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7:35 AM ET, October 19, 2010

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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Conway Rorschach  —  I'm fascinated by the divide among Democrats in reaction to Jack Conway's fusillade over the weekend against Rand Paul.  I first saw the ‘Aqua Buddha’ ad late Saturday afternoon in an email blast from Conway campaign.  And my jaw dropped.
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TPMDC:
The Nastiest Debate Of 2010 In 2:44 (VIDEO)  —  Last night's Kentucky Senate debate was one of the most brutal of the year, hands down.  Though the forum included talk of the health care bill, illegal immigration, the economy and energy legislation, most of the talk was about Republican nominee Rand Paul's days in college.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Why The Fuss About Jack Conway?  —  I'm a little taken aback by how taken aback some people are over Jack Conway's hit on Rand Paul:  —  This ad has the virtue—not that common in politics—of being accurate.  It also has the virtue of raising actual policy issues about the consequences of Paul's position on tax reform.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The New Republic
The Huffington Post:
Conway's Attack On Paul Slammed By Fellow Dems  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats in Kentucky and elsewhere seem ready to bail — perhaps wholesale — on Democrat Jack Conway for his “mocking Christianity” attack on Dr. Rand Paul.  —  “I wouldn't have done it,” …
Discussion: TPMDC, The Caucus and The Note
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Sympathy For Rand Paul
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Angle to Hispanic children: “Some of you look a little more Asian to me”  —  As more of the video surfaces from GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle's meeting last week with Rancho High School's Hispanic kids, the more bizarre it gets.  Elsewhere on this blog, I have posted the video of her claiming …
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The Note:
ABC News Exclusive: Tea Party Candidate in Nevada Senate May Tip …
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Sarah Palin to GOP: “Man Up” and Support Tea Party Candidates
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Palin fires up Tea Partiers to launch bus tour
Steve / What Do I Know?:
Joe Miller: “If East Germany could, we could.”  —  I went to the Joe Miller town hall this afternoon at Central Middle School.  It was an interesting session, about 175 people, and I was impressed with how courteous, for the most part, the audience was with several questions from people who were clearly not Miller supporters.
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The Daily Caller:
Guy gets revenge on ex-girlfriend on CSPAN2  —  When the audience gathered for a Book TV discussion of Jonah Goldberg's new book, “Proud to be Right,” they got more than your average CSPAN fare.  —  It turns out panelists Todd Seavey and Helen Rittelmeyer, both contributors to Goldberg's collection …
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
URGENT: VFW DISSOLVES PAC BOARD!  —  This, from last week, is just now making it to my in-box.  THIS IS WHAT WAS NEEDED ALL ALONG- Download Memo to council - new ballot Oct 10 … This, after the Ladies Auxilery withdrew all funding support for the PAC (which, I'm told, is a good chunk of it) …
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Richard L. Eubank / VFW:
VFW NATIONAL COMMANDER MOVES FOR DISSOLUTION OF POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
Discussion: The Politico
Jim Carlton / Washington Wire:
VFW Shuts Off Campaign Arm
Discussion: Hot Air
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
GOP Holds Solid Leads in Voter Preferences for Another Week  —  Gallup trends from prior midterm years suggest shifts are still possible  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup's tracking of the generic ballot for Congress finds Republicans leading Democrats by 5 percentage points among registered voters …
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Confusion was the word of the day on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” this morning when the panel questioned why so many women have been drawn to the Tea Party movement.  —  Co-host Mika Brzezinski, The New York Times' Sam Tanenhaus, CBS's Lesley Stahl, columnist Mike Barnicle, and Newsweek's Jon Meacham …
Discussion: Hot Air
Andrew Harmon / Advocate:
Judge Skeptical of Govt. Arguments  —  If a Monday afternoon federal court hearing in Riverside, Calif., was any indication, a recent judicial ruling barring any enforcement of the “don't ask, don't tell” policy will remain in effect unless a higher court intervenes.
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
It's Official: Obama Has Now Borrowed $3 Trillion  —  It's official: The Obama administration has now borrowed $3 trillion, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.  —  It took from 1776, when the United States became an independent country, until 1990, the year after the Berlin Wall fell signaling victory …
Daily Kos:
Meet Joe Miller's Thugs: Drop Zone Security  —  If you went to bed early tonight, you may have missed one of the most wonderful gifts that the Teabaggers have ever given to the Democrats: Alaskan GOP Senate candidate, Joe Miller.  —  If you wanna catch up on Joe's recent antics …
Jackson Diehl / PostPartisan:
How Obama sabotaged Middle East peace talks  —  For 15 years and more, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas conducted peace talks with Israel in the absence of a freeze on Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.  Now, it appears as likely as not that his newborn negotiations …
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Group hit by DCCC backed 6 Dems  —  National Democrats have charged that a House candidate endorsed by a controversial anti-immigration group has “Nazi ties” — but six other congressional Democrats also have the group's endorsement, and at least one has enthusiastically embraced its support.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Just Coming Right Out & Saying It  —  There are a lot of subterranean efforts afoot around the country right now to suppress the vote of various racial minorities.  But a group styling itself Latinos for Reform is taken a more straightforward approach: their running ads in Nevada asking Latino voters simply not to vote.
Bruce Golding / New York Post:
Jurors convict Riverdale bomb plotters on 30 of 32 counts  —  Tweet  —  A jury today found four Muslim converts guilty of 30 of 32 counts in the May 2009 plot to bomb two Riverdale synagogues and shoot down military aircraft at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and New York Magazine
Lpratapas / CNN:
In West Virginia, a debate about Obama  —  (CNN) - In Monday's West Virgina Senate debate, Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin sought to claim his independence and Republican John Raese tried to attach Manchin's name to President Obama's as much as possible.  The other two candidates seemed to act like buffers.
Discussion: The Politico
Lpratapas / CNN:
Political theater but no fireworks in NY gubernatorial debate  —  (CNN) - New York's gubernatorial debate lived up to its expectation that it would be political theater as Republican candidate Carl Paladino faced Democrat Andrew Cuomo for the first time in a debate in a race making headlines for its nasty tone.
Discussion: The Politico
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Citing health care law, Boeing pares employee plan  —  WASHINGTON - Aerospace giant Boeing is joining the list of companies that say the new health care law could have a potential downside for their workers.  —  In a letter mailed to employees late last week, the company cited the overhaul …
L. Randall Wray / New Deal 2.0:
QE2 Won't Save Our Sinking Ship  —  The Fed is between a rock and a hard economic outlook.  —  Fed Chairman Bernanke is signaling that a second round of quantitative easing will soon begin.  In the first round, the Fed's balance sheet nearly tripled to nearly $2.3 trillion as it bought $1.7 trillion …
Discussion: Corrente and naked capitalism
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.S. Pushes to Ease Technical Obstacles to Wiretapping  —  WASHINGTON — Law enforcement and counterterrorism officials, citing lapses in compliance with surveillance orders, are pushing to overhaul a federal law that requires phone and broadband carriers to ensure that their networks can be wiretapped, federal officials say.
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
That Sinking Feeling  —  Barack Obama seems to think he's done a pretty terrific job as president, but maybe he hasn't trumpeted his accomplishments effectively enough.  —  He told The Times's Peter Baker, in an interview for the Sunday magazine, “Given how much stuff was coming at us …
Discussion: Economist's View and Commentary
 
 
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Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment at 10.0% in Mid-October
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Alan Wirzbicki / Boston Globe:
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John McCain: Sarah Palin Similar To Ronald Reagan
Discussion: The Politico and GayPatriot
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
The High Price of Short Buildings
Discussion: Washington Post and Eschaton
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The Wars That America Forgot About
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AZ-03: Shocking Democratic pickup opportunity
Discussion: Weigel, POLISING, TPMDC and PoliPundit.com