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4:20 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 …
The Huffington Post:
Tony Hopfinger, Reporter Detained By Joe Miller's Security Guards …
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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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.
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.
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 …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
TRENDING: McCaskill says Dem's ad ‘very dangerous’
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.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Palin fires up Tea Partiers to launch bus tour
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
Jim DeMint relishes life on the Republican fringe
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
DeMint: 'I'm not a kingmaker'
Discussion: CNN
The Note:
ABC News Exclusive: Tea Party Candidate in Nevada Senate May Tip …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sharron Angle says Hispanic students look ‘Asian’
Discussion: Wonkette and TPMDC
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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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.
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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
VFW moves to dissolve PAC's board
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Wonkette, FishbowlDC, Mediaite and Salon
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 …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Obama to Appear on “Mythbusters”  —  For a president under siege, maybe this could help.  —  In an episode of “Mythbusters” on the Discovery Channel to be shown on Dec. 8, President Obama will help determine whether the Greek scientist Archimedes really set fire to an invading Roman fleet using …
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Nellie Andreeva / Deadline.com:
He's Doing What?!  Barack Obama To Appear On Discovery Channel's ‘Mythbusters’
Discussion: PopEater
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.
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Fox News:
Obama: Voters ‘Scared,’ Not Thinking Clearly About Election
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 …
Kos / Daily Kos:
AZ-03: Shocking Democratic pickup opportunity  —  Public Policy Polling for Daily Kos. 10/16-17.  Likely voters.  MoE 3.8% (No trend lines)  —  Ben Quayle (R) 44  —  Jon Hulburd (D) 46  —  Yeah, that was a real WTF moment for us in this open seat being vacated by conservative icon John Shadegg.
Discussion: POLISING, TPMDC and PoliPundit.com
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.
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
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).
 
 
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Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Quayle donor: George W. Bush
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Daily Beast Drops Out of Talks With Newsweek
Bloomberg:
Production in U.S. Unexpectedly Falls for First Time in a Year
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Three Women to Watch in Obama 2.0
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
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Paul Krugman:
The Unbearable Slowness of Understanding
 Earlier Items: 
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Another Kirk ‘exaggeration’?
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The DSCC
Wall Street Journal:
Buying the Senior Vote
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Liz Cheney Exposes Howard Dean In Lie About His Connection …
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
New Poll: Van Tran Pulls Even with Loretta Sanchez in CA-47