late May of this year …
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The Pamela Geller Interview  —  It has been great to see my friend Pamela Geller from Atlas Shrugs starting to gain more national prominence.  She's a got a new book out, The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America, she's been the point person on the Ground Zero Mosque right …
Tom Odula / Associated Press:
Obama's half brother in Kenya says he married teen  —  NAIROBI, Kenya - President Barack Obama's polygamist half brother in Kenya has married a woman who is more than 30 years younger than him.  —  The 19-year-old's mother told The Associated Press on Friday she is furious …
Discussion: HillBuzz and Atlas Shrugs
Benedicte Page / Guardian:
Blair in running for bad sex award  —  Former prime minister's memoir nominated for prize dedicated to clumsy erotic scenes in fiction  —  Tony Blair has received a double insult from the Literary Review, with the nomination of his bestselling autobiography, A Journey, for its bad sex award.
Discussion: pandagon.net
Washington Post:
Pentagon to comply with court order to end 'don't ask, don't tell'  —  The Pentagon announced Thursday that it will comply with a court order to stop enforcing its “don't ask, don't tell” policy barring gays from serving openly in the military, even as the Obama administration asked a federal judge to delay implementation of the ruling.
Rikntx / Media Matters for America:
Kilmeade defends O'Reilly's View appearance: “Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslim”  —  From the October 15 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:  —  Please upgrade your flash player.  The video for this item requires a newer version of Flash Player.
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 …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama Performing Well Relative to Congress' Low Ratings  —  Obama's 26-point average lead in approval is high versus past presidents' margins  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Since he took office, President Barack Obama's job approval ratings have averaged 26 percentage points higher than Congress' approval ratings …
 
 
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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
In Campaign for Governor, Paladino Pairs Fierce Talk With Spine-Cracking Hugs
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Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
U.S. Uses Attacks to Nudge Taliban Toward a Deal
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CNN:
AMERICAN MORNING  —  Miners Tell Their Story; Debate in the Desert …
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James Hohmann / The Politico:
Mitch Daniels open to VAT, oil tax hike
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Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
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Washington Post:
Black voters may be just as engaged as they were in 2008, polls show
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Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Murkowski goes up with Stevens ads
Discussion: CNN and Politics Daily
John A. Boehner / New York Times:
Boehner's Path to Power Began in Small-Town Ohio
Discussion: Politics Extra and The Maddow Blog
James Joyner / Outside the Beltway:
Modernizing Education  —  Ezra Klein submits this 11:40 video …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Barack Obama sees rise of ‘tribal attitude’
Wisconsin Radio Network:
Judge rules concealed carry ban unconstitutional
Drudge Report:
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