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10:50 PM ET, October 17, 2010


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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BUCK COMPARES HOMOSEXUALITY TO ALCOHOLISM.... Ken Buck has already made quite a name for himself as Colorado's right-wing Senate candidate.  From extremist positions on the issues to inexplicable professional misjudgments, the Republican nominee stands out — but not in a good way.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Hotline On Call:
Buck Stumbles in Debate, Opens Door For Bennet  —  Republican Ken Buck was on the defensive against Sen. Michael Bennet (D) during Sunday's “Meet the Press” Colorado Senate debate, stumbling at several points on both economic and social issues.  —  At one point, Buck opened the door …
Discussion: Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
Michael Riley / Denver Post:
Buck's remarks on homosexuality loom after Meet the Press debate  —  WASHINGTON — Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck suddenly elevated the culture wars from minor player to center stage in the Senate race today when he compared homosexuality to alcoholism in a nationally televised debate.
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
Colorado Senate Candidate Says Being Gay Is A Choice, Compares It To Alcoholism
Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
Ken Buck calls homosexuality ‘a choice’
The Huffington Post:
Colorado Senate Debate: Ken Buck Compares Being Gay To Alcoholism (VIDEO)
Discussion: and Advocate
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” …
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Rage Won't End on Election Day
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
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.
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:   Coons on O'Donnell: 'I'm not sure why she's running' for Senate
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Meghan McCain sounds off on O'Donnell
Discussion: Raw Story, Riehl World View and Gawker
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Poll: Many Obama 2008 supporters defecting to GOP  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's winning coalition from 2008 has crumbled and his core backers are dispirited.  It's now Republicans who stand to benefit from an electorate that's again craving change.
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama may be on his own if he wants big changes
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Julie Pace / ABCNEWS:
Obamas' Political Road Show Playing Sunday in Ohio
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and Fox News
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
MOSQUE VICTIMIZED by shameful “Bacon Attack.”  —  Can we get Pat Benatar to record Stop Using Pork As A Weapon?  Bacon is supposed to be something . . . sacred.  On the other hand, things could be worse.  —  It occurs to me that right after 9/11 we saw the beginning of anti-mosque demonstrations but those quickly dissipated.
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Asked 7 Times, Fiorina Fails To Give A Frustrated Wallace One Solution To Cut Spending  —  Touting her outisde, business-executive saavy, GOP Senate candidate Carly Fiorina (R-CA) constantly chants the GOP mantra to cut government spending.  She even released a budget plan last month intended …
Discussion: News Hounds
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 …
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.
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Labor increases spending on ads in midterm campaign home stretch  —  Unions are joining the air war of radio and television ads surrounding this year's mid-term election.  —  Over the last week, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) spent at least $200,000 on billboard signs …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Groups Push Legal Limits in Advertising  —  A recent television commercial sponsored by an Iowa-based nonprofit group, American Future Fund, attacking Representative Bobby Bright, an Alabama Democrat, could hardly have been more explicit in its closing: “On Election Day,” the narrator said, “take the right path.
New York Times:
Amid Anger at Albany, Poll Shows Support for Cuomo  —  New York voters are profoundly pessimistic about the state economy, worried that they or someone in their household will be laid off in the coming year, and convinced that Albany is rife with corruption.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Video: Angle tells Hispanic kids “I'm not sure those are Latinos” in her ad (!), says really about northern border (!!)  —  If this isn't Sharron Angle, the great revisionist historian, in a nutshell, I'm not sure what is.  —  In the video clip at right, you not only can see the GOP U.S …
Prohb / 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.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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 …
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Michael Sandoval / National Review:
Slaphappy in CO-7: Perlmutter Slaps Frazier (Literally-w/video) …
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David Segal / New York Times:
The X Factor of Economics: People
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and EconLog
Washington Post:
Graham: Obama is taking over ‘most of society’
Tracy Quan / The Daily Beast:
Chile's Etiquette of Love
Discussion: ECHIDNE of the snakes
Suzanne Vranica / Washington Wire:
Political Ads Help Bolster TV Business
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Going Long Liberty in China
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Axelrod continues Democrats' offensive on Chamber donations
Discussion: Pat Dollard
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Black Turnout Will Be Crucial for Democrats
Jimmy So / CBS News:
GOP: Bipartisanship After Midterm Is Up to Obama
Melissa Clouthier / Liberty Pundits Blog:
PJ O'Rourke Discusses His New Book: Don't Vote It Just Encourages …
Discussion: Riehl World View