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4:25 PM ET, October 19, 2010

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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.
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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 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Christine O'Donnell questions separation of church, state
Discussion: National Review
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Christine O'Donnell unsure on separation of church and state
Discussion: CNN and Prairie Weather
Amy Cherry / WDEL 1150AM, Wilmington, DE:
O'Donnell and Coons face off in WDEL debate
Discussion: Politics Daily and USA Today
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 …
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.
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Democrats' Grip on the South Continues to Slip  —  JONESBORO, Ark. — The Southern white Democrat, long on the endangered list, is at risk of being pushed one step closer to extinction.  —  From Virginia to Florida and South Carolina to Texas, nearly two dozen Democratic seats are susceptible …
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:
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Michelle Malkin:
The significance of 1773: Moron leftists mock Palin, embarrass themselves
Ashley Powers / Los Angeles Times:
Palin: Don't 'party like it's 1773' just yet
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.
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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 …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gregg: Repeal not best tactic on healthcare law  —  A top Senate Republican suggested Monday night that the party's prevailing strategies to curtail the new healthcare law might not be good ideas.  —  Sen. Judd Gregg (N.H.), the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee …
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 …
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
GOP targets Harry Reid for living at the Ritz  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) Washington address has emerged as an issue in his race against Republican Sharron Angle.  —  The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) went up with its first TV ad in Nevada on Tuesday …
Discussion: CNN and Ben Smith's Blog
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Molly Ball / The Politico:
Early vote a bad omen for Harry Reid
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Anti-Reid group to Hispanic voters: 'Don't Vote'  —  A new group is airing an ad in Nevada telling Hispanic voters not to vote.  —  The president of Latinos for Reform, Robert Deposada, is a conservative political consultant and political analyst for Univision, but he said the ad …
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Daniel Webster 46, Devil 30, and Other Interesting House Polls  —  Ba-boom!  —  Summarizing the big poll dump the NRCC just provided the Washington Post:  — FL-8: Daniel Webster (R) 46, Alan Grayson* (D) 30  — PA 3: Mike Kelly (R) 56, Kathy Dahlkemper* (D) 39
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Obama the snob  —  After a series of ineffective public messages — leaving the political landscape dotted with dry rhetorical wells — President Obama has hit upon a closing argument.  —  “Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now,” he recently told a group of Democratic donors …
Michael Kinsley / The Politico:
Rich professors doth protest too much  —  President Barack Obama plans to raise taxes on “the rich,” and he defines rich as those making more than $250,000 a year.  Two professors at prestigious universities have started brush fires on the Web during the past couple of weeks by taking issue and offering themselves as examples.
Charleston Daily Mail:
U.S. Senate endorsement: John Raese  —  The nation is on the wrong track, and changing the Senate is essential  —  WEST Virginians must soon choose who will represent them in the U.S. Senate for the next two years.  The issue in the race is how Democrats have used their 59-41 majority …
Discussion: Fox News, The Note and National Review
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Democrats Remain Favored to Retain Senate
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
That Sinking Feeling  —  Barack Obama seems to think he's done a pretty terrific job as president, but maybe he hasn't trumpeted his accomplishments effectively enough.  —  He told The Times's Peter Baker, in an interview for the Sunday magazine, “Given how much stuff was coming at us …
National Journal Online:
No Biden-Clinton Swap in the Works, Obama Says  —  President Obama signaled today that he will seek reelection and dismissed as “completely unfounded” reports that he might replace Vice President Joe Biden on his 2012 ticket with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Kimball Perry / Cincinnati.com:
Lawsuit: CPS pushing Democrats  —  Three van loads of Hughes High students were taken last week - during school hours - to vote and given sample ballots only for Democratic candidates and then taken for ice cream, a Monday lawsuit alleges.  —  The complaint was made by Thomas Brinkman Jr. …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Aqua Buddha prank victim: Jack Conway ad is “over the top,” but accurate, raises legit questions  —  Dem Jack Conway's new ad hammering Rand Paul over his college excesses is accurate on the facts, and it's legit to raise questions about his past views as a way of probing whether his current posture …
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
‘US’ Chamber Of Commerce Hosts Seminars With Chinese Gov Officials To Teach American Firms How To Outsource  —  Among the many lies told by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently, chief Chamber lobbyist Bruce Josten said that his organization's foreign affiliates, called AmChams, are only …
Discussion: Raw Story
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Military recruiters told to accept gay applicants  —  WASHINGTON - A Pentagon spokeswoman says recruiters have been told that they must accept gay applicants, following a federal court decision striking down the ban on gays serving openly in the military.  —  Spokeswoman Cynthia Smith …
Matthew Mosk / ABCNEWS:
Partying Lawmaker Gropes Student Reporter  —  An ABC News Investigation Finds A Lack of Scrutiny Breeds Scandal Among State Lawmakers  —  An ABC News investigation has found that corporate interests and their lobbyists are increasingly turning to state legislatures for lucrative contracts …
Discussion: Breitbart.tv, Raw Story and Mediaite
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Did Mark Kirk write the Berman Iran sanctions bill or not?  —  The increasingly bitter Illinois Senate campaign between Republican Congressman Mark Kirk (R-IL) and the Democratic contender, Alexi Giannoulias, spilled over into foreign policy this week, as the chairman of the House Foreign …
 
 
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Univision shuts down 'Don't Vote' ad
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Robert Gibbs Gets Grilled By Reporters Over White House Plans …
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Is Said to Halt Exports to U.S. of Some Key Minerals
Sara A. Carter / Washington Examiner:
Troops chafe at restrictive rules of engagement, talks with Taliban
DCCC:
LOOKING AT THE POLLS...  Rahm Emanuel just sent this message to DCCC supporters:
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and The Caucus
W. James Antle III / The Politico:
GOP's Latino woes not immigration
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