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6:25 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 …
Jillian Rayfield / TPMDC:
Joe Miller On Securing The Border: ‘If East Germany Could, We Could’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: Daily Kos
Lpratapas / CNN:
Joe Miller responds on job questions
Discussion: The Politico
Anchorage Daily News:
Alaska Politics Blog
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Salon
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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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.
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.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Why The Fuss About Jack Conway?
Discussion: The New Republic
Adam Bink / Crooks and Liars:
Rand Paul's chain-saw approach to federal regulations, and why …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
McCaskill says Dem's ad ‘very dangerous’
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 the Scales in Reid's Favor  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports:  —  Scott Ashjian calls himself the “Tea Party of Nevada” candidate for U.S. Senate, but he tells ABC News that he would be “at peace” knowing he helped re-elect Harry Reid …
Discussion: YID With LID, TPMDC and Raw Story
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Palin fires up Tea Partiers to launch bus tour  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) appeared before a rally of Tea Party activists in Nevada on Monday, urging them to show up at the polls and vote out Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and his fellow Democrats.
Nicholas Lemann / New Yorker:
DESERT STORM  —  Harry Reid is the most powerful man in the Senate.
Discussion: Wonkette
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sharron Angle says Hispanic students look ‘Asian’
Discussion: msnbc.com and Wonkette
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama: 15 Senate seats ‘up for grabs’  —  President Obama implored supporters on Monday for donations to help Democrats in the 15 Senate seats he said were “up for grabs” on Nov. 2.  —  The president painted a picture of an expansive map of competitive Senate races in a fundraising e-mail …
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The DSCC:
A Message From Barack Obama
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
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
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 …
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 …
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: Dennis the Peasant
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.
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.
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 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 …
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 …
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 …
Shannon Behnken / msnbc.com:
Witness: Foreclosure firm owner gave gifts for altering documents  —  TAMPA — Some employees of Florida's largest “foreclosure mill” were given jewelry, cars and houses from the firm, in exchange for altering and forging key documents used to obtain foreclosures, according to a statement released today …
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
 
 
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Many Chamber ads attacking House Dems contain debunked falsehoods, distortions
Washington Post:
Republicans, Democrats who criticized stimulus wrote letters seeking funds
Myglesias / Yglesias:
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Discussion: Washington Post and Eschaton
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Tom Brokaw / New York Times:
The Wars That America Forgot About
Discussion: Mother Jones and Daniel W. Drezner
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Discussion: Weigel, POLISING, TPMDC and PoliPundit.com
Bloomberg:
Production in U.S. Unexpectedly Falls for First Time in a Year
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Jeff Gammage / Philly.com:
Let coyotes, not hunters, control Valley Forge deer, animal-rights advocates say
Discussion: Moonbattery and Don Surber
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Geek Day at the White House
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
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Yeshiva World News:
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David Paul Kuhn / Real Clear Politics:
The Senior Wave: Older Voters Set for Historic Turnout
Paul Krugman:
The Unbearable Slowness of Understanding
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
MERS-y, Mercy Me: The Sewer Drain at the Bottom of the Housing Market
Discussion: Rortybomb and The Huffington Post