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3:15 PM ET, October 18, 2010

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Richard Mauer / Anchorage Daily News:
Miller security guards handcuff editor  —  The editor of the Alaska Dispatch website was arrested by U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller's private security guards Sunday as the editor attempted to interview Miller on camera at the end of a public event in an Anchorage school.
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Alaska Dispatch:
Alaska Dispatch editor detained at Miller event [updated]  —  Alaska Dispatch founder and editor Tony Hopfinger was grabbed and handcuffed by a private security detail working for U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller on Sunday while trying to ask the Fairbanks Republican questions following …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Sympathy For Rand Paul  —  The ugliest, most illiberal political ad of the year may be this one, from Kentucky Democrat Jack Conway:  —  I actually don't doubt the implication of the ad, namely that Rand Paul harbors a private contempt for Christianity.  He's a devotee of Ayn Rand, who is a fundamentally anti-Christian thinker.
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Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Claire McCaskill: Jack Conway ad ‘very dangerous’  —  Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said Monday that a controversial ad run by Democratic Senate nominee Jack Conway in Kentucky is “very dangerous” and “came close to the line” of appropriateness.  —  McCaskill, who said as recently as Sunday …
Jack Brammer / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Rand Paul refuses to shake hands with opponent Conway after debate  —  LOUISVILLE — A debate filled with unabashed personal attacks concluded Sunday night with Republican Rand Paul briskly brushing past Democrat Jack Conway, refusing to shake the hand of an opponent who raised questions about his religious beliefs.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Conway Rorschach  —  I'm fascinated by the divide among Democrats …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Booman Tribune
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
TRENDING: McCaskill says Dem's ad ‘very dangerous’
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Rand Paul To Jack Conway: ‘You Demean Kentucky’
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 …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Tales of the Tea Party  —  A month ago, a U.C.L.A. graduate student named Emily Elkins spent hours roaming a Tea Party rally on the Washington Mall, photographing every sign she saw.  —  Elkins, a former CATO Institute intern, was examining the liberal conceit that Tea Party marches are rife with racism and conspiracy theorizing.
New York Times:
In Climate Denial, Again  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney has to be smiling.  With one exception, none of the Republicans running for the Senate — including the 20 or so with a serious chance of winning — accept the scientific consensus that humans are largely responsible for global warming.
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook in Privacy Breach  —  Top-Ranked Applications Transmit Personal IDs, a Journal Investigation Finds  —  Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed the F8 developer conference this spring.  —  Many of the most popular applications, or “apps,” on the social-networking site Facebook Inc …
Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
The Ludicrous Lies of Robert Spencer  —  If you've read anything by Robert Spencer, you already know that he will blatantly lie when cornered.  —  Today he responds to my piece for the Guardian, with a ridiculous article that calls Pamela Geller a defamed freedom fighter.
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Paul Krugman:
Epitaph For An Administration … Surely this can serve as a generic statement: … Stimulus, bank rescue, China, foreclosure; it applies all along.  At each point there were arguments for not acting; but the cumulative effect has been drift, and a looming catastrophe in the midterms.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Dennis the Peasant
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Dems take in twice as much “foreign” money as Republicans  —  Over the weekend, some Democrats began questioning the White House strategy of demonizing third-party groups for potentially using foreign-raised money in political messaging.  Now we know why.  Apparently, the shrieking …
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) …
Barbara Starr / CNN:
NATO official: Bin Laden, deputy hiding in northwest Pakistan  —  Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri are believed to be hiding close to each other in houses in northwest Pakistan, but are not together, a senior NATO official said.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Dennis Menaced?  —  Is Kucinich in trouble?  —  THE WEEKLY STANDARD has obtained the results of a private poll conducted last night in Ohio-10, the Cleveland-area district held for seven terms by Democrat Dennis Kucinich.  Kucinich has been widely viewed as safe—even though he fell short …
Ezra Klein:
Americans prefer tax increases to benefit cuts  —  In Washington, the fiscal commission — and the elite consensus — favors sharp spending cuts over tax increases as a way to plug the entitlement hole.  In the country, the preference is just the opposite:  —  Interestingly, this holds true for every single age group.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
How GOP could win the 10 seats needed to take back Senate  —  Since 1930, party control of the House has flipped seven times.  And each time, Senate control has also switched.  —  The reason is simple: Wave elections are, well, wave-y.  If the voting public wants to send a message to the majority party …
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Amar Bhide and Financial Reform.  —  Amar Bhide has produced a compelling Hayekian argument about underwriting efficiency and financial regulation, summarized here.  His is essential insight is that lending is not a process that is conducive to mechanization and centralization …
Discussion: Yglesias and Ezra Klein
msnbc.com:
Islamic court: OK to beat wife if no marks left  —  Man in United Arab Emirates was initially fined $136 for hitting spouse, daughter  —  A man can beat his wife and kids as long as he leaves no physical marks, the United Arab Emirates' highest court has found.
Discussion: TigerHawk
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Republicans, Democrats Shift on Whether Gov't Is a Threat  —  Republicans more likely to view government as threat now, Democrats more likely in 2006  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Overall, 46% of Americans believe the federal government “poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens …
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
New Poll: Van Tran Pulls Even with Loretta Sanchez in CA-47  —  In a media exclusive, Townhall.com has obtained a brand new, eye-opening poll from California's 47th Congressional District—conducted by Public Opinion Strategies: … Sanchez has put her foot in her mouth throughout the campaign …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
MERS-y, Mercy Me: The Sewer Drain at the Bottom of the Housing Market  —  If you still think, like Shaun Donovan, that the crisis in the mortgage markets merely concerns foreclosure paperwork, you need to take a look at these two Law Review papers from Professor Christopher Lewis Peterson of the University of Utah (via).
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Daily Beast Drops Out of Talks With Newsweek  —  The Daily Beast news and commentary website has withdrawn from talks with Newsweek magazine about a possible merger between the two news organizations, according to a person familiar with the matter.  —  The two parties have been discussing …
Edward Luce / CNBC:
Republicans Pledge to Probe Home Loans for the Poor  —  The Republican party will launch aggressive inquiries into alleged abuse of mortgages for low-income buyers if it takes control of the House of Representatives next month.  —  Darrell Issa, who would head the lower chamber's main …
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Liz Cheney Exposes Howard Dean In Lie About His Connection To George Soros and MoveOn.org  —  When Bob Schieffer invited Liz Cheney and Howard Dean on “Face the Nation” to discuss a number of issues related to the upcoming midterm elections, he must have had a feeling sparks were going to fly.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Rare and Foolish  —  Last month a Chinese trawler operating in Japanese-controlled waters collided with two vessels of Japan's Coast Guard.  Japan detained the trawler's captain; China responded by cutting off Japan's access to crucial raw materials.  —  And there was nowhere else to turn …
Paul Krugman:
The Unbearable Slowness of Understanding  —  OK, I'm about to be unfair.  But this article about how the Fed is gradually coming to realize that low inflation and a liquidity trap might be a problem fills me with despair.  —  I mean, we've been there for two years:
 
 
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The Daily Caller:
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Jeff Gammage / Philly.com:
Let coyotes, not hunters, control Valley Forge deer, animal-rights advocates say
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Obama to Appear on “Mythbusters”
Yeshiva World News:
Jewish Politics: 5 Reasons Why Paladino Lost The Orthodox Jewish Vote …
David Paul Kuhn / Real Clear Politics:
The Senior Wave: Older Voters Set for Historic Turnout
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Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Another Kirk ‘exaggeration’?
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The DSCC
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Buying the Senior Vote
David Catleugh / Agence France Presse:
Wilders is dangerous, Muslims tell court
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Jihad Watch
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Ed Perlmutter slaps away rival's hand
Discussion: Althouse
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
‘Culture of Poverty’ Makes a Comeback