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7:20 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.
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 …
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: Right Pundits
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)
Molly Ball / The Politico:
Early vote a bad omen for Harry Reid  —  In Nevada's prime swing county, Republicans are significantly outpacing Democrats in early-voting turnout, according to official statistics — a potential sign of difficulty for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as he attempts to rally his base for his tough contest with Republican Sharron Angle.
Discussion: CNN, Weasel Zippers and HotAirPundit
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
GOP targets Harry Reid for living at the Ritz
Discussion: CNN
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Afternoon Fix: Dem poll shows Conway 49, Paul 47; Republicans hit Reid …
Discussion: POLISING and National Review
Molly Ball / The Politico:
Early vote a bad omen for Reid
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Miller admits borough disciplined him  —  LUNCH HOUR: Polling performed on co-workers' computers; then their caches emptied to hide act.  —  —  Republican U.S. Senate nominee Joe Miller acknowledged Monday that he was disciplined for violating the Fairbanks North Star …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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
Adam Levine / CNN:
Military recruiters told they can accept openly gay applicants  —  Washington (CNN) — The Pentagon has advised recruiting commands that they can accept openly gay and lesbian recruit candidates, given the recent federal court decision that bars the military from expelling openly gay service members, according to a Pentagon spokeswoman.
Julian E. Barnes / Washington Wire:   Pentagon Starts Accepting Applications From Gays
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
The Most Despicable Ad of the Year  —  Rand Paul doesn't hate the Bible—he just hates authority.  —  There are still two weeks left until the midterm elections, but it's not too early to declare a winner in the contest for the most despicable political ad of this campaign season.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Aqua Buddha prank victim: Jack Conway ad is “over the top,” …
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.
Kimball Perry /
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. …
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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Michael Whitney / Firedoglake:
Women for Prop 19: New Online Phone Bank for Women Voters
Discussion: TalkLeft
David Barboza / New York Times:
In China, a City With Lots of Buildings, but Few People
Raleigh News & Observer:
White GOP men stand out in early voting
Discussion: Don Surber
Jody Shenn / Bloomberg:
Pimco, NY Fed Said to Seek BofA Repurchase of Mortgages
National Journal Online:
No Biden-Clinton Swap in the Works, Obama Says
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Is Said to Halt Exports to U.S. of Some Key Minerals
Dave Wedge / Boston Herald:
Barney Frank's camp shrugs off partner's taunting
LOOKING AT THE POLLS...  Rahm Emanuel just sent this message to DCCC supporters:
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Guest Post: Mortgages Were Pledged to Multiple Buyers at the Same Time
Discussion: Firedoglake and
Matthew Mosk / ABCNEWS:
Partying Lawmaker Gropes Student Reporter
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and
Michael Kinsley / The Politico:
Rich professors doth protest too much