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11:50 AM 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.
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Miller blames ‘irrational blogger’  —  Miller's statement blames the editor of an Alaska website for last night's incident:  —  While I've gotten used to the blog Alaska Dispatch's assault on me and my family, I never thought that it would lead to a physical assault.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and The Agonist
Craig Medred / Alaska Dispatch:
Miller guard says editor refused to leave private event
Thomas Lamb / Red County:
Joe Miller's Security Detail vs. The Alaska Dispatch
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 …
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Claire McCaskill: Jack Conway ad ‘very dangerous’
Discussion: National Review and RedState
Jack Brammer / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Rand Paul refuses to shake hands with opponent Conway after debate
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Hotline On Call
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 …
James Hohmann / The Politico:
The Democrats' brutal weekend
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Dems take swing at Muhammad Ali strategy to keep the House
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.
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Hopefuls Narrow Focus
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Ed Perlmutter slaps away rival's hand
Discussion: Althouse
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Obama: Dems are in trouble because Americans aren't thinking clearly  —  At a Saturday-evening fundraiser held in the home of a wealthy Massachusetts hospital executive, President Obama suggested Democrats are having difficulties in midterm campaigning because Americans simply aren't thinking clearly.
The Huffington Post:
Obama: No Surprise That Hard-Pressed Pennsylvanians Turn Bitter
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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 …
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).
New York Post:
Waiting for (a) superman  —  Tweet  —  Remember how Eliot Spitzer was going to fix Albany, starting on Day One?  Didn't quite work out.  —  The former attorney general was spectacularly unfit for the office he won in a landslide four years ago — as a policymaker, as a politician and as a human being.
Guy Benson /
New Poll: Van Tran Pulls Even with Loretta Sanchez in CA-47  —  In a media exclusive, 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 …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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 …
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.
Discussion: ECHIDNE of the snakes
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.
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Ashcroft case granted
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and PointOfLaw Forum
David Catleugh / Agence France Presse:
Wilders is dangerous, Muslims tell court
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Jihad Watch
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
W.H. 'don't ask' plan backfires
Discussion: Althouse, Wonk Room and AMERICAblog Gay
Keith O'Brien / Boston Globe:
The empathy deficit
Discussion: Guardian and Outside the Beltway
William Yardley / New York Times:
A Washington Senator Fights to Keep Her Seat
Discussion: FrumForum
Louise Story / New York Times:
Banks Shared Clients' Profits, but Not Losses
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‘Culture of Poverty’ Makes a Comeback
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
A Canadian line of Campbell's soups has activists stewing over Islamic connection
Discussion: Mother Jones and Prairie Weather
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Video: Angle tells Hispanic kids “I'm not sure those are Latinos” …
Washington Post:
Graham: Obama is taking over ‘most of society’