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12:40 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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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.
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 …
Discussion: Hit & Run, alicublog and Balloon Juice
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 Allen / The Politico:
Candidates play man-upsmanship  —  When Sharron Angle asked Harry Reid how he had become so wealthy while serving the public, Reid, a former boxer, accused his Republican challenger of hitting below the belt.  —  But it was at a different point in last night's Nevada Senate debate that Angle …
Discussion: Indecision Forever
The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid & Sharron Angle Debate: Nevada Senate Candidates Face Off (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Caucus, WonkRoom and RedState
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Angle is the aggressor in her first and only debate with Reid
Discussion: Wonkette and The Page
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
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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
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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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 …
Discussion: TPMDC, Daily Kos and National Review
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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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
House will hold Social Security supplement vote, Pelosi says  —  The House will vote in November to provide $250 payments to Social Security recipients to make up for the presumed lack of a cost-of-living increase for next year, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Social Security benefits will remain flat for 2nd straight year, government says
Discussion: Politics Daily
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.
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 …
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Mitch Daniels open to VAT, oil tax hike  —  Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels opened the door Thursday to supporting both a value added tax and a tariff on imported oil, bold proposals that could cause trouble for him with conservatives as he flirts with a long-shot bid for the presidency.
Discussion: The Page and National Review
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 …
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.
Discussion: Politics Daily
 
 
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