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9:05 AM ET, October 20, 2010


 Top Items: 
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Clarence Thomas's Wife Asks Anita Hill for Apology  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly 20 years after Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his contentious Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Justice Thomas's wife has called Ms. Hill, seeking an apology.
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.
Anita Hill: No apology coming for Thomas testimony
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Ginni Thomas seeks Hill apology, in vain
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 …
Alexis Levinson / The Daily Caller:   'Don't tread on me': Tea Partiers denied the right to vote in Texas
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Barney Frank gives $200K to his campaign  —  Longtime Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank has given his re-election campaign $200,000 as he faces his toughest race in years.  —  A campaign finance report filed Tuesday showed that Frank, the chairman of the powerful House Financial Services committee, lent himself the money Tuesday.
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
GOP in Lead in Final Lap  —  A vigorous post-Labor Day Democratic offensive has failed to diminish the resurgent Republicans' lead among likely voters, leaving the GOP poised for major gains in congressional elections two weeks away, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Desperation: Barney Frank lent campaign $200,000 in third quarter
Discussion: GayPatriot
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Military to accept openly gay recruits  —  WASHINGTON — Openly gay recruits can now join the military as a result of a federal court ruling striking down the “don't ask, don't tell” law, but they are being warned that they can still be discharged if the ruling is overturned.
Discussion: The Other McCain and The Agonist
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Democrats bank on early voting to bridge enthusiasm gap  —  LAS VEGAS - Walter Grimsley woke up Saturday morning and remembered he had an errand to run.  He had to go vote.  —  The government retiree's phone had been ringing every few hours with reminder calls from Democratic volunteers.
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Secretive Republican Donors Are Planning Ahead  —  A secretive network of Republican donors is heading to the Palm Springs area for a long weekend in January, but it will not be to relax after a hard-fought election — it will be to plan for the next one.  —  Koch Industries …
Political Punch:
Is Obama Skipping Temple Over Headgear?  —  From Russell Goldman and Jake Tapper:  —  On an upcoming trip to India, President Obama will skip visiting one of the country's most sacred shrines out of fear that wearing the requisite headgear might make him appear Muslim, according to reports from the United States and India.
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
RACE OF THE DAY - Minn. 08  —  There wasn't much “Minnesota nice” on display when the supporters of Rep. Jim Oberstar and his Republican challenger clashed.  —  There wasn't much “Minnesota nice” on display when the supporters of Rep. Jim Oberstar and his Republican challenger clashed at a debate Tuesday.
Discussion: The Politico, NECN and Hot Air
Scott / Power Line:   Highway 61 Revisited  —  Up in Minnesota's Eighth Congressional …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Pelosi's Favorable Rating as Speaker Drops to 29%, a New Low  —  Nearly 6 in 10 independents now view her unfavorably  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's favorable rating is down seven percentage points since May to 29%, a new low for her since assuming the top congressional post.
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Taliban's Elite, Aided by NATO, Join Talks for Afghan Peace  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Talks to end the war in Afghanistan involve extensive, face-to-face discussions with Taliban commanders from the highest levels of the group's leadership, who are secretly leaving their sanctuaries in Pakistan …
Associated Press:
Obama to appear on ‘The Daily Show’  —  President is set to tape appearance on Oct. 27  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is taking his campaign message to “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart.  —  White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer says Obama is taping an appearance on Oct. 27, just days before the Nov. 2 elections.
The Politico:
EPA in the crosshairs  —  “If we have the gavel, I can assure you that the oversight subcommittee will be very busy,” Upton told POLITICO, adding that Browner can also expect frequent invitations to testify.  “We'll have a seat reserved for her,” he said.  —  Energy and Commerce …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Speaker Pelosi ‘majority makers’ are facing electoral challenges  —  Two-term Democrats, whose victories helped secure the Speaker's job for Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), are facing the possibility of a near-wipeout in the Nov. 2 election.  —  Of 10 reelection races involving sophomore Democrats …
Melissa Clouthier / Liberty Pundits Blog:
Poll Watchers Claim Harassment And Intimidation At Houston, Texas Voting Places  —  Mediaite's Tommy Christopher reports voter intimidation in Harris County, Texas (Houston) by volunteer poll watchers trained by King Street Patriots, a local non-partisan group who started the True The Vote campaign.
Colby Itkowitz / Morning Call:
Poll: Joe Sestak overtakes Pat Toomey  —  New U.S. Senate poll shows Democrat with three-point lead.  —  WASHINGTON — Joe Sestak has pulled ahead of Pat Toomey after trailing for months in their closely watched Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race, an independent poll confirms.
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?
Russell Berman / The Hill:
POLL: Only 1-in-4 see American Dream as still attainable for everyone in the U.S.  —  Just one in every four voters in 10 battleground House districts says the American Dream is “still there for everyone,” while four in 10 say the dream exists “only for some people,” according to The Hill 2010 Midterm Election Poll.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Matthew Rettenmund / boy culture:
They Want Him For A New Recruit  —  I just spent an hour and 45 minutes at the military-recruitment station in Times Square, where former Lt. Dan Choi attempted to enlist in the Marines.  Honorably discharged from the Army under Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Choi told me he'd always dreamed of being a Marine …
The Note:
Sparks Fly Between Nikki Haley, Vincent Sheheen in S.C. Governor's Debate  —  ABC News' Devin Dwyer reports: In their first televised debate, South Carolina gubernatorial candidates Nikki Haley and Vincent Sheheen battled Tuesday over who would restore integrity to state government and revive …
Discussion: The Page
Wall Street Bailout Returns 8.2% Profit Beating Treasury Bonds  —  The U.S. government's bailout of financial firms through the Troubled Asset Relief Program provided taxpayers with higher returns than they could have made buying 30-year Treasury bonds — enough money to fund the Securities …
National Journal Online:
The Third Wave In A Row  —  Republicans had a tsunami phase, then Democrats had a natural tightening, and now things have stabilized in the Newton's Laws of Motion-phase, where for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.  One state might be improving for Democrats …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Balloon Juice
Lowkell / Blue Virginia:
Virginia Beach Republican Committee Chair Forwards Racist Email  —  David Bartholomew, Chair of the Virginia Beach Republican Committee, has been forwarding around a “joke” via email.  The only problem, other than the fact that it's not particularly funny, is that it's blatantly racist.  Check it out.
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Report: In Obama's Chicago, stimulus weatherization money buys shoddy work, widespread fraud  —  Projects to weatherize homes are a key part of the Obama administration's fusion of stimulus spending and the green agenda.  But a new report by the Department of Energy has found serious problems …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
As G.O.P. Seeks Spending Cuts, Details Are Scarce  —  WASHINGTON — In Indiana, Representative Mike Pence, the No. 3 House Republican, complains about “runaway federal spending on steroids.”  —  In Alaska, the Republican candidate for the Senate, Joe Miller, talks about “out of control spending.”
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Satisfaction on Pace to Be Lowest in Midterm Election Year
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Most Americans Say U.S. Is Too Politically Correct
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
David Catanese / The Politico:
Alexi Giannoulias to Mark Kirk: ‘Were you shot at?’
Discussion: Washington Wire and Politics Daily
Mike Appelstein / A to Z:
Interview: Moe Tucker of the Velvet Underground Sets the Record Straight
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Following in Clinton's footsteps, Obama to leave town after election
Matt Duss / Foreign Policy:
Palestine: The latest Middle East security state?
Discussion: Israel Matzav
State of the Race in California
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Republican lead narrows in Colorado race: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: The Page
 Earlier Items: 
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Sen. McCain: Meghan Wrong on O'Donnell
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Sarah Palin's Tweet: A Typo or Something Worse?
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Washington Post