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12:30 AM ET, October 18, 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
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msnbc.com:
Meet the Press transcript for Oct. 17, 2010  —  on msnbc.com -  — More from: - TODAY - Nightly News - Meet the Press - Dateline - Morning Joe - Hardball - Countdown - Rachel Maddow - msnbc tv  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: This Sunday, the president ramps up the campaign fight a little …
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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
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
Ken Buck calls homosexuality ‘a choice’
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” …
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Michael Sandoval / National Review:
Slaphappy in CO-7: Perlmutter Slaps Frazier (Literally-w/video) Over Health Care; Candidates Exchange Verbal Jabs  —  Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter and GOP challenger Ryan Frazier verbally sparred over many issues, from energy and taxes to foreign policy and the national debt.
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.
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Coons on O'Donnell: 'I'm not sure why she's running' for Senate
Discussion: CNN
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Meghan McCain sounds off on O'Donnell
Discussion: Raw Story, Riehl World View and Gawker
flemingandhayes.com:
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.
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Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Barney Frank's Significant Other Heckles GOP Opponent
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.
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Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama may be on his own if he wants big changes
Discussion: Pat Dollard
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 …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Rand Paul To Jack Conway: ‘You Demean Kentucky’  —  Whatever was left of the gloves in the heated Kentucky Senate race came off tonight.  In a televised debate from the University of Louisville, Republican nominee Rand Paul lashed out at his Democratic opponent, Jack Conway …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Hawaii Senate  —  Hawaii Senate: Inouye (D) Holds Double-Digit Lead Over Cavasso (R)  —  Democrat Daniel Inouye has represented Hawaii in the U.S. Senate for 47 years, and he now holds a 13-point lead over Republican challenger Cam Cavasso in his bid for another six-year term.
Discussion: HillBuzz and National Review
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
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.
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.
Elyse Siegel / The Huffington Post:
John McCain: I'd ‘Absolutely’ Filibuster 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) signaled over the weekend that he would filibuster any measure put forth in the Senate aiming to repeal “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” during a lame-duck session following the November midterm election.
Washington Post:
Graham: Obama is taking over ‘most of society’  —  Sunday Rundown: A quick wrap-up of the Sunday talk shows.  —  CBS: FACE THE NATION - Graham: Obama taking over ‘most of society’  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) accused President Obama of “turning his agenda over to the most liberal people in the House …
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.
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.
 
 
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