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9:55 PM ET, October 16, 2010


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Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Fired up?  Not so much  —  If President Barack Obama needed any more reminders that it's not 2008, he got another one Thursday night in a town hall with young voters.  —  Back when he was a candidate, Obama inspired legions of young people who responded to his message of hope …
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
President Obama: ‘Fear and frustration’ drive voters  —  BOSTON — President Barack Obama on Saturday blamed Americans' “fear and frustration” for the fierce, negative, anything-goes midterm election cycle that threatens to upend his agenda.  —  “Part of the reason that our politics seems …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Obama stumps in Massachusetts
Discussion: The Politico and The Other McCain
Merkel says German multicultural society has failed  —  Angela Merkel said Germany had “kidded itself” multiculturalism was working  —  Attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany have “utterly failed”, Chancellor Angela Merkel says.  —  In a speech in Potsdam, she said the so-called …
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Retrench as GOP Pulls Away  —  Democratic strategists acknowledged they are abandoning a dozen House seats the party now holds, as they try to salvage their majority in the chamber by shoring up candidates with better chances.  —  With Republicans expanding their advertising …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Consensus Points to 50-Seat G.O.P. Gain in House, But May Understate Uncertainty
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
You've Gotta See This Ad  —  Jack Conway's trailing Rand Paul down in Kentucky.  But he's not out of it yet.  And there are some signs he's starting to turn the corner.  (The current TPM Poll Average is Paul 46.9%, Conway 41.7%.)  But this ad ... man, this ad.  Whew.
Peter Berkowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Why Liberals Don't Get the Tea Party Movement  —  Our universities haven't taught much political history for decades.  No wonder so many progressives have disdain for the principles that animated the Federalist debates.  —  Highly educated people say the darndest things, these days particularly about the tea party movement.
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
GOP longshot outraises Pelosi  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Republican challenger raised more than $1.1 million over the past three months, more than three times as much as Pelosi did.  —  John Dennis, the Ron Paul-backed GOP nominee running against the Speaker in her liberal San Francisco …
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
GOP challengers outraise 40-plus House Democrats
Discussion: CNN and National Review
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Obama: End tax breaks to stop overseas hiring
Discussion: Power Line and Politics Daily
Paul Krugman:
The Boehnerization of Barack Obama  —  Why has stimulus become a dirty word?  Many reasons, I guess: an inadequate plan combined with a wildly overoptimistic forecast was more or less guaranteed to create the impression of a failed program.  But it's also true that the president himself …
James Warren / New York Times:
Organizer's Influence Helped Shape Obama  —  When President Obama hosted a televised youth town-hall style meeting on Thursday, he cited the need to make a long-term commitment to reach policy goals and for citizens to look to one another, not just politicians, for change.
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Threats against liberal Democrats keep bubbling up — and it's not just the ‘nutcases’  —  It turns out that the right-wing crazy who was threatening Patty Murray supporters with a cleaver in Spokane on Thursday is a man with a history of mental illness:
Actress Billingsley, 94, dies  —  (CNN) — Barbara Billingsley, who wore a classy pearl necklace and dispensed pearls of wisdom as America's quintessential mom on “Leave it to Beaver,” has died at age 94, a family spokeswoman said Saturday.  —  The actress passed away at 2 a.m. (5 a.m. ET) …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
2 Top Candidates Skip G.O.P. Rally  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — What if you held a voter turnout rally and the top candidates on the ballot didn't show up?  —  Michael Steele, the Republican National Committee chairman, and Sarah Palin, arguably the biggest draw in the Republican Party …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
For Some Embattled Democrats, a Campaign Against Their Leader  —  PERRY, Ga. — As if embattled Congressional Democrats did not have enough on their hands, some are opening up a new front in their fight to save their seats — against Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House and a leader of their own party.
Kimberly Winston / Washington Post:
Stephen Colbert may play religion for laughs, but his thoughtful Catholicism still shows through  —  When comedian Stephen Colbert brought his act to Capitol Hill last month and stole the spotlight with his satirical shtick, no one was more surprised than lawmakers.
Discussion: blogs
The White House:
WEEKLY ADDRESS: President Obama: Washington Republicans “Rewarding Corporations That Create Jobs and Profits Overseas”  —  WASHINGTON - In this week's address, President Obama laid out a policy agenda that would strengthen our economy and create jobs right here in America by offering tax incentives …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
Obama: GOP favors tax loopholes that send jobs overseas
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
U.S. Will Enforce Marijuana Laws, State Vote Aside  —  LOS ANGELES — The Department of Justice says it intends to prosecute marijuana laws in California aggressively even if state voters approve an initiative on the Nov. 2 ballot to legalize the drug.  —  The announcement by Eric H. Holder Jr. …
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