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5:20 PM ET, October 17, 2010


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Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
Ken Buck calls homosexuality ‘a choice’  —  Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Republican Ken Buck sparred over government spending, deficits and the policies of President Obama Sunday, but the meeting between the two candidates on NBC's “Meet the Press” was untimely dominated by Buck's answer to a question on homosexuality.
Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
Colorado Senate Candidate Says Being Gay Is A Choice, Compares It To Alcoholism  —  This morning, during a Colorado Senate debate hosted by Meet The Press, Republican candidate Ken Buck said that being gay is a choice and compared it to alcoholism: … Watch it:
Hotline On Call:
Buck Stumbles in Debate, Opens Door For Bennet
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
The Huffington Post:
Colorado Senate Debate: Ken Buck Compares Being Gay To Alcoholism (VIDEO)
Joshua Miller / ABCNEWS:
Meghan McCain: Christine O'Donnell ‘Seen as Nutjob’  —  O'Donnell ‘Making Mockery of Running for Public Office,’ John McCain's Daughter Says  —  This morning on a fiery “This Week” roundtable, four powerhouse guests tackled the influence of the Tea Party on the GOP.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Meghan McCain sounds off on O'Donnell
Discussion: Raw Story, Riehl World View and Gawker
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:   Coons on O'Donnell: 'I'm not sure why she's running' for Senate
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Be Afraid, Be Very... Never Mind, You Already Are  —  Bitterly clinging to his pop psychology, First Sociologist Barack Obama regales a Democratic fundraising event with his latest insight into the minds of the Great Unwashed:  —  WEST NEWTON, Mass. - President Barack Obama said Americans' …
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
AIDS Activists In Boston Heckle An Angry President Obama
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and CNN
The Hill:
Some Democrats are beginning to question the party's shifting strategies in the closing weeks of the campaign, particular its recent focus on groups who are spending millions on behalf of Republicans.  —  These veteran party strategists are raising doubts as to whether the attacks on the U.S. Chamber …
Discussion: CNN
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama may be on his own if he wants big changes
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
Gibbs: 'Don't ask, don't tell' will end under Obama administration
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
All Together, Now: The Tea Party Isn't About Economic Insecurity  —  In his op-ed today, the normally razor sharp Frank Rich makes the same mistake I keep seeing over and over from the chattering classes. … Meh.  —  Anyone who thinks the Teabaggers' unhinged “anger and bitterness” …
Discussion: Economist's View
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Rage Won't End on Election Day
Melissa Clouthier / Liberty Pundits Blog:
PJ O'Rourke Discusses His New Book: Don't Vote It Just Encourages …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Barney Frank's Boyfriend Heckles Sean Bielat  —  Upon exiting the most recent debate with Barney Frank, located at WGBH studios in Boston, MA, Republican Congressional candidate, Sean Bielat, gets heckled by a Barney Frank “supporter” while talking to the media.
Larry O'Connor /
Barney Frank's Significant Other Heckles GOP Opponent
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Hill:
Democrats have raised $1 million from foreign-affiliated PACs  —  Democratic leaders in the House and Senate criticizing GOP groups for allegedly funneling foreign money into campaign ads have seen their party raise more than $1 million from political action committees affiliated with foreign companies.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Playing All the Angles  —  As I sat above the Hoover Dam under the broiling sun, I was getting jittery.  —  There was Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona, speaking at the dedication of a bridge linking Arizona and Nevada 890 feet above the Colorado River.  —  As the politicians droned …
Teresa Dixon Murray / Plain Dealer:
Mortgage foreclosure uproar sweeps up Northeast Ohioans  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — Michael and Pamella Negrea have never been late on a mortgage payment in the 15 years they've owned their home in Eastlake.  But they've been foreclosed on three times.  —  Martin and Kirsten Davis, meanwhile …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
How propaganda is disseminated: WikiLeaks Edition  —  This is how the U.S. government and American media jointly disseminate propaganda: in the immediate wake of some newsworthy War on Terror event, U.S. Government officials (usually anonymous) make wild and reckless — though unverifiable — claims.
John Gizzi / Human Events:
Rasmussen Predicts GOP Gain of 55 in House  —  Newport Beach, Calif.—Nationally-recognized pollster Scott Rasmussen last night predicted that Republicans would gain 55 seats in races for the U.S. House of Representatives November 2—much more than the 39 needed for a Republican majority in the House for the first time since 2006.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Sarah Palin personifies GOP divide  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. - There were 19 Republicans sitting on stage behind Sarah Palin when she rallied GOP activists here Saturday, but none was named Meg Whitman or Carly Fiorina.  —  And just as the Republican candidates for governor and Senate …
CBS News:
Nancy Pelosi Fires Back  —  The Woman Speaker Targeted by the GOP Does Not Believe Democrats Will Lose Control of the House … Speaker Nancy Pelosi is all business.  Whether it's on her morning walk along the Potomac . . .  “This is where you think about stuff?”  Braver asked.
New York Times:
Big Donors Help Republican Governors' Group  —  The Republican Governors Association benefited from a number of sizable contributions from deep-pocketed individual and corporate donors over the last few months, driving a record $31 million fund-raising haul in the third quarter.
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Senate Hopefuls in Tight Races Get Money Boost
Discussion: The Caucus and FrumForum
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Degrees of Monetary Skepticism
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Black Turnout Will Be Crucial for Democrats
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Pat Dollard
Shaun Donovan / The Huffington Post:
How We Can Really Help Families
Discussion: The Politico and Emptywheel
Jimmy So / CBS News:
GOP: Bipartisanship After Midterm Is Up to Obama
Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
The Roots of Lunacy  —  How not to understand Obama  —  The Roots of Obama's Rage
 Earlier Items: 
Da Techguy / Da Techguy's Blog:
First report from the Obama rally today UPDATE Photos, video and Instalanche!
Discussion: The Other McCain and POWIP
Peter Diamond / New York Times:
Health Care for Everyone
Discussion: EconLog
New York Times:
Don't Stay the 'Don't Ask' Ruling
Maeve Reston / PolitiCal:
At Fiorina event, McCain doesn't hide disdain for Boxer …