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11:55 AM 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.
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: The Politico and Sweetness & Light
The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid & Sharron Angle Debate: Nevada Senate Candidates Face Off (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Caucus, WonkRoom and RedState
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.
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 and Balloon Juice
Aharding / CNN:
Palin to once again help kick off Tea Party Express tour
Discussion: National Review
Matthew Continetti / Washington Post:
Five myths about Sarah Palin
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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.
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
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 …
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Jessica Taylor / The Politico:
Poll: Joe Manchin ahead by 10 points
Discussion: TPMDC and 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.
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Social Security benefits will remain flat for 2nd straight year, government says  —  For the second year in a row, the nearly 54 million retirees and other Americans who receive Social Security benefits will not get any cost-of-living increase in 2011 in their monthly checks, government officials announced Friday morning.
Discussion: Politics Daily
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Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
House will hold Social Security supplement vote, Pelosi says
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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.
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
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.
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
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 …
CNN:
AMERICAN MORNING  —  Miners Tell Their Story; Debate in the Desert; Is Feingold Finished: Three-Term Democrat Courts Tea Party Supporters; $1 Trillion Plus Deficit; Standing Up for a Friend; The “I'm You” Campaign Strategy; Miners' Rise to Fame; UFO Over Manhattan?  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.
Discussion: The Hill and National Review
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
U.S. Uses Attacks to Nudge Taliban Toward a Deal  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Airstrikes on Taliban insurgents have risen sharply here over the past four months, the latest piece in what appears to be a coordinated effort by American commanders to bleed the insurgency and pressure its leaders to negotiate an end to the war.
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org
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.
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.
 
 
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Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
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