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8:40 PM ET, October 19, 2010


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Cuffy Meigs / Perfunction:
Historic Illiteracy: Idiot Sarah Palin “Party Like It's 1773” After The Election!  —  OMG, will this blithering idiot ever shut up?! … I mean, 1773?!  WOW.  Glad I wasn't the only one who caught this latest Palin gaffe:  —  And finally, channeling the Insane Clown Posse:
Michelle Malkin:
The significance of 1773: Moron leftists mock Palin, embarrass themselves  —  Scroll for updates...  Sarah Palin wisely warned Tea Party activists to keep working hard right up until Election Day — and not to “party like it's 1773″ yet.  —  Intellectually superior leftists …
Ashley Powers / Los Angeles Times:
Palin: Don't 'party like it's 1773' just yet  —  The former Alaska governor kicks off a nationwide Tea Party Express tour by telling activists in Reno they can't stop until conservatives control Washington.  She takes aim at Nevada Sen. Harry Reid.  —  Sarah Palin speaks at an event launching …
Discussion: Verum Serum, Hot Air and Right Pundits
Ben Evans / Associated Press:
O'Donnell questions separation of church, state  —  WILMINGTON, Del. — Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell of Delaware on Tuesday questioned whether the U.S. Constitution calls for a separation of church and state, appearing to disagree or not know that the First Amendment bars the government from establishing religion.
Michelle Malkin:
Chris Coons can't name the five freedoms in the First Amendment  —  That's right.  Delaware Democratic Senate candidate Chris Coons can't name the five freedoms in the First Amendment.  —  But all you'll hear from the MSM today is that Christine O'Donnell — correctly …
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Christine O'Donnell: “Where in the Constitution is the Separation of Church and State?”  —  Updated: 11:51am ET.  —  Republican Senate Candidate Christine O'Donnell today challenged her Democratic opponent Chris Coons on his statement that the Constitution disallowed the integration of religion …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Univision shuts down 'Don't Vote' ad  —  The Spanish-language network Univision has refused to air an ad from a GOP-led Hispanic group telling Hispanic voters to sit out the race between Sharron Angle and Harry Reid.  —  “Univision will not be running any spots from Latinos for Reform related to voting …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Wonkette
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Maker Of Ad Telling Latinos Not To Vote Has Long History In GOP (VIDEO)
Richard Mauer / Anchorage Daily News:
Miller bodyguards at forum included active-duty soldiers  —  Questions surround Miller's use of security force at school  —  Was Joe Miller required to bring a security detail to his town hall meeting Sunday at Central Middle School?  —  That's what Miller, the Republican Senate candidate …
Adam Levine / CNN:
Pentagon okays openly gay recruits  —  Editor's Note: Watch former Army Lt. Col. Dan Choi discuss “don't ask, don't tell” tonight on “Anderson Cooper 360°” beginning at 10 p.m. ET.  —  Washington (CNN) — The Pentagon has advised recruiting commands that they can accept openly gay …
Julian E. Barnes / Washington Wire:   Pentagon Starts Accepting Applications From Gays
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Afternoon Fix: Dem poll shows Conway 49, Paul 47; Republicans hit Reid for Ritz-y lifestyle; McMahon has spent more than $40 million  —  Make sure to sign up to get “Afternoon Fix” in your e-mail inbox every day by 5 (ish) p.m.!  —  EARLIER ON THE FIX  —  Fix Daily Poll: What is the nastiest race of 2010?
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
The Most Despicable Ad of the Year
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Aqua Buddha prank victim: Jack Conway ad is “over the top,” …
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Albany Governor Debate Verges on Farce  —  The moderators' questions were frequently ignored.  The candidates barely looked at one another.  One wore black gloves and spoke of himself repeatedly in the third person.  And Andrew M. Cuomo, the Democratic candidate and the race's front-runner, at times struggled to suppress laughter.
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
American Mustache Institute Endorses Jimmy McMillan for Governor
New York Times:
Clarence Thomas's Wife Asks Anita Hill for Apology  —  WASHINGTON - Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, left a message last weekend on the voicemail of Anita Hill, who accused her husband of sexual harassment during his confirmation hearings, a spokeswoman for Ms. Thomas confirmed on Tuesday.
Political Punch:
Virginia Thomas Leaves Anita Hill a Voicemail Asking for An Apology — Hill Says No  —  ABC News' Jake Tapper, Ariane de Vogue and KGO's Mark Matthews report:  —  A few days ago, Brandeis University professor Anita Hill received a message on her voice mail at work.
Discussion: Politics Daily
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Sarah Palin's Tweet: A Typo or Something Worse?  —  Earlier this morning, Sarah Palin tweeted: … And ... within an hour, this had become a news story.  Palin confused Republican Senate candidate Pat Toomey with John Raese (or Pennsylvania with West Virginia).
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Washington Post
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
From Obama, the Tax Cut Nobody Heard Of  —  HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — What if a president cut Americans' income taxes by $116 billion and nobody noticed?  —  It is not a rhetorical question.  At Pig Pickin' and Politickin', a barbecue-fed rally organized here last week by a Republican women's club …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Pennsylvania Senate tied  —  You can put Pennsylvania Senate back in the toss up category.  Joe Sestak leads Pat Toomey 46-45 in our newest poll of the race, erasing the 9 point deficit he had in an August PPP survey.  —  Toomey's support has remained stagnant over the last 2 months …
Molly Ball / The Politico:
Early vote a bad omen for Harry Reid  —  Early-voting numbers out of Nevada's two biggest counties could spell trouble for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in his tough contest against Republican Sharron Angle.  —  In Reno's Washoe County and Las Vegas's Clark County …
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
GOP targets Harry Reid for living at the Ritz
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Democrat says he's heard Pelosi won't run again for Speaker  —  A House Democratic lawmaker said late last week that he'd heard Nancy Pelosi wouldn't seek another term as Speaker.  —  Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) said that not only would he not back Pelosi (D-Calif.) for Speaker again …
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Task force probing whether banks broke federal laws during home seizures  —  Federal law enforcement officials are investigating possible criminal violations in connection with the national foreclosure crisis, examining whether financial firms broke federal laws when they filed fraudulent court documents …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Robert Gibbs Gets Grilled By Reporters Over White House Plans …
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
99 Dem House seats in danger  —  With two weeks remaining until Election Day, the political map has expanded to put Democrats on the run across the country - with 99 Democratic-held House seats now in play, according to a POLITICO analysis, and Republicans well in reach of retaking the House.
Associated Press:
‘Hang them’: Uganda paper publishes photos of gays  —  KAMPALA, Uganda — The front-page newspaper story featured a list of Uganda's 100 “top” homosexuals, with a bright yellow banner across it that read: “Hang Them.”  Alongside their photos were the men's names and addresses.
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Matthew Mosk / ABCNEWS:
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Discussion: Raw Story, and Mediaite
Michael Kinsley / The Politico:
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