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7:00 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 …
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 …
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” …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
‘Man Up?’ What if Harry Reid Told Sharron Angle to ‘Act Like a Lady?’
Aharding / CNN:
Angle lands ‘low blow,’ says Reid
Hotline On Call:
Angle Nearly Lands Knockout Blow Against Reid
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Analyzing the Angle-Reid debate
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
Senator Sherrod Brown Press Feed:
Sens. Brown, Harkin, Boxer, Stabenow, Whitehouse, Begich Send Letter …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
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 …
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 …
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Barack Obama and the Chamber of Secrets
Discussion: 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.
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: YID With LID
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Dem State Senator: My Redneck Constituents Don't Want Free Health Care for Illegals  —  This website uses IntenseDebate comments, but they are not currently loaded because either your browser doesn't support JavaScript, or they didn't load fast enough.
Discussion: Mediaite
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
D.S.C.C. Has Record-Breaking Month  —  Democrats may be struggling against a political headwind and a new cadre of conservative groups, but the national party organizations appear to be having no trouble raising money.  —  The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will report later …
action.sierraclub.org:
Victory for Appalachians as a Determined EPA Recommends No More Mining at Biggest Proposed Mountaintop Removal Coal Mine  —  Statement from Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune  —  Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took courageous action today …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
In re Collegio vs. Woodhouse  —  The spokesmen for the DNC and American Crossroads are going at it today, with Crossroads' Jonathan Collegio calling Woodhouse a “brazen hypocrite” for attacking his group while having worked in the past for another 501(c)(4) that didn't disclose its donors.
Discussion: CNN and The Caucus
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Tides Foundation CEO To Fox News Advertisers: Drop Glenn Beck Or Have Blood On Your Hands  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  In an extraordinary move to nip the inflammatory commentary coming from Glenn Beck, the founder and CEO of the Tides Foundation (a frequent Beck target) …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Health Care Judge Skeptical Of Obama's ‘Unprecedented’ Law  —  Yesterday, a District Court judge in Florida ruled that a lawsuit filed by 20 states and other plaintiffs can proceed.  The development represents decidedly mixed news for the Obama administration and supporters of the health care law.
 
 
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Sarah Pavlus / Media Matters for America:
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Public option effort could be revived if Democrats keep majorities, Clyburn says
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Paul Blumenthal / Sunlight Foundation:
Court rulings change elections, independent spending dwarfs party …
Ezra Klein:
The Treasury's defense of HAMP
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
A Vote for ‘Rich Whitey’
Discussion: Associated Press
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Scott Woolley / Fortune:
Carly Fiorina's troubling telecom past
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Benedicte Page / Guardian:
Blair in running for bad sex award
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Washington Post:
Pentagon to comply with court order to end 'don't ask, don't tell'
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Tea Party Set to Win Enough Races for Wide Influence