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4:00 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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The New Republic:
Reid My Lips: Last Night Was a Disaster  —  The Senate majority leader should've stayed home.  —  Why Harry Reid agreed to have a debate with Sharron Angle is a bit of a mystery to me.  If your campaign is based on portraying your opponent as loony, then why give that opponent a chance to look reasonable?
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The New Normal  —  I didn't see last night's debate between Harry Reid and Sharron Angle, but the consensus seems to be that both speakers were terrible.  However, Angle may have benefited from galactically low expectations.  “Angle repeatedly found herself in verbal cul-de-sacs …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
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Angle Nearly Lands Knockout Blow Against Reid  —  Throughout the Nevada Senate campaign, it was Republican Sharron Angle who looked unprepared for-prime-time.  But after last night's debate, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid looked more like the gaffe-prone politician as he struggled …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Michelle Malkin:
“Man up!:”  Doddering Reid wilts in debate with Angle  —  In style and substance, Lady in Red Sharron Angle trounced the four-term Democrat Senate incumbent and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at tonight's Las Vegas debate.  —  He preposterously called George W. Bush “his friend” …
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
Discussion: Sweetness & Light and The Politico
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Analyzing the Angle-Reid debate
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Candidates play man-upsmanship
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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Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Mortgage Mess May Cost Big Banks Billions
Discussion: Mother Jones and Felix Salmon
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 …
Discussion: The Note
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Glen Bolger / Public Opinion Strategies:
An In-Depth Look At Key Congressional Races — NPR Survey
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 …
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Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Outlook for November 2nd
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.
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.
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.
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 …
William P. Barrett / Informer:
Hey, Secret Big Political Donor, Don't Forget The 35% Gift Tax  —  In the run-up to next month's elections, a big and controversial development has been the ability of tycoons to make unlimited political donations without any public disclosure whatsoever.  This is done by giving the money to certain 501 …
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama, Biden heap praise on Coons and each other at Del. rally  —  President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Friday appeared at their first joint campaign rally this year on behalf Delaware nominee Chris Coons (D), lauding him and one another after two years in office.
Discussion: CNN
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
Ezra Klein:
Do the polls back up the attacks on the Chamber of Commerce?  —  From one “Beltway inside-game commentator” to another: No, the attacks on the Chamber of Commerce aren't helping Democrats in the election.  A MoveOn.org poll showing that voters respond negatively when asked …
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Ethics office losing staff director  —  Leo Wise, the staff director of the House Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), is leaving to join the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland.  —  Wise served as the first staff director of the OCE, which was created in 2008 to help burnish the House's tarnished ethics process.
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
Associated Press:
Feds oppose Calif. Prop 19 to legalize marijuana  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Attorney General Eric Holder says the federal government will enforce its marijuana laws in California even if voters next month make the state the first in the nation to legalize the drug.
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.
Capitol Confidential / Big Government:
EXCLUSIVE: Illinois Elections Officials Caught Lying About Military Ballots  —  This is a national disgrace.  The Illinois State Board of Elections has been lying about the status of military absentee ballots and a lazy Department of Justice has allowed itself to be duped.
 
 
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